Producer under pressure to rebuild studio
Music and advertising producer Donald 'Icon I Like This' Medder has been under pressure to recreate productions that were lost when his studio equipment was stolen approximately one month ago.
The items, including a laptop and digital mixer, were taken from the Icon Music Group studio, located at Nanook, on Burlington Avenue.
This isn't the first time Icon has lost important production tools and files, but he said he is not distressed by losing the equipment as much as he is disappointed with the loss of the intellectual property.
The private studio is where he recorded some of his recent productions, including Tarnado's No Problem, along with work for up-and-coming talents like Eagle Eye and Mega B.
He was also working on a few projects for corporate clients that, unfortunately, were not backed up. He is also the proprietor for Riddim Nation, that creates beats for online sale.
"The items were recent productions. If I could get back the hard drive then I would be happy. While everything else could be replaced, the value is in the projects saved that intellectual property cannot be replaced," he said.
He said the surveillance system was not up and running.
"A couple items were left in the yard and it appears that they tried to take a cooler from the bar on the premises to fit a piece of equipment, but it could not fit," he said.
But the producer is not pressuring the law, enforcement officers. Instead, he is using all that pressure to recreate the projects and rebuild the studio.
"I have already replaced the laptop and I am learning just how important it is to use the cloud to save my files. The hard drive could have malfunctioned and I would have been in the same situation," he explained.
He said that unlike other countries, Jamaican creatives do not have that access to the possibility of getting equipment insured for accidental loss.
"I am a firm believer in starting over to do better, so the one thing I have learnt all throughout life is that you can build back faster, better and more secure with even more technologically advanced and improved techniques," he said.