Touch of Blue hosts ‘authentic’ online edition
Event promoter Tristan 'Touch of Blue' Tulloch was in the final planning phase for his annual event, Touch of Blue, when the COVID-19 virus began its onslaught on Jamaica.
The event, which is in its 14th year, was set to take place last Saturday at the Cheap Mondayz headquarters on Spanish Town Road.
Veteran sound system Stone Love was contracted to provide music at the highly anticipated event, but when those plans were thwarted, like many of his colleagues, Tulloch was forced to take his event to his online platforms instead.
"I think it is important that we keep in touch with our audience. We couldn't physically get together and party, but we could not disappoint the public that have supported us for 14 years, and they would not let us. They kept reaching out and asking us not to let the thing 'cold up'. They wanted us to bring the vibes online. They requested us to keep them entertained in their homes, and that's what we did," he said. "Master Lee, who is our resident selector for Cheap Mondayz, was all for the live-stream concept. He did it on his page and the vibe was as authentic as the actual anniversary vibes. He knew exactly what the people wanted and he delivered. Good, clean, mature, fun entertainment."
Tulloch, who also hosts the weekly Cheap Mondayz event, said although the COVID-19 virus has drastically affected his business, he prefers to focus on the gains and not the losses.
"This virus is a very serious one. People are dying, and so while it has affected me financially, I prefer to focus on the fact that I have life and I'm healthy, and all my family are safe and healthy," he said. "This pandemic is beyond everybody's control. We could have not been here, but we are still here and so we just have to adjust. The online platform is a way for us to adjust, and we're glad we have the means of staying connected with the people."
Like many of his colleagues, Tulloch is longing for the day when things return to normal; but when that finally happens, the promoter says it cannot be business as usual at events.
"I have always been the one to ensure that my events have a gospel segment, but when we come out of this, I want all selectors, all promoters to make sure they dedicate some time to gospel music at their events," he said. "We have to give God thanks for making it out alive and healthy, because a lot of people did not."