Not many successful entertainment music producers have been able to tell their grass to grace stories or use them as motivations to give back to their society. But KaySo is not one of them. Unlike others, this Ghanaian record producer and musician who specializes in Afro-pop, hip hop, Afrobeats, electric, and highlife, is empowering upcoming to make a profit off their works through “The Cloud Audio”.
The producer whose real name is Sony Kwame Owusu and hails from Tema, Ashanti Region takes us through his musical journey as a 13-year-old boy who spent time assisting his mother to sell cassettes as a DJ in her music shop.
KaySo’s background in music while growing up made him fall in love with the profession and he has always looked forward to making music if he gets the opportunity. In high school, he was introduced to Fl studio and he has been making music ever since.
His passion for music has led him to write and produce for some of the biggest artists in Ghana including Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Becca, Ice Prince from Nigeria, Wanlov the Kubolor, Wiyaala, Dex Kwasi, Ayat, and others.
With the dominance of Afrobeats in Africa, and the majority of house and electronic music coming from the Southern Africa region, KaySo’s versatile talents have seen him produce music within both these genres.
Learn more about Kayso below.
How did you start producing?
Music has always been in my life and I have always had an ear for music, I learned how to play the keyboard at church when I was young which armed me with the sense of creating music. When I was in high school I helped a few friends who were aspiring musicians then to write a song and that was how I got access to my first home studio.
The rest they say is history.
How long have you been in the music business?
I have been in the music business since I was thirteen, my mother had a music shop where she sold cassettes and CDs and I used to spend a lot of time there helping her sell the music as a DJ. Now I empower aspiring producers and help them make the money from their works, powered by “The Cloud Audio“.
How would you describe your struggle to find your feet in the industry over the years?
It’s really not easy, my passion for the music and my aspirations to be great keeps me going especially when I put so much work into my craft and artists try to underpay.
What are the challenges you’ve faced as a producer?
I took a lot of losses for not knowing about the music business before I got into it. I encourage aspiring producers or musicians to educate themselves about the business before they start making moves.
You have worked with KiDi, Kwesi Arthur, Darkovibes, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy Becca, and others, can share your experience working with these people?
It has been inspiring collaborating with these musicians who share the same passion as me, we have pushed each other to bring out the best music.
What was working with Sakordie like?
It was unexpectedly enlightening.
Whom would you like to collaborate with among the heavyweights in the industry?
I’m looking forward to collaborating with TayC, One of the top R&B singers in France. That’s the first name that comes to mind.
How can Songwriters, and producers be getting enough credits?
You get what you negotiate in this game.
Who influences you in the music industry both in Ghana and Diaspora?
I’m always willing to learn and I learn from anyone that is where I want to be.
What do you think the future holds for the Afrobeats in the western world?
I think with the internet and streaming, Afrobeat will spread wider globally than before.