Oton McCoy Imeh aka Dyckoy is a Nigerian born artiste based in Ivory Coast, from Onna LGA in Akwa Ibom State. He co-founded the hip-hop group Mother Nature Crew and a few years later dropped a solo album including the hit single ”Story”. He speaks with ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM in this interview.
After your hit song “Story” was banned, are you willing to do more similar songs?
As a lyrical activist, I hope to help fight injustice and corruption through my music but after my previous experience, I think I will take my time. That song chased me on exile, due to unfriendly lyrics to political cabals, the song was more controversial than “Nigeria Jaga Jaga” of the veteran Eedris Abdulkarim. I decided to change pattern of my lyrical content to avoid Nigeria Government chaos.
What stirred your interest in the Music Industry?
I started music naturally as a young teenager, it was an inborn thing which later became a passion. I started by interpreting other famous artistes songs, like Micheal Jackson, Cool and the gang, Lionel Richel , Bob Marley etc. I still write evergreen songs for many mainstream young stars.
How has the journey been so far?
Nothing good comes easy. Initially it was very difficult when I started as a recording artiste in the 80’s, but with time the good news started unfolding from records deals to awards etc. I give all the glory to God Almighty for His grace. In 2009, I won “Nigerian Embassy of Abidjan music Awards” for Best lyrical Nigerian Rapper in Diaspora, my song “Skelebe” remained on Trecchville (Abidjan) regional radio chart for two months, consecutive downloads that amounted 7,000 and above daily, with the incomes from royalty, I was able to buy my first car and send my ex-wife and my kids to school in France. Then I quickly reequipped my studio to produce quality sounds for the public. Now I am very comfortable, my other song “Jeje” was the hit of 2017 in Abidjan. National radios, TVs and clubs appreciated it, for now, am on hold or afraid if I could deliver other club banger to hit “Jèjè’s stardom on Trace Urban.
How would you describe the Music Industry when you started?
The industry is quite different from when I first started in the early 90s.Then we used to record on a multi-track but now everything has turned digital. Social media has overtaken TV stations and radio etc.
As music legend, where do you think Nigerian artistes should pay more attention to?
I thinks Nigerian music has come a long way. It is widely recognised all over the world. Most of our youths are just copy cats, they shouldn’t be carried away but rather try to be more original like Fela Kuti.
Are you still doing music and how do you handle competition given the fact that there are now lots of talented music artists in the country?
Yeah I will rather say I’m back to music after a long pulse due to some political issues. I see a great number of talented young artistes. Though, the competition is very high but like they say in Nigerian jagons ”old soldier never die. ”
What personal traits have helped you become successful?
Hard work and determination is the key to my success. That’s how I got my slogan ”Knowledge is the key, faith is the victory.”
What are your other interests?
I like sports especially football
What are you working on presently?
I have a new afro beat single entitled ”Officially” coming out soon and before the year runs out, I will be dropping a new reggae dancehall album on VP records arms VPAL/Enorecords Snc
Any plan of relocating to Nigeria soon?
Of course there’s no place like home. I’m working on that
How did you come about your stage name?
I adopted the stage name Dyckoy because I wanted to be different from others .It is an extract of My Name McCoy
What is your advice to upcoming artistes?
As an upcoming artist, you are confronted with a lot of difficulties but they should stay focused and be positive, time will surely tell, stay away from hard drugs.
Congratulations on your Obaland Royal Awards 2018, received, what is the difference between this and other awards you have earlier won?
Thanks a lot, the Obaland Royal Awards honour is a very special one of course, because it has similarities to the National Honours Act No. 5 of 1964, as also the Africa Grammy, big thing, compared to other award. It is the first of its kind in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Now, I would be proud to say his royal majesty Oba Ewuare II, of Benin Kingdom knows me, and that is a huge plus.
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