ADG is here with ‘Break The Walls’, a heartful, soulful breakdown into his process. Loving this tune. Enjoy!
Have you heard Rebel?
ADG is here with ‘Break The Walls’, a heartful, soulful breakdown into his process. Loving this tune. Enjoy!
Have you heard Rebel?
Part 3 – The Past, The Future, Events, etc
Ayo: So what stages/performances have you graced
DT: I have done quite a couple, what was my last gig again. My last show was at Freedom Park, it wasn’t Afropolitan, it was Maka.
Ayo: Maka In Concert?
DT: Yeah, before that I performed at Chivas Regal taste of Luxury
Ayo: So how is stage life like for you
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DT: It’s mad, left to me, I prefer performing with a live band for some reason. A lot of rappers don’t like it but I feel like you are not a true performer if you dont know how to perform with a band, cos with a band, you can perform one song, 5 times, 5 different ways, you know, and it will feel different every single time
Ayo: Yes, yes
DT: You get, and you don’t get that with a DJ. No disrespects to our DJs. For me, performance is a whole other act on its own besides just making the music. There is making the music and there is performing the music.
Ayo: So, so, you have like a stage ritual before
DT: Of course na, if you don’t have it, you’re not a rapper, I mean even if it’s not major, there’s always that small, tingly fright, like so I’m about to go on stage, is everything alright, is everything on check, but then when you, when you start, and you settle into it, it becomes more matured and you just feel into the moment.
Ayo: So apart from the Eden EP that is coming out, what other projects are coming out.
DT: Ermm, I have my album recorded.
Ayo: Oh really
DT: Yeah, it’s for next year, or whenever the label is ready to put it out. I am also going to be working on a mixtape, a joint mixtape with two of my friends, Makila and Papa Chill , I dont know if you’ve heard of them
Ayo: Makila & Paper Cho
DT: Paper Chill, Chill, but he changed his name to Chukwudi sha.
AYo: Are they rappers
DT: Yeah they are rappers, and producers as well. It will be the 3 of us producing this project together so that I’m hoping will happen this year.
Ayo: So what has your proudest moment so far
DT: My proudest moment and I will continue to say this, is the day, that was like 2011, 2012, the first day I met Mode 9, it was at Koko Lounge, then we use to do this show called Wax lyrical, Mode 9 came through to do a special and I performed with Krafts, that is Kraftsmatics, and we got off stage, and Mode 9 got on stage, and the first thing he said, ‘Shout out to my boy D-Truce’ and I’m like ‘What, you know me? How? Are you serious? Are you for real?’That was, that was a good moment, up to date.
Ayo: So if you were going to say what is funny or weird about your music, what would it be?
DT: The weirdest thing about my music, what I think people will see as weird, is 1) people will think that I’m slightly off beat, off count, but its funny, cos their off count is my on count, cos my count pattern is a bit different from from, it is the same way a white man cant dance to afrobeats, cos his count is off, that is according to him, our count is off, but according to us, his count is off. So that’s one weird thing.
Another weird thing is the fact that I can make a song of the most random stuff, off the most common phrases and slangs and whatever, I can make it into a song. So people might say this is lazy, it’s not lazy, it’s socially relevant. I mean if you are looking for the most impact, you have to give them what they are familiar with.
Ayo: So in the future, who are the people that you will like to work with?
DT: One producer I will like to work with in the future is Ryan Lesley, Cobhams Asuquo, I want to work with Burna Boy,
AYo: Hmmm. Wo da won mo
DT: He has that vibeeee, who else do I want to work with. Obviously Drake, if I get the chance to, infact, Drake, J.Cole, Ab Soul, I don’t know if you know Ab Soul, he is signed with Kendrik. If I ever meet up with those three guys, I will beg them to do a song with me, even if it’s all those, like just talk into my phone, I will record it, and take it to the studio and chop it off. Those 3 rappers, who else, I would love to work with Vector, it’s funny, me & Vector have been friends for a long time but we haven’t really done something. I recorded something for his A7 mixtape but then, lost files and then had to rerecord and I wasn’t part of his new recording process so we lost that. He was on my mixtape, but we did a skit, so it wasn’t like a major feature or something cos I was done recording, but we haven’t done any official official work together and I will like to do that.
