For Zeeko, the sky is big enough for everyone to shine and he will definitely get his time under the spotlight. In this interview, the Delta State University graduate talks about the journey so far. Excerpt..
May we meet you
I am Ojiko Isaac Ebimobowei, A musician from Warri North LGA of Delta State, Nigeria. Given birth to by Pastor Okito Bright and Pastor Mrs Justina Bright.
What is your stage name?
How did you get your stage name Zeeko?
My name is Izik and the name Zeeko came from my birth name
Tell us about your educational background
Well, after my secondary education at Tsekelewu Secondary School in Warri north local government area of Delta State, I got admission into Delta State university Abraka where I studied Fine and Applied Art and graduated in 2015 with a strong 2.1.
You say you are a musician, what inspired your passion for music and who has been there supporting you from the beginning?
Growing up in a musical environment, I found myself playing different musical instruments and making good sounds as a music producer, so I see it as a hobby like playing, relaxing and at the same time working. That inspired me. Though it has been all by myself and few family relations until I was signed to DES Entertainment owned by my boss Mr Desmond Eyetan.
From your own perspective, is music hard?
For me, no. Like I said before, it’s my hobby.
So tell us about your music
I do rap. I am an indigenous rapper. I sing also. I have dropped songs where I did not rap. Some of them which I produced myself.
How many people have you worked with- artists and producers?
I have not featured on any song with anyone until this year when I and my label saw it as the right time.
Currently I’m working on the remix to one of my songs with an A list Nigerian artist. Not revealing who so you all should wait for it (laughs). I have worked with different producers- top and underground ones. My first song under DES Entertainment was produced by Popito. After that, my next single, Telemi, was produced by in-house producer and friend MAHDHouse. I was featured on a track called Celebrate by Smizzy which I produced.
We heard you have a lot of fans, is that right?
Yea, they are growing by the day and I thank God for the progress!
How much do you think you have achieved in music?
A lot though not enough. The support, money, the little fame I have now (laughs), and the gigs and events I have performed at have been super nice. Though I believe there is so much to be achieved.
Talking of gigs, can you tell us about shows you have performed at and how it has been like. Your high moments and also the low ones.
Its been great. Very great. The turn up especially during my performance at the Miss Social Delta State, organized by my record label was just overwhelming. Another was the “Delta Alive” concert in Ozoro Polytechnic. Performing on same stage with the likes of Davido and Lil Kesh was a high moment. Moving away to Lagos and performing at the MTN end of year party was another crazy performance i can’t forget.
I have performed at different events at different states and clubs of which I can not mention all. I can not even remember any low moment.
With your rate of progress, where do you see yourself five years from now?
I see myself as at the place God has destined me to be. A successful musician and a name to be reckoned with.
Who have you always dreamt of working with and why? How do you think you can accomplish this?
I’ve dreamt of working with 2baba(2face) for his highly lyrical contents and evergreen music; Olamide: because he recognises where he came from (the street) and he has been keeping it real; Harrysong for his consistency and one of the zealous acts towards music and entertainment from south-south.
I can accomplish this through my hardwork, consistency and the grace of God.
Making music a career in this country, what steps do you plan on taking to reach your goal?
I intend to release a lot of hit singles followed by albums, doing some radio and TV performances and gigs. I think with that every other thing will follow.
So tell us, what have you been up to and what should we be expecting from you this year?
A lot . Like I said, I am working on the remix to one of my songs with someone everyone currently wants to listen to. More hits, videos and features will also follow. Last year, I did a radio and campus tour for my song Make Am. I also did the video to SHOOOUUU, My cover of Young M.A’s OOOUUU and now, the video to my recent release, Where Dem Dey is also in work. So expect works, releases and a better and improved Zeeko. Nothing but bigger projects are under works and I am ready to scatter Africa with my music.
Brilliant plan. While we are expecting these from you, tell us, from your experience in the entertainment industry what advice could you offer up and coming music acts looking to get where you are today?
Just stay true to what works for you and know what kind of artist you want to be. Know what your message is, and know it needs a lot of hard work and prayer.
Apart from music what else can you do?
Apart being a music producer and a songwriter, I’m a graphic artist and a painter. That’s what i studied in the university.
What do you have to say to your fans?
Well I want to say a big thank you very much for your support so far and for believing in me and my music and to the DJs, to the media personalities both radio, TV and social media influencers sharing and playing my songs and everybody supporting the boy in one way or the other, Thank you for buying and downloading and sharing my songs, the likes and comments on my posts. Thank you so much.