Finally we had the opportunity to interview this young talented lad who got the air waves booming with his lyrical flavor. lets hear what he has to say:
LAJA: Hello Mr WARZ, IT’S NICE TO HAVE YOU AROUND-
WARZ: It’s a pleasure to be here too
SO, IT’S OF NO RECENT NEWS THAT YOU STORMED THE MUSIC INDUSTRY OUTTA THE BLUES-
Lol, if you say so…………………… but I have been around for quite some time, you know learning and mastering my arts well enough to make a massive impact in the industry. You know the industry is a battle ground now (laughs), it’s now a survival of the fittest thing.
OKAY THEN, LET’S GO WITH YOUR INTRO FIRST, CAN YOU LET US AND YOUR FANS OUT THERE KNOW YOUR NAME-
Ok, my names are Adeoye Abdulwasiu Temitope, I go by the stage name Warz which I got from my first name Abdulwasiu as you see.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR SELF-
Ok, I hail from the south western part of the Nigeria, that is to say that I am a Yoruba boy. I hail form Ijebu Imodi-Imosan in Ogun state. I am the first child and son of a family of 7. I have an engineer father and a trader mum who reside in Kaduna state. I am a student of the University of Lagos.
SO WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO START DOING MUSIC?
Wow, that’s big. I remember clearly I wrote my first rap line when I was in primary 4, I was about 9 then. Since then I have been writing and perfecting my lyrical skills, although I hid it from the world, it wasn’t until ss1 I started to rap openly during school events and everyone was like, ‘boy you’re good’. Since that time, I have been writing and editing, but I actually recorded my first song in my 100 level in the university.
SO WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO MUSIC-
Well, that’s a very big question but let’s go like this. I started listening to music at a very tender age, I started to learn as a child through music. I remember then, my dad had this collections of hip hop and rap music lined up in a cassette rack at home and he played them when he was at home, mostly on Saturdays and Sundays when washing his car or when we are clearing the house. So I got I listen to a lot genres of music ranging from Fuji, Apala, Afro pop, Hip pop, Rap, R&B, pop and so many more. I remember as a boy when I listened to Michael Jackson, I wanted to sing like that, same if I listened to Whitney Houston, Tony Braxson, Sisco, Shakira, Elton john, Craig David, R- Kelly and so many more. I wanted to sing everything. So I can say categorically that I got inspired to do music from listening to music since my tender age.
WHAT ACTUALLY MOTIVATES YOU TO WRITE, WHAT REALLY TRIGGERS YOU?
Nature, my life experience, immediate surrounding and my infinite imaginations and fictions. Example is, when I ask a lady out and she turns me down, I write about it. If she agrees to my terms, I write it. If I am broke and really stiff, I write about it. When I feel happy, I write about the experience, when I am angry also and any time at all I feel any affection or emotional that I really cherish. To cut things short, everything about my music is really and it’s about my affections and experience.
Also, I get motivated when I listen to sounds that amaze me. Example was when I heard ‘Kontrol’ by Maleek berry, that song actually touched me, I was amazed by the melody and I decided to do a cover, same was the issue of ‘Fitila’, I wrote that song after listening to Niniola’s ‘Maradona’ and so that’s how it goes for me. My motivation is my life and music itself.
HOW HAS IT BEEN DOING MUSIC SO WITH YOUR EDUCATION, ANY BACKLASH?
Yeah, serious and severe one. To cut the story short, I don’t rehearse or record music when my semester is on. This is because after a particular semester when I tried it, I was on the worst G.P I ever imagined because music took my whole time. Although I still write music during the semester, that’s something I can’t stop but I just don’t record them.
SO WHO CAN YOU SAY YOU LOOK UP TO IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
Uhm, I’ll split that question into two parts. Who I look up to internationally and locally. Well, internationally my role model has been Michael Jackson, this is because of his dynamic nature of symphony and melody but growing up I added more people to the list and this includes, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, The Weekend, Rihanna, Sam Smith, Jon Bellion, Meek Mill, Mafikizolo, Nasty C, Post Malone and Zara Larson. I selected this set of people because of the uniqueness in their sound because that’s what I believe real music is to be about, uniqueness.
Coming back locally, they aren’t much on my list. I see Niniola, MI abaga, Wurld, Jonny Drille, Dremo, Teni the entertainer and Praiz as my role models. I know a lot of people would actually be expecting more from me like the most successful artist in the country but like I said, uniqueness is what I cherish most about music.
THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS A CHALLENGING INDUSTRY NOW, HOW DO YOU INTEND TO LEAVE A MARK?
Hmmm, thanks a lot with that question. It’s actually tough out there but no matter how you dam a flowing water body, water would always find its way. I believe with the help of good management, promotion funds and my music, I’ll leave a legacy that other fantastic sounds can leave by.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR MUSIC CAREER IN 5 YEARS?
At the peak seriously, locally, continentally and internationally. This is simply because I want to make a difference. I want to create a genre that people like me can triumph in. that’s my dream, my mission and vision and of course I know it won’t be easy. It would take a lot of work and sacrifice I know, but what’s life without risk, sacrifice and things worth fighting for.
SO WHAT STYLE OR GENRE OF MUSIC WOULD YOU REGARD YOURSELF DOING?
I’ll call it ‘Afro flex’. The reason is because I see my sounds as non- rigid. It’s a mash of rap, highlife and afro- house. But at times I do pure rap so that’s just it.
SO ARE YOU SIGNED TO A RECORD LABEL OR NOT?
No, am not signed to any label at all. I just run a crew with my friends who are fellow upcoming artists and we call it D.M.E short for Dynasty Mates Entertainment comprises El Pheez Escobar, Horyyormi, Moz- flame, Dj Femzy of Klassic entertainment and I Warz representing Crystal tunes.
SO TELL US, ARE YOU IN ANY RELATIONSHIP?
Lol, that’s one I kinda always run away from. Well, I am not in any serious relationship for now. That doesn’t mean my heart isn’t taken o. I actually am in love with someone though I haven’t told her yet sha. I hope I summon the courage and confidence soon because I am a shy guy, a lot of people don’t know that. So let’s keep that a secret.
SO TELL US, WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?
Okay, I love football a lot, both playing and watching. I enjoy debating and arguing with facts o, not just blind and aimless arguments o, I like hanging out with me friends and crushes. I enjoy watching movies too, and I like dancing even if am not good.
WHAT CHARACTER DO YOU DESPISE MOST AS A HUMAN?
I hate people who lie, cheat and steal. Like deeply, I hate those characters deeply and also I hate when someone tries to step on another to get to the top. I hate when people try to teach me what I know. I hate it when people downgrade or look down on others.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY PEOPLE ACTUALLY LOVE ABOUT YOU, CHARACTER- WISE?
Hmmm, I would say, wit, individual honesty, friendliness.
WOW! THAT’S IMPRESSIVE Mr WARZ, SO WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO YOUR FANS OUT THERE? WHAT SHOULD THEY EXPECT FROM YOU THIS YEAR?
The best man, the best. Like I said the other time, Warz is back and he is back to stay. So much singles, collaborations and hopefully a video. So expect the best in 2018 my people, Its a Crystal Tunes Revolution.
THANKS MAN, IT’S NICE TO HAVE YOU AROUND
It’s a pleasure