Bunji Garlin on Soca, "Differentology," and Not "Selling Out"
Courtesy VP Records "Are you ready" for Trinidad's Bunji Garlin at Best of the Best 2014?
One hit is all it takes for an established musician to become an international star. For Bob Marley, it was "Judge Not." For Shaggy, it was "Oh, Carolina." For Trinidadian ragga soca artist Bunji "The Fireman" Garlin, that song is "Differentology."
"The purpose was to transcend beyond the season of the carnival [in Trinidad and Tobago] so that it can relate to anyone from anywhere," the singer explains. "It was made to stand out among everything else."
And Garlin's hit single does just that. Even those not familiar with the Trini, if they've tuned in to any local pop radio station, watched the tenth episode of season ten of Grey's Anatomy, or even jammed to Major Lazer, they've heard Bunji's big song.
Now thanks to the track's success, Garlin and his crew will be dropping "Differentology" and shouting "Are you ready?" at Miami's Bayfront Park as part of the annual Best of the Best megaconcert during Memorial Day weekend.
"Just the excitement of performing with all these people," the Fireman marvels. "A lot of these artists, we've been fortunate to come across them many times and work on the same stage as them. It's a nice, family-type environment. It's all these bands from all these different islands."
With steady reggae, dancehall, and soca vibes emanating from Best of the Best's main stage, the good times will definitely keep rolling. But for Garlin, this fest is about more than just having fun.
"Being a Trinidadian artist, many of these opportunities, we don't often get selected for them," he admits. "We always fight for it. This gives us a chance for people to look at our music in a different way too."