Star Spot with Fucha Kid (aka Feds Boss), Fusion Artist from Antigua Barbuda
From Antigua to the World: An Interview with Carl Edwards – Fucha Kid (aka Feds Boss) – Founder of Federation Family Studio
Welcome to this episode of Star Spot! I’m Merry, and in this series, I interview InterContinental Music Awards winners and insiders, bringing you exclusive insights into the music industry. Today, I’m thrilled to have with me Fucha Kid (aka Feds Boss), Our brilliant winner of 2022.
Fucha Kid (aka Feds Boss) is a Fusion Artist and InterContinental Music Awards winner who can sing any genre of music. He learned the music business from Corpral Montan of African Treasure and signed deals with Chosen Sound Studio and Foxfuse NY. He has recently entered into a 3-year agreement for South American tours with Bacondo.
Fucha Kid’s hit single “Work” from his upcoming album is currently climbing up the charts globally, with other popular songs such as “Pretty Picture” and “Grim Reaper” gaining international recognition. He is a force to be reckoned with in the music competition and music contest scene. And he is going to talk about his challenges, inspirations.
Let’s dive right into the interview summary and tap into Fucha Kid’s vast experience. The full interview is available on Instagram – click here to check it out.
Can you give us a brief biography of yourself for those who are just now joining us?
My name is Carl Edwards, and I was born in Guyana but raised in Antigua since I was 10-11 years old. I got into music at an early age and learned the business from Corpral Montan of African Treasure and Omari of Chosen Sounds in Antigua and Jamaica. After finishing high school, I traveled to Jamaica to study music and continued to develop my skills back in Antigua.
Later on, I founded the Federation Family Studio with my business partner Kevin Abbott, and we’re proud to say it’s Antigua’s first digital international label. Currently, we’re working hard, winning charts, going places, and doing big things in the music industry.
You got into music at a very early age, am I right?
Yes, that’s correct. I’ve been interested in music from a young age and have been fortunate enough to have some great mentors who have helped me develop my skills over the years.
At what point did you realize this is what you want to do?
To be honest, I never really knew that this is what I wanted to do, but I’ve always had a thing for music. It all started when I was small, and I got into trouble with my mother after trying to fix an old radio. I lost that radio but got it fixed with the help of my brother.
When we heard the music playing, I got excited and was in tune with music ever since. When I moved to Antigua, I was exposed to a lot of music and sound systems, and I learned a lot from the people around me.
What inspires you to create music or who inspires you?
Honestly, life inspires me to create music because everyone has a different life and different experiences. I have always been surrounded by many people, and they often share their experiences with me. They feel comfortable and trust me enough to tell me things that they wouldn’t tell others. When they share something relatable, I feel inspired to turn it into a song.
Seeing someone leave the studio feeling good after hearing a song I created for them is an amazing feeling. Additionally, sometimes I may observe a stranger who appears sad, and I want to reach out to them but can’t. So, I create a song that connects with them and hope they come across it online. That’s the beauty of music.
Let’s talk about the type of music that you create. How would you describe it?
My type of music is basically fusion. I have been doing that since I was a kid. I don’t really have a favorite genre; I love every rhythm and everything that is music. I’ve seen many different genres coming up in music and doing a lot of good stuff on them as well, so music to me is just everything and every genre.
If I’m feeling the rhythm and it’s talking to me, I can sing on that rhythm, and automatically you’ll see a future killer pop chart or a hip-hop chart. I’m not a reggae artist; I’m a fusion artist. I do dance, reggae, pop, anything you want. There’s no limitation to what you can do with music, and music is my life.
What is your creative process and how do you start working on a new piece?
Sometimes I’m in the studio by myself, but that’s rare because I’m not always by myself unless I have the studio to myself. For me, everything is music. So even if my boys are here and we’re chilling, and one of them plays a rhythm that connects with me, I start singing instantly.
Building something that connects to people is easy for me because I try to reach out to people who want to be heard. It’s a feeling, it’s hearing, it’s everything with me. Sometimes I would be tired because I do production as well with other artists, but even though I’m tired, my brain is still racing, and a lot of different things are going around.
