Former Chocolate City artiste, Brymo has declared that even though there is no enmity between him and his former label, he can never go back to them.
According to the sonorous singer, “With musicians, it’s impossible to have enemies because we’re in the same field. You might not necessarily like someone’s style and personality very much, but the fact remains that we’re in the same business.”
However, he asserted that he could still make music with artistes on the label. “Yes, I can make music with anybody. If the opportunity presents itself and we connect; of course, we will do that. But as for going back, I’ve made a certain amount of progress that I can’t throw away. I don’t even think we should be talking about that now; the focus should be on what I’m doing.”
On the international record deal he recently scored, he gushed, “I’m quite excited about it because it’s like a step that I didn’t even expect at that point in time, though I’d been hoping for it all along anyway. I was really happy because we finally get to have access to an international market properly as opposed to just selling on iTunes.
“This time around, we can now have our songs playing on American radio, and our videos showing on American TV. That is different from me having my music played across the African continent in America or in the UK. This is like a proper American label, and nothing is more exciting than that right now.”
Expressing satisfaction with his AFRIMA nomination, Brymo says, “AFRIMA is amazing. They have given me six nominations in two years, and that’s quite amazing. It is a new and fresh platform, and they are really working hard. I believe they’re credible because I got my nominations while sitting in my house.”
Known for his depth of music, he also shed light on what informs his choice of lyrics, “I got to a point where I felt it’s very necessary for me to grow and evolve, because if I don’t, I wouldn’t have anything left, so I decided to thread a path that’s not usually followed by other artistes. That is to create music that has consciousness in it while trying to entertain people and making sure that there are messages to be learnt in my songs. I believe it has been accepted in the sense that if it wasn’t working, I wouldn’t be getting shows. People listen to the music and they love it, and I’ve been getting a lot of accolades and opportunities.”
On what being a father has changed about him, he quipped, “Being a father has helped me concentrate more, and to be a little more responsible. It has also taught me patience.”
Sharing his thoughts on the Nigerian music industry, “I think we’re growing, but as usual, the issue has always been that of piracy and structure, but the biggest problem is the musicians ourselves because how we perceive our job is how other people will perceive it. There is a lack of understanding of the music business on the part of artistes. If there’s anything musicians are suffering from in this country, I have finally come to realise that we must take responsibility for our work. Until we stand up to say that we want our industry to get better than the way it is, it won’t get better. Having said that, we need help from the government and stakeholders to combat piracy. We, artistes must also take our job seriously; all we need to do is pay more attention. However, when it comes to fake lifestyle, I think that’s a problem with music all over the world. The Fake-it-to-make-it mentality may work for some people, but I try to cut my coat according to my size.”

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