Local officials within the music industry are satisfied that Barbadian musicians are producing quality songs, but disappointed that many of them are still not available for purchase.
Chief executive officer of record label company CRS Music & Media Ltd, Stephen Lubin, made the point as he responded to questions today during a media conference at the Bagnall’s Point Gallery.
Lubin said too many artists were still not making their songs available on discs or in other forms for purchase after they competed with various songs in annual events.
“The winners of most of the calypso competitions and [Tune Of The Crop competition] and all the Crop Over events, none of the songs that won anyhing last year were available to purchase in any format,” lamented Lubin. That is [what] the artistes need to realize –– if they don’t make their music available it is impossible for people to support it. That is the focus I believe. It has nothing to do with the quality. The quality is there; it is that you can’t get it legally.”
Music producer Fabian Worrell said while there was always room for improvement, he was satisfied that that local artistes have been producing good quality music over the years.
“Definitely we do make records that have the potential . . . . We do make products that are world-class and exploitable on a world level. What percentage of our music is in that league I don’t know,” he said.
The two were speaking as they shared their experiences from participating in this year’s MIDEM Festival in France in February which was attended by more than 4,000 people from over 50 countries. The trip, which was facilitated by the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation (BIDC), was also attended by a number of local musicians including Anderson Blood Armstrong and Stedson Red Plastic Bag Wiltshire.
Worrell, who operates RFM Music Inc., said he was confident that with efforts such as MIDEM and other ventures, artistes would improve their skills and “figure out how to make their products more attractive and commercially viable”.