Within 2013 and now alone, I’ve recorded over 80 songs – Tundey

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TundeytI met Tundey at a popular restaurant in Ibadan. Immediately I pressed record on my device, he took me through his musical career, ongoing projects, aspirations including plans to be a very successful music superstar. He also told me why he has more female fans. Among other things, he shared tips to take seriously when planning a successful musical career in Nigeria. Although I planned to only spend few minutes with him, I didn’t know when we spent about one hour. I believe in him, but more importantly,  he believes in himself. This is Tundey.

Paul: When did you begin a professional career in music?

Tundey: I started professionally in 2011. In August 2012, I went in full-time and in 2013 I began to push out new songs. So far I’ve released three songs all with mixed reactions from the fans.

You’ve shot and released the video for Noye. How much did it cost?

Even though many people thought we shot the video in Lagos or South Africa, we actually shot the video for Noye here in Ibadan. Shooting the video cost about one million naira while the promotion cost more than a million naira. We also need to mention the countless efforts and priceless sacrifices that went into the production.

What is your style of music?

Some say I’m an indigenous artiste because I do lots of songs in Yoruba, I’m proud of that because Yoruba is my origin. The genre of my music is Afro-pop – African music in pop way likewise pop in African way. I also do music in other genres, for instance I’ve recorded about 2 songs that somehow reggae.

Which musician do you see people comparing you with most?

What I do is unique but some people say I do things like 9ice because like 9ice, I also use deep Yoruba in my songs. My songs open your mind and make you think. I make use of language very well.

But by using lots of Yoruba words in your songs, don’t you think you may limit your fan base?

I do songs for everybody. Take Flavour for instance; even though many people don’t understand much of Igbo language, they still listen to his music. Phyno is another example. I cut across various languages depending on the type of song and the kind of music I’m doing.

Who writes songs for you?

I write all my songs. I’ve not seen someone who will write for me and I write songs everyday but I know Tundey will be bigger than this and I will need a songwriter.

As a musician, you expectedly listen to other Nigerian music artists. Looking at the trend in the musical industry in Nigeria, what do you think would make a song a great hit in Nigeria?

The homework of the artist is critical – homework in terms of writing and composition. The melody is also important this is because lots of hits in Nigeria often have a sing-along melody. Another critical factor is the production.

People go for danceable music these days. You can’t expect music to eternally go in one way. Look at the rap genre for instance, anyone can rap unlike before. An artist that wants to be on top must change with time. You don’t need to be rigid but don’t forget your own style.

 

It’s the dream of every artist to release an album. What is the status of yours?

I’m really working on an album. I have the title and the songs already (he refused to reveal any). I love to work, this is what I do and I am committed to it.

When did you begin a professional career in music?

I started professionally in 2011. In August 2012, I went in full-time and in 2013 I began to push out new songs. So far I’ve released three songs all with mixed reactions from the fans.

You’ve shot and released the video for Noye. How much did it cost?

Even though many people thought we shot the video in Lagos or South Africa, we actually shot the video for Noye here in Ibadan. Shooting the video cost about one million naira while the promotion cost more than a million naira. We also need to mention the countless efforts and priceless sacrifices that went into the production.

What is your style of music?

Some say I’m an indigenous artiste because I do lots of songs in Yoruba, I’m proud of that because Yoruba is my origin. The genre of my music is Afro-pop – African music in pop way likewise pop in African way. I also do music in other genres, for instance I’ve recorded about 2 songs that somehow reggae.

Which musician do you see people comparing you with most?

What I do is unique but some people say I do things like 9ice because like 9ice, I also use deep Yoruba in my songs. My songs open your mind and make you think. I make use of language very well.

But by using lots of Yoruba words in your songs, don’t you think you may limit your fan base?

I do songs for everybody. Take Flavour for instance; even though many people don’t understand much of Igbo language, they still listen to his music. Phyno is another example. I cut across various languages depending on the type of song and the kind of music I’m doing.

Who writes songs for you?

I write all my songs. I’ve not seen someone who will write for me and I write songs everyday but I know Tundey will be bigger than this and I will need a songwriter.

As a musician, you expectedly listen to other Nigerian music artists. Looking at the trend in the musical industry in Nigeria, what do you think would make a song a great hit in Nigeria?

The homework of the artist is critical – homework in terms of writing and composition. The melody is also important this is because lots of hits in Nigeria often have a sing-along melody. Another critical factor is the production.

People go for danceable music these days. You can’t expect music to eternally go in one way. Look at the rap genre for instance, anyone can rap unlike before. An artist that wants to be on top must change with time. You don’t need to be rigid but don’t forget your own style.

 

It’s the dream of every artist to release an album. What is the status of yours?

