It’s been a case in the music industry one who does more between the Producer and the Artists. Is true that Artists make the most money, they get sponsorship deals, perform for shows and pocket huge sums, their names are on the lips of everyone, they get nominated for awards often, infact they are demi-gods, but their producer counterparts reek in obscurity with less recognition.
Many artists hit songs/influence/rise to fame were as a result of their producers sleepless nights. D’banj’s career took a nosedive after he parted ways with Don Jazzy, Id Cabasa(many will not know him) blew 9ice out of the waters to the shores before 9ice said the aquatic life was best for him. The same Id Cabasa also delivered to us Olamide, Lord of Ajasa, JahBless, Reminisce is now in obscurity and his name almost wiped out from memory. Let’s not even talk of Sarz who is now in oblivion.
There’s no hit song without a good beat yet the accolades seems to elude producers, this made producers to foray into singing. The likes of Tecno, Simi(who mixed and mastered the whole Adekunle Gold’s Album) are producers who never hit the limelight until they hit the microphone. International acts are no far fetched too, Avicii, David Guetta and Calvin Harris wouldn’t make much wave if they had sticked to production only.
Imagine listening to Terry G’s song or “Shake Body” without the beat. You may point out that one can’t love a song without lyrics but in places like South Africa, in their clubs people dance to beats without songs, disco beats, Salsa and so many other genres all without lyrics. The truth is our producers are under appreciated while performing acts are over appreciated. There ought to be some balancing so the art of song production doesn’t fade off.