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Interview w/ Tanto Metro
By Lady Zimma & Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
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2001-03-29
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Tanto Metro is one half of the dynamic duo that did the popular track 'Everyone Falls in Love'. Alongside Devonte, he has given a whole new meaning to the male duo thing and he has a whole lot more up his sleeve for his fans.

Born Mark Anthony Wolfe 31 years ago in Kingston, Jamaica, Tanto Metro was raised mainly in Woodford Park where his parents live, but also grew up in Jungle and Kirk Town. He coined his moniker from the Lone Ranger and Tanto show that he used to watch as a child. He recalls, "There was already a DJ named Lone ranger, so I take the name of the sidekick". The second part of his name is after the world famous sound system Metro Media, or more so, Peter Metro. The latter guided Tanto in the business and also introduced him to sound systems. He says, "I was an apprentice".

As a child Tanto listened to different types of music including Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole and Bob Marley as he prepared to go to school and also in the evenings when he returned home. He says he "used to constantly hear music" and as such he would sing to himself in the bathroom. He then decided to try it on the road and people started telling him how good he was, so with some encouragement, he took things further. Tanto writes his own lyrics, but at times says he likes "when I get help" as he believes in the saying '2 heads are better than 1'. He has written with Devonte, Mega Banton and others at Shocking Vibes.

His writing skills coupled with a talented partner garnered him his most successful single to date, 'Everyone Falls In Love' and as a solo performer, Tanto Metro has previously released 2 albums entitled 'Ratings' and 'Ever Ready'. He has also performed music on a non-Reggae format covering songs by Ben E. King and Otis Redding.

Awards are frequent and Tanto Metro alongside Devonte has been awarded Tamika, ASCAP and Reggae Soca awards for various categories including Best Duo, Song of the Year and Best Selling Single.

Tanto was also one of the original founders of Shocking Vibes. He used to par with Little Kirk, Patrick Roberts and Beenie Man. They hung out for year before officially becoming Shocking Vibes. The original Shocking Vibes Crew comprised of them as well as Little Lenny and the Firehouse Crew. Lenny went his own way and Firehouse Crew now work with Luciano, but they are still "bredrins".

Although Tanto was signed to Sony for a while, he says, "Things went sour. I still respect them… and appreciate what they've done for us". He is now with Shocking Vibes and plans to release and album in October/November 2000 through VP called 'The Beat Goes On' with Devonte.

As an entertainer, Tanto feels he has a duty to be a positive role model for younger people. He says, "As an entertainer you get up and say 'jump' and you have 35,000 people jump. I feel every entertainer have real reason to play their right part and do what they have to." Shocking Vibes also help people in the community.

The decision by the Jamaican government to clamp down on copyright laws came as a shock to a lot of entertainers, but Tanto simply says, "Dem haffe know what dem a do becah if dem want get involve, dem haffe know what dem get involve inna becah some of dem just want reap what dem nuh know about. If dem clamp down on de piracy ting deh, me nuh have no problem wid dat". Tanto dislikes the hypocrisy within the music business and says, "Every artist fe live good".

His successful partnership with Devonte came about a couple of years ago when Devonte came to Shocking Vibes. Tanto showed Devonte the ropes and they recorded a couple of tracks. The second one was 'Everyone Falls In Love' and it did extremely well. Tanto has also collaborated with other artists in R&B as well as Reggae. He has worked with a plethora of producers such as Fat Eyes, Germaine, Steely & Clevie and Shams.

Of his accomplishments so far, Tanto says, "I feel good to know that 1982 to now, I reach this far". So, what is the secret of his success? He says, "Perseverance and encouragement", but is quick to point out "I have a lot more gear fe lick inna de box". His advice to up and coming entertainers is to "Keep away from drugs and guns because they don't mix with music. Hard work and perseverance".

Finally, he would like to tell all his fans, "Thank you very much and I really appreciate it (the support)".

To book Tanto Metro contact Shocking Vibes Production Ltd, Tel: (876) 941-1408 Fax: (876) 931-6220 or email: shocking@colis.com and don't forget to check out the web site at http://www.shockingvibes.com.


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