NotjustOk hype will feature the future potential heavy hitters in Naija music. Any material featured in this category will be from an unsigned OR up & coming Nigerian/African artiste/producer/record label that boasts of nothing but promising content. There will only be ONE post a month in this category.
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1. Give us a brief background of yourself and how you came up in the music industry ?
I’m from Enugu state, my real name is Douglas Agu . I first started music in 2007, Phyno and I moved down to Lagos, we stayed with J-Martins. We were recording; if you noticed on his second album we did a lot of collaborations. I produced a lot of songs on the album as well. Through J-martins I met Timaya, Timaya has been nurturing me in music. I learnt a lot of stuff from him, like almost everything I know, I learned from Timaya. At a point I was staying at his house, taking lessons, learning the music industry and everything. ” From Timaya to “Gallardo”. Timaya even did the link up for Gallardo. He called Davido and we went to his house and recorded it. That was it.
2. What’s your background, in relation to music ?
I started music officially in 2011, when I released my official single “Party like it’s 1980”. Its been a long journey since then, recording, getting better, I did a couple of collaborations before I released “Gallardo“. I did songs with Phyno – “Anam-Achi Vers-Achi ” which was later released on Phyno’s album. Gollardo was the big break! in 2014. I’m here now, I’m still strong, doing more songs; I’ve just dropped a new single called “Domot“.
3. When should we expect an album?
The album will be released next year. This year I’m basically going to be releasing new singles and new videos.
A lot of collaborations on the album, international as well as local acts. I’m not going to disclose any names now but it will be a big surprise for the fans.
4. How did you meet Penthauz/ Phyno ?
Well, Penthauz is something Phyno and I started in 2008. It was a partnership. I felt it was time to start a new page in my career so I moved on. I’m signed to Eric Many Entertainment presently. Phyno and I are still in good terms, we have a lot of songs coming out soon. We hope to do a collaboration album in the future called “Beats for the East”.
5. What did you do differently that made you successful in the music industry?
I feel it’s the rhythm and wordplay. I love wordplay a lot!!! I love rhyming in impossible ways; in ways you won’t think of. It’s basically wordplay; that’s what makes me stand out.
6. In the Nigerian music industry, how does it feel to be a songwriter?
Honestly being an artiste is better. It’s not like it is in America where you write a song and they give the artiste a Grammy for writing the song. Being an artiste in Nigeria is better. It pays you more, it favors you more. I could advise you to be a songwriter but write international songs. In 2007/2008, I was writing for “ Beluga Heights” (Record Label) . I wrote songs for Sean Kingston and Iyaz. I wrote a song called Oxygen Mask. It was kind of distracting my Naija P, so I had to drop it. I hope to go back ’cause I need a Grammy!!
7. How do you deal with fame and have the spotlight on you?
I feel it’s a platform to show the world what I’m made of. I’m still at a starting point but now I feel like I have a licence to sing. It’s time to prove myself; show people who Runtown is, what Runtown is.
8. What do you think about your comparisons with other artistes?
That’s how the music industry has been for a long time; they’re new breaks, you get compared to the best. Shout out to Patoranking, he’s doing a good job. We grew up in the music industry together, we were always recording with Wizzy Pro at Timaya’s house. Then, all of us used to stay there, at Timaya’s house, recording every night and day. I thank God, the world is beginning to recognize and appreciate what we are doing.
9. Who produced Domot? Which producers are you working with currently ?
“Pinkston”. He’s a new guy, we have a lot of hits already. He’s under my camp. I met him last month or so and we already have a lot of hits together. Shout out “Pinkton!!!”. T-Spize as well. I have a lot of songs with T-spize too. I like working with new producers. I feel it will give you this fresh and new sound. I also have a new song with Wizzy Pro coming out soon.
Wizzy Pro – Emergency Ft. Runtown, Skales & Patoranking