Ayo: So is there anything like, you know, something you want to tell upcoming creatives, not just in music, creatives generally.
DT: Well, my advise is if it seems crazy to them, and it doesn’t seem crazy to you, go ahead and do it. If you feel it’s right, that’s all that really matters, they don’t have to support, people will always talk, people will always have an opinion. And it’s funny that the people who always have an opinion are people that have no idea how the process runs, what goes into creating but they are the ones that always want to talk about it. Ignore everybody, do what you want to do, let it be that you did it and you failed, then you will learn from it and go and get better, that’s my only advice.
Ayo: Thank you D-Truce, been really nice chatting with you.
DT: Thank you very much for chatting
This concludes the end of our inside scoop with D-Truce. A little bird told us Eden will be out pretty soon. How soon? Follow us & Follow D-Truce to find out. We know we will be loving it. Cheers. We have one more inside scoop with a member of the 11_11 Boyz to release and you will be getting it in due time.
Some months back, we talked about the 11_11 Boyz and we mentioned they were working on a new project. We hung out with 3 members of the team and promised to bring you inside scoops on them. We started with Oga 3rty and in this post, we will continue with D-Truce.
D-Truce identifies with the everyday John Doe or Akin or Emeka in Nigeria. His music tells his story of how he survives the everyday challenge posed by his world, his country, the music industry and creatives alike.
Ayo: Who are you, whats your story, where are you from?
DT: My name is Chukwuemeka, Dusten, Ayasie err
Ayo: You’re an Ibo boy?
DT: Yes. From Anambra state.
Ayo: I always thought you were Yoruba
DT: Yeah, I feel like an Ibo version of a Yoruba demon
Ayo: Maybe Kola, Femi
DT: Tobi, my name actually means Tobi in Yoruba. So yeah stage name, D-Truce which is a fusion of my name Dusten and Truce.
Ayo: So whats a typical day with you like, wake up in the morning or afternoon
DT: I wake up in the morning and I go to work, I actually have a day job, I work at an advertising agency, Xtreme Ideas, it’s owned by the same group/company that I am signed to.
Ayo: You are signed
DT: Yes, Xtreme music, so yeah I go to work, I’m a copy writer. After work, I probably end up in the studio, or I end up back home. On the weekends, I’m likely in the studio with 3rty or or Sticks or Stzz Jazz, or Shabba
Ayo: So, so, if you are not doing music, what will you be doing?
DT: If I wasn’t doing music, it’s funny cos I’ve done a lot of things in my life and these are things I would probably be doing if I wasn’t doing music. At some point in my life I use to work on radio, I use to run & present programs, I’m also a cast character on Tinsel, so that’s acting, that’s also something I’m already doing, and probably advertising and I’m doing advertising now. So that’s like somethings I could be doing.
Ayo: How long have you been doing music
DT: Since 2011, 2010
Ayo: In secondary school?
DT: Right after secondary school, I got into it a band. And it’s been been a great journey. I remember first time I was ever in the studio, it was late 2010 and I recorded something at this guys place, this guy called Obie China, he was my first producer ever, he taught me how to record, how to write properly. What he use to do was, he use to give me 10-15 beats every week to go home and write to, and I had to come back with nothing less than 6 songs, so every week I write 6 songs and I record all 6 songs in one day, in 1 session. Like I go in the booth and he just records, like after one song, we start the next song, straight like that. So cos of that, I can go into the studio and work long
Ayo: So your songs now, what’s the story behind your songs
DT: The stories are, the stories are, majorly extensions of my experiences or experiences of people around me. What I represent is the regular, average Nigerian Joe that looks more than he is. I’m just a regular Isolo boy but people see me and they assume, ‘ah, this guy is from Lekki, this guy has lived in the UK all his life, or this guy has a bag of money, but you know I’m just a regular guy like you. You know, I’m struggling everyday to get stuff done, to move from point A to point B. So my life is my music, my music is an extension of my life, my experiences, my experiences from other people. Like I could be walking on the road and a phrase pops into my head and I make it into a song.
Ayo: Straight up
DT: It’s that… I try to keep my music natural & sincere so I don’t come out as a phony or fake
Ayo: So what was your first song, first project that really really
DT: That got me attention?
