Killertunes: I’m always hungry to do more | The Guardian Nigeria News
Among the sound makers who propel the Naija music industry into the global spotlight, Otaniyen-uwa Daniel, better known as killertunes, stands out. Whether it’s writing songs for other artists in the heart of Benin City or becoming one of the industry’s most sought-after producers, Killertunes continues to shape its narrative from weed to stardom. with a constant cycle of success.
After producing some of the greatest songs for artists such as Wizkid, M. Eazi, Timaya and others, the Edo-indigene got into the habit of wanting to “do more”. And it is exactly this desire that gave birth to his debut album dubbed Killaextra, a 13-track sound piece that sees the artist step out of his comfort zone to become not only a producer, but also a singer and songwriter. .
Plunging into the afro-RnB / neo-pop scene, Killertunes reflects a more emotional and introspective personality with this sound piece. By tapping on “Alte” or heavyweights of the genre such as Minz, MidastheJagaban, OdunsitheEngine, Kida Kudz, PsychoYp, Lyta, Sha Sha, Walshy Fire, Like Mike, Nissi Ogulu and AfroBros it successfully creates a calming, relaxed sound. , but groovy with this project, for which this beautiful league of singers is popular.
A strongly Gen-Z project, KillaXtra resonates more with less commercial music circles, but stands out to be a composition with value and longevity. Speaking with Guardian Music, the singer talks about his inspirations for the project, his roots as a singer, the rebirth of the Afrobeats industry, as well as music from anywhere except Lagos.
Congratulations on your new album. How does leaving this project feel for you right now?
It makes me feel good. You know not everyone can have all of these artists that I had on the project. It’s amazing that I can put it together and take it out.
Not many people know you are singing. What is the motivation?
I just wanted to do more than just produce; I have been producing professionally for over 10 years now. I just wanted to do something that I had never done before. Most other producers would rather just introduce other people throughout a project, but I just wanted to do something more. That’s why I sang.
Have you ever sung?
Yes of course. About 10 years ago I was singing long before I started production; I was in a group of singers. It was the need to not have a producer that got me into music production, and I exploded doing that.
How did you make your breakthrough in music production?
When I exploded, I was producing for Timaya; I used to stay in his house. I produced I Concur for Timaya with Don Jazzy; this is the song that made me explode. I was also working with DJ Spinall at the time. So, thanks to DJ Spinall, I met Wizkid and it just continued like that.
So what happened with your group?
My band was in Benin, and I had to move to Lagos when I started producing; all the others remained in Benin. Now they’re all doing something else. I guess I’m still the only one pushing this music thing.
You dropped out of an EP in 2019, how would you rate your growth so far?
There is growth, especially in the sound. Much of what we did two years ago isn’t even what we do now.
What about the choice of messages in your work?
None of them were personal. I just wanted to touch on certain topics, like love, ego, pride and all that. It’s not really personal to me.
On feature films, you had access to whoever you wanted, but you focused on the younger ones. Why?
At first, I tried to give it alternate vibrations; I didn’t want to make it so commercial. If you notice, it’s Alternative / RnB. This was what I wanted to achieve; that’s what inspired the features.
Really, there is an RnB shift in the Afrobeats. What do you think is the reason?
Yes, the sounds are changing. Two years ago people were doing Shaku Shaku and different things. Now there is Amapiano, there is RnB, alternative vibrations… it depends on the weather. Things change. Sometimes people like fast music, sometimes they just want to calm down. I just think it’s the time of RnB and quiet vibes.
What is your creative process?
I don’t think I have a creative process. Sometimes I wake up and the music is the first thing I do, before I even take a bath. Sometimes I don’t work for a week. I don’t think I have a creative process. When making music hits you, you do, and when it’s not there, you just sit down.
Do you have other parallel routes?
I wanted to do mass communication. However, you know how our Nigerian system can be with JAMB and all that. Omo, na so dem push me o; I finished in political science.
At one point, I had to stop and just focus on the music. I was at the Open University because I wanted to focus on music so that I could pay for my studies; it was around 2013.
Who do you feel in the industry right now?
Right now, I feel Tems. I will always feel Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Omah Lay, Fireboy, Joeboy and Rema.
While doing this project, what was your most memorable moment?
He was working with Walshy Fire and Sha Sha. I didn’t even expect them to respond. When I held out my hand, they responded; they loved music and wanted to work with me.
So what’s the next step for you from here?
I would focus more on producing for others now. I didn’t really do a lot of that, because I was focusing on producing for others. So in the future I’m looking to do more vocals and productions next year. And travel too; I want to go to Europe and America to make more music.
Is that why you like going to Ghana to make your music?
Believe me, Ghana is peaceful; they won’t bother you there. The noise in Lagos is too much. Everyone you know is in Lagos, so anytime you work there might be 20 or even 50 people in the same room. But in Ghana, there are fewer people and it’s a very calm atmosphere.
Finally, you titled this album Killerextra, what does that define for you?
This is exactly what I am doing now more than before. Before producing to gain popularity and comments; I’m basically doing more than before. I sing and produce my own songs now.