Amaul mak­ing his mark

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By CAR­LOS ATWELL

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.

WAL­DRON per­form­ing in the stu­dio. While song­writ­ing is his main pas­sion, he also has a fond­ness for singing.

AMAUL WAL­DRON at a mix­ing board. He said too of­ten new en­ter­tain­ers were be­ing ig­nored.

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