DT: The first song that I ever was part of that got me attention was a feature on Mode 9’s 2011 mixtape, “Occupy The Throne”. That was, that was major for me, was it 2011 or 2012…. It was 2012. 2012. He put me on a song alongside xxxx, that got the internet buzzing. After that I dropped my mixtape
Ayo: Whats the name of the mixtape.
DT: It’s called “Truce Shall Set You Free”
Ayo: From “Truth shall set you free”
DT: Yeah, it was just basically a collection of songs I’ve made from two thousand and.. most of them were recorded in 2012 so I just reproduced a couple of them and it was just basically ‘gist’, telling my story of how frustrating life has been and a song on the mixtape, titled ‘Hold on’, that was the song that got me, that opened the doors for me to like major radio airplay and stuff like that, and it’s funny cos on that song, I called out radio stations for not playing my song.
Ayo: That seems to happen
DT: Yeah, that was the project that did it till it for me to a certain extent. Yeah
Ayo: So what was the main story behind ‘hold on’, what was it about
DT: Basically, the day I wrote ‘Hold On’, it was… that day, I was walking home, I didn’t have money, I was stranded at Isolo, around that Ansar Deen mosque area, proper Isolo/Mushin road, and I had just N150 on me so I was torn between use this money to enter a bus to get home, cos I stayed in Ago Palace way, that is before FESTAC, or eat, cos I hadn’t eaten all day. So I chose the 2nd option and ate. So I walked down to Isolo all the way down to my house, and the whole walking process was me writing that song, I just, I had phrases popping up in my head, I was writing it down. So the song was that story…
DT: …of everything that transpired that day. The feelings I felt, that was what that song is about.
Ayo: So after that EP, the ‘Truce Shall Set You Free’, what other works have you put out.
DT: I haven’t put out any project since then, cos after that mixtape dropped, I felt like i needed to do a lot more to take it to the next level cos I couldnt come back on that ‘abeg abeg p, play my music’, so I started trying to get my life together. That was the period I worked in radio. I was in talks with a couple of labels, it didn’t work out, then Xtreme came into the picture, signed me, and …
Ayo: So let’s talk about Xtreme. How’s the journey been with Xtreme
DT: It’s been great. It’s been alright. Nothing rosy. Nothing horrible. I mean, it’s a record company. I don’t feel like there’s a certain jacket that you wear, that says ‘Ok, I’m signed’, doors are opening, I mean you have access to some certain places based on the name tag. I mean Simi is my label mate, Praiz is my label mate. They have access to people that I don’t know so I can always use their access to move and I mean, it’s safe to say you can embark on projects with no worries cos there’s a record label that will pay for it. I can wake up today and say I want to work with Mastercraft or I want to do 3 mixtapes and production and do everything cos I know there’s someone that will pay for that as long as it’s top notch. That’s a very great advantage that comes with that. And I have an EP coming soon. It’s titled ‘Eden’
DT: Yeah, Eden.
Ayo: What’s the story behind Eden?
DT: Basically, because after my mixtape, I have put out only one song, there were a couple of unofficial songs I put out here & there to keep the buzz going.
Ayo: Is ‘Seize The Bae’ an unofficial song or official.
DT: Seize The Bae is an unofficial song. Damn, the buzz it got me, almost official though! so yeah, Seize The Bae was unofficial.
Ayo: That was a good one though
DT: Before then, official single, first single I put up with the label is called ‘Better Days’ featuring Praiz, ever since then or before then, that is after the mixtape, I haven’t put out any major project & the whole time I have been working on rejuvenation of my sound, more or less, so the D-Truce you will hear on Eden or on forthcoming projects will be more in line with the D-Truce on ‘Seize The Bae’ as opposed to the D-Truce on ‘Better Days’ or on those old projects cos now I feel like I have found my actual sound, like I have spent more time in the studio, like I have become a part of the production process as opposed to just rapping on the beats, so that’s the idea behind Eden, Eden is like a symbolical place of rebirth, of creation, the beginning, so this is like the re-introduction to my sound.
Ayo: So far, since you began, what struggles, what challenges, and how are you overcoming them
DT: The music industry is hard.
Ayo: Everybody knows that here.
