LargeUp Interview: Dr. Jay De Soca Prince is Toronto’s Carnival King

July 31, 2014


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LU: Were you studying anything before becoming a DJ full time?

DJDS: I wanted to be a social worker because I wanted to make a difference. Because I was doing well with my DJing, someone else encouraged me to try radio and broadcasting courses. Itโ€™s funny: I was declined from three post-secondary programs. Years later, Flow 93.5 came around. Flex knew I was a soca DJ and asked me to come in and read a couple of scripts. He threw me on and I learned as I went. I won an award for being an on-air personality. If I allowed the rejections to crush my dreams at the time, I would have turned Flow down. I had enough people that believed in me, which made me say, โ€œwhy not me?โ€

LU:ย  In a way, you are pursuing social work by bringing positive vibes through music. Youโ€™re still doing what you originally wanted to do. Now, if soca were a classic West Indian dish made by your mom or grandmother, which one would it be?

DJDS: Callaloo. Itโ€™s mixed with all kinds of different ingredients. On itโ€™s own, with spinach, okra, pigtail and salt meat, people donโ€™t really want that. But when you blend it all together, it tastes so good. I find soca is like that. I donโ€™t care who it is or where youโ€™re from. Thereโ€™s just something about the music that you love. Even if thereโ€™s a certain style of soca thatโ€™s not for you, there are different things. I know people who just canโ€™t stand โ€œPalance.โ€ When I travel and see how other people react to the music and see how other people play a song, itโ€™s eye opening.

I love callaloo. Itโ€™s one of my favourite foods. When you mix it up, it turns out the same way. Itโ€™s something that will appeal to everybody. Just like soca; a native music from the Caribbean and people donโ€™t know if theyโ€™ll like it. Taste it. Youโ€™ll like it. Itโ€™s an acquired taste, but youโ€™ll like it. It makes everybody happy. Thatโ€™s why I love it so much.

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Listen to Soca Therapy LIVE on CHRY 105.5FM , Sundays from 7 pm to 9 pm EST.

For more info on Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival in Toronto, visit www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com and the Louis Saldenah Mas Band

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Dr. Jay De Soca Prince says, โ€œjus smile, nuh?โ€

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