Mr “Sugary Waistline” is back this year with sweet, sweet, new melodies.
With a live album, 777, which will include collaborations with many great Antiguan musicians, this versatile artiste, songwriter, producer and musician breaks the cultural music barrier. He has gone beyond soca, testing the waters of R&B, hip-hop, reggae, alternative rock and more.
Drastic, also known as Art Philip, is a son of the soil. He began his professional career in 2007 when he copped the Virgin Islands Idol title.
He stepped into the spotlight locally when he sang and performed his popular hit, Sugary Waistline, at the 2010 Soca Monarch Competition.
Drastic has kept Antigua & Barbuda moving and shaking with Bam Bam, They Say Ah Rude and Sing Me Ah Melody, just to name a few.
The artiste said it has been no easy task deviating from “Caribbean music” and taking the mainstream route.
But, as he explained to OBSERVER Entertainment, he is not one to shy away from a challenge. According to the songster, he has been working diligently to increase his views online and his listenership.
Hip-hop fans would likely know the Thicker Than Water Mixtape – a project collaboration with Antiguan rapper Tha Shya – which consists of a number of mainstream remixes and originals.
His many awards are testimony to his accomplishments. He has landed six number one spots on Tempo’s Cross Caribbean Countdown and secured the number six position on MTV Base Africa with Kiss Me Girl featuring Jah Cure.
His Blasting Away music video with J Nation and LogiQ Pryce won the heart of the judges, evidenced in his copping of the BEST Use of Anime in a Music Video Award in Trinidad at the Anime Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival.
This year, Mr Sugary Waistline wants you to prepare for Wukk, a sweet, sexy, soca song, which he said is designed to take over the mind, body and soul. Wukk was written by the artiste, his manager Brass, Craig Christopher and Mali Richards.
The beat is a true Caribbean production. It was produced by Victorious from Trinidad and the baseline is played by Rennie Phillips, a young, talented musician from Tortola.
In addition to making music, Drastic will again be working with the International Properties campaign, doing short films and competitions with various schools and artistes around the globe.
For this year’s carnival season, the local performer said he hopes that local musicians will be treated more reasonably by promoters and organisers. He hopes for more organisation, fairness and professionalism in Antigua & Barbuda’s music industry.
For more on Drastic, be sure to check www.TheBrassAngel.com.