Since beginning his career as a seven-year-old soca wunderkind with "Too Young to Soca", Machel Montano has been no stranger to accolades, racking up Soca Monarch Titles and Road March victories in his native Trinidad and Tobago year after year. Now, 33 years into the music game, Montano's frenetic and upbeat brand of soca music is finally earning him stateside acclaim.
This month, at Centric's Soul Train Awards, he took home the award for Best International Performance, beating out contenders like Sam Smith and Ziggy Marley for the title.Continue reading more on thefader.com. Listen to "Pop Ah Bottle" below.
The FADER caught up with Montano to discuss shifting his focus away from the competitions that he's been involved in all his life and to chat about that one time he got Will Smith to wine on stage. Check out the interview below, and stream the premiere of his latest single, "Pop Ah Bottle" here.