Quency Phillips, the Engine behind Fuzion Artist & Athlete Management, Fuzion Entertainment & FAMLife, is host Cha’Von K. Clarke‘s guest of honour during the 7th episode of On the Couch Variety & Talk Show @ the Deep Lounge & Nightclub.
At the time of his On The Couch appearance Quency was in Bermuda representing and managing Fuzion’s sponsorship of the The 2012 Lime Carifta Games.
Fuzion Athlete Management’s (FAM) initial involvement on the island with Bermudian football icon David Bascome and The Hope4Life Foundation has continued to grow and prosper into other equally important collaborations and initiatives; The Ultimate Bermuda Experience, The Bermuda Musical Festival, The Middle School Summit … to name a few.
Quency has granted BermudaStream this exclusive look into just exactly what was going through his mind as he found himself “put on the spot” as the only judge in a mini X Factor BDA!
Quency Phillips (Owner/Ceo Fuzion Athelete & Artist Management)
First, let me start off by saying that I enjoyed my time at “On The Couch.”
Cha’Von Clarke is doing a great job with the evolution of the show, and the opportunity she is providing to Bermuda.
Same goes to Bermuda Sports Network for their support in making the show a reality.
Now to the episode.
Hindsight is 20/20, and what I realized is that doing something like that is VERY difficult. You have to establish the bar based on what you see – but I’m getting ahead of myself a bit. Let me set the table a bit. I was TIRED. Let me repeat. I was TIRED. That pretty much showed, as well as me not having a haircut in far too long!
Anyway, the first segment flowed. I liked the overall interaction we had in this segment. I didn’t get questions or anything like that prior to stepping on the set, so it truly was exactly how you saw it. As I tell the artists and athletes that I manage – if you’re prepared, you’re always ready. All I did prior to sitting in front of the host was listen to music. I had some nerves, but they quickly went away. I tried to inflect a bit of humor to loosen up the crowd as well, as that’s a big part of my personality.
So, it all begins. The first rapper was J-Silva. Some things happened where his music was off, but as I told him, never let it show to the audience. He was ruined before he began, in my opinion. I cringed during his entire performance.
Haz wasn’t too bad. From what I heard, he has a song on the radio in Bermuda. He was nervous, he was pitchy, but he kept going. I hope he continues with the music. I had to throw a few jokes in there to loosen the artists and the crowd up a bit. Haz, it was all in fun!
Marissa Trott (BYGT Auditons Week 2) was next. I felt her nerves, but here’s a situation where you can tell an artist is just starting out. With a vocal coach, and more confidence I believe she could find her sound. I would look at her as a pop artist, though, and she has an unique look. When I watched her perform, I paid more attention to her entire package. With some grooming, I’d love to see how she evolves. I believe she was only 13 or 14, so she has time on her side – dedication is next.
Imari came through and performed like a seasoned emcee. I liked her vibe, style, flow, etc. This was a positive moment for the show. This was the first artist that I felt could actually perform right now somewhere. I can’t wait to see more from her.
Angelis Hunt – man. Arguably the most difficult critique of the show. He needs a vocal coach asap, but that’s not a bad thing. He’s basically been teaching himself through church how to sing. In our industry, we know what singing in the church can do to your voice (positive and negative). He tried a few runs, high and low notes, etc, that he wasn’t equipped to sing, but I do feel a vocal coach can help him. I’d love to hear him after a year of training. Shoutout to Angelis, though, as I’ve seen him a couple times since this performance in Bermuda.
King Infamus set it off. I think I said all that I needed to say. This is probably the most popular critique of the show based on the feedback I’ve received.
Marvo was cool. He’s a spoken word artist, so it’s hard to critique in that type of setting. He was passionate, and that was the biggest thing that I walked away with from his performance.
Blac was my favorite performance for the entire show. He killed it from start to finish. Got the crowd involved, had a catchy hook, switched his flow up throughout the song, showed poise and confidence – man, he delivered. I’ve talked w/ Blac a lot since this show, and I believe he’s the best I’ve heard from Bermuda.
Cindy Smith is powerful. That’s where it starts and ends w/ me. She took us to church. That’s a hard genre to break into, but she does have a strong voice. Best vocal performance of the night.
Kombat ended the show well. Second favorite performance for me. He also controlled the crowd, was confident, had a great song choice, and just had an overall good vibe on the stage. Another artist that I would be willing to work with.
Overall, I do realize that there is more talent in Bermuda, and I’m focused on providing a support system and structure for artists coming from Bermuda.
It starts with the “In The Lab: Industry Series” workshop which will be held on June 9th. Stay tuned to www.facebook.com/TheQueAgency for more information. It will be FREE to all of Bermuda! It’ll provide a taste of what the industry is truly about.
On The Couch
Thursdays @ 8 pm on the Bermuda Sports Network (BSN/ESCAPE TV Channel 82)