Two songs off Paapa’s ‘Technical Difficulties 1‘ EP have earned semi-final slots in the 2018 International Songwriting competition.
‘How Will I Know‘ and ‘Together’ were on the 5-track project released on October 2, 2017. The “sober, minimal but hopeful songs” were recorded in his bedroom. It was mixed and mastered by JaySo.
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena.
ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting.
The songs are judged by some of the most influential decision-makers in the music industry. 71 winners will share $150,000 in cash and prizes!
‘Technical Difficulties 1‘ EP is available for streaming and download on Apple Music, Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud.
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“The phrase ‘Technical Difficulties’ is so damn popular in Ghana – my home country. It’s hard to go a day without hearing it at a concert, during a TV broadcast or trying to withdraw cash from a bank. I chose the title because as I created this project with equipment worth $2, 000, my creative process was fraught with technical difficulties. The phrase kept ringing in my head. “Technical Difficulties” describes glitches and imperfections in a system, be it a live show, computer software, whatever. It describes the things standing in the way of perfection,” explains Paapa.
“Technical Difficulties is a project about frustration, pain, conflict, reconciliation, forgiveness. It’s an imperfect musical journal of themes I’ve wrestled with as a growing imperfect Christian man, living with and loving imperfect people in the shadow of God’s perfect grace and mercy. I hope it encourages you and provokes some thought. At the very least, I hope you find it to be good art, even if imperfect.”
The EP was the first in a series of EPs which would be released by the Skillions Records artiste.