Born David Makan, Sizzle is one of the forces behind some of the best slow music in Nigeria.
For almost a decade now, Sizzle has been writing and producing for well known and talented singers like Waje, Omawumi, Ese Peters, and Aramide,
Sizzle’s first memory of falling in love with music goes as far back as when he was just 6 years old. Growing up, Sizzle’s dad was a musician whose involvement in music played a huge role in endearing Sizzle to music. Sizzle recalls how his house was a centre of music with cassettes constantly playing and his dad’s band rehearsing from time to time. He grew in an environment of music right from – and as well as outside – his home in Jos. He attended Baptist High School, Jos, the same institution that has produced M.I Abaga, Jesse Jagz, E-Kelly and Charlie X.
He first came to public attention when he started a series of musical releases in 2011 titled Sizzle Saturdays where he released a new single every Saturday. Sizzle along with other Jos artists re-made popular hits like Duncan Mighty’s Obianuju, Kanye’s All Of The Lights, and so on. Some other releases were original pieces, some were remakes of other songs while others were part of projects Sizzle worked on for other artists. The songs mostly went viral at a time when the Internet was not easily accessible outside cybercafés. This year, Sizzle has brought back Sizzle Saturdays, five years after the first Sizzle Saturday was released.
At the moment, Sizzle is also putting the final touches to Aramide’s debut album, as well as still working on Waje’s sophomore album. He also explains there are a few finishing touches he needs to add to Omawumi’s album, though the album is as good as ready.
With his work, Sizzle aims to sound different – and not just in the cliché sense that a lot of artists claim to be – but truly in a unique and artistic way. He says if he works with an artist and listeners cannot spot a difference, then he has not done anything. And true to his word, he does give every artist he works with a uniqueness to their existing sound without changing it too much. Speaking of projects he will love to work on, he says he will love to work with sonorous singer, Simi and claims to have written a few songs with her in mind. Another idea is a golden-age type of Hip Hop with 9ice and a trap-kind sound with Reminisce.
Sizzle is a competent, exceptional producer and not a mere beatmaker as is usual in the Nigerian music industry. Producers of this level help mold an artist’s sound and are involved in almost all the steps of the creative process of music making.
With more producers like this, artists will continue to push the boundaries of their creativity which will be a win for Nigerian music.