Renowned sound engineer, Da Hammer, says he has not been bored since taking a break from the music business and going into the food business.
According to him, aside the financial benefits, going into the retail business has helped him to get himself out of substance addiction.
Hammer was speaking to mental health patients at The Chosen Rehab Center in Accra where hiplife artist, Red Eye, had been successfully treated.
Sharing his own experience, Hammer admitted that he was once a heavy smoker, but stopped because he noticed that it was not a healthy lifestyle.
Hammer encouraged young people to engage in productive ventures to keep themselves busy.
Keeping one’s self busy, according to him, helps to keep people away from going into drugs.
The award-winning record producer noted that the trend of drug abuse is quite rampant in the music industry globally, and a musician must make a conscious effort to avoid it.
I used to smoke cigarettes and ganja but I was lucky I did not go beyond that. Now I have managed to stopped and continue to keep myself busy so that I don’t return to smoking. I have been through a lot so I am very emotional, that is why I always keep myself busy to avoid the risk of going back to smoking cigarettes and marijuana. After leaving music, I went into the bread business, and now I sell Ekumfi Juice. Sometimes I go on the streets to sell my products. I do all these things to avoid getting bored and returning to unhealthy lifestyle practices.