I’m really working on an album. I have the title and the songs already (he refused to reveal any). I love to work, this is what I do and I am committed to it. Within 2013 and now alone, I’ve recorded over 80 songs. I have more than 100 songs already and only 3 are out. I’m just battling with choosing songs that would be on the album.

I’m working with my label to give the fans the best.

Featuring popular artists seems to be a way of shooting to fame in the Nigerian music industry, what have you done so far in that regard?

I’ve featured Reminisce, Vector and I’m trying to get Olamide. I’m also working with some upcoming artistes as well.

Ibadan has produced the likes of Sasha P, Olu Maintain, Tillaman and several others. What do you think current Ibadan-based artistes should do to record phenomenal successes in their musical careers?

Do good music that are of the best quality and everyone across and beyond Nigeria would listen to you.

What is your assessment of Ibadan in terms of shows?

Ibadan is coming up in terms of entertainment. Radio stations and big companies are coming; there are more shows than before. Many pay, many don’t.

At what major events have you performed?

Glo Campus Tour, University of Lagos concert, Ibadan Beat FM launch and lots more

What message do you strive to pass across through your music?

I attempt to pass across positive messages through my music. Most songs these days are about women and alcohol but in addition to other things, I have songs on the African woman and I also teach people other good things in life.

Let’s talk about your fan base – do you have more males or females?

[LAUGHS] I have more females than males. Females have a way of loving good artistes; they want to associate with you. My male fans are also becoming more daily. Irrespective of the gender, my fans are tremendous.

Since you are based in Ibadan, what positive stuffs can you say about the city?

Ibadan is becoming better daily in terms of entertainment, industries and commerce. More businesses are coming to the city and Ibadan has lots of markets that are visited by people from all elsewhere. Ibadan is more beautiful than before and I’ll commend the government for that.

Tell me more about your latest track titled Dundun

Dundun is all about dance. When I said ‘let’s go by the way of Cherubim’ I was just going spiritual on that. Cherubims are spiritual beings before God. The song is all about dance, merriment and happiness.

What is your promotion strategy for the track?

I thank my management; they are trying to make Tundey a success. We are attacking everywhere newspapers, media houses, blogs and other platforms. We want to make sure people are ‘chopping’ that Dundun.

What is the release plan for the remix featuring Reminisce?

It would be released this year, hopefully very soon. We are planning a video for the song, the video script is already on ground and we will be shooting it this year – hopefully very soon. The location would be entirely decided by the producer.

. I have more than 100 songs already and only 3 are out. I’m just battling with choosing songs that would be on the album.

I’m working with my label to give the fans the best.

Featuring popular artists seems to be a way of shooting to fame in the Nigerian music industry, what have you done so far in that regard?

I’ve featured Reminisce, Vector and I’m trying to get Olamide. I’m also working with some upcoming artistes as well.

Ibadan has produced the likes of Sasha P, Olu Maintain, Tillaman and several others. What do you think current Ibadan-based artistes should do to record phenomenal successes in their musical careers?

Do good music that are of the best quality and everyone across and beyond Nigeria would listen to you.

What is your assessment of Ibadan in terms of shows?

Ibadan is coming up in terms of entertainment. Radio stations and big companies are coming; there are more shows than before. Many pay, many don’t.

At what major events have you performed?

Glo Campus Tour, University of Lagos concert, Ibadan Beat FM launch and lots more

What message do you strive to pass across through your music?

I attempt to pass across positive messages through my music. Most songs these days are about women and alcohol but in addition to other things, I have songs on the African woman and I also teach people other good things in life.

Let’s talk about your fan base – do you have more males or females?

[LAUGHS] I have more females than males. Females have a way of loving good artistes; they want to associate with you. My male fans are also becoming more daily. Irrespective of the gender, my fans are tremendous.

Since you are based in Ibadan, what positive stuffs can you say about the city?

Ibadan is becoming better daily in terms of entertainment, industries and commerce. More businesses are coming to the city and Ibadan has lots of markets that are visited by people from all elsewhere. Ibadan is more beautiful than before and I’ll commend the government for that.

Tell me more about your latest track titled Dundun

Dundun is all about dance. When I said ‘let’s go by the way of Cherubim’ I was just going spiritual on that. Cherubims are spiritual beings before God. The song is all about dance, merriment and happiness.

What is your promotion strategy for the track?

I thank my management; they are trying to make Tundey a success. We are attacking everywhere newspapers, media houses, blogs and other platforms. We want to make sure people are ‘chopping’ that Dundun.

What is the release plan for the remix featuring Reminisce?

It would be released this year, hopefully very soon. We are planning a video for the song, the video script is already on ground and we will be shooting it this year – hopefully very soon. The location would be entirely decided by the producer.

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