Dale Saunders commands attention with his fusion of soca, r&b and pop music; an energetic performer, he is a force to be reckoned with, and such he was nominated in the Best New Male Soca Artist category at the 2010/2011 International Soca Music Awards. His vocal styles are unique, skilfully bridging various genres, and the result is smooth vocals laid over an addictive blend of soca and r&b rhythms. Dale also takes it up a notch and adds a ragga element, making his music more versatile and appealing to the mainstream market.
He vows to draw the attention of the music industry to the many undiscovered talents within the island paradise from whence he hails.
What made you want to enter UKSM?
To showcase my music, and let the rest of the UK know I am here; also, to play my rôle as an artist and make my contribution to the UK soca scene. You see, many people don't really know me, so this actually becomes my introduction to the UK as a soca artist.
How do you feel about the current state of soca in the UK/EU?
Like everything else, it can be better. However, I can't knock it too hard, as it is on the up and up. With events like UKSM, CALO Festival, it's getting better being a soca artist in the UK. European countries are catching on as well, and occasionally you will get a few calls to go to Germany, Amsterdam or Sweden just to name a few, to perform and share our soca culture and experiences.
What do you think can be done to change the current state of soca in the UK/EU?
I think a bit more togetherness; organisation and participation can take it even further. I do think we can get soca on the big stages of London, and not just when Machel or Kes come through. We have good local talent here, but they need help as well - we all do, but together I'm sure we will be in a better position to assist each other than apart. What can supporters and patrons expect from you on the night of the finals? Well, as always, 100% of pure soca and groovy madness.
Who do you think is your biggest rival will be on the night of the finals?
I respect all the artists. I think we all work really hard to get the level we’re at, and in these events you can never tell.
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