I first met musician/producer Navid Lancaster in 2001 when a demo cd of homerecorded tracks of mine landed in his possession. Out of our first collaboration a long-standing and true friendship arose. So, when I needed a composer for the opening sequence to my series “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” he was my first and only choice.
Navid has made a few small appearances on this site before, always as a supporting character. However I think it’s time now for me to shine the spotlight on him. He’ll be my first musical guest, this Thursday at 7 p.m. EST and via this post hopefully you’ll have a better insight into who he is, and what makes him tick
TG: What do you love most about Trinidad & Tobago?
Navid: We have a wide range of cultural and religious influences. Sometimes there is friction but in general we have learnt to live in harmony with each other.
TG: What is your most prized possession and why?
Navid: The Kitab-I-Aqdas (The Most Holy Book). I am a member of the Baha’I Faith and the Teachings in this Book – along with other laws and ordinances within the Baha’I Faith – have had a great influence on my life and my decisions.
TG: What is a challenge that you have successfully overcome in life?
Navid: Deciding and becoming who I want to be regardless of what society may dictate I should be doing because of my status/race/educational background. It’s a struggle everyday but the freedom of deliberately deciding how to live my life is liberating. Once you start that habit you don’t ever want to go back.
TG: Do you consider yourself a good home cook?
Navid: Nope!! LOL. That’s another skill that I would have to master.
TG: What’s a favourite dish of yours that you would like me to make for you?
Navid: Funny enough I’m one of those people who don’t have one. I like surprises though and I know your skills. So surprise me!!
Hmm, sounds like I’m going to have Navid over at my next vegetarian menu
To learn more about Navid visit his ReverbNation page, or just keep reading. And, don’t forget “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” debuts this Thursday evening at 7p.m. EST on Google+. Visit the event page for show details, recipes and more!
Navíd (pronounced: Nah-veed) Lancaster is a musician/producer and the owner of LANCAST, an independent company that creates music, soundtracks, jingles and commercials. He is also an audio and video editor.
During his twelve (12) year career he has built an impressive portfolio ranging from assisting with the recording of Mungal Patasar’s album “Live at the Little Carib Theatre”, creating Soca Plate remixes for the Soca Twins (Germany) to producing his own albums and soundtracks. He has also created many radio commercials, co-created programs for the Ministry of Information and produced commercials on behalf of the Ministry of Health and other Governmental agencies.
Before starting his independent company (LANCAST) in 2007, Navíd has worked and trained in various studios most notably KMP Music Lab in 2001 and Suresound Recording Studios for six years. From 2009 to 2012 he also worked as a Sound Engineer Officer/Media Archive Producer at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (N.A.P.A).
He has composed the soundtrack for the Steven Taylor film ‘Buck – The Man Spirit’ which won the BPTT People’s Choice Award for Best Short at the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.
He is also a member of the Bahá’í Faith.
A lover of the Japanese language, he also spent two years in the Center of Language Learning in the University of the West Indies (UWI).
He was the co-founder/guitarist of the band Broken Mirrorz that, during their twelve year run, played what they called ‘Trini Progressive’ music.
His music is represented by the international publisher WMCAC Music (ASCAP)
Navíd is also a member of the Copyright Music Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (C.O.T.T), a holder of the Certificate of Recognition of Caribbean Community Skills Qualification (C.S.M.E.) and EDEXCEL BTEC HND in Media and Communications. He also holds a BA (Hons) First Class in Media and Communications from the University of Greenwich, England. He is currently studying for his MA in New Media and Society from the University of Leicester, England.