We recently launched a new series here on Indie Minded called “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
We hope you enjoy this series, and if you know anyone that might be interested in being part of it, please have them reach out to us for more information.
Next in the hot seat is Ghana, West Africa-based indie actor, comedian, and Reggae artist, David Oscar. We’re new to his music, just like you probably will be, but this is what is so good about this series! Sit back and enjoy!
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
I do Reggae music; I am from Ghana in West Africa where I am predominantly known within our entertainment circles as a stand – up comedian and an actor.
I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Ghana where I trained in “The School of Performing Arts” for 4 years; during which I undertook both theoretical and practical studies in Theatre Arts, Dance Studies and Music.
However it was not until three (3) years ago when I got started with Reggae music after close to 15 years of playing various artistic roles within Ghanaian showbiz.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Success for me is to be able to maintain an unfettered mind with which to create and churn out my Art.
With a sound mind free from circumstantial negativities, I’m able to keep adding to my portfolio of works as and when I am inspired to do so.
Success for me also means the ability to inspire or influence people positively with or through my music.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
In a place like Ghana where the structures of the music industry aren’t so matured like the advanced world, there aren’t so many protections for independent artists like me to ensure that I earn full royalties from my music.
Presently also, there are very little or no well sponsored and packaged “Reggae” platforms in Ghana to prop up the genre as compared to other Afro musical genres.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Bob Marley, Jah Cure, Chronixx.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I have a home garden at my backyard where I cultivate some fruits and cash crops for the household.
I spend a lot of time in my garden, which is a very peaceful spot on my compound.
My reflections about my personal life and experiences in this part of my house serve as my creative catalyst from time to time.