They call me NAVY, took the name that they gave me, turned it back to front.
A lyricist by all definitions of the word, who strongly dislikes being labeled anything otherwise.
WHEN + WHERE?
I was born on May 18, 1987. I First hit the stage at my school's Soca Competition, where I placed 1st place with a song called "First Place". Recorded one song with friends then started writing and performing poetry. I have been doing that for the past 4 years in Trinidad at all the major spots... and in New York, getting my feet wet in the Poetry scene there while studying and working. I am now back home in Trinidad getting reacquainted with what's left of the scene here. Working on making my return to the studio soon!
To say something (else)! Artists take their power for granted. I think we could put our work to greater use... or at least be creative!
PLEASE SAY SOMETHING DEEP ABOUT ART:
To be artistic is to be yourself... we are all artistic in one way or another. However, society's constraints dissuade us from being ourselves and we lose our artistic freedom. Don't be a robot!
THIS IS THE QUESTION I WANTED TO ASK:
What do you think of the local art scene? I think we have VERY far to go. In almost every country art is at the bottom of the spectrum in terms of education, and that translates into the society. That doesn't mean that their art is lost, because the people even in small groups foster art amongst themselves. We have a culture of bandwagonism in T&T that suppresses art in general. We like what we see on tv and hear on the radio. We have so much talent that ends up going to waste because there are not be enough forums, or because it is just overlooked. We the people have the power to make things happen!
***BTW WE SHOULD ADD:
This is what Navy, born Yvan Mendoza , looks like:
CHECK Navy's blog here. And his Facebook PAGE here. This/discourse/has/no/start(middle)nd is an interview series featuring the responses of Trinidad artists to a set questionnaire. FIND out more and see the full list of interviewees here.