David Rudder speaks! – Performer, composer, extraordinary musician

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David Rudder

Global
– His music simply defined an era as he wrote and / or sang some of the Caribbean’s greatest, most timeless and culturally relevant musical hits. The name David Michael Rudder is synonymous with a thoughtful consideration for artistic integrity, an appreciation of culture and a keen awareness of history. His gift for storytelling is unparalleled. And throughout his award-winning career, Pan, its people, and Pan’s culture remain one of his favorite subjects.

In this exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, musician, songwriter and performer David Rudder shares his thoughts on steelpan art form and music in the Caribbean then, now and tomorrow.


WST –

“For those who don’t know your many accomplishments, which one are you most proud of? “

David Rudder

“Making people feel good about themselves for over forty years. Representative T&T (Trinidad and Tobago) and the Caribbean.


WST

– “When and how did you meet Pan?” “

David Rudder

– “I spent a good part of my early years on Duncan Street
[Port-of-Spain] with my aunt Eileen, and her neighbor was Charlo, who was the captain of Sisson’s Wonderland. It was at the end of the fifties.“


WST

– “Pan has always been part of David Rudder’s story –
The hammer,
Dus’ in Dey Face and last year
little dance to name a few. Why did Pan play such an important role in David Rudder’s story? “

David Rudder

– “Because that was a big part of the story of our lives here in our Twin Islands.”


WST

– “You are a musician, composer, arranger, performing artist and by extension pedagogue, historian and journalist, what is your satisfaction? “

David Rudder

– “It’s really only one hat.”


WST

– “To follow up on the previous question, do you think artists today appreciate the responsibility and potential power they wield – as documentary filmmakers of culture and history – in the same way? that seasoned artists like you, Sparrow, Kitchener and others know you? “

David Rudder

– “Maybe some, but the world has changed.” The view is different now.


WST

– “Yes
Rodolphe Charles was alive today, what would be different? Compared to the art form of steelband, why has there been such a void in similar leadership and vision? “

David Rudder

– “It’s a difficult question to answer. The truth is, I don’t know.


WST

– “What is your favorite song from ‘David Rudder’? “

David Rudder

– “The one I’m writing.” MDR! “


WST

– “What are you most proud of about Pan?”

David Rudder

– “That we have created something that we can share with the world.”


WST

– “What has disappointed you the most about Pan from a national (Trinidad and Tobago) and global perspective?” “

David Rudder

– “Insecurity and selfishness.”


WST

– “According to you, what is the future of Pan in Trinidad?”

David Rudder

– “The future will depend on how we raise our children. How we connect them to their story and their self-image.


WST

– “Is Panorama a curse or a blessing?” “

David Rudder

– “It’s a blessing, it’s music.” The curse is how we allowed ourselves to make it alpha and omega. This is how we treat each other as a people. This is where the curse lies. This empty shell at Trincity is a perfect metaphor.


WST

– “If you had the power to change something in the Panorama scene, what would it be?” “

David Rudder

– “Hmmm! Maybe a solo panning show. A young soloist supported by a small group (a chamber orchestra maybe) the best of each group. Organized by a youngster.


WST

– “Describe your creative process? “

David Rudder

– “I usually go into the studio with either an empty mind or an idea.” Then I open my mind and let it take over. Writing songs is second nature to me, so it’s not difficult at all, and I’ve never had writer’s block.


WST

– “What has changed the most for you in your work since your hits of the 80s and 90s?”

David Rudder

– “Brass.”


WST

– “In 1987 you wrote”Haiti. “This is one of the most important and definitive pieces about the state of Haiti in our time. In 2010, the unimaginable happened to Haiti. What have we learned – or haven’t we? learned – from this catastrophic event and its consequences? “

David Rudder

– “Not much, but at least we now know that our pumpkin-vine cousins ​​exist, little mercy that is.”


WST

– “Culturally speaking, what surprises you the most at this time?”

David Rudder

– “I don’t think I’m surprised at much since I’m a history student.” What I feel though is that there will soon be an explosion of new music, new ideas as young people, armed with musical knowledge, take center stage.


WST

– “What do you think of the
Panorama International recently announced by Pan Trinbago?

David Rudder

– “Announcing is one thing. Cutting the concert is another. Keeping the mood going is another. Let’s see. “


WST

– “Name two things relating to Pan which are totally intolerable from your point of view, and which you would like to see changed immediately?” “

David Rudder

– “I can think of one. Do something about that ‘Trincity sculpture’. Blow it up or sup’n.


WST

– “Who are your favorite steelband arrangers and why?” “

David Rudder

– “Boogs and Brads. They never shied away from what was presented to them. Other than” Boogsie “, who else besides” Braddos “would have addressed
Top Mas? “


WST

– “A lot of your songs are timeless. From “Madness” To “Live the life of Yuh (like Yuh playing at the Mas)“- what does that say about the human condition to effect a change in his life?”

David Rudder

– “Do something real and deep, and people will feel it for generations.” If it allows someone to see a new and beautiful way, then half the job is done. “I am the seed of the growling tiger. “


WST

– “When you hear names like Pat Bishop, Clive Bradley, Ella Andall and David Rudder – you shamelessly think of Trinidad. Who do you think takes that road today?”

David Rudder

– “If you’re talking about the next generation, well, they’re all walking this path.” It’s just that some of them don’t know it yet. “


WST

– “Why do you want David Rudder to be remembered the most?”

David Rudder

– “A song.”


WST

– “What’s next for David Rudder?” “

David Rudder

– “More music and rekindle my other artistic interests.”




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