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Go to any audio studio and you’ll find a whole lot of clueless young Ugandans queuing up to have a song recorded. Eighty percent of them can’t tell one key from another, or later on explain the genre of the song they want to record.
Truth is; music can’t continue to be a reserve for people that have been pushed into a tight corner by life, so they want to just walk in and make money. This is entirely responsible for all the junk music on the Ugandan music industry.
Music is a trade for people who are willing to be professional, learn more and better themselves; people who are ready to appreciate that this is a continuous school where they must not dodge lessons.
Just like any other profession out there, music deserves some minimum level of respect and seriousness from those who intend to join it. That way, they can give the profession a respectable face, one that can earn the profession some respect from those outside it.
Intending musicians can’t continue to take music fans for granted. Thinking that you can walk in here and serve music fans with junk from day one to day last is a sign of disrespect to the fans. Ugandans deserve better and musicians must keep that in mind.
Don’t get it wrong here. It is perfectly normal for a clueless young Ugandan that has been bruised by poverty to join music for a quick bailout. What’s not acceptable is for that person to take things for granted and instead of stepping out to learn a thing or two about music continues to pump out junk.
Music is like a learning institution with Students, Class Monitors, Prefects, Teachers and Head Teachers among several others. Musicians must therefore look at each and every experience as a lesson.
Instead of wasting time trying to beef those more experienced than them for temporary hype, they should instead look up to them as class monitors or teachers, depending on their level of experience and technical knowledge.
What excuse can a musician give for still sounding as terrible as they did five years ago when they joined the trade; when they can actually take vocal classes? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with an artist hiring the services of a vocal coach.
It is instead shameful if an artist continues to sound terrible, when his/her peers are making reasonable progress. There are so many artists that now sound much better than they did when they first joined and fans really appreciate that.
What excuse can an artist give for not being able to play even one music instrument after ten years in the game? There’s nothing wrong with a musician seeking the services of those who can train him/her to master an instrument or two.
Failure to do so is like pretending to be a farmer when you don’t even know how to hold a hoe. Gaining technical knowledge of your profession is compulsory and no artist should take that for granted.
If the Ugandan music industry is to go places, then those who call themselves musicians can’t continue to remain ignorant in the very field that employs them. It is a sign of unseriousness and disrespect to the profession of music.
Similarly, it is understandable if your writing skills are bad in the early days of your career, but you can’t be excused for writing disgusting music five years down the road. Try to acquire some more skills from those who write better than you and if you fail to improve, then hire the services of a songwriter.
This applies to all contributors, including songwriters, audio producers and those who craft videos. You can’t afford to remain the same writer or producer that you were five or ten years ago. You too must be willing to learn more and better your trade.
If you are an audio producer, how updated are you in terms of technology? What are you learning from those better than you and from international trends? Are you willing to better your game or you think you are a finished product?
If you craft videos, how much improvement have you scored over the years? How much creativity are you willing to invest? Have you kept in touch with change trends in production both locally and internationally? Why must you continue to produce the very type and quality of videos you produced ten years ago?
Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers and several other professionals out there challenge themselves on a daily basis and learn more to get better. Remember that they receive formal training before joining such professions, yet they never cease to learn.
The Ugandan music industry is largely dominated by those that never received any formal training, exactly why it must be the school in itself. Every single day, imagine that you are in a learning institution and try to learn a new thing.