I took some time out to interview Sean Pages, South African Hip Hop artist and producer who’s worked with the likes of Morale, iFani and L-Tido to mention a few, just to see what goes on in his mind. Turns out being an artist and a producer is really hard work! But fear not! Here is some vital advice for all you upcoming musicians and producers.
What is the most challenging thing about being a producer?
“Having to understand the artist’s vision and trying your best to depict it, in the best possible way. Also having to balance your own idea as a producer with the certain musician making sure they both complimentary.”
What keeps you motivated?
“Ha-ha! I won’t lie, the royalties are pretty motivating. Being in the industry for so long keeps me going and seeing constant self-improvement makes me not want to give up.”
What are the biggest misconceptions about Hip Hop and the music industry in general?
“That most producers have it easy, compared to the artists. People are always judging the rappers. Oh and most producers are weird, but that’s not a misconception it’s a fact! Most of these producers are weird.”
How did you get into the music industry and what inspired you to venture into producing?
“Luckily I was surrounded by a lot of rappers who had already made it, so getting connections wasn’t hard. Working on a track with Morale on the 985 mixtape and it was played by naked Dj I was thrilled about hearing myself on radio, the journey has been long and fruitful though”
What advice do you have for upcoming musicians?
“Understand the business, be pro-active go out with your work and present to people who will enable your dream. Always have that hunger for what you do and never lose it”
What are you currently working on?
“Just finished working on a collaboration project with Teepee. Basically it’s RnB fused with Hip Hop, no turn up though! As well as my upcoming album around the end of the year and it will be narrated by Flabba it’s titled From Alex With Love, I’m excited about it!”
“Before I die I want to create a masterpiece in music, something I can look back on and be proud of” Said Sean Pages.
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