+ SET TO RELEASE 1ST ALBUM
Moses Obi, the winner of Nigerian Idol season III, is on the verge of releasing his first album. Already, the talented and widely-loved singer has released three singles: Love In The Air, Number One and Love Letter featuring Eva, and the songs are getting rave reviews from music critics all over the country.
In this interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly conducted on the internet, Moses spoke on his music, record deal with OMG, and how he’s enjoying his coveted prize money of N7.5 million, a Sport Utility Vehicle and a music contract, equal to the sum of N7.5 million.
Can you recollect your experience during the season III of Nigerian Idol?
For me, the show was one I doubt I can ever forget. From the very first day at auditions to the grand finale. I remember being so nervous and a bit tensed when I walked into the audition. All I could hear was hundreds of people singing and it was almost overwhelming. I walked into the room, and did my thing and no one was more surprised than I was when I got the golden ticket, which was a straight pass to the next stage in Lagos for the top 88.
The theatre stages were more intense and dramatic because you never knew what could get you kicked out at any time, but somehow at the end of that week I was in the top 30. During that stage I got evicted because I didn’t have enough votes but the judges brought me back on the wildcard show, and then proceeded to select me to make it to the top 12. From then on, it was week after week of nail biting anticipation and heart wrenching evictions and back-to-back rehearsals. But if I had a chance to do it all again even if I wasn’t sure I’d win, I’d jump back in a heartbeat.
Did you really see yourself winning?
I never thought I’d win. I never thought I’d make it to the top 5 not to mention the top 2. I just focused on getting past each week, each new song and each eviction show.
What is next for you?
I recently released a couple of really amazing songs, and more are on the way. I also shot my video with Unlimited LA and that should be out in a couple of weeks. After these, we have something for next year, I don’t think I am allowed to disclose, I can assure you that you will be the first to know when we are about to unveil the plans.
In a way, my whole life has changed because of the show. Before Nigerian Idol, I was just a regular guy, fresh out of university, trying to figure out life. But now, I’ve been handed my dream to live and experience. On a personal level, I’d like to think I’m the same person. I just happen to have people recognize me when I’m outside the house. The show also allowed me to express my craft and understand performance better, especially with a live band and all. I’m a better singer because of that.
Why did it take you long to release these three singles?
Immediately after the show, I was in the studio recording and working on my songs, but it is not up to me to release the songs whenever I want. I’ve got other people who have to also be on board and when all are satisfied with the materials available we will release.
What record label are you signed unto?
My deal with OMG allows me a recording contract for two years.
How is your working relationship with your record label and Etisalat?
We are cool. I have a good work relationship with them. Etisalat has been wonderful since the show. I have toured with their easy cliq train to campuses around the country and I am also an Etisalat youth brand ambassador
How are you spending your prize money?
Part of the prize went to my relocating to Lagos, which is the entertainment capital of the country. The rest has been invested.
There are speculations that you’ve not been paid fully. How true is it?
People are always speculating about a lot of things. I’ve learnt to ignore the whispers. Things have gone well since the show ended.
What is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge has been finding a way to translate from a music talent hunt show to the reality of the industry. It’s a different ball game but it has been really interesting working on it.
– RASHEED ABUBAKAR