4 traits every musician needs

Being an artist is intense on account of the numerous obstacles, issues, misfortunes and obstructions one needs to look before he/she can make it. For every success story in the Nigerian music industry, there’s been a day of disappointment, sweat and most likely tears. However, they all had the 4 qualities beneath and now they are ruling the entertainment industry while also smiling to the bank.


D’banj is a music icon in Nigeria, however his rose to fame was long and rough. He once needed to pursue down a record label owner in traffic beseeching him to hear his CD, however the man instructed him to go and drop the CD in his office and drove off. Well, take a gander at D’Banj now! There are numerous artistes who sold things in traffic, had hustles that were sadder than yours yet are among the best dawgs in the business now. Numerous artistes needed to hustle to get cash for studio sessions but now, numerous producers are begging to work with them for free. They all had one thing in common; Perseverance!

Perseverance will take you far in life in any and all that you do. All you need is to trust the process and keep on going through the rough and hard times. Ensure you have that objective in your brain and continue pushing to accomplish it.

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Confidence is a medication – a very addictive medication – that will give you the desired impact. When you believe with each cell in your body that you are the best, will make it and get to the best, at that point you definitely will.

Artistes like M.I do brag about been the best in his songs, different artistes normally say in interviews in regards to how they are superior to every other person. Davido also said he’s superior to every one of the legends in the industry in his famous sing “All of You.” Wizkid discusses how he’s the one putting Nigeria on the global guide. Even artistes like Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, and Jay Z all exhume confidence in almost everything they do.

“I have an authentic, God-given talent, drive, and longevity that will always separate me from everyone else,” says Beyonce in an interview with Complex.

Kanye West told BBC Radio 1, “I’m the number one rock star on the planet.”

Jay-Z told Rap Radar, “This is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity.”

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These statements could be taken as being arrogant, but they also speak of an underlying confidence that helps each musician maintain their success.

Musicians live in the spotlight and put their hearts and souls into their professions for anyone’s viewing pleasure. They can’t demonstrate shortcoming. They can’t show weakness. They can’t stand in front of thousands of people shaking with fear.

In the event that you don’t have this sort of perseverance, figure how to get it now.

Readiness to Learn

If you are not willing to learn, then you are certainly in the wrong business. You can’t be an innovative and not learn new things and tricks. Artistes like Banky W began singing and are presently producing and directing music videos. There are a lot of artists who now produce. Even Wizkid was rumoured to have co-produced Drake’s “One Dance.” Don Jazzy who is ostensibly Nigeria’s foremost music producer normally sings and does vocals also.

Ben Folds says, “Know how people did it before you. Play covers and have respect for the mastery of what came before. It will make you suck for a while.”

“Any gains you make as a musician, especially technically generally have the side effect of rendering you unfocused for a short period of time. Basically, you can expect to play and write like a goober for a while when digesting concepts. Then it sinks in and you come out of the haze, stronger with a broader palette, sharper pen and more confidence.”

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Be True to Yourself

Ashanti once said in a Parade Magazine interview, “Be a Lion’ is my favourite [song]. I relate to its message about needing the courage to be true to yourself.”

The late Prince additionally expressed the significance of assertiveness and not getting sucked into the way of life. “Self-reflection is so important; sadly, in a society where ‘celebrity lite’ is the order of the day and people seem to have attention spans of a flea, rarely looking beyond the surface or questioning anything at all, it’s sorely missing,” Prince once said. “The world would be a better place if we would all think for ourselves and question what’s around us.”

However, committing your life to a music career takes something beyond a decent voice or being an awesome musical instrument player. Think about your best qualities and be prepared for everything this profession decision will toss at you.

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