DT: Nobody knows you out here menh, I mean you have the few genuine friends that I have made, over the years, which I really appreciate, but overall, it just taught me not to take stuff at face value cos nothing is really as it seems, and it’s funny cos these are the same set of people that try to act like they have your back or whatever but at the times that they really matter, they just, they air you, and its quiet sad, cos I mean, we are all in the same industry, we are all waiting for the same thing so how about we are all just friends. You know it wont harm you, it wont kill you, but everybody is all about themselves and i feel like that’s bad for the industry in itself, when people that are on top or people that have the spotlight for now do not think of the long term, the long term is what is there to think about, Jay Z would not be there now if he didn’t think of the long term, if he didn’t put J. COle on, if he didn’t put Rihanna on. Kanye West would not be if he didn’t put Big Sean, if he didn’t put Designer on, you know what I mean right, it’s all about the long term & that’s something I feel like someone like Olamide has been able to understand and it’s going great for him so I feel like if a lot of other artiste, I’m not saying you have to open a label, you can just be ‘impactful’, you know, to other artistes that are on the coming up, that once their name is mentioned, your name is mentioned, so you know, I mean, that’s …
Ayo: Do you play any music instrument?
DT: I play the drums
Ayo: Is that your go to instrument?
DT: Well, yeah, most of the time. I play the drums and I’m also… I won’t say I’m a producer but I co-produce on almost all my songs, cos I compose by myself. I know what I want to hear, I know the pattern, I know the progression, so most of the time I find myself fiddling with production software, just to come up with the skeleton of the song, then I take it to the producer.
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Part 3 – The Past & The Future, Events and more
A: So, apart from recording music have you had any performance experience?
3: The first real gig I ever had was Cave Wave with the 11_11Boyz after we released 11 songs in 11 weeks.
A: That was brilliant.
3: I know! Guinness World Records should really come do something about it. Cave Wave was like the culmination of 11 weeks of work.
A: So, how was it?
3: It was brilliant. I was live. Imagine that. The first ever gig I did was live and I was completely comfortable with it strangely enough. When you think about playing live music, the stage fright and working with a band it can be difficult. But I managed to pull it off. Everything na magic.
A: Did you have a lot of rehearsals before the show?
3: Yes, we had rehearsals but it was my fist gig and I tried to not have too high expectations for myself but it turned out fine.
A: Okay. What other gigs have you done since Cave Wave?
3: There was the King Size gig at Oregun, which was live as well. It rained on that day and I performed under the rain so, it was like my childhood all over again, dancing under the rain and disturbing people.
The thing about the King Size gig was that it was organized by some of my friends from Covenant University, J Swiss and Buwa. And the people that showed up were mostly CU people. So, it was all my friends from back in school and I was very comfortable. So, I was just playing, disturbing and making a huge fuss.
A: They must have been happy to see you that day, pushing your craft.
3: Yes, they were. They were happy to see me finally doing what I’ve always wanted to do.
A: After King Size, any other one?
3: There was the 420 Lifestyle Festival on Earth day. You know what 420 is right?
A: Legalize it.
3: Legalize it, Yeeah!! So, I was happy to be there and it was fun. I was with friends at the beach. Before the show came together It was late at night although it was slated to start at 4:20 pm. We were all on a cruise and it goes to show that stoners are too chill to start a gig right on time. *Laughs* It was at Maruwa Beach and we all went somewhere, I’m not sure what exactly it was but it was a bunch of large stones that divided the water and went far into the sea.
A: You went exploring.
3: Yes. We met one guy there, his name is Verduga. He was just awesome. He’s just a happy child. He’s married to a British Woman with 3 beautiful kids. He is just a very happy person. His happiness infected us.
I guess, that was the product of our exploration. We found happiness, so we came back and did the gig.
A: Cool. So, have you had any run-ins with Agbero?
3: Yes. It was while I was still working and we went to cover an event. I was the presenter, one of my many talents, and after I had worked for a bit and was taking a break, Some Agberos came up to me. I think because they saw me with the microphone and being on camera, they thought I was some celebrity. One of them said to me “ You no go buy drink for boys”. And they were many, how many people I wan buy drink for? So, I told them I would go talk to my Oga referring to my camera guy. *Laughter* I told them I’m coming back but I never came back.
A: So, you’ve not had any Agbero run-ins at any of your performances?
