My Interview with Nebula 868. Photo credits to the talented Joshua Brizan :)
Have you ever been out of this world? Would you like to have an extraterrestrial experience? What better way to do this than to listen to the sounds of Nebula868; a dynamic duo that brings out an invasion of musical heights. Sean and Wong Nebula (Sean Padmore, 22 and Clayton Wong, 21) describe themselves as brothers, having both known each other for as long as they have known themselves. They have already pledged their continuous representation of Trinidad and Tobago having already placed our international calling code within their name – 868. The men of Nebula 868 have considered all their opportunities as a blessing, having shared a stage with Nicki Minaj when she performed in Trinidad and Tobago back in October of 2010.
Since then, many calls flowed in for their performances in numerous clubs and parties. They have not only performed in Trinidad and Tobago, but have also graced stages in Grenada. “We want to have the Caribbean involved in the journey with Nebula868” said Wong excitedly. Nebula 868 also has plans on infiltrating the UK entertainment market, but for now, the immediate plans for 2012 will involve looking at the United States for opportunities.
Wong Nebula looks at himself as complex, and is thankful for Sean who would help him break it down when the situation calls for it. Sean on the other hand, considers himself a bit of a positive rebel. Together they become the most versatile musicians that you may ever come across. They tend to be involved in all stages with respect to the production of their music. They have dabbled in the genres of Soca, Hip Hop, Reggae and Pop, and have been able to capture a growing fan base of over 10,000 individuals on facebook.
Two of the most popular tracks coming from Nebula868 are: ‘Confidence’ and ‘A-M-P-E-D’. Confidence, released for Carnival 2K11, has received considerable airplay. The track came out of a simplistic beat that was built on basic percussions and a single instrument. It was recorded and written since 2009 “from fooling around in the studio” as the brothers put it. Most may be familiar with ‘A-M-P-E-D’, a local track that was heavily mixed with pop music elements. Amped, definitely brings a refreshing blend, with an energetic bouncy vibe that is completely different from what we have heard coming out of Trinidad and Tobago. It was indeed interesting to find out that both Sean and Wong have no previous vocal training so what you see is what you get. However, the members of Nebula868 would desperately like to get vocal training to improve their craft. “Our food is getting better” said Sean, expressing that there is always room for improvement. So who is their inspiration?
Sean and Wong are inspired by Michael Jackson and Black Eyed Peas respectively. For Sean, Michael Jackson was such a dynamic performer who always promoted positivity and acted upon his words. He commented on many artists who promoted negative vibes. “To each his own” he stated, but he maintained that such a direction is not one for Nebula868. For Wong, Black Eyes Peas is strongly admired for their versatility and their ability to create great music. What was even more interesting about Nebula868 is its plan for fashion. Wong disclosed that he has an interest in fashion and design, and he hinted that a clothing line reflective of Nebula868’s vibe is definitely in the making. He then added “Anya Ayoung Chee has Nebula868’s full support. We are elated by the fact that she has topped the American television series Project Runway.”
Nebula868 has scored tremendously, having captured the attention of international Soca artiste, Machel Mantano. The group has already done a collaborative song for Carnival 2K12 and hinted that the song is not even close to a Groovy Soca. The title of track is ‘Drop it’, so one may naturally expect an invigorating, out of this world vibe coming out from both Machel Montano and Nebula868. “The marriage to music is definitely important” Wong stressed when asked about girlfriends or significant others in their lives. “When it happens, it would be at the right time and with the right individual.” Sean agrees completely. “It’s marriage to music and she’s beautiful,” he said jokingly. “You have to believe in what you do and you have to perfect your art”, stated Wong Nebula, giving advice to young individuals who would like to make a breakthrough in the local music industry. The brothers then stated: “Live, Love and Learn.”
Senior Press Pass Correspondent
University of the West Indies