Music

Kedro puts Signature beat to Mama's Wish

Friday, June 14, 2019

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Last year, producer Kevin “Kedro” Scarlet conjured a beat he called the Signature, but instead of releasing it with the usual flood of songs, he concentrated on one artiste and single.

That artiste and song is F3rnace and Mama's Wish, which was released yesterday by Scarlet's Advance Recordz. It is a son's paean to an expectant parent he rarely sees.

Scarlet, a trained audio engineer who launched his career as a producer four years ago, said he was struck by Manchester-born F3rnace's professional attitude and approach to recording.

“Him always have him guitar, an' is one di only young artiste mi see carry a music book come a di studio. Him want everything do right,” Scarlett recalled.

Though the Signature and Mama's Wish were recorded 18 months ago, Scarlett wanted to fine-tune both before releasing them.

“Wi try nuh rush things, if things can be better wi mek it better. Wi jus' try be patient,” he said.

The 32-year-old Scarlet operates the Advance Recordz studio in Grant's Pen Avenue, where he has lived most of his life. The label's first release was the Life Wonders rhythm on which he played keyboards alongside saxophonist Dean Fraser and bassist Andrew “Bassie” Campbell.

He reckons Advance Recordz has released 15 beats to date. Its previous project was the One Bim which had songs by Hot Frass, Gage, Don Pree and Tanto Marijuana.

Scarlet is a past student of Jose Marti Technical High School where he achieved five CXC passes. Early in his career, he learned studio engineering as well as different aspects of the music business including publishing.

Prior to starting Advance Recordz, he worked as an engineer at Rise And Shine Studio in Portmore. and for Junior Reid's JR Productions.

— Howard Campbell


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