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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Spice Interactive Cook Book

I never mentioned the fact that I was pretty happy to see that Spice had their website up and running by midnight of the launch; very much like Ronnie &Caro last year. It always amazes me that bands launch and scramble to get the website actively working weeks after, almost as if they were unaware that the website had to be launched at all!

And now Spice has added an online version of their booklet or "cookbook" as they are calling it, the very same one we got at the band launch! Click on the photo below to be taken to the cookbook, then click and drag the edges of the page to turn:

Question and Answer With Band Leader

Hi what are your recommendations for first time masqueraders looking to register with all inclusive bands after the costumes that they want are sold out to previous masqueraders?

Well what I always suggest is to register in the next available section you like, ultimately if the band is popular your section will sell out as well. At least if you don't succeed in your endeavor you will still be playing mas, and if you do, it should not be hard to sell your costume. Then hunt for something in the section you want . Post wanted ads on the band's website ( all have this facility) and if necessary in the classifieds of the news paper.Even post an incentive fee for the costume. And if all else fails go to the mas camp on the delivery day of your hunted section and see if anyone is willing to sell, swap, or resell at a higher price . It's all up to what you are willing to do.

2.I want to know the selection process for the models featured in the launch/website? Why is there not more variety in size and ethnicity? When will we see a plus sized model featured next to her slimmer counterpart?

As far as a plus sized models being placed along side a a smaller model. This is a good idea, but would be hard to do.Time and cost would almost be doubled because you will be making two of each. Not very practical, it would be better to either do one or the other, or both in a select few sections depending on the size demographic of your average masquerader. As far as ethnicity again this also depends on the ethnic make up off your band, If you wanted to target the Indo-Trini, you would advertise where most listen, watch or read. i,e. 106fm 103fm Zee TV etc.. Afro-Trini 96.1fm 105.1fm Gayelle TV. and so on This may seem unfair, but It's done everyday, models tend to reflect proportionately the ethnic make up of your band.

3.This one came via email:
I'm wondering if you could Address the Issue of, dare i say It "MALE Frontline Costumes". I'm really Interested in doing the Frontline thing But it never seems to Be an Option in Any band?..

Can You make an appeal for Us Guys Who want to stay with the Band an have a good time with a "costume" rather than a Board shorts and half assed headpiece.

We would love to but we would first have to find the guys willing to do it. Trini men are so peculiar on what their tolerance for a costume would be. In my experience they tend to discard they costume at the earliest opportunity.And only play in costume because their wifes / girlfriends encourage them, or security makes it difficult to be in the band without costume. I suggest if you have a group of your male friends who are willing to play and pay for a front line costume, then go early to your band of choice and make this known , Who knows they might facilitate you.
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