Bunji Garlin: “Artists Should Write For Themselves”
This is the view of soca artist Ian ‘Bunji Garlin’ Alvarez.
In an interview with Loop, Alvarez stressed the importance of artists writing their own lyrics following the controversial revelation of another Caribbean artists being exposed for using the songs and lyrics of others without permission. He stated,
“I’m always an advocate for that (artists writing their own material) but I respect the domain that I’m in, and fully understand that there are some artistes that are experts at artistry but they may not necessarily be able to put the poetry together, so they have someone to do it and they will in turn translate the story. So I cool with that.”
“But I always say the problem with that is, someday some people get burn the bad way. So that’s why I always try my best to advocate for the artistes themselves to be the creators of their own material and their own environment. Be in charge of your own domain so that when you go out there you avoid any injuries that could come.”
Garlin is currently in Barbados for the 1Love Concert.
By: Danielle Dixon
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