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Interview with Kaylu

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We had the chance to catch up with an artist who we believe is about to bring the heat this summer. Here’s our interview with him

Q – Tell us about yourself and your brand

A- Most people know Kaylu as the ‘see you later’ guy, the Sayonara Crooner, the amazing rapper and musician. Yes I am all of that but there is more to me than the surface. I’m a Law student in the University of Lagos. I’m an entrepreneur, I’m also a blogger. I am Chukwukelu Obimtochukwu but I am popularly known as the talented Rapper, Kaylu.

Q – What is your favourite thing about being you?

A- That’s basically my favorite thing about being me, I’m not just one thing. I’m multi talented. I rap, do I a bit of singing, I act also but haven’t explored that side of me so well, I used to be a photographer, I write also, I’m into business and all. Jack of all trades, master of one which is Music

Q – Challenges you face and how do you cope with both music and school?

A- Mehn, I face different challenges on a daily but the most occurring and annoying one that hinders my movement is Money. Owo ni koko! This hustle is bad mehn. Imagine trying to save for studio session when your country’s economy is undergoing recession. No money, no movement. U need to pay for beat, studio session, graphics, photo shoot, promotion and so many other stuff. But like I say, nothing good is free so hustle out the dough so that one day you will blow. As regards to school and music, it’s all time management. Do the right thing at the right time. Shows and music can be done during the holidays and I face my books during school but when they clash its all about knowing your priorities and weighing which is more important to you at the moment. It’s also with God’s grace I’ve been able to achieve good academic performance and still give a mad stage performance so I Thank God for his grace too.

Q – Worst and Best Moment of your whole career

A- My worst moment in my career was when I lost the Choice Hip Hop Artist Award in the Nigerian Teens Choice Awards 2016 to Dremo. It was obvious I was gonna lose cus it’s DMW’s Dremo now but I still had so much faith I would win that I bought flight ticket and flew all the way to Abuja alone, lodged in a hotel alone, paid ticket sef of 10k and still lost and bought flight ticket to come back to Lagos and wasted all that money to disappoint all those that voted for me. It was a sad experience but it didn’t stop me from chasing my dreams.

My best moment should be when I won the Best Rapper Award of my high school cus the same day I won the award was the same day I got nominated for the Choice Hip Hop Artist Award in the NTCA that year. It was such a happy and memorable day for me. Made my year tbh
Q – If you had the chance to be snapped up by a record label or recognized by someone famous, what would be your pick?

A-  Starboy definitely!! Because they are not just one of the biggest record labels nationally and in the continent but they are also very much one of the most internationally recognised record labels in Africa and they will give me the best platform to show the world what I have to offer besides they don’t have any Nigerian rapper signed on them unlike the others in Africa so I will be the main rapper of Starboy. Definitely Starboy over others

Q – Any new singles or E.P?

A-  New single coming up May. It’s gonna be . As usual all I do is Give Them and that’s what inspired the song too so that’s what they should expect this May and as for EP, I’m actually planning on dropping a body of work later this year or the next. Something no one has ever seen before in the industry. I wouldn’t call it an EP tho but something like that. More will be disclosed later in the year so anticipate

Q – Any shoutout to that special someone?

A-I want to give a massive shout out to GOD. Without him I will be nothing and remain nothing. Its because he has been supporting my movement that I have come this far. It’s not by my power nor by my might but but by his grace. And since God has given me grace, it’s only fitting for me to give him praise. And that’s why I give him all the glory because I have faith that my life’s story will one day be of positive value to history.

Q – Last words for your listeners

A- *Come, Give Them and Go*. That’s the motto. Stay true to yourself.  And too all your haters, tell em “See you later”. Keep listening to Kaylu Music and keep supporting the movement. We will get there together, *#TheGiveThemMovement* For now One love, stay blessed and Sayonara

You can always catch up with him or if you want to go through us, send a mail

 

 

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Interview with Tim Lyre

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We’re with Tim Lyre today everyone. Read the interview below

 

Hi Tim Lyre, so nice of you to join us today. Introduce yourself please and tell us a bit about your background

 

Tim Lyre: Hey, thanks for having me. I’m Tim Lyre, I’m a 23-year- old Singer, Songwriter and Music Producer born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

When did you realize you wanted to get involved in music?

 

Tim Lyre: I was introduced to music at a very young age, you know, I trained as a classical pianist for about 3 years from about age 10 and then I moved to jazz and gospel piano, and I was also raised in a church choir and I’ve taken a few music theory exams, I basically know a lot about that music theory world but the first time I realized I wanted to make music myself was in 2006 or 2007 I think, when I heard the song “Ordinary People” by John Legend. Still my favourite song of all time by a mile, the piano work and the arrangement and the lyrics and the man’s voice, incredible and so I was like, I want do that, surely I can do that. I didn’t seriously start making my own music till about 2011 though.

 

Why did you choose music? Are your songs exact reflections of how you feel?

 

Tim Lyre: I chose music because it just made sense to me, a lot of things in the world I find myself constantly trying to understand, especially people, people are hard to deal with, Music helps me process and make sense of everything going on around me. Most of my songs are definitely drawn from personal experiences but I write from a third party perspective sometimes, about other people’s situations and experiences and relationships and what not.

 

What kind of music do you do?

 

Tim Lyre: The music I make we can call Alternative/Afro Fusion. I say this cause it’s a somewhat eclectic mix of influences from genres including R&B, Soul, Pop, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Afrobeat, Afropop, I take elements mainly from these genres to make the kind of music I make.

 

 

Who is/are your major musical influence?

 

Tim Lyre: There are so many artists who Inspire or influence my music not just because of the music they make, it may just be their personal style or their writing style, different things basically, but I would say the most significant for me right now are John Legend for his musicality, Kanye West for the artistry, Fela for his vision and his visceral approach to music, and in more recent times, Chance the Rapper and Daniel Caesar for the way they infuse gospel into Hip-Hop and R&B and Soul and the sound is still incredible.

