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Ulu Vincent Chijioke, aka Veezyblaze is a final year student of Economics at the University of Jos. He is an upcoming musician passionate about revolutionizing the entertainment industry. The 26-year old, who is also a thespian and belongs to the Kano State chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), said his dream is to see the nation's entertainment genre compare with Hollywood. He told our correspondent that he is currently researching to come out with a completely new genre of music that will shake the world to ground level.

 

You are a final year Economics student at the University of Jos. What is the experience like, being a student and an entertainer?
It has been very tough actually, because of the course I am reading. It's not been easy as I have to travel a lot to push my career in entertainment and at the same time return back to face my studies. However, most times, I have had to skip lectures and sometimes tests, but I never miss examinations. In the overall context, God has been there for me and to him I give the glory.

Besides your education, let us know a little about your background?

I am from a family of five, four boys and a girl and I'm the third in the family. My mum is late. She was a trader who was always there for us. My dad is a retired military officer who served the Nigerian Army faithfully. Today, he is a practicing engineer who is on his own. My parents are from Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State. So, this makes me a full-fledged Igbo boy, Igbo kwenu. That is what I am.

You released a single, Slow Down, recently. How is it doing in the market?
The single is having a massive download right now on the internet. But I am planning the video shoot which I hope to release as soon as it is concluded. Let me say so far so good. Slow Down is well accepted by fans and music lovers.

Why is this so?
Maybe because of the message I tried to pass with it. It talks about someone who is joyous or should I say carried away with the positive occurrences around her; and believing that in the process of over celebrating she could be inviting something bad; because too much of everything, as they say, is bad.

What is your philosophy in life?
My philosophy is to live my life the best I think is good for me and humanity. I won't live to impress anyone but me.  I just like to be me.

What are you to music and what is music to you?
Music is my life. Music is my life, body and soul.

Can you recall your first time on stage?
Obviously, I can't ever forget that fateful day. It was way back in 2009 in Katsina where I was slated to perform alongside my good brother and fellow entertainer, Benjamin Ukejeh, popularly known as MC Musa. We were invited by the Katsina State government when it hosted the youth corps members posted to the state for their national service. The performance was actually after they rounded up their orientation before they began their mandatory service. The day was awesome, because after the initial stage fright, I got myself together to give one of my best performances ever. The corps members actually made me feel at home, which in effect helped my composure. Since then, I have been there on stage over and over again. I cannot forget that day because it coincided with the year I got admission to study at the University of Jos.

Do you play any musical instrument?
Yes, I play the drums, especially these rolling drums kind of. I am very good with the drum.

The Plateau State capital Jos is synonymous with creative arts, especially music. It has produced internationally recognized stars like P-Square, TuFace Idibia, Ice Prince etc. How do you connect with the Tin City?
I have this special affinity with Jos, the Tin City. Entertainment wise, there are several of these internationally recognized stars that have blown up from this wonderful city. They include P-Square, TuFace Idibia, Ice Prince Zamani, Kelvin Pam, late MC Longs, Jeremiah Gyang, Pernen Percy Paul, Ruby Gyang, Lindsey, Christine Ben Ameh and even Jim Iyke. They all trace their history to Jos. Even in the area of sports, the likes of Mikel Obi is there to be counted. So Jos has a huge, huge tradition of superstars. There is a new kid on the block who just exploded recently. His name is Charass. These are some of the guys I want to emulate in order to keep the tradition of those I want to refer to as the 'Tin City Squad'. And this tradition will linger for a long, long time.

What inspires your kind of music?
My kind of genre musically speaking is Afro pop. Sometimes I spice it up with a little of R&B as well as soul and reggae stuff. I draw my inspiration from the happenings around me, mainly current and past situations in the country, as well as the love that exists inside human beings, especially those close to me. All these I put together as lyrics, which I compose mainly in the middle of the night.

How many singles and albums have you dropped?
You know I am under a group name, Blaze Empire Entertainment, which I own. However, I have been able to release about four tracks, all of which have enjoyed numerous airplays; but no albums yet.

Why is this so? Why have you not released an album?
I am bidding my time and time, they say, will tell. You see, I am not in a hurry to release an album yet, because I want to put certain things in order. There is also that problem of sponsors and promoters which I am trying to secure. I want to use this medium to call on promoters to try and discover new arts like us, with a view to invest, because some of us are coming up with something entirely different that is capable of heralding a whole lot of revolution in the music industry, not just in Nigeria but globally. The sponsors include the foreign investors as well.

As an actor, how do you combine this with your music career?
Well, combining both is very simple for me. These two aspects of creative arts go side by side. They complement each other and so for me it has not been a problem combining them. What you love, you do with ease. This is how it rolls. In the make-belief industry, I am also one of those recognized scriptwriters who like to pass messages in contemporary, epic and comedy form.

Which one of them puts food on your table?
For now, both of them do and I know the next question would be which of them makes me smile to the bank the most. I will still say both. However, I am more passionate about my music right now.

You operate from both Kano and Jos. How would you compare both cities, entertainment wise?
The two cities serve their individual purposes at every point in time. However, while Jos is the mega city of musical entertainment; Kano is the hub of the Hausa movie industry, referred to as Kannywood. They are both wonderful cities when it comes to creative arts.

What is your future dream?
Well, I dream that the future will be very bright. I see myself as contributing to the renaissance to occur in the industry in a few years to come. This is because I foresee an industry that will compare favourably to the entertainment sector of the West, particularly the Hollywood, where the level is comparable to none other presently. Therefore, I am not relenting until I achieve this dream.

How do you relate with fans, especially your female fans?
I tend not to be rude, harsh or nasty with them. This has to do with the male and female fans, because without them there can be no me. I am always open to their criticisms as I normally see them as new challenges to work on to improve on my act. But for those female fans that tend to go beyond this level of relationship to be emotional, I politely ward them off me because for now I want to concentrate and improve on my act. I do not want to encourage any form of distraction for now.

But who is your ideal girl?
She must be energetic and inspiring. She must be that girl that should be ready to support what I am doing; ready to support my career because entertainment is my life.

Are you hoping to settle down any time soon?
I have no plans yet for it. In fact, settling down has never crossed my consciousness because I am still blossoming. When I reach a certain level, that project can come. But for now, it is my music and my movie.

How many movies have you done so far? Name some of the prominent ones.
I have acted in Royal Blood, Message from Hell, Musa-Mr Trouble and Double Wahala (Musa Laugh House); the last two being comedy films. These are the few I can readily recall.

What is your future aspiration in the entertainment industry?
My future aspiration is coming out from the drawing board after perfecting my experiment; after perfecting my research to unleash an entirely new genre of music. And I hope that by the time I finish, the Nigerian music scene will not be the same again.

What is your relationship with the Hausa entertainment genre?
Currently, I have a cordial relationship with some of its practitioners and we have something in the offing very soon in the form of a collabo. This venture will definitely be mind blowing by the time we drop it into the market.

Who are your role models in the industry?
R-Kelly, Antonio Bandarass, J. Cole and Jack Bauer are my foreign inspiration. In Nigeria, I have the likes of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Tuface Idibia, Jim Iyke and Sam Dede as role models.

What advice do you have for your fans?
I will advice them to keep the love and support for me, while on my part I believe we have a covenant not to let each other down. I hope that together, there is that love we should extend to our neighbours to keep the nation in peace.

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