At 22, Mugabo looks to write his name in the music production books

Ken Mugabo in his recording studio. / Courtesy.

At a tender age of 10, Ken Mugabo, now a sound cloud engineer developed passion for music. Little did he know that he would end up building a carrier in the same field.

As an upcoming producer, Mugabo has increasingly become a household name at his University because of the songs on which he had a touch continue which end up becoming popular among his peers. Some of the songs he has worked on include “Show me that” and “Whine zero distance” by Feggy ft Kol, among others.

 

Besides being talented in the science world, Mugabo says his mind became fully focused on Music production in 2016 shortly after he completed his Ordinary Level education at Nu-Vision High School.

 

Now based in Kenya, where the current the Covid-19 restrictions found him, Mugabo told The New Times on a phone interview that he never imagined he would end up in music production, as a young boy who was interested in tech-related fields, until he found a fully equipped mini-studio at his high school.

 

“Having a studio in a place where I spent most of my time (school) was a turning point of my passion. The more I sat in that place and explored all the instruments in the room at that time, the more I fell in love with Music,”

“Before I knew my classmates would always be on my case asking me to make them a simple beat. Since then my mind has been focused on music production,” he said.

Mugabo kept his hands on the computer keyboard learning different tips in music production from the internet, until he completed his high school in 2018, where he immediately joined University.

Since he joined University, Mugabo, with stage name Antelope, embarked on a journey to have his own mini-studio in which he would have enough time to practice music production skills at the same time pursuing his engineering course.

“While at school, I use the little money I get to buy a few instruments that help me keep working on my projects. I have a bedroom studio which is typically a small setup next to your bedside, and it is the absolute minimum you need to record sound into your computer,” he explains.

However, like it has been for many, the producer says his parents were not proud to learn that their ‘genius’ son is passionate about producing music. But the motivation came from his peers who liked his work.

“It really boosted my confidence that I can do great things if I carry on,” he said.

Found by Covid-19 in a foreign land

Even though the music industry is among businesses which have been affected by the new coronavirus pandemic as most activities including concerts were halted in a bid to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus, Mugabo says he has used the chance to exploit his bedroom studio as he works on his music projects.

Mugabo was found by the Covid-19 outbreak in Kenya where he was pursuing his studies at Kenya School of Flying. He was able to make the most of his time there, using the period to work on a number of projects.

“I understand that these are challenging times for any artistes who are unable to reach the studios but personally I have been lucky to continue my projects without any obstacle”

Going forward, Mugabo says he wants to venture into music production as a career, “My career will inspire all the young people out there who think they can’t do music because of their background,” he says.

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