“Spotlight” is a series that focuses on young Nigerian creatives and the amazing things that they’re doing in their various fields. It was started because we wanted to share their stories and individual journeys on the path to success.
This week we’re featuring music producer and live sound engineer, Siji Ewedemi. Siji is passionate about music production and you can tell that from his interview. You know when people say someone is “called” to do a particular thing in life? Well, Siji was called to be a music producer. He knows his work and he does it well.
In his interview, he tells us about his music background, how he got into music production, and, what music production entails.
What’s your working style?
I begin my work process by visualizing how I want a project to turn out. I more or less complete the workflow in my head before I start physically putting the pieces together. I like to get different ideas and approaches from other people as well before and during the process.
What’s your musical background?
How did you get into music production?
Who have you been listening to recently?
Are you affiliated with a label?
What is the one thing every song must have for it to be solid?
What does music production entail?
Music production entails overseeing the entire project from beginning to end. This is one aspect that I think a lot of ‘producers’ fail to realize. Many people are ‘beatmakers’, but not producers. Personally, I ensure I have something to say about the songwriting, the style, what the artiste wants, and why they want what they want. If you listen to a song, and you think it’s not good enough, the first thing you might think of, is who produced it. It really doesn’t count to say “the music is good, but the lyrics or vocals are not”. That’s like saying the stew is sweet, but the rice is not. A song is everything in its entirety, you should not separate one from the other. So, if you’re a music producer, then you must oversee everything that happens with a record you produce, and hope that the artiste trusts your judgment well enough.
How do you approach the sensitive task of discussing changes and rearrangements with artists?
— Siji (@sijiewedemi) February 13, 2020