Renowned flutist, Tee Mac Iseli, believes that for young Nigerian artistes to really make positive impact, they have to improve the quality of their music.
In a chat with Sunday Scoop, he said, “In those days, we rehearsed a lot. I always tell young artistes that they don’t rehearse enough. My advice to them is that there is no shortcut to success. One has to prepare very well to (be able to) shine.
Then, we rehearsed almost every day from 11am to 6pm. And we performed on Fridays and Saturdays. If the young generation really wants to make an impact and evergreen music, the quality of their songs must improve. Artistes should stop copying each other. These days, whenever there is a good beat, other people just copy it.”
Insisting that training is very important for the career growth of artistes, Iseli said, “The same way doctors, architects and other professionals train is the same way musicians need to train to become proficient.”
The former president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria also cautioned up and coming entertainers against being arrogant. “There was a particular artiste I called and he asked me to call back, that he was a superstar. Meanwhile, you cannot claim to be a superstar just because you are handsome. The new generation of musicians really need to be humble,” he added.