“I’m Wizboyy never Wizkid the difference is clear, our styles are not the same!” —Wizboyy
Wizboyy is a fast rising, multitalented Nigerian Gospel/Highlife singer, producer, choral director, instrumentalist and label executive. He has performed at numerous shows and churches in Nigeria and abroad, best known for his hit singles such as Screensaver, Owu Sa Gi, Infinity and Fotojenik. Wizboyy is a role model to many young Nigerians and has worked with such artistes as Flavour, J.Martins, Bracket, Spaceman, 9ice, Vector and Ice Prince to mention but a few.
In this exciting interview, Nigerian music blogger, DJ Buchi Steve snoops into his personal life; gets Wiz to talk about his music career and also reveal his upcoming plans!
Buchi Steve: Good day Mr.Wizboyy! Thank you very much for making out time from your very busy schedule to grant me this interview, I’m so delighted to meet you.
Wizboyy: It’s my pleasure my brother.
Buchi Steve: Well Sir, though your fans know you as Wizboyy; who, really, is Wizboyy?
Wizboyy: My name is Isioma Ofuasia a.k.a. Wizboyy. I’m from Umunende in Delta State. I’m a graduate of Statistics from the University of Nigeria.
Buchi Steve: It is so encouraging to hear that you are a graduate especially in this era when a lot of people are dropping out of school for music. Your third album-‘Infinity’ is making waves nationwide! What is the secret behind this massive success and what was your source of inspiration when you were putting the album project together?
Wizboyy: (Laughs!). You seem to know me very well. Yes I had a first album back in the days but it wasn’t successful due to inexperience in marketing, only a few people know about it. So officially, ‘Infinity’ is my second album. I thank God for the success because it was not easy “doing it again”. It took several days and nights spanning into months of studio recording to come up with that album. And as you can see, it was worth it!
Buchi Steve: Recently, I was with a group of music heads and we were reviewing your latest album-‘Infinity’, then someone brought up the issue of ‘Wizboy’ and ‘Wizkid’. Do you think the name resemblance would cause any friction between you and popular singer Wizkid?
Wizboyy: (Laugh Out Loud!). We have seen cases of resemblance in artistes’ names before, even in the international scene. What matters most is that the names are not exactly the same. I’m Wizboyy never Wizkid, the difference is clear, our styles are not the same and the fans are not daft. So, life goes on!
Buchi Steve: Several weeks ago, you were on a tour of Europe? What was the tour all about and please share some of your experiences.
Wizboyy: Yes I just got back from a tour in Europe. I performed in different cities in Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria and Switzerland. It was a wonderful experience, more countries were calling but Naija was calling too.
Buchi Steve: I guess fatherland comes first after all! Now, let me take you back memory lane…when did you get into music and why did you choose music as a career?
Wizboyy: I have been into music since childhood. I played different musical instruments in the church, live bands and was a choral director almost everywhere I found myself and even in all my years in school. I led different singing groups and lifted major trophies. As an artiste/producer, I started after my graduation from the university in 2004. So, all along I could see it was going to be music.
Buchi Steve: What was it like during your early years in music, did you ever imagine you would be as big as you are now?
Wizboyy: I must confess, it wasn’t easy when I started. Finding that style that will sell for you, recording that song that will blow the streets and getting the people to accept it. Hmmm…it was war! But in all, it was God’s grace.
Buchi Steve: When did you record your first song and what was the song about?
Wizboyy: Recording in the studio is something I have been into for a long time. I did a lot of group projects but my first personal effort was in 2005 when I recorded a song ‘E Don Tey’ followed by ‘Obim’. Those were big songs in the South East, especially on radio.
Buchi Steve: Back in the days, you were known by many as a gospel artiste. How would you describe the genre of music you do now?
Wizboyy: Yes, I have a very strong gospel background so it guides my choice of songs/lyrics. But, I’m not tied to any pattern. I’m very versatile, but for the sake of simplicity, you can say, Wizboyy is an AfroPop/Urban Highlife singer.
Buchi Steve: You are the C.E.O of a media outfit, ‘No Tyme Records’. Who are the other artistes on the label and what informs your choice of artiste to sign up?
Wizboyy: Yes I co-own ‘No-Tyme Records’. I have other partners like Slim brown, Zoro and J’dess. They all bring different dimensions to the game. I’m happy working with them. Zoro and J’dess are coming out very hotttt!!! Watch out!
Buchi Steve: You own production credits to a song on the recently released album-‘E.L.I’ by Ice Prince. How did you get hooked up to the Choc boys and how was the experience for you?
Wizboyy: Ice prince is a very real and cool dude. We met in a show in Abuja, discussed and agreed on doing something together. It was fun during recording and the joint came out a banger. It is track #11 on E.L.I.
Buchi Steve: You are a major stakeholder in the music community of South eastern Nigeria especially Enugu State. Why is the South east still not on the frontline in the Nigerian music industry especially when compared to other places like Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt etc?
Wizboyy: Well, South eastern music has faced so many setbacks owing to a lot of things. Call it lack of media feedback in the east; call it “prophet without honor” syndrome or maybe we need a more structured industry in general.
But one thing is sure-South eastern music is big all over the world. So, the point that it isn’t as celebrated as supposed is a total irony.
Buchi Steve: Okay. Now, you have your third album ‘Infinity’ selling out in stores nationwide and you’re on a music tour. What next should your fans expect from you?
Wizboyy: There will be more tours coming up, within and outside the continent. Tour dates and cities will be released at the beginning of next year. More videos of the songs in the album will be released and there will be some more collaboration with top notch artistes. Hopefully, there will be a major international collaboration next year. Plus more stuffs I cannot unfold now.
Buchi Steve: Wow! Quite a long list of surprises coming. Now, what piece of advice do you have for upcoming music artistes who are working hard to make their voices heard?
Wizboyy: As long as you are convinced in you that you have something to offer, just keep doing your thing. Every big time artist today was once an upcoming artiste, it surely takes hard work and determination. We all will get there!
Buchi Steve: What are your hobbies? Are you married? If not, why?
Wizboyy: I love to unwind in a quiet way, like hangout with friends and have a nice time. I am not into clubbing and all that, and I also love to watch football a lot. That, is also a major hobby for me. I am not married. That will happen in Gods time.
Buchi Steve: Lastly, say something to your loyal fans who are reading this.
Wizboyy: To all my fans and supporters, I would love to say thank you for supporting the brand “Wizboyy” and also for supporting African music. I will always do my best not to disappoint you. Have a Happy 2012 and Keep showing love and we will keep bubbling till Infinity!
Buchi Steve: Thanks a lot Wiz for sparing some precious minutes with me. I wish you limitless progress in all your endeavors.
Wizboyy: You are welcome Buchi. God bless! Happy New Year!
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