3: No. Not at my performances. I’m still covered. Everything na magic.
A: So, can you describe any crazy cruise you’ve caught at any of your events.
3: I think the craziest is still the King Size gig with the rain. That was a lot of fun.
A: So, what music instruments do you play?
3: I’m not really great at playing any music instruments. But I can play the saxophone and the keyboard. I’m a Music Producer and playing the Keyboard comes with the territory.
A: Okay. So far, what has been your proudest moment?
3: My proudest moment was before I released my EP. I was at the Freedom Park for the Afropolitan Vibes and I let Eebrahim and Amanda Iheme have an early listen to the EP and they were dancing. I was just at the side and these people were dancing to my music. That was new for me. After they finished dancing, Amanda came to hug me. It’s not something I can explain. It touched me.
A: So, what are we to expect in the nearest future?
3: Well, I’m making new music and learning how to do new things. But the earliest project I can think of is The China Doll & Golden Chain EP with Kid Marley. The China doll is a heirloom from my family and The Gold Chain is a heirloom form Kid Marley’s family. So, it’s a collision of our minds. Our families are what built us to become the people we are.
I’m also working on another EP with my friend and fellow 11_11Boy, Tyler and it’s called Good Cop Bad Cop. So, there is a lot of music in the pipeline.
A: That’s great. Let’s talk about Cave Wave. How has it helped your growth in music?
3: Like I said before, it was my first gig and it was live. It was a brilliant experience for me and it gave me the courage to say that I can do this music thing. I believe that if I can perform live, I can really perform. That is one of the things I was worried about and now it’s ticked off. All my performances so far have been live and I have that confidence because of Cave Wave.
I did it with friends, the 11_11Boyz and maybe that was the reason I was so comfortable but Cave Wave really made an impact on me.
A: So, where can we find your music online?
3: First of all, you can visit my website. www.oga3rty.com. You can find everything about me there. For music, you can also find it on SoundCloud, Itunes, MTN Music +, Boom Player, everywhere basically. Music is for people to enjoy so I tried to make it as available as possible.
A: So, do you have any message for Jumoke, Taiwo and any new boos you may have.
3: New boos? Don’t let Taiwo hear that. *Laughter* Well for Jumoke, it happened. For Taiwo, it’s happening and for the new boos, it could happen. Everything Na Magic.
I have a message to pass to all creatives, whether you are a musician or photographer or artist. stick to your Monkey Business. Don’t think because it’s a creative job and Nigerians think you are wasting your time and it’s just a hobby. I know how Nigerian parents can be but it is still a business. The key is seeing it as a business, running it as a business and monetizing it. When you monetize your craft and you are successful at it the doubt goes away.
I’m working on an interview series called Monkey Business Stories. It focuses on creative that have managed to make Monkey Business their business and how they managed made it happen. They can share their stories and encourage people that are coming after us to embrace their craft.
This concludes the end of our inside scoop with Oga 3rty. We will def be updating you as he releases more works. Check out The Magic EP on any of the platforms listed above. You will definitely be loving it. Cheers!
Some weeks back, we put up an update on the 11_11 Boyz about the team getting set for a new project. We promised inside scoop into 3 members of the team and this post is us delivering on that. We have some inside gist on Oga 3rty. Our interview was quite long so we will be dividing it into Parts. Enjoy!
3rty identifies with Afro Soul, his passions lie with music, production and photography. (and music is currently his only creative outlet). We passed a simple ‘#WhoIS query’ and spent the day with the ‘babalawo’, his 30 names, and his mind.
Part 1- Who is 3rty?
AYO: State your name, your address, your age, your sex.
3RTY: My name is 3rty, I’m a babalaowo. I’m an Afro Soul. I’m a musician.
A: You’re an Afro Soul?.
A: You’re a soul?
3: I’m a soul. A very African soul. I think my consciousness is limited to my soul. My body is not involved.
A: Sorry, let’s just hold on for a second.
(Laughter in the background)
AYO: Alright, who are you? What is your name? Where do you come from? Ta ni e?
3RTY: My name is 3rty, I have 30 Yoruba names. That is because I was born when my parents were fighting, They were having a quarrel and as Prince Charming, I came to settle their fight. So, everybody from my family came together to name me.
