Ghanaian musician D Jay has echoed the importance of artistes finding and tapping into a sound that makes them unique and showcases their authenticity.
Promoting his new single, Mourning Stress, on 3FM, D Jay noted that it was okay for musicians to experiment with sounds till they find what works for them.
“It took me like a year to arrive at this sound,” he told Giovani. “As an artist, you need to find your sound. So when I dropped Balance It and saw that the reception was so positive, I told myself I need to stick to this sound.”
He also advised musicians to constantly review their style and sound to fit the needs of their consumers when necessary.
D Jay disclosed how the uniqueness of his sound landed him a feature with Nigerian musician Mr Eazi plus a record label deal on his Empawa Business.
“I just went online, and I saw his text message. He was like, I’ve heard the song. It’s fire. So I saw this as an opportunity to get him on the song,” D Jay recounted his interaction with Mr Eazi.
“I’ve had some people (record labels) reaching out and all, by God’s grace, but then I had to sit down and go with what I think works for me more. So I’m signed to Empawa.”
While addressing concerns that he sounds Nigerian when singing, D Jay agreed with the co-host Crystal Kwame-Arye that he sings Afrobeat with no intention of mimicking like anyone.
“When I’m writing music, I don’t try to tell myself to sound like Ghanaian or Nigerian. I just do my thing.”
Morning Stress is a single off D Jay’s yet-to-be-release E.P. this year.
By: King Kwaku Mensa – Contributor