In this economy (and in fact world) where most people think mainly of themselves first, I'm always pleasantly surprised when I find someone that is doing something for others- especially when that something requires time, effort, and money.
Uchenna Ibeleme is one such person. He is freely giving his knowledge of music production to anyone who is interested. He does this through his blog Naija Audio Class. Uchenna started out not too long ago with a specific focus- teaching people how to produce music. He has been in the industry for almost a decade so he has extensive knowledge about the technicalities of production as well as insights into the music industry (and how to succeed in it).
I had the pleasure of asking him a couple of questions, and his responses tell us more about why he started out on this altruistic mission:
1)What inspired you to start these lessons? I started doing audio productions and making music about 8 years ago. I was based in Benin then. So as time went on and I got some clients, I was always asked to teach someone or explain what and how I was making those instrumentals. I found out most times, due to time factor, I was not able to really teach them everything. So I decided to start a blog where I can refer them to so they can go there and get tutorials and information. They are also encouraged to drop questions on what they would like to get answers on.
2)What is your vision for Naija Audio Class? My vision for Naija Audio Class is to create an avenue for upcoming producers to be able to interact with seasoned or experienced hands in the business. To allow them get tips, tricks and insights into how the business works. I also have a forum that is going to be dedicated to music production. This would allow for a closer experience with guys who can provide answers to any questions.
If you look at it, Uchenna, through his blog, is equipping interested parties with the skills to start out on their own, and to start out with quality. He recognized that many people are interested in producing, but most who produce are lacking in necessary technical skills. He aims to close this gap through his blog.