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The Truth With Wilson Joel: Why The Instruments Get More Pay Than The Instrumentalists


Wilson Joel 1Why do we have music equipments worth millions and those who play them look like beggars!? Is someone not thinking what “JESUS” would do? That keyboard player, guitarist, bassist, drummer or whatever might not be able to afford that instrument even after working for years!


A little kindness can go a long way in keeping people loyal to you! I do not subscribe to punishing people all in the name of making them value whatever! Abeg!!! That is old school! At least, pay them well enough for whatever part they play! Here is partly one of the reasons folks who can’t hold it together go secular! Some even quit music forever and these are super talented folks! At least I know a few! Not like I subscribe to their resolve but hey, our faith levels differ and we must not blame anyone for their actions! Only them know their own daily commitments!

Same goes for other organisations that require the service of instrumentalists, be it a band, group or what have you but this is common and not only in most churches! Some bands are just messed up for real! The leader takes 70% of the pay and shares 30% among the members of like 8 people! He or She is driving to the Venue of engagement and the band guys are coming via Okada! It’s über Wrong! Perhaps if you pay them good , they might be able to afford a car after 15 to 40 shows or so!

Little mathematics: A gig pays a drummer N50,000 x 20 GIGS = 1 Million Naira, he should be able to afford a car after playing 50 gigs! Sadly, he would play 200 GIGS and not be able to buy the spoke of a bicycle!

Whilst I was living in South Africa, I had friends who had better music gears than whatever organisations they played for. reason is simple, they are paid well for their service or rather appropriately!

I was once an instrumentalist for various set ups and I have a firsthand knowledge of this! Even when you are so foolishly stupidly loyal, all you get is abuse upon abuse! This can and should change! The mind of GOD isn’t like this, we ought to be fair. Pay people what is reasonable for their service not peanuts! Especially when you are able to afford it!

MORAL : IF you want people to stay loyal and passionate to you, be same to them! Do not behave like lion to them asking them to stay calm like the sheep!


Mike Aremu (Nigerian Jazz Artiste): Okay. This is so true

Kylie Gbokolo (UK Based Gospel Artiste): This applies in other areas of life o,in our dealings every day we take advantage of people’s talent without respect and then expect ours to flourish… The principle is set already what you sow , you shall reap… Truth is people who misuse or mistreat his workers , he falls so flat and ends up living in past glory whilst he still thinks he’s relevant. Hmmm and he sits in his past glory whilst the ones he’s used are rising up .

Imah Marcel Otejiri (Worship Leader): If u have enough MB and time watch: Should Church Musicians Be Paid from the Tithe?


About Wilson Joel

Born, raised & bred in Lagos, Nigeria. Headed for the study of medicine, he realized that music is his passion so the journey started way back in the 90’s starting out as a studio apprentice and later an intern with another fast rising studio in Lagos around 2001-2002.

He relocated to South Africa where the career then received more light and found expression. Wilson Joel has since become a force to reckon with in Africa, Asia and Europe

His production skills are highly sorted after by clients around the world. Wilson Jadore Joel has worked with many personalities in the music industry and corporate organisations both home and abroad including Wanda Baloyi (SA), MXO (SA), Lili Feng (China), Chevelle Franklyn (Jamaica), Oby M(UK), Abby Godwin (UK), Lite (Canada), Judith Sephuma (SA), Lulu (SA), Ade Bantu (Germany), Funmi (Sweden), C-Sharp (SA), Kiku (SA), Assent Tweed (SA), Kenny K’ore (Nigeria), ID Cabasa (Nigeria), Sinach (Nigeria) And Many More In Africa,Europe,Asia and more. Wilson has shared stage with the some prominent artiste around the world Including Bob james, Abraham Laboriel, Donnie McClurkin, Chevelle Franklyn, Sadao Watanabe, Micah Stampley, Mike Aremu, Sammie Okposo, Judith Sephuma, Kunle Ayo and many more.



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