Amaul making his mark
AMAUL WALDRON has worked hard to ensure his name is well known in the local and regional entertainment industry.
Waldron’s talent can be found as writing credits on some of the more popular calypso music.
The 29-year-old singer/songwriter said his love of music started from a boy in his native Guyana.
“I started at age eight trying to learn the art and from age 11 my family used to take me with them when they were rehearsing, as my cousins had a band and I had an uncle who played music for a living. I’ve always been fascinated by soca music. I’ve been inspired by Edwin [Yearwood] and RPB (cultural ambassador Stedson Wiltshire). These two really inspired me to want to be part of the industry,” he said.
Waldron has worked with Ishaka Mcneil, co-writing Vibes in 2015; Mikey, writing Live For This, which came fourth in the 2016 Party Monarch competition; and co-writing Rameses Brown’s Fowl Cock and Awol this year. He said he has also worked with artistes such as Kirk Brown, Rashada, Gorg, Miss Devine and Showtime.
“I’ve written or co-written dozens of songs but I’m looking to take my work globally while embracing more local artistes and putting their work out there. I’ve also performed at shows such as Music Fashion Hair in 2015 and Soca Jazz in 2016, after starting with the cavalcades in 2011,” he said.
But it was not smooth sailing for the talented young man. He said it was hard going for a new artiste as the industry was geared to those who were already established.
“There’s tonnes of good songs out there, but the DJS are not giving the lesser known artistes a chance. This is my biggest concern. A lot of producers and writers tend to focus on the well established artistes while there are a lot of young talented artistes not getting the exposure, and I want to change that,” he said.
Things started to brighten for Waldron after meeting Gegetta Crookendale.
“I started by saving my money and investing, but it was still very difficult as a small artiste. That changed when I joined Sizzling Soca in 2014 . . . . Gegetta took me under her wing and I went from there.
“Before then, my work was getting pushed aside, but getting a break encouraged me to do better and gave me drive to continue. I was finally getting paid, though most of my earnings go back into the music.
“One of the pitfalls local artistes fall into is that they let the hype get to their heads if they get a hit and then don’t invest back into their art. Then when the hype dies down they are . . . almost back to square one,” he said.
Another concern Waldron identified was the way other countries often valued artistes more than their home base.
“I find some places overseas embrace our own music better than we do here at home. Some artistes get treat so bad here but are like gods overseas, but they still come back home hoping things would change as they love their people,” he said.
Waldron is currently working on a song to address the growing crime in Barbados; a song he said would reach out to the youth. In the meantime, he had some words of advice for newcomers.
“Just go for the world, the sky’s the limit. Do to the best of your ability, you will break through. There will be those who will try to push you down because you may be without reputation, but if you believe, then do your best and leave it for the world to judge,” he said.