While at Kyasuma Primary School Masaka, Dauson Ssekisonge had picked interest in the school drama groups; singing alongside the choir and playing different instruments, yet after conquering Masaka clubs with anthems like Nana, he has embarked on a new journey as a producer.
Briefly, tell us who Dauson Ssekisonge is.
I am 23 years old, a down to earth music producer and songwriter.
Where did you go to school?
I went to Kyasuma Primary School, Kijjabwemi Secondary School, Masaka Parents Secondary School and eventually finalised my Senior Six at Masaka Town Academy.
Why did you keep on changing schools in Secondary level?
Group influence! When I saw my friends joining other schools, I asked my parents to take me where they had gone.
What fascinated you enough to love music and take at as a career?
I come from a family of entertainers; actors, singers and Djs among others, for instance, my sister is one of the top DJs in Masaka while my other brother is a TV presenter.
In 2010, you got public attention with your song Nana, how did you come up with that idea?
It was based on a lady called Nana whom I loved so much yet she took all my efforts for granted. But the entire process of composing it started off as a joke with one of my crew members, I’m happy it was appreciated.
How many singers were in your crew?
We were four; Denis Lukanga aka, Babyton, Gonzaga Mubiru aka Nick and Treger.
Tell us at least a song you guys recorded together?
In Senior Four while at Kijjabwemi Secondary School, we recorded Kyuusa Embeeraazo; loosely translated as change your ways, which was well received. It was produced by Paddy Man. All in all we had a bright future but as you may know, things change.
Why did the group disband at a time Masaka was warming up to your talent and abilities?
It’s the question I thought you could ask, yet I was not ready for it due to sentimental reasons. But here is the answer. I loved music, they loved music but we never valued music much as we had to.
Is it the early fame you got that made you reluctant and later break off with your colleagues?
Our early songs were nice, they made us celebrities in and out of Masaka however, these songs also brought something inordinate within the group. Many group members relaxed, became so bossy, and others were carried away by ladies, which at the end of the day separated us.
People loved your songs, have you given up on a singing career?
As of now, the answer is yes. I think it’s high time I settle and learn more about music production, maybe later I will change my mind and bounce back.
But some musicians also do production.
Yes, they do but it’s better to master one skill at a time. With singing, I know what is required and how to go about it but with production, I still have a long way to go. I am producing songs while learning from others.
When did you start producing?
I started last year after joining Double- P- Touch studio in Masaka. But before, I got some production skills from Roy studios owned by Mr Skills Producer.
How much do you charge to record a song?
It depends but the price ranges from shs250,000 and beyond. The price is negotiable though.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Of course somewhere far from where I am. I may as well go back for further studies in line with music. I also want to be a producer with a good brand like Nessim, Paddy Man and get back in music if the time allows me.