Vocalist and the voice judge Waje has revealed the reason behind her not signing to any label or management agency.
In a recent chat with Sunday Scoop, the singer said her experience with the first ever label she signed with, left a bad taste in her mouth.
“I see myself as an independent artiste. I have been like this for a while. My experience with the first professional record deal I signed made me decide to stand alone. When I started out in the industry, I was signed to a record label that did not do anything for me for a long while.
“If I see a young talent, who wants a record deal, I will tell him or her the advantages and disadvantages”, she said.
“However, there are so many people I have had collaborations with. Even though I am an independent artiste, I always partner with people and organisations. To be honest, I cannot do everything on my own,” Waje stated.
On being threatened by emerging new acts, Waje said:
“It is one thing for you to be a top artiste and it is another thing for you to maintain it. For me, I just want to improve. If you’ve been following me closely, I am also very involved in developing young talents in any way I can. I might not be able to give out money, but I advise and mentor many of them.
“I do not see new talents as threats to me; I even think it is a blessing that we have them. My fans will always be mine as long as I continue to create great music.”
On launching her own label, Waje said:
“For me, maybe in the next 10 years, I might have a management company or agency. But I do not really know much about record labels. I will not like to do what I am not vast in. I know that I can offer services as an adviser or consultant; but I am not there yet too.”