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Singer recounts how music producers, established stars extort up and coming artistes


A young singer, Olajide Daniel aka Don-Dan, has narrated the frustration many up and coming artists encounter in the hands of music producers.

Don-Dan stated that aspiring artistes like him are increasingly finding it hard to convince top music producers and popular artistes to promote them without having to sacrifice an arm or leg.

The young artiste told Saturday Beats that it is unfortunate that many producers and established stars, who ought to understand the plights of young talents, have resorted to draining them of every available resource.

“As an up-and-coming artist, one faces a lot of challenges such as finding it difficult to reach out to already known artistes and getting DJs to play one’s songs in the clubs. Another challenge is getting to work with famous producers.

“Some producers see up-and coming artistes as a means of making money. They ask for huge amounts of money to produce just one song, not considering that one is still struggling to make a name for oneself.”

Don-Dan, however, explained that although it seems hard, he doesn’t intend to give up on music.

“All I need now is 100 per cent focus on my music. Music by young Nigerian artists is recognised all over the world.

Young artists are doing quality and amazing things and that is earning the industry more respect internationally. I just want to give my fans and every music lover out there good music. I want to churn out music that people can listen to from one generation to another. My songs are laced with good messages, not music that is all about girls, money, or fraud.”

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