In our ‘Spotlight’ series anchored by Emmanuel Harrison, we caught up with O’Giver, a versatile creative who works effectively accross multiple mediums – sensational singer, dexterous producer and mix and master expert. He gives us an insight into his art, his indication of an awareness of self, his consistent hardwork, challenges, inspiration and love for ‘vibes’ permeated throughout his body of work.
Many people know you as one of the most consistent artistes from the south for a long time, you have released a lot of projects and done multiple collaborations. How have you been able to keep up your continuity for this long?
Uhhm, basically music is something I love, so the circumstances come from the fact that I just want to make music. I love making music and it has become a lifestyle for me. So I just keep doing what I know how to do, when I love to do it and how I love to do it. That’s basically how I’ve been consistent with it.
How has your upbringing influenced your art?
Well, I come from a musical background where everyone one of us had to go through the church choir, this has played a major role in my life. It has greatly influenced my musical ears and persona.
Your song Kama has been an anthem for self-motivation in the AkwaCross region and beyond. Do you think music can play a key role in tackling mental health issues like depression or suicide and also inspire people to live better lives?
Yes, definitely! There are a lot of people who run to music whenever they are stressed or depressed or they’re feeling some type of way. This is because there’s music for every person in any type of situation, so you just have to find the right lyrics and go with it. Basically, Kama came as an inspirational song for myself at first. Then I decided to put it out and to God be the glory, everybody could relate to it. So, yeah music can go a long way to better people’s mental health.
As a multi-faceted creative, you’re known to be an amazing producer and sensational artiste, tell us, were you first a producer or an artiste? Also, if you had the opportunity to choose, would you prefer to produce your own songs or have someone else do it?
I’ve always been an Artiste. I learnt how to produce because I’ve wanted to make my own sounds myself. You know it’s not everytime that someone can get into your head and give you what you have in mind. So yeah, I’ve always been an artiste first, the production came as a plus. At some point I had to run a studio, that’s when my production gained visibility. That’s how I made money basically, you know as an upcoming artiste, nobody is willing to pay except you’re good production, mixing and mastering and the likes. So, anyday-anytime, I’ll always be an artiste. Also, I’ll prefer people to produce for me, because there’s not limitations to the kind of ideas you can have in collaborations, you know. I don’t want to limit myself, I let other people do stuff for me. Like my ‘Vibez and Versez’ E.P, all the songs were produced by my co-producers. These are producers I’ve worked with over the years, at some point I mentored some of them.
We’ve seen that your Latest E.P ‘Vibez N Versez’ has positive and massive reception from your fans and music lovers. It has accumulated over 77,000 streams on Boomplay alone. How do you feel about the reception so far?
To be very honest with you, the reception is amazing. I knew it was a great project, because there are no bad songs on it but then you never can be sure if it will be accepted or not. So the fact that I’m doing numbers? I feel great, I’m overwhelmed! I want to say a big thank you to everyone who’s supported me, my management, Maxtreme and everyone who’s streaming my music!
For someone who has done a lot of features, ‘Vibez N Versez’ had no features. Is there a particular artistic or creative reason why?
My A&R team were so specific about the songs that would be on the project, and as God would have it, every song selected were solo songs outside the collaborations I had already done. Another reason this was a solo project is because it served as an opportunity for me to showcase my talent and versatility on each song. The project was more about me, my vibez, my versez.
Asides yourself, which other Artistes from Akwa Ibom State do enjoy listening to, and think they have the potential to become big stars?
We have lots of stars. God has blessed the south with quality music. I do listen to Leki, I enjoy Nayme Harvey, I listen to Morien, I vibe with Izik Gyang and there are lots more I can’t mention because I don’t want it to mean I’m biased because those are people I work with, but for real; those are people I listen to and I’m like “wow! these are potential stars!”. They have the ability to go out there and have a big fanbase. The list is long man, I can’t even mention everybody, but those ones I’ve mentioned, I really vibe with them.
Which other artistes would you like to work with in future?
Basically the Artistes I’d work with in future is just someone with a good sound. You know, I just want something that can reach to my soul, melody-filled, rhythm impacted, melody-filled and lyrically-vested music. Though, I’m sure you’re asking who are the big shots I’d like to work with, definitely David.. Davido, Wizkid, I’d like to work with Burna, Rayce, Morell. My choice of music is wide and weird at the same time, so just make good vibes and we’re good to go.
After this project, can you tell us what’s cooking up for O’giver in the next few months?
For O’giver, I’d be putting out a single much later, but I’d come up with a video for atleast two songs on the tape before the end of the year. So a single and two videos then we close this year. So stay tuned guys!