Kevin Foote, the force be­hind Heart to Heart Records

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

In the decade spawn­ing the mid- 80s to mid- 90s a mul­ti­tude of males awashed with cash en­tered the mu­sic in­dus­try in two spe­cific ar­eas, pro­mo­tion of stage shows and record pro­duc­tion.

In both in­stances, the in­di­vid­u­als brought only their strength of cash as knowl­edge of the in­dus­try was sadly lack­ing.

This gave rise to the fact that stu­dio en­gi­neers were in ef­fect the pro­duc­ers as the fa­cil­i­ta­tors just brought the money to book stu­dio time etc. At the other end of the spec­trum, graphic artiste or ra­dio per­son­al­ity, just about any­one with an idea of show pro­mo­tion wore the hat of pro­moter, the upfront man.

Truth be told, some learnt on the job and went on to hone their craft and to­day can more than help them­selves.

En­ter the as­tute Kevin Foote, who brought musical ex­pe­ri­ence into record pro­duc­ing based on years of hands on ex­pe­ri­ence in the mu­sic busi­ness. Kevin started out as a se­lec­tor on St­ing In­ter­na­tional in St Thomas, where he spent five years.

From there he gar­nered valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence while spin­ning records. His next move was to Mello Con­struc­tion then on to Cancer and Mega Force dis­cos be­fore mov­ing on to select­ing at G. T. Tay­lor’s Club Clas­sic.

Kevin sub­se­quently em­i­grated to Canada in 2008, a place he be­gan vis­it­ing in 1999 and sought to make life for his grow­ing fam­ily. Kevin never lost his love of or in­ter­est in mu­sic and fate brought him a golden op­por­tu­nity when he walked into a bar­ber’s shop and one of the bar­bers turned out to be the ul­tra tal­ented Sim­ple Rat­ti­gan. The two struck up a con­ver­sa­tion and a part­ner­ship de­vel­oped as a re­sult of which Kevin de­cided to man­age and pro­duce Rat­ti­gan.

First up was an in­vest­ment in the pro­duc­tion of a mu­sic video for the song It Nuh Pretty which was recorded in 2009. Kevin then set up his record la­bel Heart to Heart Records in Fe­bru­ary of this year. This was the pre­cur­sor to es­tab­lish­ing Rat­ti­gan as the com­plete en­tity song­writer/ vo­cal­ist and ver­sa­tile per­former.

To this end, Kevin has set up a team which will han­dle all things per­tain­ing to Rat­ti­gan’s ca­reer his book­ing, PR, mar­ket­ing, groom­ing and man­age­ment will be done through Heart to Heart Records. Kevin is build­ing up a cat­a­logue as Rat­ti­gan, a pro­lific writer, has voiced a num­ber of songs which will be re­leased at the op­por­tune time.

Tak­ing things in his own metic­u­lous style Kevin has al­ready signed another act to his stable more on this anon.

Kevin Foote

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