Former teacher, student give artists exposure

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 21 April 2020, 6:00PM

A former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (L.D.S.) Pesega College music teacher and his student have built a recording studio, in a bid to tap into and expose the talents of young Samoan artists.

Uili Lafaele Junior and Sam Choo Koon are the brains behind the establishment of Pesega Recordings.

While their recording studio is currently under renovation, the duo said they are open for business.

Mr. Lafaele Junior, who is popularly known by his stage name ‘Pesega Boe’, was a music teacher at Pesega College and Mr. Choo Koon was his student.

"I was a music teacher at Pesega and Sam was one of my students. I usually prepare them and make them try out the Samoa Star Search competition, just to get them started on their singing career," said Mr. Lafaele Junior.

The former music teacher now arranges the sound in their recording studio while Mr. Choo Koon does the vocals, and they both finalise their music arrangements.

According to Mr. Lafaele Junior, they set up the recording studio to develop local young artists.

"We set up these recording studio in the hope that it will help in developing our local and young artists. The first people that I've worked with were Christian Aiono, Theresa Fruean and Sam Choo Koon of course.”

The duo welcomed anyone that wanted to become an artist and have assisted a lot of people since the establishment of their recording studio.

Mr Lafaele Junior said: "Our doors are open for everyone, we welcome anyone. We record their music and we also have a contract that each musician has to sign first before we work together.”

Part of the contract deal includes assisting the aspiring with promotion through social media and generating revenue through various global online music platforms.

“We help promote their music on social media and the artist will get the money from Itunes, Google Play and Apple music and I will get Spotify and YouTube. This is a win-win situation for both the artist and us producers," added Mr. Lafaele Junior.

Currently, the main challenge facing the two recording studio's owners is time management, as they will still have songs to edit from the previous week.

Therefore, Mr. Lafaele Junior said he is grateful for his and Mr. Choo Koon’s families' understanding. 

“So we don't have much time, especially when there are just the two of us working together to arrange these music," he added.

"But thanks to both our families for their continuous support throughout our journey, most especially to Sam's family for letting him come over and help out with our studio and music arrangements."

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 21 April 2020, 6:00PM

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