Some new voices have weighed in on the discussion that suggests the music of Antiguan artistes is not receiving enough exposure during the Carnival season.
Musician Gavin Christopher said the lack of local music being played during Carnival is “a growing problem”.
“Every year I think it gets worse. Last year, it was horrible and I didn’t think it could have gotten any worse. And it has started this year again … I think it has come to the point now where it has to be dealt with. If we don’t address it now, we’ll be doomed.”
He is of the view that it is inaccurate for people to suggest that there was a lack of good local music as the country has produced enough quality music over its 60 years of Carnival.
However, while Shane “DJ EZP” Potter agreed that non-Antiguan music being played during the annual festival, he said that is because there’s a scarcity of quality local music.
“Our artistes don’t want to understand that we need to step up the sound of our music; we need to change. All the artistes that we play, like for instance, Machel Montano doesn’t stick in one gear he goes higher and higher every year. Why are we still doing the one, two beat?”
He also said that Antiguan music paled in comparison to regional acts. “When you put them on a quality sound system, you instantly hear the difference in the level of production.”
Potter added it is difficult for a deejay to simply select songs based on national affinity.
Read more in today’s Daily Observer.