Sometimes I wonder…
Sometimes I wonder…
Last week I wrote a piece for Matooke Nation about how many radio stations in Uganda require payment before they can play a new or upcoming artist’s song. These payments are not officially sanctioned by the management at most radio stations. They are just a way for presenters and programming directors to make a little money on the side.
For the most part the reaction to this practice was (rightly) negative, but I should point out that not all stations do this and in some ways the paltry sums paid to radio programmers and presenters at the big radio stations force them to do this. Only a select few make a comfortable living just doing radio. Most have to supplement their income in some way- either by having an outside job, or by screwing over desperate young artists, or both.
I have made it a point not to accept money on SNMS. We take songs on their merit. Sometimes we misfire and bring on artists who are going nowhere fast, but every now and then we find someone who I’m sure will make a major impact on the music scene for years to come. (Two names spring to mind immediately, but i’m keeping them close to my chest.)
So… how does one get their song on SNMS? Easy. Send me an email: contact[at]misterdeejaypresents.com. That’s it. I try and reply all the music-related emails I get (although I readily admit I am not the best at that) and all I ask is that you as an artist a) respect my point of view and b) realise that it is just that: MY point of view. Mine is not the be-all and end-all. And my not liking your song doesn’t make it a bad song. It just means it is not for me.
Only about one in ten songs makes it onto the show and even then, sometimes my judgement is wrong and a song gets panned by the audience. (Again, some names spring to mind- and again, I’m keeping them close to my chest.)
There are, however, some ways you can endear yourself to me and my producer. I have to sift through the music, he has to book potential artists for the show.
Good luck! And keep making that good music.