Entertainment

Bussweh follows his heart

— Sade Gardner

Friday, September 07, 2018

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THE narrative of creatives walking away from their 9-5 job to pursue music careers is not an unfamiliar one.

Alaine, for instance, left her job at a bank to fully engulf herself in music. But for singer Bussweh, he not only left his job working at National Commercial Bank, he walked out of a Pre-Calculus class at The University of the West Indies, where he was in his second-year studying computer science, to pursue a career in music.

Years later, the 27-year-old said he has no regrets.

“Nothing weh di teacher did a seh or write pan di board di a mek sense to me,” he told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Splash. “I don't regret it at all because mi wouldn't deh weh mi deh right now if I hadn't made that move. The only regret I have is I wish I had started my career; in music earlier, I wish I did make up my mind 'cause a nuff time mi waste.”

But this decision attracted criticism.

“Mi madda nearly kill mi. Everybody did hate me because everybody said mi get the opportunity and mi waste it,” he said. “I was just doing school for my mother. She is a strong believer in going to school and getting a job and all that traditional stuff. One of the biggest reasons I want to be successful in this field is to prove her wrong; mi waan give her a cheque fi show her seh music paid this bill. Those things are always driving factors.”

Bussweh, given name Leon-Pierre Answer, started as a producer and worked on songs for acts like Blvk H3ro. He subsequently got into video production as a director and editor, and has worked with acts including Jah Cure, Jahmiel, I-Octane, and Mr Vegas. But he believes it is now time to focus on his own career. In January, he debuted his first single Gemini, a trap hip hop — based single featuring Shai. The track was produced by JayEDGE, likewise his follow-up single Good Vibes, also echoing an international sound.

“I got really good reactions; bare positive feedback. I grew up in dancehall culture but I am heavily influenced by hip hop culture so my music is a nice combination. I'm not sure if there is a market for it, but even if there isn't a market I have faith in being able to create one.”

He believes his experience in the entertainment industry works in his favour.

“It's a seamless transition — the concepts are similar, everything works hand in hand, visuals work with audio and audio works with visuals. My focus now is perfecting the sound; I want when people hear my song they can say, 'Yeah, a Bussweh dis'. Mi want dem feel mi when dem hear the music; mi nuh want it be a commercial thing.”

— Sade Gardner

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