Picking this year’s Road March winner was probably even easier than choosing a side in the Iwer versus Kenneth Petty incident, but creating the monster hit Stage Gone Bad was anything but.
Both Neil “Iwer” George and Kees Dieffenthaller are superstars in the local music industry, but with very different sounds. And they admitted that they had to record the song more than once because of that.
“We actually record the song in a lower key, which is Kees key, then we went back and say nah we have to bring him up,” Iwer said with a mischievous grin on his face.
“Nah don’t get on so, don’t get on so nah, you know they call me because I have my vocals ready,” Dieffenthaller interjected.
Yesterday both men held a media conference symbolically on the Main Stage at the Queens Park Savannah.
Dieffenthaller said it was his first real foray into the Power Soca realm and admitted it was a dream come true, even though he had to change what may be his biggest asset.
“I did change my voice a lot because I mean I adapt my voice to style and vibe and I don’t think people were accustomed to hearing the guy who sang Hello to sing Stage Gone Bad.”
Iwer admitted that Kees is “sweet” and he did not want to lose his identity but eventually, he needed some “roughing up”.
“Where I sing on the track again?” Kees interrupted again as those in attendance laughed.
It’s the first Road March title for Dieffenthaller and it’s been 20 years since Iwer last one it. And while the “Water Lord” has received most of the plaudits for the title, Dieffenthaller said he does not feel left out.
“It is written so it don’t matter, the experience…to have front row seats for a road march song was a crazy experience and with that, I win, I don’t need somebody to tell me that.”
Iwer was asked about the incident on the Socadrome where Minaj’s husband briefly pushed away the newly crowned Soca Monarch from his wife. He called for the public to leave them be and repeated what he had previously put out on social media.