One of the hottest acts in Florida is the Soca musician Klassik Frescobar. The Miami-based singer moved to Florida in 2014 but has also lived in New York and Jamaica.
“I was born in New York, but raised by my grandparents in Kingston, Jamaica. I moved back to New York at the age of 13,” he said.
Music has played an important role throughout his life, but Klassik was originally more interested in hip hop and rap, even though he always remained close to his Caribbean roots. This wasn’t difficult in the Bronx, where local Dancehall parties were a popular pastime for the aspiring musician.
Starting his music career
He has said, “New York is my favorite place in the world. Its diversity is immensely inspiring to me. That is where I built close relationships with local DJs and producers.” His friendship with Jamaican-born Ricky Blaze resulted in the release of his mixtape “Sleep When I Die”. The tape was a collaboration with Ricky but also included music artists Red Café (the Guyanese rapper), Cory Gunz, XV, and Currensy.
Growing up in Jamaica, the radio was his constant companion as it played in the background. On her visits, his mother’s cassette player offered the delightful sounds of Dancehall artists Beenie Man, Sean Paul, and Bounty Killa. These were the influences that subconsciously steered him towards a music career.
The Caribbean is home to both the joyful notes of Soca and the slower tempo of Reggae. One was born in Jamaica and the other in Trinidad and Tobago, but both have roots and influences from Africa. Reggae evolved from Ska in the late 1960s and was the first form of contemporary music to come from Jamaica.
Soca has developed into a range of styles since it first started coming from Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1970s, It is an offshoot of Calypso with influences from India, thanks to the influx of Indians to the islands during that time.
Moving to Miami
Since his first forays into writing music, Klassik’s music has evolved into a sound that embodies a perfect fusion of Dancehall, Calypso, and Soca. Frescobar dazzles his fans and audiences with his vibrant style and impressive vocals. His focus is on getting them up to dance with his high-energy music fusions.
Klassik Frescobar moved to Miami in 2014, working closely with Red Café. The Miami Soca scene was ready to appreciate Klassik’s efforts and his records “Boom”, “Chair” and “Gasoline” were warmly received.
“Boom” went viral on the “Big Ride Riddim” where the #BoomChallenge sparked a demand for the official music video. Dancers from all over the world took part in the challenge by posting videos of them dancing to the song.
The remix for his single titled “Looking Good ” was warmly received around the world and features Trinidadian soca artists Trinidad Ghost, Trinidad Madman, the Bajan artiste Marzville, and the St Lucian artiste Kisha.
To date, his most viral record, “Looking Good,” accumulated more than three million views for its Twitter post. It was also a great success on Instagram and Tiktok and was chartered #1 on iTunes Top 100 Reggae songs in 2020. The catchy lyrics and rhythm of “Benz Truck” also made it an online success.
Klassik Frescobar is as determined as his favorite Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel. Soca is a genre that requires perseverance and hard work, and Klassik considers himself lucky to have had many positive influences from other talented people. Klassik’s most loved Soca artist is Patrice Roberts who has managed to remain at the top for so many years and tirelessly continues to make music. The songwriters he admires most are Problem Child and Mical Teja.
The difficulties of 2020 included the cancellation of some of the major carnivals usually attended by Soca artists in the Caribbean and Miami. Klassik Frescobar is undaunted and intends to keep fresh material coming online for now.
“Problems can’t stop me from following my dreams. I intend to continue inspiring people to follow theirs.”
So far this year, his mix “Too Much” was charted on Barbados Top 200 Shazams in 2021. Klassik also has two brand-new collaborations coming out this month. Fans can look forward to the first one with GBM Nutron on March 13, 2021, and the second with Marzville is following a few days later, on March 18.
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