SOUND Engineer Eddy Kay has expressed his displeasure with some A-list musicians who refuse to pay studio fees.
According to Eddy Kay, who has been in the music industry for more than a decade and has worked with some of the most prominent artistes one can think of, some feel there is no need to pay up when they record because they think they are rather pushing the works of the engineers.
“I heard this statement from some of them when I started my career. These musicians feel they are known and therefore are doing you a favour by recording with you.
“They forget that most of us pay light bills, buy equipment, rent the place and also feed our families. This should stop because most of the sound engineers are not financially stable due to this,” he said.
Another thing Eddy Kay, real name Edmond Kay Agbanyo, thinks is worrying in his industry is the ungrateful attitude of young musicians.
“A sound engineer spots a young talent who does not have money to record and comes to an agreement that when he helps that artiste to become successful both of them will benefit but the artistes do not honour their word when they become big.
“We have a lot of such cases here in Ghana which is not making sound engineers want to help new talents,” he noted.
Eddy Kay revealed that he has started signing contracts with young talented musicians to avoid such unpleasant situations in future. “I know some talented musicians who come to my studio to record but do not have money to pay and I have signed contracts with such musicians,” he said.
Eddy Kay has worked with musicians such as Stonebwoy, Barima Sidney, Mr Drew, Kofi Bee, Sherifa Gunu, Mary Ghansah, Tinny, Gasmilla, Camidoh, Yaa Pono, Edem, Fameye, and Mr Drew among others.