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In a recent interview with Punch Newpaper‘s Saturday Beats, Nigerian music producer Masterkraft advises young artists to abstain from using drugs and alcohol to boost their creativity.
Speaking in the interview, he said:
I don’t think you need to enhance or boost your creativity with drugs. I believe that creativity is God-given. If you can harness your creativity without drugs, it would be good for you because you might find yourself in an environment where you would not find drugs.
I was built that way and it made me shun drugs. If I take anything, it affects my creativity; it dampens it. I can only take alcohol when I want to relax,
The award-winning producer also spoke on how he and music star Banky W first met and how he (Banky) promised to make him famous and stayed true to his words.
The turning point in my life came after I produced a song and they wanted to feature a rapper on it. They called M.I and after he listened to it, he asked for the producer. He did not even believe that the song was produced in Nigeria. He later asked after me and when we met, he asked once more if I produced the song or copied it. At that point, I had to open my computer and show him my files. Instantly, he called Banky W who called me immediately but I did not have his number, so I did not pick the call because they were recording and I did not want to disrupt the session.
A text message later came in stating that it was Banky W. It was an exciting moment for me and I remember that I ran out of the studio to the gate like four times just to get myself together and I called the number back. To my surprise, it was Banky W and he was asking for the address of my studio with the promise of showing up the next day. True to his word, he came the next day, we sat down and he gave me an idea of the kind of song he wanted to release. In less than 30 minutes, I had produced the song. Banky was so much in awe that he told me that he had been in the States for years and had never had that type of result or sound.
He said that for what I had done, he would make sure my name was everywhere and I got the first and second slot on his album. That was how I made it to his album. The next thing was that I saw myself in the newspapers and it was Banky W that made it happen. That was a major turning point in my life. Shortly after I worked for his record label, EME, and I was the vocal coach for Wizkid and Skales at the time.