When Wale told me he was with Djs yesterday. I knew something good must come out of it. Later at night he told me he'll write an epistle on "WHY DJs WON'T PLAY YOUR SONG", and I supported him straight up.
thing about Wale is his love for upcoming artistes. You can't beat him
on that. I won't bore you with long story. Read this and share with any
upcoming acts you know.
This article is written by WALE APPLAUSE
The first meeting was with the Association of Nigerian Djs [DJAN] which
held at Club Amnesia, Surulere for over 7 hours. Although the very
popular Vice-President of the association, “DJ Jimmy Jatt” was there in
absential, the meeting was well anchored by the President “Dj Larry”,
another renowned but less popular Disc Jockey.
It was a large
gathering of DJs and few up-coming acts, who came to solicit support of
this association. A lot was said at this meeting and I came to realise
why some songs do not and will not get airplay. It was reason enough to
know why some up and coming acts will never reach the peak of their
careers and why some already registered ones will not sustain the tempo.
At my second meeting of the day with the DJs at Yaba area in Lagos,
most of the things said correlated those I earlier heard at the previous
meeting with DJAN.
“Why most DJs will not play your song?” This
epistle is relevant to all up and coming acts including already
established ones. Amidst the Disc Jockeys, it’s an established fact that
most of them have been ridiculed, embarrassed, and disgraced by several
acts whom they have nurtured to growth in the music factory. At both
encounters I had with the DJs, they all had this painful statement to
make which really hurt them so deep. A lot was said at the meetings, but
I was able to bring them together into subheadings.
- RESPECT THE DJ’s
a known fact that before any act could and would get to the climax of
his/her career, one or more DJs must have been involved, so why not
respect them? No matter how small you think a Disc Jockey is, he still
got his audience. Remember, songs don’t make DJs, they make songs. Don’t
you ever think that if you do not make music, they got nothing to play;
where were Nigerian acts when “Sisqo” ruled the globe? The first rule
is “Respect” which is reciprocal.
- DJ, PLAY MY SONG
was a general complaint of most club and party DJs. They often time go
to their places of work which is the clubs, then an artiste comes
around, then either walk up to the DJ or send his manager with the
message tell the DJ to play his/her song. Who do you think you are;
apologies to “2face Idibia” [a humble king]. Where is the word “please”?
These people are fathers and brothers; they should be approached with
utmost respect. At the meetings, I gathered that when occasions like
this occur, the dustbin is put to effective use.
- MAKE GOOD MUSIC
kind of DJ places money or familiarity over credibility? Every DJ who
has got his/her own audience is careful of the kind of music being
played. Once your song is listened to and doesn’t fit into his kind of
play, dear artiste he’s got no reason to play your song. He’s not wicked
when he bluntly tells you to get better. These people have listened to
music from far and near, so when a DJ truthfully tells you that your
song ain’t fit for airplay, you can only get better.
- INTRODUCTION and DELIVERY
DJs when sampling your song do not have all the time to listen to your
4mins track. All they need is a strong connection with your introduction
and beat attack. If and when this is gotten wrong, impressing most DJs
become a “Herculean” task.
- ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DJs
artiste, no matter how good you think your music is, it could as well be
good as dead if and when not played by DJs. You have to acknowledge
this and give honour to whom it’s due. When you get your chance in the
media during interviews and press conferences, do not be too big to
thank them, they are humans too. Do this every chance you get and watch
what you get in return.
This goes before every
fall. In my private discussions with the National President of DJAN, I
realised that most credible DJs had started playing music ever before
most acts ever decided to pick up music as a career. These people are
way older than you think they are. Sometimes, they look at a CD cover,
and they say to themselves that he’s not even as old as my child. Treat
them with utmost humility because more than u think, they deserve it.
- MONEY DOES IT ALL
would love to begin this by saying that only lazy DJs are broke. In
sincere truth, they really do not need your money to play your song,
only that the hand that worketh must eat. Do not go to them flaunting
the little cash you got. They’ve seen more. It reduces your credibility
and sustainability. Although it ain’t bad appreciating and paying for
the service rendered you, but avoid flaunting that little cash in your
pocket. Where yours end, another begins, so be very careful about this.
- INADEQUATE PROMOTION
is a major weakness of most up and coming acts. You print a couple
pieces of your promo CD to give a few DJs. When a DJ willingly asks for
20 copies of your CD, you tell him you only got 4, that’s a lot of
discouragement. Your music is nowhere on the internet, yet you want him
to singularly push your song. Who fills a basket? Please after your
studio session and you already got a well-mixed and mastered piece, do
not start promotion and publicity until you are ready. For your
information, promotion could cost you a lot of money which could be as
much as over #500,000 if you haven’t got the right connects. Do not
think I’m blind to the fact that most up and comings have the hurdle of
finance to cross [we can't all be “Davido”], but the truth is do not
start until you are ready and got the resources.
- BAD FEATURE
this subheading, I wish I could give names, but that will be so
unethical. Please dear upcoming artiste, before you feature any artiste
on your track, research his relationship with DJs. Some artistes have
totally lost it with them; therefore having them on your track will just
spill oil on your garment. As hard as this is to believe, I just let
you into a very big secret.
- POOR ARTWORK AND DRESS SENSE
say the way you dress is the way you get addressed. Most DJs have seen
several promotional CDs, so understandable it might take a lot to
impress them in terms of artworks, but why hand over a white CD to a DJ
in a white A4 paper. You got no print on the back of the CD, yet you
stick it into just white sheet. Take a look into their bags and CD rack;
you will see compact discs with good quality artworks. Take your time
to get a good graphics designer who can at least deliver a quality
artwork, this is sincerely appreciated or else your disc befriends the
bin. Another point of note under this subheading is the dress sense of
most upcoming artistes. You walk up to a gathering of DJs in big
necklaces, which is otherwise known as blings, your cap to the back,
your dark shades on, and in extremely tight carrot jeans. You can bet
you won’t be taken seriously. It’s understandable that as an artiste you
have to look “fly”, but do not convince this with looking presentable.
Any good shirt on a decent pair of trousers won’t bite. I’m not asking
that you disregard all of your clothes as I understand that this is what
most of you have, all I’m saying is that you save them for the shows.
cannot be said in a single epistle, but I’m sure that I have been able
to shed a ray of light to these problems as to why most songs will not
and do not enjoy airplay. For more information, Wale Applause is very
approachable and willing to assist up and coming artistes. I can be
contacted on Twitter – @waleapplause01, or send a mail via firstname.lastname@example.org
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