Anyanwu Obinna Kelvin, a.k.a Waconzy, is no longer new in the Nigerian music industry. Wacko as he is fondly called is the managing director and chief executive officer of Dv8 MEDIA. The graduate of Project Management from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, in this exclusive chat with ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM, said his fans should expect something new from him, especially as his new album ‘Money Back Guarantee’ will soon hit the market. Excerpts.
Some people wonder why all your songs seem to have the same threads running through them; would you call it your trade mark?
To a reasonable extent, I would say that I am a product of my environment and I sing mainly about events around me. I use my music to express myself; so pardon me if I always express myself in that manner. Also, I will like to state here that I am not monotonous. I have different styles of expressing myself musically, even if my music hovers around my true life story.
So whenever you get a Waconzy CD or listen to a Waconzy song, you should expect nothing short of the truth. Let me use this medium to announce to my fans that they should expect something new from my forth coming album: ‘Money Back Guarantee.’
First, you sang about celebration, later it was about marriage; how soon should we expect you to walk down the aisle?
It won’t be a bad idea to get married now. Every matured man's dream is to get a wife and mine is no exception. But like you know, everything is in God’s hand.
People have always compared the sons of Port Harcourt – you, Timaya and Duncan Mighty. Who would you say is the most sought after?
We are all doing our thing and at the same time chasing our dreams. There is enough room for all birds to fly and as brothers we don’t have any interest in competition. We only try our best to dish-out good music and represent where we come from.
How would you rate your relationship with Timaya? Some think the relationship between you two is strained and that is why you have not recorded any song with him. How true is this?
It is not true. I did a song titled ‘The Journey’ with him. We are on good terms and we talk on phone very often. We 'ping' each other every day.
The last time we had a chat, you said you were bracing up to start a label. How far have you gone?
Dv8 MEDIA is now in full swing with four offices nationwide and staff strength of nine. It has five university graduates on pay roll.
I will like to say that my hard work is finally paying off. By the grace of God, in the next few years, Dv8 MEDIA would be a top rated African entertainment company.
Tell us more about yourself and your relationship
I am a fun loving and easy going dude. I fear and respect God. I am a Christian and the third child in extended family, and I'm aspiring to be a world shaker.
I am the MD/CEO of Dv8 MEDIA. I obtained a degree in Project Management from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri in Imo State. I live in Port Harcourt and spend most time in Lagos. About my relationship, I choose to keep it personal.
How would you rate the lyrical content of our artistes?
In this industry, there is no professional exam that must be written to qualify you as a musician, so don’t be surprised to hear anything. There are a lot of professionals and some up-comers.
I reckon that it is the duty of the A-list artistes to help educate the upcoming ones on good quality music and lyrics. Well, I am sure things would get better as the industry grows.
The last time you granted us an interview, you were an upcoming artiste. How would you rate your progression in the music industry so far?
First, I will like to say a big thank you to you guys for always supporting your super duper brother. Since then, it has been like a flight on a jet plane. My career has blossomed. Also, I want to say a big thank you to my fans, supporters and my creator.