A: So, like 30 people named you?
3: Yeah, I think so. Every day, I feel like a different person. Today, I feel like a Dupe.
A: Do you know all 30 names?
3: I don’t know all of them but my mother claims to know them but I don’t believe her. I know about five. They are Ajibola, Moyinoluwa, Oluwagbemiga, Olaolu and Boluwatife.
A: You tried.
3: I feel like any Yoruba person can be my namesake. What’s your name?
A: My name Is Ayo.
3: You might be my namesake. It’s almost obvious because Ayo is a very common name,
A: What’s a general day with you like?
3: I spend most days in the studio with my friends. On the days I spend at the studio. When I wake up in the mornings, I don’t do a lot of chores because I’m kind of lazy to be quite honest. But, I try sometimes. At least, I lay my bed and I arrange some parts of my room; to create space.
A: I think we all do that one.
3: The strange thing is that I have two beds in my room.
A: One for you and one for ladies?
3: The other bed is not for ladies. It is for dumping my stuff. Anyone in my room will share mine. Anyway, I always leave my house early. I don’t like being at home, being at home drains me of energy.
A: Why? How come?
3: I don’t feel like my house is a place where I can do stuff. I don’t feel at home at home.
A: Heyyy. That’s a new one. Is that on one of your songs?
3: It isn’t but I will think about it now.
3: So, when I get to the studio in the mornings…. The studio is like a family to me. There is an actual family there, Kenny Blaq’s family and the studio I work in is at their house and I’m very accepted at his house. I’m dating his sister.
A: Wait, did you say you’re dating his sister?
3: Yes, his twin sister. His Popsy is like my Popsy. Today, he called me Jibola, before I came here. He told me thatv is the name of the Olowu of Owu Kingdom.
A: Back to Taiwo, I guess her name is Taiwo? How long have you been dating her?
3: For about 5 months.
A: Is it a serious relationship? Full Commitment?
3: Yeah. Your boy fell in love. I’m experiencing it. It’s not something I’ve experienced before. And I’m a fan of new experiences.
A: Is there any song on your recent EP dedicated to her?
3: There was but it did not make the EP?
A: *Laughs* Why?
3: *Laughs* Well, she wanted it to herself. So, I gave it to her. I made it for the EP but she wanted it.
A: So, you deprived the whole world this love song?
3: I’m sorry, man. It was a gift for her. Maybe in the future, you’ll hear it but you’d have to talk to her.
Part 2 – The Music & The Magic EP
A: Okay. Where do you find your lyrics?
3: My lyrics. I do not know how exactly they come to me but they come to me. I have different stories of how songs come. I may be on the street and a word someone random says may drift to me and I start to think, what power can that word have in a song. That is if I want it to end up in a song. Sometimes, I write Poetry, the word could end up in a poem. It might end up in a story. I like to tell stories.
Sometimes, It might be while I’m making an instrumental because I produce music and while I’m making the instrumental the song just comes. In FL Studio, there is a place where I can write notes to myself, so I write anything that comes to me in there. So usually, by the time I’m done making the beat, the song is done and I’m ready to record.
There’s this song called Earth; it happened when I had just started working on my EP. I met Kid Marley at Cave Wave and I wanted to do a song with him. I invited him over to the studio and we made Monkey Business. And on my way back from seeing him off, I randomly started singing;
Do you hear me calling?
As I scream your name,
Do you hear my sorrow?
As I seek your face,
And, there was light, *Laughter*, and the studio was there. So I went ahead to make the song that night. I recorded it the lyrics in one take, and then I built a song around it. That was how Earth came to be. And it is the first track on the Magic EP.
A: Okay, let’s talk about your Magic EP. What is Magic?
3: Magic is an affirmation of faith. Magic is me expressing the fact that anything can happen, everything happens for a reason and nothing is impossible if you believe. I read a book called The Secret and it’s about the power of the human mind. You can make things come to fruition by just believing that it will happen. Anything can happen. Everything na magic.
While I was doing my NYSC and I was in the Enugu camp, I examined my life and how far I had gotten. I realized that I went to Covenant University and I wasn’t the best of students and you know CU is a strict school; but I managed to graduate. *Laughter*
I thought to myself, I’ve actually bluffed my way through life. That is what it seemed like to me, I don’t believe I made it happen.
