Davido had a recent interview with the Guardian Life Mag where he talked about music, his lifestyle of course the rumors flying around about him.
Read his full interview below:
What do you think about the growth in the Nigerian music industry?
The industry is growing, I just feel like sometimes we don’t know how much Africa is worth. Last year I was in America because of all the deals, after just being there for a while, and I said f*** it I’m going home. I no fit sing Yankee music pass Yankee people. The same way Yankee people no fit sing Naija music pass Naija people. That was why I had to look at what I had, which was a whole continent. That is what all of those guys in America want, when you’re over there all of them want to be here. We need to just know what we are worth.
Since you’ve signed to Sony, has your music perspective changed?
They tried to change my music, which I wasn’t happy about. First of all, I didn’t even want to take the deal because I didn’t need it. I was doing tours all over Africa with 50,000 to 80,000, people so it was like why am I signing the deal? They tried to fix me up with a producer and I decided to come home, but I’m still signed to them, it’s going good. They have realised how much potential is here, because even when I am all over the world it is my African songs that even the oyibo people f*** with.
What are some major highlights and lows in your career?
I have so many, but any good thing that comes my way, sometimes you just don’t notice you achievements till after. Sometimes you just want to go up, I like to look at it as natural. It is God’s doing. I have had a lot of down moments. When I was fighting with my baby mama I was depressed.
How did you get to collaborate with Tekno in your new single?
I was actually the first person to do a song with Tekno. I met him in Abuja when I was recording a song for my first album in 2012. When he blew up he called me to come to the studio. We worked on about four songs, If was one of them and Erima. He is a very talent guy and blessed.
Your latest single If has been so successful, what was your inspiration behind the song?
Lagbaja inspired it, remember “no do gra gra for me”? But to be honest my main inspiration was Duncan Mighty.
Recently you have really been experimenting with your music, how did your collaboration with Tinashe come about?
The collaboration was as a result of the Sony deal. Don’t get me wrong, Tinashe is a talented artist but it wasn’t my style. My style is just the Nigerian style, like I said before, I can’t sing American music pass Chris Brown and Chris Brown cannot come and sing Nigerian music pass me.
What does 2017 have to offer in terms of international collaborations?
My new single with Young Thug and Rae Sremmurd is dropping next month, I am really excited about it. Other collabs with Trey Songz, Cold Play, there’s a lot but to be honest that’s not really my main focus. I just want to make my music and whatever happens, happens.
So this is going to be your first performance at Gidi Culture Festival taking place at Eko Atlantic next week? Or have you performed before?
I have been billed to perform there twice, but I haven’t actually made it to the festival because something always happens. The first time, I was sick and the second time I missed my flight but this time, we dey! Gidifest is coming up and it’s going to be crazy, this is one of the high points in my career so I’m really excited. Burna Boy is going to be there so it should be mad.
Are you planning on going any tours soon?
I am going on a nationwide tour; the first of its kind. It begins in Nigeria with about eight states, then I have a show in London at the Wembley Arena, we have so much! Australia, America and my album is done, it should be out August or September.
What’s the craziest rumor you’ve heard about yourself?
You know they always attack me, people always say s*** about me but I always hit them back with the music, which is the most important thing. People always say my dad is giving me money, when was the last time my dad gave me money? All the kids came together, we bought our dad a N409 million car for his birthday.
What is your ultimate goal as a musician?
My goal would be to keep doing what I am doing and get to that legend status. I want bring up other artists like Mayorkun, who dropped his single Sade. I am 24 now, I cannot be doing music when I’m 30, I’ll probably drop two albums after this but I want to be done by the time I’m 29 or 30. I want to have a big media house and go into other things like filming. I know eight presidents personally so you can imagine what I can do, like youth empowerment.