Buss­weh

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT - STEPHANIE LYEW STAR Writer

Hav­ing played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the ca­reers of ris­ing stars Blvk Hero and Matthew Blake, con­tribut­ing to in­di­vid­ual mu­sic and video pro­duc­tions, 27-year-old Buss­weh has al­ready made waves in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

The artiste, who once went by the name ‘El Capone’, says he is ready to fol­low his child­hood dream of be­com­ing a mega en­ter­tain­ment star.

“I have al­ways car­ried the dream of be­com­ing a record­ing artiste,” said Buss­weh, whose given name is Leon-Pierre An­swer.

He told The STAR that he was dis­tracted by fac­tors such as “the need to sur­vive, to com­plete a tra­di­tional goal, such as go­ing to univer­sity to get a de­gree, and to get a stable pay­ing job.”

The past stu­dent of Ja­maica Col­lege and Ober­lin High School dropped out of The Univer­sity of the West Indies, Mona, where he was pur­su­ing a de­gree in com­puter science.

Buss­weh said he had made up his mind to take on mu­sic full-time, and he was no longer pre­pared to be dis­tracted.

“That’s when I started to in­vest in build­ing a stu­dio,” he said. “My mother nearly killed me, but she un­der­stood that I recog­nised that it [com­puter science] was not what I re­ally wanted to do.”

PRO­DUC­TION HOUSE

In ad­di­tion to be­ing a singer, Buss­weh is also in the busi­ness side of en­ter­tain­ment. He has es­tab­lished a pro­duc­tion house known as Buss­weh Vi­su­als.

“It has never pre­vented me from pro­duc­ing my own self or cre­at­ing my own mu­sic, which I like to call ‘world mu­sic’. I don’t want to limit my­self, so any­where the in­spi­ra­tion takes me; if it’s a pan a knock and I feel it, then I record some lyrics over it,” he said.

Buss­weh’s sin­gles are smooth mixes of soul mu­sic, R&B, dance­hall and rap.

He said his new­est sin­gle Eyes Open, re­leased last month, “comes from a dark place.” He said he cre­ated the beat at a time in his life when he had hate in his heart.

“Now, I am more un­der­stand­ing of the world I live in, and I re­alise the per­spec­tive is that life is a game and [it] is just how you play it. The world may have its dark spots, but once you ac­knowl­edge that, you do not have to be­come part of the dark­ness, and you can win,” he said.

STEPHANIE LYEW

Leon-Pierre ‘Buss­weh’ An­swer

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