Blue Ventures female vocalist Nicole De Coteau is
looking forward to a hectic Carnival 2007.
According to De Coteau, banker by day and singer by night,
her groovy soca track Take Ah Break, which has been riding
the airwaves of Caribbean Tempo 105 and Power 102 FM, is
one with a difference as it seeks to support men and not
is an uplifting song which is acknowledging the good and
hard working men in todays society by recognising
their efforts in taking care of their families, she
said in a recent interview.
De Coteau got the song last year from her cousin Sylvan
Mortimor Price a producer and song-writer based in Canada,
while there working with him on completing his album.
there, we did a number of collaborations, but when I heard
Take Ah Break, I told him, Im taking that song
back to Trinidad, he laughed, but agreed.
When she returned to T&T, she set to work on having
the arrangement for
the song done as well as redoing the lead vocals.
arrangement was done at Cisum studio and I redid the lead
vocals at Ken Hutchinson KHB studios in St Joseph
to give it more of a Trini flavour, she said.
The Diamond Vale Diego Martin beauty started singing professionally
in 1990 with the Lydians, but her love for singing goes
way back to secondary school, she said.
have always loved singing and so have been singing all my
life. I was known as the Woodbrook song bird at Woodbrook
Secondary where I was involved in the school choir,
she said proudly.
In 1997, after placing third at the Song Festival that she
was approached by the band Kalyan to join them as their
only female vocalist.
Her love for singing later prompted her to do vocal training
with Lorna Myers in 2005.
Johnson who I sang with for song festival knew the bassist
for Kalyan, who told him they wanted a female vocalist for
the band. Anthony put him on to me, I did an audition and
that was it.
From 1997 to 2003 De Coteau had the opportunity to do several
genres of music including soca, pop and disco, soul, reggae
After leaving Kalyan in 2003, De Coteau started focusing
on her writing.
was always involved in writing poetry so I started dabbling
in song-writing, but what I always wanted to do was a pan
song. So in 2003, I started working on some original stuff
and I came up with a nice song called Pan Take Over.
The song, she said, was produced by a Buff who was very
impressed with the structure of the song.
told me I had the potential to give Boogsie some trouble,
she said with
But being out of a band for some time, De Coteau longed
for the stage. Then, one day in 2005, while at work her
was Bobby Frank, the owner of Blue Ventures, on the other
end of the line. He was looking for another female lead
vocalist. I met with him for discussions, had my audition
and that was it. I made the band. It has been two years
since Ive been with Blue Ventures and I am enjoying
De Coteau is hopeful that the public embraces Take Ah Break
especially the men and hopes that it picks up some more
air play during the carnival season. She is also hoping
to participate in the Groovey Soca competition this year
as a solo artiste.
didnt bother to fight up to get into a tent Im
taking it easy this year, but I will resubmit my song from
last year called Lost Paradise.
T&T, she said, can also look forward to a video for
Take Ah Break before the end of the Carnival season.