Nigerian singer-songwriter and producer, Okwudili Okoli, professionally known as 6UFF is set to drop its first major project, an extended playlist titled “No regrets” EP.
The ace producer said he always wanted to do something different besides producing music.
In this interview with PM News Entertainment, 6UFF talks about his career, his current project, his challenges among others.
You started out as a music producer, now you are expanding, is it difficult at first?
Well, most of the songs I produced were partly composed by me. So I wouldn’t say exploring the artistic aspect is difficult. It’s just energy intensive.
Tell us about your background.
My name is Okwudili Okoli. I am from Anambra State and studied Computer Science at Babcock University. I got interested in music production at the age of 17 while playing drums for my church. I have always had a passion for music.
How long have you been in the music industry?
I have been making music professionally for 10 years, although there has been a long hiatus in those years for some reason.
How would you describe your struggle over the years to find your achievement in the industry?
The music industry is so competitive and expensive that it takes a lot of work and effort to stay consistent.
Tell us, popular artists you’ve worked with in the past, what have been your experiences?
I worked with Peruzzi, I also produced a song a few years ago with Burna Boy as the featured artist, but I don’t know why it never came out. It was a learning experience, it felt good. You could always learn from the best artists in the game.
Tell us about the challenges you face as a Nigerian artist / producer.
The promotion of music is the biggest challenge in the music industry. It’s really not about making great music. It is about making it known to the world.
Who influences you in the music industry?
Who would you like to collaborate with among the heavyweights of the music industry?
What do you think the future holds for the Nigerian music industry?
Apparently Afro music is gaining massive waves around the world and I’m really impressed and proud. I see Afro music taking over the world for decades to come.
If you don’t make music, what will you do?
If I wasn’t making music I would be a software engineer or probably a footballer lol.
COVID-19 affected the industry, how did you cope?
Well, it’s compensating and embarrassing with the protocols around it, but whatever, you have to innovate. People at home at the onset of COVID have given more value to the social media platform which is now the primary means of promoting music.
What project do you want to get started on now?
I just finished compiling my 7 track EP titled “No Regrets” and should be out by November. I am currently in the engineering phase. There is no specific release date yet.
What is your greatest motivation as an artist and producer?
Financial gain, social interaction and compulsion to create.
As an artist you must have had your fair share of police brutality, please tell us about it and the way forward.
Fortunately for me, it was not a traumatic experience. I believe the government should set limits on how they relate to civilians.
How can songwriters, producers get enough credits?
A lot of people don’t realize that without the instrumental, there wouldn’t be a song. It’s like filling your car with gasoline so you can drive it. The artist is the essence and the producer is the car itself. I blame listeners, artists, award organizers for not doing enough to accredit producers.
Your advice to future artists like you?
Consistency, Uniqueness, self-confidence and leave the rest to God.