Dear Kel, how are you?
I am doing great, thank you. And you?
Fine thanks; I must commend you on the song with W4 – “Give it to you“. Some people classify it as a come back; do you agree?
To classify it as a comeback would be to imply I left in the first place…[audio:http://www.360nobs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Kel-ft-W4-Give-It-To-You.mp3|titles=Kel ft W4 – Give It To You]
Kel ft W4 - Give It To You (5.7 MiB, 5,802 hits)
Watch the video Kel ft W4 – “Give it to me“ here
Candidly, tell us why you went off the grid for a long time?
I took a brief step away to take care of school, sort out all pending issues wifh my former record label and work on my music and myself, physically and mentally. But I still somewhat had a foot in the industry with my brand ambassador deal for SOULMATE Industries
What record label do you represent now?
KEL records!!! I’m just playing. I am currently not affiliated with any record label.
This new single ‘show the way’, what was the inspiration for the song?
Show The Way is my way of letting the people know that I have had my fair share of challenges, disappointments, and successes in the industry, but through it all God has stood by me and through His grace I have overcome.[audio:http://www.360nobs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Kel-ft-Saeon-Show-The-Way360nobs.mp3]
Kel ft Saeon - Show The Way (3.4 MiB, 889 hits)
Why the choice of Saeon to feature in this new single?
This song was actually recorded last year. I just recently met Saeon and apart from the fact that she has an amazing voice, I felt that she being a newcomer to the industry then, could totally relate with the song, in terms of asking God to “show the way”, having experienced the reality of the industry, and of course having the same belief system didn’t hurt too.
This single talks a lot about God,on a scale of 1-10, how religious are you?
I’m only human, not perfect, still learning and trying to be a better person with each passing day. I know on my own I can do nothing, but by God’s grace I face each day and overcome. I can’t rate my level of religiousness, that’s up to God. But I can say I try my best to be a good person and live my life according to His will and not mine.
Generally, how has your surroundings affected you and the type of music we should be expecting from you?
I have grown wiser and stronger and more comfortable and honest with who I am. Experiences have taught me a lot and I have learnt that nobody will look out for you like you can. So right now, I’m making music that reflects who I am. Music that speaks about how I feel, whether i’m in a happy place, sad place, reflective place, broken hearted place etc. I will make music that is raw and real.
I’m sure you’ve read and heard negative comments about yourself, how do you react to these things?
I used to read, try to process, get sad, sometimes cry and move on.
Now I read, laugh a lot, shake my head, sometimes share the joke with friends and move on.
What do you think about the music industry today?
I am so excited about the industry today. It has grown and best of all, the music is evolving. Thankfully, the people are getting tired of “club songs” with the same old beats and lyrics which is so amazing. Now we can chill and listen to what the artiste actually has to say on a song.
Do you currently see any competition for you in the industry?
Competition is something I don’t focus on. Never have, never will. I make music because it’s who I am, it’s the gift I am blessed with. Entertaining the word “competition” would be implying this is some sort of game. And music is far from a game for me.
Your best Nigerian female rapper at the moment would be?
Blaise. Always has been.
If there was anything you could contribute in aiding the development of Nigeria,what would that be?
To get as many young people to understand the importance of getting an education, no matter how mundane and irrelevant it may seem to their future career, an educational background will help them go far in life.
So Kel is back!
Back like I never left yo!!!!!