Throwback Thursdays: Kevin Lyttle on “Turn Me On”

July 17, 2014


The response was pretty incredible. [DJs] would have to play it again at first just because of how good the record was, and then I would still have the haters who would say, โ€˜You didnโ€™t really sing that song,โ€™ or โ€˜I donโ€™t like that song,โ€™ or โ€˜How your voice too high?โ€˜ But the song would keep playing.

I revisited the song twice. Iโ€™ve done the version with Spragga Benz. At the time the Diwali riddim started bubbling in the Caribbean so that kind of clapping was added for the chorus of โ€œTurn Me Onโ€ for the version on the album, but it wasnโ€™t much different than the original version.

And there was a very strong remix with Alison Hinds that did very well because the producer of the remix was a Canadian gentleman from Trinidad, Ian Wilshire. That gave the record the extra reach it needed in Canada. Canada loved the record. I was doing all these big gigs in Canada between 2001 and 2003, reaching all the major radio stations in Canada on my own without having a major label. Ian as a Canadian citizen was able to get the song CanCon status. Which means the song has Canadian content. [That helps] a song get play on regular rotation.