Debonair is the word to qualify Victor Ogbonna otherwise known as Kay Jay. Originally from Arochukwu in Abia State but born and raised in Lagos, Kay Jay is a graduate of Abia State Polytechnic from where he bagged a HND in Mass Communication. He talks with our correspondence on his journey so far.
“I didn’t plan to be an artist because I was formerly the shy type. I began my music career as a songwriter, writing such songs as “Catching Cold” for Tunde Ednut, ‘Iyanu” for Iyanya, “Psycho” for KC and Wizkid etc. what I usually did was that I’d write a song, record it and then sample it to buyers and get paid if the artist likes it, along the line I started getting massive encouragement to try out my voice. Many believe that my vocals are powerful and true to their belief, here I am. My first single “Emergency,” produced by Blaq Jerzee and mixed and mastered by STG, dropped late last year and I was shocked by the beautiful feedback I got from fans and the media. I have a new tune out now called “Love Again”, please support your boy for more growth and to enable me put food on my table,” he said in response to how he began his journey and how far he has come.
With well over five years of experience in the industry, Kay Jay is currently signed to Boost Entertainment, and is proud to announce that he has been largely influenced by the like of Plantashun Boys, Styl Plus, Paul Play, etc, and is a lover of Don Jazzy, Davido and Wizkid. His music could be categorized as Afro Pop, even when he agrees that, like many other Nigerian musicians out there, he started as a rapper before switching to singing where he finds more confidence and audience. His songs, according to him, addresses such issues as “love, heartbreak, pain, joy, sorrow and all other emotional issues that concerns human beings.”
Responding to a question about remunerations in the industry, Kay Jay observes that “in as much as the industry is getting strong and gaining momentum, there are such issues as remunerations which is still a very big deal in the industry. I am very much concerned about the porous structure that allows people stream music for free because of too many independent bloggers and streaming sites that are not controlled or regulated by a music union or body that would ensure that artists get the financial return of what they put in. I for one believe that there is a way the average Alaba mixtape guys could operate and it’d be beneficial to everyone, hopefully, we’ll get there.” He quipped.
“I am not in a hurry for fame. I have started slowly, watching myself and my sound rise on the ladder. I am keen on research on how the industry works, so I wouldn’t give the usual response others give. I’d rather say that I am happy with the way my fan base is growing and that to me is a major achievement; the fact that I get new fans each day and I’m working to sustain the pace and do songs that would stand the test of time,” he replied, when asked where he sees himself in the years to come.
To the newbies that are looking forward to joining the industry, Kay Jay believes that everyone would get what they deserve, only that one must be consistent in working on both the self and the music, knowing that someone out there is listening and help can come from anywhere.
This article was written by Ifesinachi Nwadike