Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Selasee Atiase. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Selasee, appreciate you joining us today. Do you have an agent or someone (or a team) that helps you secure opportunities and compensation for your creative work? How did you meet you, why did you decide to work with them, why do you think they decided to work with you?
We currently have a booking agent however we have worked with some management teams and labels in the past. We just got signed to a label that was looking promising early 2020 just before the shut down and that arrangement fell apart as a result of the ripple effects of Covid-19 when the entertainment industry took a hit. We met them through getting noticed playing live shows in Colorado. They decided to work with us because of the unique niche as a world music/reggae band. Our upbeat highlife style combined with the roots reggae feel has given that unique brand.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
Originally from Ghana, west Africa, I began my music career in the late 80s early 90s as a composer/songwriter and soon a lead vocalist and guitarist. The highlife music influence came from growing up in Ghana and being exposed to the vibrant culture of music combined with the western influences that was all around. After graduating from college in 1999 I moved to the US to pursue my music career and soon settled in Colorado to record my debut album released in 2006 followed by the second album in 2009 and the 3rd in 2015. The forth album is scheduled for release fall of 2022. I formed my band in 2008 now known as Selasee & The Fafa Family (www.selaseemusic.com) which explores the highlife genre as well as reggae and some pop influences and our music has been described by fans as very danceable, easy to listen to with an uplifting bright with that captivating sound. We have been able to create a unique brand through our live shows that has given us an identity that stands out.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on NFTs. (Note: this is for education/entertainment purposes only, readers should not construe this as advice)
I find it really very interesting and mind blowing in how such a digital concept such as NFT can become a means to represent the measure of value for a creative work. Just like how Bitcoin has become a familiar means of monetary investments, as an artist, I feel NFTs have gained the trust as a stable means to represent the value of creative works. I do acknowledge the fact that there are many unknowns with any new system however, the non-fungible characteristic of NFTs makes this digital “animal” a force to reckon with. I am really curious what future lies ahead in the world of NFTs. Even though it’s been around for about 8 years, I think its future has a unique potential. However, as an artist, my concern is how something digital is now being used to represent a physical artwork and what future impacts it will eventually have on creativity as a whole.
Is there mission driving your creative journey?
I have always admired artists that have been able to reach the heights of being nominated for the grammys and that has been a guiding focus on my creative journey.
- Website: www.selaseemusic.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SelaseeAndFaFaFamily
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/selaseeandthefafafamily
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