 

What was the song ‘Forever’ about? What also inspired it?

 

Tim Lyre: Forever is a song by the amazing artist D-O, which I produced. We were in the studio the day after the news broke about the sad loss of DJ Olu who was a dear friend to D-O and the mood was very sombre and the lyrics came from a very real place for D-O and as he was singing a few lines, I was just laying down the Keys and then the Bass and the Drums and everything came together very organically in the space of about an hour or so, and the song was mixed and mastered and released a couple days later I think. The song though is for anyone who’s ever lost a friend or a family member or a loved one just to let them know that even though life is short and fleeting, the memories of our lost ones will live on forever in their Legacy and in our hearts.

 

This time last year, we were all jamming up to Circa’ 94. How did feel about the reception it got?

 

Tim Lyre: That was a crazy period cause I honestly did not want to put out the project till the very last minute but I was pleasantly surprised at the reception it got, It got a lot of people into the music and the comments were great, a couple people reviewed the project and they loved it and it gave me a certain type of validation, you know, that I was on the right path and It just inspired me to always make better music.

 

Which of your songs would you say is your personal favourite?

 

Tim Lyre: That’s a tough one, but of all the songs I’ve released, its definitely “Mornings”, because of the emotion behind the song, I guess.

 

Most of your fans want to know whether there is a possibility of an album this year.

 

Tim Lyre: I was supposed to release an album in August but there were some new developments, however, there is still a slim chance that I’ll release an EP at the very least before the year runs out.

 

Any other collaboration with artists we should be anticipating?

 

Tim Lyre: Yeah, I’ve got a really cool song with the incredible Joyce Olong called Right Now which I’m hoping to release before the year runs out, and I’ve also been working a lot with July Drama, who is a fantastic new artist. Worked with quite a lot of people this year actually but I’ll keep the rest to myself, for the surprise factor, you know.

 

What do you think about this platform?

 

Tim Lyre: It’s a great platform, it’s helping present new artists and creative people to different audiences which is always cool.

 

Give a shout out to someone you think should get interviewed also

 

Tim Lyre: Easy. July Drama. The guy is a true artist in every sense of the word.

 

Any last words for your listeners out there?

 

Tim Lyre: I am continually grateful that anyone is out there listening to my music and It can only get better and better from here. Thank you so much.

 

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Interview with Minz

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Great to have you here Minz. Briefly introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background

Minz: My real name is Oluwadamilola Aminu, I’m a Nigerian Artiste/Songwriter/Producer. I was born in Surulere, Lagos to Mr and Mrs Aminu. I was brought up in Lagos and had my primary and secondary education here. I studied international law and diplomacy at Babcock University and graduated in 2016.

 

When did you realize you wanted to get involved in music?

Minz: I’ve always been interested in music, always been in love with it. When I got into university I finally got the chance to get into it and that was when I realized I wanted to do it full time.

 

Why did you choose music? Are you songs exact reflections of how you feel?

Minz: I chose to do music because it’s the one thing I’m most passionate about. I’m doing this because I absolutely love it. Sometimes my music is rather fictional and sometimes my songs are influenced by things in my life. It’s a bit of both.

 

What kind of music do you do?

Minz: I make Afrobeat music sprinkled with spiritual vibes

 

Who is/are your major musical influence?

Minz: I’m influenced by Fela, Michael Jackson, Lil Wayne, Wizkid, Wande Coal and many other great musicians.

 

We got to know that you produce also. Did you try this before you started singing or it’s just something you felt you should know how to do after entering the music industry?

Minz: I actually got into production coincidentally. I already knew I wanted to make music and I needed to sing over instrumentals so as first I’d download beats to sing on. As time went on I realized I didn’t wanna do that, I wanted my own beats and fortunately for me a friend of mind has Fruity Loops (a software for making beats) and he taught me a few things and I’ve been producing since then.

 

Which do you enjoy most? Singing or Producing?

Minz: I love both sides but I’m a bit more passionate about singing.

 

What was the inspiration behind “Odoyewu ” and were you comfortable with the reception it got?

Minz: Odoyewu was like a freestyle actually. Mowizzy (he co-produced the song) and I were just going through different beats we had made and he had a sketch of the beat for Odoyewu. So we finished the beat, I vibed on it and that’s how we got that song. Yeah the reception has been awesome, it’s actually like my favorite song to perform.

 

What song of yours is your favourite?

Minz: Every new song I record lol. I love recording and every time I make a new song, I play it and play it endlessly lol.

 

Most of your fans want to know whether there’s an EP or album on the way soon or that collaboration with Wande Coal ?

Minz: Haha. I’m working on a project that might drop soon and I’m actually working on some collabos with some dope artistes so expect some heat soon

 

Any other collaborations with artists we should be anticipating?

Minz: Yup. Working on a few things.

 

If there’s something you can change about the music industry, what would it be?

Minz: The challenges that upcoming artistes face in promoting music. I would make it easier for artistes to get their music on the necessary platforms and enable good music to be heard.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years considering you’re a youngster making waves at the moment?

Minz: In five years I hope to have my music heard around the world and with God’s grace, break records and achieve great things. I wanna make Africa proud, promote our culture and by then I hope to have a big enough platform to influence people around the world.

 

What do you think about this platform?

Minz: I think you guys are doing an amazing job in curating this culture and promoting young artistes.

 

Give a shoutout to someone you think should get interviewed also

Minz: Mowizzy

 

Any last words for your listeners out there?

Minz: I’d like to say that I appreciate every single person listening to my music and supporting me. Wanna let them know that I’ll never let them down.

 

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