Interview with Mobo Award winner- Victizzle
Hello victor, so glad you are able to do this interview with us today, how are you doing?
I’m great! Thanks so much for having me.
Can you give the readers some background information about yourself and what do you do?
Well I’m a Music Producer and Artist. I’m 19 and I’m in my 2nd year of University going into 3rd, studying Music and Media Management, And most importantly I’m a Christian and I’ve chosen to use music to help people living in struggle and pain but at the same time make people smile, laugh and have fun in life.
So how do you cope with university workload and being an artist?
NOT EASY mate...it’s very tough but i study what is related to what i do as a career so it really helps my music life. I’ve had to sacrifice so much but it’s always been worth it.
What does it mean to you to be a Christian artist?
It means Standing Out for what is right, Leading the way and not following the crowd, being different but unique in the way God made you. Representing Jesus! Having fun also (Laughter)
How is God reflected in your music?
I reflect God in my music through the stories of my life and what I've been through and how God got me through them. I choose not to hide anything from any one so that i can inspire people and show them that we must keep it real at all times. The more we keep it real the less we will be judged wrongly by others and the more people will listen to us when we speak. I use music to help people; God uses us as the solutions to people's problems. So let’s be solutions, not problems.
Of all your own songs, do you have a favourite? Which song is it? Why is it your favourite?
My Favourite is ME MYSELF AND iPOD. I love it because it’s me in my most vulnerable and weakest form, but that’s when God's power works more in me. The track is just so real and anyone can relate to it. The times when you’re on the road walking or on the bus/train alone and your with you iPod just in your own zone.
At what age did you realise music was your thing and when did you decide to go into it big time?
Music has always been my thing but i started making beats when i was 12 and started writing songs when i was 14, I'm now 19, so I've been into it for quite some time now.
You won a mobo award with your group then, g-force, how was the feeling? Why did you decide to go solo?
The whole MOBO thing hadn't hit me till like a year later....
But it eventually made me realise that it doesn't matter your age, you can fulfil dreams if you just believe and put the work in non-stop. I was always a solo artists, i was part of G-force as one of their main producers, but jumped on a few tracks as a Rapper and MC, but I’ve always been solo.
What inspires you to do music?
Anything inspires me, but it’s how you use that inspiration that matters. Do you use it for negativity or positivity? God and the Bible inspire me. The things we go through in life inspires me. My mum inspires me. My partner inspires me. I can find inspiration anywhere!
Do you have role model/influence?
My Mum and my Step Dad are my role models and my friends and some of the amazing people I've met in this life so far have become great role models for me.
You just released your album not too long ago called “In my world”, how has it been going so far?
Not bad so far. The response has been amazing from a lot of people, which is great... many people are saying that the can relate to many of the topics and issues that the album holds, which is fantastic and that was the aim of the album in the first place, for people to connect.
Every artist has a reason for a song title and an album name, why did you called it “in my world”?
My album is called IN MY WORLD because I’m the kind of person who likes to let my life do the talking rather than go around annoying people, preaching in their faces. I'm not the preachy type, that’s not me; God didn't make me that way. I like to live by example, and be of help wherever and whenever I can. This album is for those that aren't Christians mainly, so that they can understand that we too also struggle in life and go through pain and hurt but it s all worth it because we have Jesus.
Do you have any favourite young artist at the moment?
Look out for Franklyn! He features on my album and he's only 15! Amazing lyricist!! Also look out for Presha J a hot MC and an amazing singer called Lola Godheld!
What are your songs about?
God, Life, real issues and topics, Solutions to problems. Just reality really.
Do you write your own songs?
Yeah I write my own songs, but i also let other people write some stuff for me as well. It’s fun and we work together in unity. There are always people out there that are better than you at what you do. Some times it’s good to ask for help.
Who are your musical influences?
Too many to name. One producer I love for his creativity is Timberland,. That guy is a creative genius; he inspires me to have no limits in what you do!
What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
To build on my joint Company with my music partner TUNDAY. The company is called WRITE WAY MUSIC LTD. I aim to create a big music studio as well, but there are so many things I aim to accomplish but I’d rather keep it on the low until it happens.
Thanks for your time.