The International DJ Spice, (Calvin Collins), a name known to many, will once again make the annual pilgrimage from the U.S. to a place he calls home to partake in what we call the greatest show in the world: Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. We wanted to know what he would be up to whilst in Trinidad.
How long have you been a DJ?
29, almost 30 years.
What was your earliest memory of Trinidad carnival?
I was very young, and my mother was playing mas with Peter Minshall. My dad took me to see her on the road.
Which soca tune has special Trinidad Carnival memories for you, and why?
Shadow's tune, Stranger. It talks about someone coming to carnival and having a ball. I love it, ’cause i try to spread the word about Trinidad’s carnival. When he sang it in Soca Monarch that year, the vibes was crazy!
How is Trinidad Carnival 2011 shaping up for you so far?
Very good as usual. Booked in a lot of parties - and it is always good to be back home.
What are you most looking forward to?
Who do you think will win the Power Soca Monarch?
Either Iwer with Come To Me or Machel with Advantage.
Who do you think will win the Groovy Soca Monarch?
Benjai with Trini.
What are your favourite tunes so far for Carnival 2011?
Destra’s Cool It Down and Machel’s Advantage.
Which one artist has impressed you most this carnival?
So far from videos: Machel.
What gigs can we hear you playing at during the season?
So far i have been confirmed for:
Sun 27 Feb Flight Cruise Sea Treasure Queen and Land
Tue 1 Mar Fall Out & SS Wassy Boatride Treasure Queen
Thur 3 Mar Harvards Sports Club
Fri 4th Mar Anchorage
Sat 5th Mar Dream Fete on Maracas Beach & Ramajay boat ride on Treasure Queen
Sun 6 Mar Sunnyside Up
Mon 7 Mar J’Ouvert - Big Band Jungle Fever / On the road with YUMA
Wed 9 Mar Moore Entertainment Boat Ride
Thur 10 Mar Big and Strong Boat Ride Treasure Queen.
Come Carnival Tuesday, what will you be doing?
Playing on a truck for YUMA.
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