Super Blue ready for 2014 Soca Monarch challenge
The 2014 edition of Soca Monarch will be launched next Thursday and already one monarch is gearing himself up to hold on to the crown.
This year Austin Lyons, the Superblue, made a romantic return to the Soca Monarch arena, which he dominated in its fledgling years. His name was legendary in the arena and when he returned as a guest artist in 2012, it was clear his over a decade long absence was felt.
That appearance, he says, encouraged his return to competition and from the outset, it was clear Blue was still a force to be reckoned with as his Fantastic Friday took root across the island.
Looking back at the phenomenal response he got over the Carnival season, eventually culminating with him sharing the Soca Monarch title with Machel Montano. Blue says he was not really surprised.
"Sometimes God spare life, not for me but there is a reason he brought me back," he says, crediting the divine for his return.
Blue says it was always his intention to return and he spent his years away from competition preparing for that day.
"I was on the floor underground performing every Friday, just preparing mentally, physically, spiritually, " he says.
Blue credits his ability to return after so many years and regain the crown to his calypso roots.
"The young people come in with soca roots. I was from kaiso, the mind of the kaisonian different. We look at composing a story, the symphony, the harmony and most of all the melody. Soca leaves out certain elements," he explained, acknowledging that his co-winner also shares a similar background.
Leading by example is how he sees his re-entry into soca, as he hopes to influence his competitors to up their game especially in the power soca category.
Superblue does not for one minute buy into the belief that power soca is dying. He says with a laugh that that is an excuse people make to cover their fear of going in that category.
"Ras Shorty left the manual and if they go back and visit their roots…I read the manual..(starts to sing)"
Looking forward to 2014, Superblue says his challenge is to prove himself. It's a tall order he faces having to top Fantastic Friday and keep the fans eating out of his hands, especially since he plans on winning the title alone next time.
"I going the distance, night and day," he says.
Describing his upcoming 12-song album as an educational one, he says it will contain psalms redone as soca as well his new releases.
His album is titled Outta the Blue but he isn't willing to reveal his big song yet though we do know that he is keeping his winning team, of Julio, his producer and 3 Canal, who he describes as having a beautiful energy.
So far he has one release called Champion Daddy and is expected to release a new song every two weeks.
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