Thunda Strives To Keep The Beat Playing
Out to set a name for himself in the music industry, George ‘Tropic Thunda’ Waisale, is out to prove himself.
Originally from Rotuma, Mr Waisale, is an upcoming producer who has worked with some of the hottest beats over the years.
His stage name is inspired by having a Pacific sound and he wishes to keep it as original as possible.
One of the highlights of his career was winning the Pacific Break competition in 2011 for the song ‘Ruaeleele’ with local rapper Nemoney. They later went to Vanuatu to perform their hit single.
He has performed at bars and gigs around the country and at the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.
“My love of music was always listening to the radio and especially living in Rotuma, I used to record with a cassette whatever was playing on radio back in the days,” he said.
In 2006 he was part of the popular dance group called BSQ, formed with seven of his cousins. It wasn’t until he met a man who suggested using a piece of software to make music according to his beat.
Mr Wisale works from his home recording studio in Flagstaff, Suva, and has been producing tracks since 2013.
“My strength is making beats for hip hop, but I’m venturing into other genres as well.”
He has produced beats for artists like Mr Grin, Nemoney, Wilo, Drixstar, J Deuece, Mynlesseme, and Sikeli Vines and others music artists.
One of his current projects was producing beats for the FBC Nescafe ‘Make Your Move’ competition. He does television commercials for various companies.
Some of the challenges he faces as a local producer are being able to promote and market a track after producing it in order to reach the masses, despite the impact of social media.
“My inspiration comes from all artists like the Backstreet Boys, J Boog, George Fiji Veikoso, Lucky Dube or whatever is playing on radio,” he said.
He attributes his success to God, his family and friends for supporting him in his music career.
His advice to upcoming artists and producers is to stay focused and always do their best in whatever work they do.
He is currently working on a project involving three hip hop artists, which is set to be released soon.
Edited by Jonathan Bryce