Tevin Hartman describes his decision to become a soca artiste, not as a moment but as an opportunity. He began his musical journey while playing with a friend named Aqiyl Haynes. They were in school “under wildness”, he recalls, beating on a desk. Fun in school turned into a Facebook video that went viral back in 2012, a video that got Hartman thinking he should try his hand at music. In 2014, he went on to win a MillBeatz Entertainment Facebook competition, and his career was launched.
Hartman’s biggest achievement thus far was winning the Eye Slam Super Star 2018 competition. The young soca artiste expressed his gratitude, saying, “As a new artiste, it’s difficult to get your name and face out there. Hats off to Slam 100.5 FM for at least giving five artistes the opportunity.” His music was surfing the airwaves during the competition, which made it a lot easier for people to hear it. The Edinburgh 500 artiste went on to say, “People always say ‘yuh music good’, but through the grace of God, winning the competition was my greatest achievement so far.”
Get to know rising soca star Tevin Hartman:
Q. What was your favourite moment as an artiste so far?
A: Opening a show for Bunji Garlin. I believe you should always ask; someone can either tell you yes or no. I was looking on Facebook for an event, and sent a message asking for an opportunity to perform. Bunji gave me this advice: “Some people will come to events and would not want to move and watch you straight in your face as a new artiste or seasoned artiste to try to intimidate you. Just deliver the music down their throat!”
Q. What was your worst moment as an artiste?
A: There are times I was not sure of myself. Sometimes I’m not sure if to release music. Sometimes you feel like you might not get the love.
Q: What is your pet peeve?
Q: Whom do you admire the most?
A:My big brother, former national footballer, Kenwyne Jones [Bet you didn’t see that coming!]
Q: What is your favourite dish?
Q: Besides music, what do you like to do?
Q: What football team is your favourite?
Q: Who is your favourite football player?
A:Messi. [I thought he was going to say his big brother, but go figure.]
Q: What is the best advice that you ever received? Who gave it to you?
A: Preedy: “Always invest in yourself.”
Q: What do you think are the qualities required to become a successful artiste?
A: You need to be brave and resilient, to always be prepared to deal with any situation, because things can change at an instant. You also need to be dedicated and persistent.
Q: What are your goals as an artiste?
A:To win at the Soca Monarch competition. To be the best representative of soca music using all the tools and resources available to me. To push soca music, and in the next five years to be the person or part of the process of putting soca music on the map.
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring artistes?
A:If you want to be a soca artiste, “no” should never be your full stop. If someone tells you “no”, then it should give you the drive to want it even more. Soca music is not for the faint of heart. It is not for “softy, softy” people. Not every year will be your best year; you have to have a turtle back, strong back, hard back, because nothing is promised in this industry, so ensure to keep perfecting your craft.
Hartman is grateful for his support team consisting of Ché Riley, Nickel Corneal, Akeem Bonaparte and everyone who supported his music. He has a soca competition record that even Floyd Mayweather would envy, remaining undefeated in all competitions. Soca music has a new undisputed champion and his name is Tevin Hartman. His music includes ‘Don’t Tote’ (2015), ‘No Way’ (2016), ‘Major Key’ (2017), ‘Reflections ft. Sekon Sta’ (2017), ‘No Shame’ (2018). He can be found on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.