Harrysong had a fantastic career in 2015. His song, Reggae Blues became a hit not long after it hit the airwaves. A couple of weeks back, UAC Foods made him an ambassador of one of their products, Gala sausage. ENCOMIUM Weekly had a chat with him about the success recorded last year and his plan for 2016.
How was 2015 for Harrysong?
2015 was amazing for me. It was also challenging because of Reggae Blues, but basically, it was good.
Your song, Reggae Blues became a hit, how does it feel and did you envisage it would be a hit?
It feels good. I thank God for that. It has placed in my hands another challenge. You have to keep up with the good works, continue to produce hit songs. When I recorded the song, I knew it was a good song but I didn’t know it would become a hit. It was the chorus that stuck on people’s mind.
When should we expect another one from your stable?
I am working on another one very soon in one or two months. I released a new single last week as well.
Can you tell us about the single?
The title of the song is Akagum. There is one thing I know about the Bible which says As far as the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest time shall not cease. When you give, you will receive. I have been blessed by men that have good heart like E-Money and KCEE. I talk about Akagum because I know what it means. I was inspired to do the song by some men that blessed my life. I am trying to preach a message about giving. I featured Port Harcourt first son, Duncan Mighty.
Few hours after the song dropped, it was already trending and topping the chart. How did you achieve that?
We worked. We had to push it. It is also a good song and fans also grabbed it. When we dropped it, tweets started coming in. They were over a million tweets in three hours. It was hard work. The team kept pushing it.
Are you thinking of remixing Reggae Blues?
Reggae Blues is a masterpiece. It is a major song that has a remix already. I had five people on the song. When you have a song like that, it is supposed to have a remix. It is a masterpiece of a song. It is a finished work. I have listened to the song over and over again, nothing can be taken off, nothing can be added. It is a master piece.
We learnt you are now Gala sausage ambassador. How does it feel?
I am the first and the only Gala ambassador. It is a new one for me and it is big. I am excited about it. They took me to their factory. I saw their plans for 2016 and felt good about it. I have been eating Gala sausage but they have new spices and things added to it. They are bringing more things on board. I felt good about the new development. I will make sure the product gets to the masses. I will also testify about the good product to people.
Is there any link between the song and your endorsement?
Reggae Blues is a happy song. Where I said share the Gala, share the goods, I mean, you should be happy. I just used Gala to code the party. I didn’t see an endorsement coming. I just sang the song to be happy. The whole song is about being happy. It has brought a lot of positive vibes.
How juicy is it?
I cannot disclose that. May be you will interview my CEO about it.
How long is it?
It is for a year but it is renewable.
Getting into the music industry and remaining relevant is not easy. What has been your staying power?
It is hard to change a winning team. I try as much as possible to keep moving and keep my fans. I don’t forget where I am coming from.
How do you get inspirations for your song?
Everyday life. My life is a big inspiration to me because too many things have happened to me. I just let them inspire me.
Do you see yourself in an international collaboration?
We have the brand doing a lot of things right now but we are not thinking about that. I am here in Nigeria. I am satisfied here in Nigeria. I travel to different countries but I am not looking at that. If they are inspired by my music and they want it, that is okay. I have a mission here.
Your new song with KCEE, Ebano, people are saying you got the beat from Marvin Records?
I have heard about it. I think it is just a clash of ideas. I listened to the beat. I listened to the projection, the lyrics are different. It is possible to run into each other. It is just a clash of ideas.
Do you rate the success of a song by the number of awards it clinches?
The success of a song is about the acceptance, how far it affects people. The positive vibes. Like Reggae Blues is accepted everywhere. All over Africa, it is number one here and number one there.
Are you disappointed that Reggae Blues didn’t win an award at The Headies?
No, I wasn’t. I was told I would be performing there, that was alright for me. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I was even busy throughout the day before going to perform. The performance was different from any other one I have done. My management insisted that we will need a live band and we got it. I had fun while performing.
If you have a chance to go back in time, what are the things you would change about yourself?
I don’t know what I want to change about my career but I will like to have my mother back.
Tell us about your album?
My album is supposed to be a 13 tracker but it will be 16 now. I featured M.I, Duncan Mighty, KCEE, Iyanya, Orezi, Olamide and Skibii. I am also planning a concert for my birthday this year.
The album will talk about where I am coming from, where I am now and where I am going. The genre of music that inspire me to where I am now. The album has new singles as well as singles people have heard. I am still recording and still putting things together. May be in two or three weeks, it will be ready.
Does your growing up in Warri influence the kind of music you do?
Warri is for the grassroots. I grew up there in a street that is cool. We do contemporary and gospel music there. Almost all the things I have learnt were from Warri.
When are you looking at settling down?
Not now. I am will growing.