Then I have to get back up and go back to the computer again. Sometimes I don’t even leave the studio because I’d have to come all the way back to the studio. For me, everything is a creation because I’m always thinking about something. I have to be always working; I can’t be sitting in one place not doing anything.
Tell us about your experience with Intercontinental Music Awards. What was your takeaway?
It was a great experience and I encourage any artist out there to try and get on board. I had been in the music industry for a long time, but we didn’t know most of what we were doing. We were just taking advice from people who knew what was going on. When I won this award and started doing the scholarship and business classes with DIY Music School, it was a whole new ball game for me. I was talking to people affiliated with Billboard who knew exactly what I wanted to know.
I got to ask what I needed to ask, and that made me realize that I was far along in what I was doing, but I just needed to know that I was. They showed me some places to go after the class and sent me some links. All I had to do was go and do those courses, get qualified, and then I was through the door. It was great because I actually did it.
I passed all of the courses, and I even started creating lyrics for Audio Mac iTunes and all this stuff for the music as well. I’ve taken away a lot from InterContinental Music Awards, and I’m thankful for them. We’re coming back every year, and as the artists around me develop, I register them as well. I even learned how to register the albums for Billboard and all this stuff. We get to learn so much from ICMA, and we’re thankful for that. Now we can officially say we are a 100% international record label or an independent nationally record label that works internationally.
What are some challenges you faced throughout your music career?
Throughout my music career, I have faced both ups and downs, and many difficulties. But they have helped me become the strong person I am today. Growing up was not easy for me. I had to endure about 10 years of hard times and struggles, which included a wide range of challenges that I had to overcome.
However, when I got to Antigua, it felt like paradise, and it was a chance for me to start fresh, to feel free and live life to the fullest. I had the support of those around me, and that helped me to become more than I ever thought was possible.
Despite the hardships, I have always been a very strong-willed person. And nothing has ever been too much for me to handle. I believe that everyone faces hardships at some point in their lives, and it’s a part of growing and evolving as a person. I don’t see hardships as negative, but rather as a source of inspiration that can help you become stronger and move forward in life.
It’s all about perspective, and how you choose to look at things. If you view challenges as obstacles that prevent you from reaching your goals, then you will be stuck in one place. However, if you view them as opportunities to learn and grow, then you will become a better person and move forward in life.
What is the best advice you have received about your music career?
I have received so much advice throughout my career. But if I had to choose the best one, it would be from King Obstinate. I remember when I was 18 years old. Went to JCM Studio in Antigua Barbuda to work on a song with Kevin Little. While I was there, I met King Obstinate, and after hearing me sing, he stood up and said, “You have a wonderful voice that is powerful and priceless.When you learn to control it, you’re going to do wonders. Don’t give up, and don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do.”
That advice has stuck with me throughout my career and has kept me going even during tough times. It’s a reminder to never give up on my dreams and to always believe in myself, regardless of what others may say.
Is there anything we should be looking forward to from you soon?
Yes, absolutely! I received an email from Spotify recently that named me one of their most-streamed artists of 2020, so that’s exciting. I’m currently working on a new EP titled “Undisputed,” which should be released around February 2023. I have some tours planned after I finish my studies in February. So fans in the US, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa can expect to see me performing live. Keep an eye out for my new music and upcoming tour dates!
Do you have any last words you would like to share with everyone?
Yes, I would like to encourage everyone, especially those who are creative, to not give up. Don’t let anyone discourage you or tell you that you can’t do something or go somewhere. I believe that everyone can do something in this world, so I never give up on my dreams. If something doesn’t work, I find another way to do it. So, my advice is to never say “I can’t do this” or “it’s too hard,” but instead, find another way to achieve your goals.
I would also like to give a shout-out to all my supporters and my Federation family. Including Mario Car Rental, Michael Burton, Burton’s Laundry, my entire team, my mom, and everyone in my family who has been there for me in my music career. And finally, I want to express my gratitude to the InterContinental Music Awards for this interview and for being a blessing to me.
Fucha Kid (aka Feds Boss) Contact Info:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FUCHAKid
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdewRdAa-Nr2otg5JzTbMA/videos
Click here to watch Fucha Kid (aka Feds Boss) full interview on Instagram
InterContinental Music Awards Team