I AM ALSO A PRACTICING TAILOR – KISS DANIEL
I AM ALSO A PRACTICING TAILOR – KISS DANIEL
Most people love the song, “WOJU”, but don’t really know the man behind the monster hit. THE JARMZONE caught up with Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe aka KISS DANIEL and got him talking about himself, his music and his other passion. Enjoy the read.
How did you come about the nickname – Kiss Daniel?
I came about the nickname Kiss Daniel in my University days. We used to refer to dimple as ‘Kiss’ and we had so many friends with the same name- ‘Daniel’. So, since I have dimples, and which is referred to as “kiss”, they decided to differentiate me as – ‘KISS DANIEL’, instead of – ‘Daniel with dimple’. I got used to the name and love. So, I decided to use it as my music name when I decided to go into music professionally.
Tell us about your decision to go into music?
I have a sound background in music. I was doing music when I was in high school and University and I listened to a lot of great artistes from back in the day. I was skeptical about going professional because I love injecting African rhythm in music that I sing at home, even if it’s from the western world. I wasn’t sure if people will accept the song “Woju”, because its African chants at the end. I did a couple demos, but I was mainly researching about the big stage. I left school pretty much, and got signed to G-Worldwide Entertainment, and here we are today. I must also mention that, before I got signed, several labels pitched different deals, but I saw the drive and passion for great content with G-Worldwide Entertainment.
Your song, “Woju” is one of the most popular songs in the country right now; how do you intend to maintain this level of attention?
My management told me they got calls from Kenya and Uganda some days ago… Well, we didn’t just get here today; we had a blueprint which is different from the industry’s playbook.
An artiste is as good as his team. We, at G Worldwide and Raging Bull Entertainment (my management) are not playing. We are people driven by passion, success and deliverables. Our company policy stands us out. We have done a lot through the most High God, to whom we owe appreciation and all the thanks. We have a Remix of “Woju” featuring the O.B.O himself, or ‘Baddest’, as I call him (Davido). We have a follow up to that; we have a tour documentary to be released soon. I mean the list is endless. God is on our side.
What’s the next line of action for you?
Creating more music with Afrocentric contents, like I mentioned earlier, we have a long list of things to do, we have recorded well over 150 songs and we are still recording and playing heavy gigs at the moment. I have a Dublin trip in some days. We are Grateful to God for his blessing. The level of acceptance from the diaspora and African market is overwhelming. We are dropping the Remix and also a sequel to that. It’s a loaded year. It’s G-WORLDWIDE ENTERTAINMENT YEAR. Loud it!
A lot of artistes have come into the game with one hit songs and that’s the last you hear from them. Where do you see yourself at the end of 2015?
Well, the ‘one hit thing’ will happen if an artiste has no plan, and also we didn’t get here by ourselves; we got here by the Most High God, who is leading the ship and he can’t leave us stranded if we keep working for it. I always say, any artiste is as good as his entire team. You can’t do it by yourself. I have a fantastic team, from a great label to a great management team, and my up and doing manager (Louiza Williams). I also have the support of DJs, OAPs and the people who are still downloading my songs. I mean, everybody that supports me is part of my team. By the end of 2015, I will be part of the front players in the entertainment sector, both in Africa and the world.
Give us an insight into your background
My Name is Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, born in May 1 in the mid 90’s, I attended Ogun International Montessori Nursery and Primary School; from there to Abeokuta Grammar School, and then to Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, where I graduated in 2013, as a Water Engineer. I grew up pretty much in Ogun State, but often travel around Nigeria and the diaspora.
Who are your role music models?
To be honest, I can’t say mention any particular person. All the legends inspired me, some are dead and some are alive today. They have all inspired me at different points of my life, and I owe them my appreciation.
So before you came into the music, what else were you doing?
I was studying in the University after which I graduated, did a lot recording and research on the Nigerian music scene. While in school, I was a practicing tailor and I still do it once in a while. So now you know that – Kiss Daniel is also a tailor!
Do you play any music instrument?
I produce as well for those that don’t know, so I can play a bit of piano and guitar.
I know your popularity level has grown to an extent, has the money started coming in as well?
Definitely! The song is getting bigger by the minute, entering different borders, God has been blessing us financially with it.
Have you released any song before Woju?
Yes, before “WOJU”, there was a song titled “SHOYE”, which was my introduction and it made an impact. “Shoye” was on different countdown shows, and topped different charts. In fact, it was a perfect trail to test the waters.
Did you know “Woju” was going to be widely accepted after you released it?
“Woju” is a follow up to another great song – “SHOYE”. So, coming up after it, we knew there would be a large level of impact even though I wasn’t convinced personally, but my label executive did. Shout out to EMPEROR GEEZY. Don’t get me wrong, there was a great level of groundwork done by the G-Worldwide Entertainment. So we had our own forensic calculation. Howbeit, we can’t deny God’s blessings.
At what point did you realize that your song has broken into Nigeria’s music mainstream?
“WOJU” was released to the general public in September 2014, but I realized that the song has broken into the mainstream in November and proper in December.
What’s your 2015 message to your fast growing fans?
My 2015 message is for everybody to keep supporting African music every time; don’t let them force the wrong sound into your system. Also, don’t wait for what Nigeria will do for you, empower yourself, you have something in you that the world can benefit from. Emancipate yourself from depression, stand strong, obey God and be a voice… Violence is not an option. You can stay close by following on Twitter and Instagram @iamkissdaniel