A: So, you were just gliding through on Autopilot? You didn’t know what you were doing but you were just making it?
3: Yes, exactly. Nobody really knows what they are doing in life, you know. We’re all just figuring it out as we go along. Right now, I haven’t been a musician before. I’m learning on the job.
A: You’re doing well at that.
3: Well, thank you. I thought to myself I’m just Magic-ing my way through life. It’s like when you want to teach a girl how to play the guitar but you don’t know how to play then you now dumb your way through. *Laughs* Obviously, I’ve done that before but that is low key, don’t tell anybody.
A: Okay, I won’t. How did that turn out? Can she play the guitar now?
3: Yes, she can and I still don’t know how to play. *Laughs*
A: So, she took it serious but you were bluffing your way through and now she’s better than you.
3: Everything na Magic. So, the song came and when I got back to Lagos, I made it.
A: How many songs are on the Magic EP?
3: 7 songs.
A: Well can you tell me another story from one of the songs?
3: Let me tell you about Abeg. It’s about love that was lost.
3: No, before Taiwo. Her name was Jumoke. We dated while I was in CU.
A: Jumoke. Yoruba girls do you bad. Have you thought about that?
3: *Laughs* I haven’t thought about it but now I’m noticing a pattern. Anyway, ABEG was about Jumoke. I messed up and I lost her. I tried to get back with her but that didn’t happen.
A: So, tell me the story of another song.
3: Okay. Let me tell you about Monkey Business. You know, every creative, we all have one thing in common especially in Nigeria. That moment when you have to tell your parents that this is what I want to do.
A: That you don’t want to go to school?
3: Not necessarily that I don’t want to go to school but what I want to do does not have anything to do with what you studied in school. My own story is when I was in Secondary School, I failed all my courses in Pre-SS1 that is after Junior WAEC and we were trying out Senior courses. I was in the Science class and the only course I passed was music. I got an A.
Me and the guy that always came first in class did music too and we both got the same score; 81 percent. That was my only A and my father was like “Music? Guy, what are you doing? Do you want to join King Sunny Ade’s band?” because he knew someone there.
I said no, because, what did I know? I was a JSS 3 student. I said, “no, I want to go to school”. Back then I still wanted to be a Neuro Surgeon so I could mess with people’s brains so I told him that was what U wanted.
After leaving Secondary school before I got into the University, I started producing music on my father’s laptop but he didn’t know. I had downloaded the demo version of FL Studio and I started learning how to make instrumentals. That just grew. I didn’t even know then that I would eventually do music. That time, I just passed music because I just passed music I didn’t consider myself to have any special talent or anything.
When I got into the university and I was doing this hobby at the side, people started hearing it and told me, “Guy, you’re good try to do this thing”. Then my friends and I formed a crew. Back then, people were really into forming crews and we made Elite Music which was a ‘record label’ and I was their President, Producer and one of the singers. *Laughter* So, that continued to grow into what it is today and music has become my life’s mission. That is what Monkey Business is about.
It is about creatives telling the world that this is the path I want to take.
A: So, how was your parents’ reaction to the whole music thing?
3: Well, I didn’t get my father’s reaction because he passed away when I was in my first year in the university. Maybe, that is the reason why I can doing music because he was a very strict man and I couldn’t have gotten away with it if he was alive.
My mother, on the other hand, is cool. She’s very supportive.
A: Did she listen to your EP?
3: Yes. She’s even helping me promote it. She’s a big fan.
A: What’s her favourite song on the EP?
3: It’s Magic. She really likes Magic.
A: Everybody seems to like Magic.
3: Yes, everyone like Magic, It’s everybody’s song.
A: How long did it take you to get the EP done? How long did it take you to perform Magic?
3: *Laughs* Well, I’ve recorded the Magic song itself like 4 times. The first time, we lost the file and I didn’t like the second or third versions we made until the fourth time and it clicked again. So, that Is the Magic you hear now. It is a product of persistence.
A: How long did it take to make the whole EP?
3: Well, I started work in July 2015 and I finished in January 2016. I took a break in the middle work in Kid Marley’s EP called Days Before Denim and also to regroup. I resumed work after we released his EP and then I finished in January before I released Show Me. So, I spent about 5 months working on the EP.
