Montreal’s Troy Fernandes’ celebrates his Trinidadian and Portuguese roots with his new single, “Darling,” blending influences that range from Calypso, Soca, Chutney and pop.
“It’s about the relationship a ‘street dude’ has with the woman in his life who has been there with him through thick and thin,” Fernandes said about the single. “It’s an expression of him saying ‘darling, let’s go out and have a good time and let’s leave behind our daily stresses and arguments and enjoy each other’s company for the night.'”
Fernandes spent the first nine years of his life in the midst of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival and the culture of the islands.
Fernandes is the co-founder of underground collective Made by Monkeys, and in 2017 he went solo to release his singles “Take Me Away” and “Music In Me”. Now he’s working on his upcoming EP.
“Many genres helped cultivate my musical background,” he said. “We used the wardrobe to show attire that fits well with the summer festival time of year, not just in Trinidad, but all over. My hair and style in the video comes from my Portuguese roots, too. I wanted that ‘European soccer player’ look mixed with the Trinidadian culture, but easy enough to understand the catchy rhythm of the song.”