WHY I’M YET TO GET MARRIED – JAYWON



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WHY I’M YET TO GET MARRIED – JAYWON

After storming the music scene with ‘Filebe’ over a decade ago, Jaywon has remained relevant ever since, dishing out good music year after year. The Kogi State singer and record label owner, whose single, ‘Aje’, is already an anthem, speaks with ADENIYI ADEWOYIN on his music, family, political ambition and other interesting issues. Excerpts…



 

WHAT are you working on this New Year?



I’m actually trying to work on an album. I’m going to compile it. I’m working towards an album, a different collaboration from different African countries like Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and Benin Republic.

I actually have two from Benin Republic, two from Cameron and one from Sierra Leone as well. From my last album of collaboration, I’ve recorded over ten and my last album was in 2016.

These days most artistes are not recording albums like before; what they do is singles. Why did you like that?

I feel it’s just because singles get more attention. Nigerians don’t pay attention to a body of work anymore. A lot of people still don’t know that Tekno doesn’t have an album and he is huge. Though I like the body of work because my last album was the only album I worked on since I left Kennis Music.

 What’s up about your label?

It’s been a lot of work. You know what it takes to sign an artiste and what it takes to build a team from the scratch and build a proper label. Those are the things we are working towards and you know it’s not easy, but we’ve been pushing it to see how we can get there.

So far, we’ve had only one artiste who is no more with us, so at the moment, we have a management contract with upcoming artist with the name Safe… So that’s the only person we are working with aside my own brand.

 What transpired between you and Twist da Fireman who was on your label before?

He decided he wanted to go. He wanted to move forward. He had other things to do and I said that’s fine.

 Could it be that he wasn’t getting enough attention from the label?

At least people get to know who he is and see his face through the label. But some of the time, we, artistes, don’t understand when we just started. Here are a lot of things I did not understand when I left Kennis Music. And a lot of artistes don’t know that and it always ends up in trouble.

I have different people who always call me to say I should come back, but I feel whatever must be the reason why you left, you should leave it like that because we don’t understand that when we are coming up, nobody cares about us, but the day you get a new platform a lot of people will come through.

They don’t come through because they like you, but they feel like you are heading somewhere, they now start to talk to you and then you start to listen.

 Do you think floating a record label as at the time you did was the right decision?

Starting my own record label was my dream, and I had to leave when my contract got expired.

But you said when you were with Kennis, there were some things you actually didn’t understand…

I did not understand a lot of things.  Kennis did so much to protect me from a lot of people which back then I didn’t know he was protecting my life and my career for me. But definitely, there will always be a bad time.

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There will always be a good time.  I had my own good and bad times at Kennis Music, and I’m very sure they are proud of me today, and I’m proud of them. Kennis still remains a father. I’m sure he is really proud me.

 Some people are of the opinion that it’s quite difficult for an artiste to sign on an artiste and that it is better for a businessman to do so. What do you think?

The people with that opinion don’t understand and don’t want to understand. Banky W was the one that brought Wizkid. Davido was the one that brought Mayorkun and Perruzi as well. Olamide was the one to that brought Adekunle Gold and Lil kesh and announced Fireboy.

As an artiste, you are a platform on your own. This thing is what is in your mind. It’s about your personally. Do you want someone to grow under you, and if you want the person to grow, you will put in your best. You will spend your money and time.

 Do you keep friends in the industry?

I don’t keep friends, but I have more upcoming people that lead their brands under me. I’ve worked with most of them, but I’m always in my house. I can be in my house for one week, probably in my apartment, working in the studio. I do more of that and I feel it is safe with my family. I might not be as big as other people, but we are comfortable. That’s what I’ve been doing; we are over a decade in the industry and it’s not easy.

 You have been in the industry for over a decade and the industry is competitive; how has it been?

As far I’m concerned, I don’t even care about the industry. I care about myself and my fans.  There were people who said before that I could not make it. But my lifestyle is: I just want to do my thing, whether they like it or they don’t,  I just move ahead.

So,it’s about me. If you believe in yourself, you go ahead because the people you think will believe in you have other people they will believe in too. It has always worked for me in the Industry, I came from nowhere to Lagos for music and it worked for me. If you cannot look into my life and learn from me or learn from  other successful people that have done it, I don’t think you can get anywhere in life.

It is not only in entertainment. In all that you do in this life, you must be creative and need to believe in yourself. We can have over one million artistes in the world, but there will be only one Jaywon and if Jaywon produces his own music, then the people that like Jaywon will listen to it.

 You were not nominated at the Headies which you are actually not happy about; what could have happened?

It’s not that I’m not happy. I know how to ignore such things. But I got on Twitter and I saw people twitting. That shows you that you have done something. So I just picked one of the tweets, the one from a media guy, it is from the creative industry and I know this person understands the industry. It not just ‘Aje’, ‘Saro’ was huge.  Somebody that owns a magazine came in yesterday and he was angry. .

How is life generally outside music?

Life has been good. I believe that family is everything. So, I’m trying to see how I can give my family a better life. I have a son, my immediate family are here in Nigeria. I’m trying to see how I can give them a better life and a better future. That’s my priority at the moment, I can’t do music for life. I am still trying to see how I can do other things aside entertainment, politics as well.

 What about marriage?

I don’t share the idea of being single forever. I believe so much in family, having my own family, but I’m not one of the type from the school of thought that you must get married because others are getting married.  I don’t want to hear that because of my experiences with friends that just got married because their mothers or fathers forced them into it.  I feel like when I find that woman that I can call a wife, nobody will tell me.

 But you have a baby mama; are you not considering her?

I don’t know yet. I can’t say I’m a principled person, but I’m this kind of person that if I have a relationship, it should not be through entertainment. It’s is either you understand me as an entertainer or as your boyfriend or as your man. I don’t think I have dated anyone from the industry because I don’t want my life out there.

You mentioned politics, are you thinking about going Into politics someday?

I might not be contesting but politics is politics. I have this relationship with senator Adeyemi in my state and I’m close to my first lady as well and the governor is our governor and I’m actually trying to contribute my own quarter into supporting them for the coming election.

WHY I’M YET TO GET MARRIED – JAYWON

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