A: So, throughout the period you were working on it? Was there any memorable event? Maybe a time when you wanted to give up?
3: The thing is, I have been struggling to make music. The last time I was involved in any music project was back in the university with SkweiRd’s High Volume EP where I was featured on two songs.
Covenant University is a place where you have to be doing Gospel Music before you could really push your craft and I didn’t want to do that.
When, I started making Magic, I didn’t have a studio for myself. I didn’t even have a good computer. I was using someone else’s studio and you know, when you’re using someone else’s stuff you don’t really have as much freedom.
In the middle, I went broke for a while and you know music is a capital intensive industry. You have to buy fuel and pay for sessions. Thank God for Kenny Blaq’s studio called Eunic Audio Factory that I moved to. So, I was frustrated for a while, and I thought to myself, maybe I should postpone work on the EP because I didn’t want to be the guy that gave up. Then Kid Marley came around.
We met at Cave Wave and I think he tweeted at you at the time that we were going to make history together.
A: I remember that tweet.
3: The guy wasn’t lying. We made Days Before Denim together and his ginger robbed off on me.
A: So, Magic is not your first work?
3: No. But it is my first solo project. I had released some songs in the past but this is my first project and I’m happy with the way it turned out. It turned out beautifully. It is an expression of myself. It is the music I’ve been itching to make since I decided to do music. All the while I was doging behind my parents’ backs in school trying to make songs. The songs I was trying to make are the songs on the Magic EP.
So, for any future projects, I have to chill and decide the kind of songs I want to make before I get to work. I think that is a good way to keep my energy going.
A: So, the Magic EP is currently on MTN Music +, Itunes and other platforms. Why have you deided to put your Ep on these platforms? What is the rationale behind pushing your music this way?
3: Well, I told you about my Monkey Business story. I spent a lot of time, a lot of energy, a lot of fuel and a lot of walking under the sun looking for fuel when fuel was scarce and if I just put out the EP for free, it would be like giving all of myself to people for free. Do you people deserve me like that?
3: Exactly, all my blood and sweat and tears cannot be for free. Also, monetization is important. If I want to survive on making music, It has to be bankable. I have to be able to prove to my family that I can make something of this. They are worried about me. I told you my mother is cool, but I can still sense her fear. I just left my job to face music squarely and she’s scared. I believe that if I’m making some money off it, she will be comforted.
A: Was it your job as a Neuro Surgeon that you quit?
3: No, I didn’t study that anymore. I quit my job where I was working as a writer.
A: So, you’re a writer, a poet, you make songs and you produce music. That’s a lot.
3: Well, I’m a DIY guy. A Do-It-Yourself guy. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t want to pay people to do things for me or I’m just a control freak but I just like to learn how to do new things and when I do new stuff, I am proud of it and I can’t wait to show the world and tell them I made it myself.
A: I like your pants. Did you make them yourself?
3: I slim-fitted them myself. *Laughter* I’m learning how to take photos and I plan to learn a bunch of other stuff in the future. I write about the process of learning new things on my website.
A: What is your website?
A: Can we find how you made your bead necklace on your blog?
3: Not yet but I think I will do that now that you’ve mentioned it.
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“It’s raining beautiful music you can dance & love to. You can soar and dream to. “
So, yeah, it’s true. The 11_11 Boyz are warming things again. And details not being clear yet, it looks like they will be dropping all songs in a week. The band is set to go on another group project and we are very happy to hear this news.
If you remember the #CaveWave3 event from last year, you will remember the band that rocked the event. We will be having #InsideScoops on 3 of the members soon.
You know how they say 20 friends can not stay friends for 20 years, yeah, but if you ever wonder whether 11 boys have come together to drop a song every week for 11 weeks. Then you have the 11_11 Boyz. And yes, they are going to do it again. Check out their sounds below.
The first project titled ‘Break Your Heart’ featured sweet hits like Confused, Shotito, Abeg, Party Tonight(The Faji anthem).
Wait, wait, there are 10 songs. What’s going on here. We will bring that to light in some other post. Have a good Friday! Connect with them on Twitter: @11_11Boyz. We had inside scoop session with 3 of the band members. We will be dropping these in a few posts starting from next week.