Ghana born and raised Winfred Ametepe, popularly known as DredW, is best known as a music producer, specializing in production laced with African influences. He fell in love with music at an early age, starting with beatboxing before becoming a full time music producer. DredW’s sound is influenced by renowned music producers such as J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Sarz, Masterkraft, E.L, Richie Mensah, Peeweezil and Magnom. He has collaborated with incredible acts like Mr. Eazi, Juls, E.L, Richie Mensah, Pappy Kojo, Magnom and more.
DredW has demonstrated his versatility as a music producer, with production credits including; Edem – ‘Real & Fake’, and Flowking Stone’s ‘My Way’ featuring Dr. Sid & Crayon amongst others. He also makes time to work as a sound engineer on other projects, including scoring credits for the movies for several organizations across the country. However, in 2017, DredW started working on and releasing his own music, birthing ‘Choco Milo’ – his first single featuring Nigerian singer WondaBoy, and ‘Abu Dhabi’ Feat. Magnom, Ayat, CJBIGGERMAN & Slimdrumz and a lot more. His dedication and hardwork landed him a feature in the Colossium Magazine published in 2018, as well as some performances as a DJ on numerous platforms including a Guest DJ Mix for The Sankofa Show on There’s No Signal Radio (UK).
Where are you right now? Describe your surroundings. What do you see? What do you hear? What can you smell?
I am currently at my studio. Just stepped in to prepare this amazing mix for Harmattan Rain ‘House Rules’. I can hear cars passing by because this is a busy neighbourhood, and the studio smells like peach because of the air freshener I got not long ago.
If you could name this mix, what would you call it?
Afro Juice Mix.
What do you imagine people doing as they listen to this mix?
I picture people relaxing to my mix, I see a couple slow whining to this, basically doing anything. That’s why I’d call it the Afro Juice mix, perfect blend for any mood.
You’re food at a wedding party. What TYPE OF food are you and why?
Grilled Fish with some rice, vegetables and some sauce. This works fine for me because I’m working out so I like to eat little, but healthy.
Describe yourselves with a line from a song.
”You better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it, you better never let it go”
Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’
That’s like the theme song to my life.
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Any of my own songs from my catalogue. But preferably ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ Feat. $pacely and ‘Dani Draco’
You wake UP in the last movie you watched, as one of the characters. What movie is it, and whICH character are you?
‘ Greyhound’ – Tom Hanks as Commander Ernest Krause
You meet 3 millionaires and they want to have a party. Who are they, and what are you playing them first?
Drake, Femi Otedola and Kwame Despite. ‘Say Wassup’, ‘Otedola’ GH Remix and ‘Inna Song’
Describe 2020 AS an album. And why.
If 2020 were an album, it would be ‘Kpanlogo’ by Darkovibes. This is my favourite album released this year and I feel like it has a perfect blend of songs to represent a Ghanaian artist. This album also shows the growth in Darkovibes’ music from where he started, to where he is now. On this album you have songs to fit different moods, like the ‘Sister Cee’ song, which he dedicates to his late Mother. I lost my favourite Uncle this year, which also makes it an emotional one for me, aside the things happening around the world. Life in 2020 has literally been down but from this, even greater things will emerge.
In the next few years, DredW envisions himself producing ground-breaking songs, DJing and touring around the world. Follow his journey.