He has worked for many prominent artistes in the country and earned awards for his work but sound engineer, Mix Masta Garzy says he’s not happy about the low value people place on the craft.
According to him, even though sound engineers’ creative skills produce hit songs which artistes always take credit for, it was disheartening that they were not paid what they deserved.
“I hate to do this but I need to bring this to attention now for serious discussion. It takes a lot of effort to create a beat not to talk of one that appeals to many people to become a hit.
“However, after all the efforts and sacrifices, you get virtually nothing in return. Most Ghanaian artistes are not professional about these things, they are always like ‘brother man, brother man’ but ‘brother brother’ doesn’t pay bills.
Mix Masta Garzy, who recently worked with Nigerian musician, Patoranking, told Graphic Showbiz that the experience had helped him to gain a lot of professional knowledge and appreciation of his craft.
“I have known Patoranking for many years and we’re currently working on a project. I’m being appreciated financially for my input because he understands my job but in Ghana, an artiste will just dwell on the good relationship and expect free services. How do we build an industry with such an attitude?” he asked.
Mix Masta Garzy said just as the artistes expected to be paid for playing gigs, they should treat sound engineers and producers they worked with in that same manner.
Real name Benjamin Nana Kwame Mensah, Mix Masta Garzy is the CEO of 2MG Music, which he established in 2016. The label signed female rapper, Eno Barony, but things didn’t go well between the two parties and they split up early this year.
He told Showbiz that even though he was not happy about how things ended, he was committed to grooming young talents on his label.
“Ghana has many talents but they can’t fly because they don’t have professional guidance and that motivated me to establish my label. I’ve signed a few young acts and Ghana will hear of them soon,” he said.