Our island churns out and nurtures talent in quite a lot of industries. Nonetheless, for this feature, we’ll think about the Creative Industry, specifically music.
Meet Josiah William a.k.a. Big Vybe. A native of Saint Lucia and the island’s latest Dancehall sensation. Big Vybe began writing and performing music at a really young age, and officially launched his profession which catapulted on to the international stage in 2012. His unique sound has been described as Modern Dancehall fused with Soca, Afrobeats and RnB.
He released his debut EP “LANES” in 2020 and has collaborated with various artists and producers from the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. His most up-to-date projects have included working with Nessa Preppy, Precision Productions, Smiddy Smith, DancehallRulerz, Diddi Emah, Ayzed, Grey C and more. Vybe’s mission is to be an envoy for his homeland in addition to for the Caribbean diaspora, while inspiring the subsequent generation in a positive manner.
We were capable of chat with the artiste about his latest single and his plans for the upcoming Carnival season. His new single “Back It Up” is the artistic, international fusion of Dancehall, Soca, and Afrobeats genres from Big Vybe. Produced by Smiddy Smith with the remix featuring Trinidadian Soca artiste Nessa Preppy and Nigerian Artiste Greyc.
How did the link between you and Nessa Preppy occur?
Nessa and I even have people in common equivalent to my producer/manager Smiddy Smith who connected us just a few years back and have been within the works of putting together a collaboration, it has just all the time been about timing. And he also made the reference to GreyC as well.
What are your plans for the upcoming Carnival season?
I even have loads of dope music in my portfolio. I spent the past 2 years within the studio in the course of the pandemic, so my plans for the carnival season is to release tracks back-to-back and hopefully can come home for carnival this yr.
What other future collaborations can we expect from you?
My dream collab has all the time been Popcaan. I’m also occupied with a collab with Patrice, Lyro, Nailah, etc.
Who’re just a few of the Saint Lucian producers you prefer to to work with?
I’ve worked with Ransom Recordz a few times, I’m also currently working with a young Lucian producer by the name of Island (Audio Lab Records), he’s my go-to producer and engineer, so the upcoming season lookout for some music coming from Island and myself, its’ gonna be lit.