Starting up then, was it as rough as that of the recent additions to your operations- Solid Gbedu Records and Vibes.com?’ He observed what turned out the longest pause in the interview before answering ‘the first one was tougher, I was just starting out fresh then. I am doing these two now with the benefit of experience. There are challenges, especially being a one man thing we thank God for the progress we have made so far’ He shifted in his seat in preparation for the next question.
‘For a man that is yet to earn a kobo outside music- what is your definition of a good song? I threw at him. He responded immediately ‘ a good song is one that is widely accepted by the public. It is the level of acceptance that determines how good a song is’
‘And how well has Solid Gbedu Records done with artistes on it’s label based on this definition?’ I did a follow up question.
‘We are getting there’ he replied, pause and continued ‘we are not yet there but we are getting there. We are pushing out our artistes strategically. Presently 7.Thirty is our main product. His songs such as Claro, Green Light, Obe Lomo and others are currently enjoying air plays on radio stations and he has done a couple of shows. We did massive promotions for him and the result is not bad. We are grooming another artiste to complement his standing. The artiste is Large Man, wonderful musician. His songs Do Something featuring Ruggedman and Mammy water are simply wonderful. They will soon hit the air waves. These are the two major products we are working on. The others are waiting in the wings. And I tell you based on our limited resources, we are making good progress’ he replied.
‘Good progress to e where in five, ten years?’ I asked. A brief shake of his shiny head and he responded ‘that I can’t say. God is in the best position to determine that. We aspire to be one of the best there is, if possible the best but we are in no position to make categorical statement about that’
‘Ok’ I concurred, then put another question to him ‘when you say limited resources, like howmuch capital have you infused into your operations?’ He smiled, then gave another shake of his head before responding ‘that is an internal matter. I really can’t really say this or that amount, because it is everyday spending. Millions of naira on the artistes and their work, doing public relations and all other things, my brother the project is capital intensive. But we thank God’
A brief interlude as he attended to a visited that sauntered in and we resumed the chat ‘ A car stere and related musical instrument installation company, a Record label and a music channel, Vibes.com are you following a laid down script or just delving into things based on inspiration?
Affecting a more serious air he replied ‘ everything that I am doing is part of the initial business objectives of Solid Gbedu as a company. We are following a plan. Fine we had planned to do some of the things earlier, but as the saying goes better late than never’
‘So what is the next project in the script and how soon are you kicking off?’ I sought to know.
A brief laugher and he answered ‘that will be like giving away our advantage. We prefer to cat than talk. But presently we are more concern with consolidating on the projects on ground. We want to build them to certain height before embracing any other thing. All what we are doing now, if you really look at it complement one another, especially the Record label and music channel’
‘What exactly is your long term goal, both professionally and personally’ I asked.
A slight pause as he seemingly gathers his thoughts together and he replied ‘To be a major in the entertainment industry, with a name that will stand the test of time long after I am gone’
‘Do you have any passion outside of music’ I threw in my final question.A warm smile suffused his face as he answered ‘Football. I am a passionate Arsenal fan. I love football but I am not a fanatic!’