Local Disc Jockey Jude Sheperd said he is angered by the influx of foreign DJs that take part in St Vincent’s main cultural festival, Vincy Mas.
Sheperd speaking on Xtreme Radio on Sunday said; “see if this makes any sense to you, you had a St Lucian DJ here playing Trinidad music in our festival, you left St Lucia and came to SVG to play South music”. What sense does that make at all?
“This is how I feel when we have Carnival, and we have our product, you should come over and enjoy it, enjoy what we have to offer, and our DJs are part of that package”.
Sheperd said he does not think these foreign DJs do us any justice by coming to our festival to promote themselves.
The Disc Jockey said he is proposing a solution to this vexing issue, and hope those in charge of Vincy Mas would take it on board.
“My solution is, in the carnival, we are putting forward our product, you see the promoters who are bringing them in, they should pay a tax, a special tax, that would deter these foreign DJs from even thinking about coming here to work for the season”.
“A special carnival work tax, yes, because these guys do a session for US $1000 up to US $8000”.
“So here is the marketing strategy, I am a promoter, I bring three DJs I keep them over here, and I sell them to other promoters, that is the market now”.
Sheperd said, in this regard the local DJs are sideline. “Imagine you are a tourist in Germany seeing a Vincy Mas video on Youtube for the first time, and you ask who is that DJ, only to hear he is St Lucian”. What does that do for us?
Shepherd said if he leaves SVG to go to Trinidad, Barbados or St Lucia, he is going to enjoy their festival. The local Disc Jockey said he wants to Know why they should be here in our major festival trying to scheme some money.
“Why are promoters paying them (speaking of Foreign DJs) US $2000, and trying to tell me they could only pay me $400 and $ 500”.
Shepherd said he has no problem with Foreign DJs coming to play for a show; it should be allowed.
“But when it comes to Vincy Mas it should be next to impossible for you to work, especially since the music you play does not promote our artists”.
“So once again on the promoter, a ( Special Tax) that makes these DJs, if they are going to work, some of your payment will remain with the CDC”.