The identify Klem or Ikemefunna Nwanbonye doesn’t ring a bell to the typical Nigerian music lover but hit songs like Sade by way of Davido, Yolo by means of Seyi Shay, Nackam by means of Yemi Alade, Applaudise and reward by means of Iyanya are neatly-recognized songs.
Meet the serial hit songwriter who has been behind a few of your favourite Nigerian pop songs. Klem, as he’s fondly called in this chat with New Telegraph, talks about songwriting in Nigeria, his beneficial properties, trouble and aspiration.
Songwriting in the music business
The music writing thing has now not been that simple. The experience shouldn’t be simple in any respect for the reason that writing thing isn’t yet in Nigeria. Why I mentioned it’s no longer straightforward is that people use your items from time to time and so they don’t offer you credit score. you have to do rather more so they are able to give you credit score. it’s not simple however when I started it used to be not easy and now via God’s grace, it’s paying.
Challenges faced up to now
The challenges were going through is solely the credit phase. You write songs of individuals and they withhold the reality that you simply wrote it for them.
give examples of people who have finished that
I don’t want to mention it as a result of they are a number of them, but some people have been given me credit, folks like Yemi Alade ,Seyi Shay, like the Ferrari I wrote for Yemi Alade she gave me credit. She always provides me credit score. Seyi Shay gave me credit for Yolo Yolo I wrote for her.
however then, Nigerian artist don’t need fans to grasp they use songwriters but now, they are beginning to understand and give credit.
Who have you written so far?
I wrote For my subject for Emmy Nyra, I wrote Nakam for Yemi Alade, Yolo Yolo for Seyi Shay, Glass home via 9ice, Sade for Davido also I wrote observe eight in his first album, and that i wrote Appludise for Iyanya, and present for iyanya feet Don jazzy.
How did you write the songs, did you hearken to the beat first or write first?
Mine is a present anyway. Even lot of people come at times to tell me to teach them the best way to write, I don’t in reality be aware of tips on how to go about it as a result of it’s a reward, it is an built in factor. from time to time the inspiration simply comes, it’s spiritual. and i additionally write once I taking note of the beat, however mostly I write without listening to the beat as a result of it comes naturally and i will just write it.
I favor writing it ahead of the producer it sounds extra pure with out the beat.
How much did you charge?
I cost 1millon for prime musicians, and that i charge four hundred thousand for upcoming acts.
As a song writer did you think you deserve extra as the terms of royalties?
Yeah, I deserve more; I’m now not even speaking for myself on my own. i’m talking about each other track writers because once they provide you with credit on the song you might have written, it motivates you a a lot as a result of you will write extra because you selling your music is rather like “a mom that provides birth to a baby and that day the newborn was snatched away from her, so every time you see the baby you’ll be unhappy that the baby is just not yours again.
for those who write a track for any individual and the person credit you, it offers you more shopper and other people will patronize you as a result of these artists get paid greater than we song writers, so if they may be able to credit score us more, it is going to get us extra clients and we will be able to develop.
Who would you like to work with?
I labored with Davido, Yemi Alade, Seyi Shay, 9ice, Don Jazzy, Iyanya, lot of them , i think the person i’ll like to work with now is 2Face (2BABA) am even engaged on it now the ASA these are the individuals i might in point of fact like to work with as a result of those are deep musician more or less people i love ,they are deep thinkers, if you wish to write for these people they make you learn and suppose sooner than you write. these are folks I sit up for working with.
you might be about to liberate your, single do you assume you’re going to achieve success as an artist?
The tune thing is there, at first I began with music sooner than I discovered track writing, I was once singing, in reality, I threw out some single that blow up then earlier than God now answered my prayer and open my eyes in music writing. So i know if I must unlock a single, I can be a hit. it could take me little time however i know by means of God’s grace i’ve written out some tracks that really blow up.
you realize individual have their own ways and God has his own approach, so the thing is if God has given me that opportunity to throw out a single then it does not really need somebody’s acceptance or permission.
And the item is that some of these celebrities have heard me singing so they’re going to be like I should throw out my monitor, so they’re already anticipating me already.
Are you signed to any document label?
No, however I work for them, we work together just to create sounds.
When must Nigerians are expecting your singles?
That must be expecting it any second from now, perhaps subsequent month.
What’s the title?
it is a humorous tittle, SOKOYOKOTO
If established by Nigerian music audience, how would you’re feeling?
it is only a standard factor to shock as a result of human beings are full of surprises, but if I will have to be expecting that implies I should work hard on my track. Nigerians take pleasure in good musicians whilst you give them what they want and the supplies are ok why received’t they accept it. a variety of writers out there in u.s.are favored.
Do you might have plans to head for coaching and classes on songwriting?
yes, I actually want to go for that, as a result of as a guy I don’t comprehend anything, those am exhibiting now are people who God has given to me. I want to go and acquire extra data.
I simply need to get through with the entire assignments i’ve here then I move on that, travel out to obtain more data as a result of being a tune writer, we’re entitled to a couple things I wish to understand. There are some benefits am not playing now because we all know nothing about them right here.
Do you have interaction a legal professional when signing contracts with artists?
yes, I do.