Machel Montano: Trinidadian Soca Star Uses EV RE-1 Wireless on Tour
BIO: MACHEL MONTANO
Machel Montano is a young Trinidadian who is edging his name among the elite in the music industry. Machel and his band Xtatik has been the premiere soca band in the Caribbean for more than a decade and have established themselves as the leading draw at major events in New York City, Miami, Toronto, and London and throughout the Caribbean Diasporas. Machel is recognized as the leading performer in the soca music genre and is highly regarded as well as a songwriter, producer and band leader.
Machel began his career in 1982 at age seven. As early as 1984, he formed his band Pranasonic Express now called XTATIK. Machel’s debut album “TOO YOUNG TO SOCA“, released in 1985, was an instant hit which earned him many rave reviews and standing ovations wherever he performed. In 1986, he appeared on Star Search in Hollywood bringing Soca Music to the screens of US National Television. Early on, he was described as a “Stevie Wonder of Soca“.
Machel and XTATIK have performed with many popular international entertainment personalities including: Freddie Jackson, TLC, Third World , Shaggy, El Debarge, Destiny’s Child, The Boyz, Kris Kross, Buju Banton, Ziggy Marley, Garnet Silk, Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killa and many others. In 1987, at the age of twelve, Machel became the first Trinidadian and youngest Entertainer to win the Caribbean Song Festival. In 1991, at sixteen, he won the Young Kings Competition. XTATIK won best playing music band on the road for CARIBANA 94 and MIAMI CARNIVAL 94. In 1995 Machel won Party Vocalist of the year and in 1996 XTATIK won Party band of the Year. In 1995 and 1997 Machel & Xtatik journeyed to London and mesmerized the sold out crowds. In 1997 Machel became the youngest ROAD MARCH KING of Trinidad & Tobago and XTATIK’S album “HEAVY DUTY“ has been described as one of the best selling SOCA Albums ever.
Machel and XTATIK have produced sixteen (16) albums with seven (7) mini albums seventeen (17) singles - a ten (10) singles on compilation and three (3) cassette singles. Some of their many hits include: “TOO YOUNG TO SOCA“, “TAKE ME BACK“, “ TOO EARLY FOR YOUR LOVE“, “BY ALL MEANS“, “TAKE AH BORROW“, “COME DIG IT“, “MUSIC FARM“, “BIG TRUCK“, “FOOTSTEPS“, “TORO TORO“, “SHOW DOWN“, “WATER“, “POWDER PUFF“, “TAY LAY LAY“, “WRECKER“, “WE WILL CARRY ON“, “BIG PHAT FISH“, “BREAK“, “NO War“, “Craziness“ and many more.