The soca music scene includes a variety sounds – groovy or chutney soca and parang soca, which has a Latin influence, just to name a few. Soca basically has evolved from the traditional Calypso sound and fused with other types of music to become its own versatile genre. Well why would rock music not have an influence here? Terron “T-Rock” Andrews sees no reason why it shouldn’t. His music has an American-Trinidadian vibe over a dance track and he calls it pop or rock soca. The artist believes that the style will become more popular the more fans are exposed to the sound.
His early 2011 release “Party Like Mad”, produced by 1st Klase, received a warm response in Trinidad and he appeared at Houston CaribFest to perform the track. This is where I caught up with him. He was standing with a group and there was no doubt that he was, in fact, T-Rock. His style of dress fit the name perfectly. The video, directed by Kern Rose and Richard Taylor, was still in the works but it has now come out since our Carnival season came to an end. The “Party Like Mad” video has a guest appearance by the popular Caribbean comedic puppet “Santana” who dances about with a friend the way he does in his flicks on YouTube.
Andrews is a promoter and former deejay who followed his parent’s footsteps into the spotlight. His guitarist father and songstress mother have been supportive of his career from the beginning. Born in Princess Town, Trinidad and Tobago T-Rock has called Houston home for over five years. He is here living his dream in an effort to, “push the culture forward”. Upon first arriving in the city he saw that there was a Caribbean presence of sorts but notes that “there has been tremendous growth over the last few years.” He has performed at Houston CaribFest events in the past. Before venturing into his career as a solo artist Andrews was a member of Prodigy Band.
His mentor Maximus Dan gave him a few sage words when he was younger. While performing in Trinidad Dan was not holed up in the back being pampered, Andrews noticed, he was among the people. When asked about this the star replied, “Music makes me humble.” Remembering this helps T-Rock keep his feet on the ground. He finds pleasure in “liming with the people” between performances.
Check out the video for “Party Like Mad” on YouTube. Find T-Rock’s tracks “Roll That Bumpa”, Wine That Gyal”, and “Free Up” at www.reverbnation.com/trock music. Check out his Facebook Fan Page, follow him on Twitter, and then get ready to slip into something black and sexy to “Party Like Mad” at his All Black Libra Party, Saturday, September 24th at Avani Lounge where he and Skinny Fabulous will perform.