Manager of the multi-times Road March winners, Gregory Warner, told MiyVue.com in an exclusive interview that a number of trips to North America, Europe and the Caribbean are in the pipeline. He added that the calls have started to come in, including from England and Holland. But before heading to Europe, Warner indicated that they are first preparing for concerts in Anguilla, Virgin Gorda, US Virgin Islands and St. Maarten where they are expected to head to, as early as next week.
But Warner was excited about the prospects for Europe saying that for the summer “we definitely want to be exploring the European circuit.”
Last carnival in St. Kitts, Small Axe again showed its dominance on the road and wiped out the competition brought on by other bands, including the one that many had as the favourite to win the road title, Kollision, and also the ever popular Sugar Band, NU Vybes International. In the end, it was the group from Old Road that stole the show and captured the coveted Road March bragging rights with their hit song, “Hardware.”
Like in almost every other year, while Small Axe celebrated, the critics were busy tearing the decision apart, but Warner defended his band reminding everyone who has been criticizing the judge’s decision, that it was judged the same way it has been adjudicated over the years and so the same system has worked for everybody. “Every band that won the title did so with the very same criteria, so it’s only because some can’t beat the Small Axe, they appear to be crying fowl on the system.”
“But since October (2013) we felt that this was our year”, said Warner. He explained that when they realized people were singing the teaser chants and lyrics at the pre-carnival jam sessions that gave the band much hope for December. “People were saying, this is the song, this is the song.”
Small Axe Band has been around for over 30 years and Warner said that they have been growing stronger and stronger and each year it is always their mission to win Road March. There have been some years when they thought it was their time, but “certain circumstances beyond our control, caused us to lose. This was especially so when we had that popular ‘rum song’.”
“Capturing the Road March title means a lot to us because it helps us to get out there and makes the marketing of the band much easier because usually when a band wins such a title they become more attractive for contracts with promoters here and overseas, stated the Small Axe Manager.
It also proves our dominance in the industry, added Warner.
He was also appreciative of the corporate support that the band received from LIME and other companies, including one new sponsor that came on board last carnival, the Insurance Company of the West Indies, ICWI. In fact while making a courtesy call recently to receive his sponsorship check from ICWI, the opportunity was used by one of their agency managers, Michael Martin, of Caribbean Financial Associates, to congratulate Warner and the band, saying, the victory proves that ICWI has aligned itself with the right band (which says they are the sweetest band in the world), “while we would like to think that we are the best insurance comopany in the world.”
Martin told Warner that obviously the band had the “hardware” (playing on the name of the song), and they were able to use that to bring down the pressure on the competition. He said ICWI is looking hopefully to work further with them in the future.