Leadership (Abuja)

9 June 2013

Nigeria: My Relationship With Psquare Is Still Cordial - May D

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P Square and May D in happier times

His musical influences include Michael Jackson, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Craig David to mention a few. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (Unilag), May D released his first singles "Cool Temper" and "Sound track' in 2011 to an appreciative level of positive reviews from the industry insiders. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM writes on his reason for leaving PSquare.

He featured on PSquare's Invasion Album, collaborating on 'Chop My Money' which also featured Akon on the remix and on 'Do as I Do' which also had Tiwa Savage on it.

In early 2012, he released his second singles 'Ile Ijo', 'Gat Me High', and 'You Want 2 Know Me', which featured PSquare.

At the early stage, May D was defining his own space in the Nigerian Music scene, trying to find his feet and carve a niche for himself. With the release of his video,'Ile Ijo', the May D factor grew further.

In October 2012, he started his own label, Confam Entertainment and subsequently released 'Use Me' and the video for 'Gat Me High' to rave reviews.

In February 2013, he released 'So Many Tinz', which is the official last single before the release of his album.

A great singer and dancer, May D has performed to a great number of audiences from all over Nigeria, parts of Africa and Europe.

He is definitely the next thing to watch out for in the industry, as according to him, he has not started yet. "The big one is yet to come".

The Beginning:

In life, consistency defines everybody's dreams. When I started, it was like a child's play. I didn't know it was coming to this point, but I knew what I wanted in life. I knew I could do something reasonable with my life rather than my course of study .In this country of ours most people go to school with the sole aim of working with government organisations forgetting that every individual has something unique that diferentiate him from others which gives him product to the market.

I had a different vision all together. I knew I had something in me that was beyond taking my certificate from one office to another, and like a button pusher, I kept pressing my button to unlock that door. I was simply consistent, determined, and confident. I simply had that zeal and belief that it will work. Despite all the challenges, I knew I was going to get there.

It's natural as one continues to pursue his or her career to begin to ask questions whether what one dreams of will materialise or not, but even at that, you must swiftly wave aside any of those negative thoughts. Those are really the actual huddles, and not what confronts one on the path to success. I love my dream towards greatness, and I will continue to be passionate about it.

I started as a dancer, with the same name; May D. May D is actually from the name, MayokunDumila - May D. There is this usual hurdle associated with any new venture one embarks on. We all went through the same hustle, and we still "dey try".

As a dancer in my secondary school, Kings' College, Lagos. When I got into the University, Unilag, I started music professionally and even though it was tough because I was in a group facing different challenges, I persevered. There were ups and downs , but after several years things took a better shape and here I am today, by God's grace.

Inspiration:

I take everything around me as a source of inspiration in making music. Life is art, and if you know life, you can make several lyrics out of it. Everything seen, touched, and, or tasted should inspire one. I'm always inspired by what I see.

Music:

I will categorise my type of music as Pop/R&b. At the moment, I have a number of singles. I had my first singles, "Cool Temper" and "Sound track' in 2011 to an appreciative level of positive reviews from the industry insiders.

Later that year, I featured on PSquare's Invasion Album, collaborating on 'Chop My Money' which also featured Akon in the remix and on 'Do as I Do' which also had Tiwa Savage on it.

In early 2012, I released my second singles 'Ile Ijo', 'Gat Me High', and 'You Want 2 Know Me', which featured PSqare.

In October 2012, I started my own label, Confam Entertainment and subsequently released 'Use Me' and the video for 'Gat Me High' to rave reviews.

In February 2013, I released 'So Many Tinz', which is the official last single before the release of my album.

The Walk, The Dance:

Those majestic and flexible walk in most of my videos, especially the twisting of fingers and the leg dance were all learnt in the past, while I was doing dance. Like I said, I started out as a dancer back in my secondary school days, and with all humility, I'll say I was pretty good at it. So, in a way, that's just me bringing to the fore what I have always been good at doing.

PSquare Records:

My relationship with Peter and Paul is still very cordial. We owe nothing against each other. It was only time for me to just be on my own. I saw that it was time to begin to direct my own ship; besides that, nothing personal.

The Industry

The industry is very big at the moment, and highly competitive. One has to be creative in other to measure up to standard. I have just started, and we have to just take it to another level.

Abuja Album Launch

The Abuja Album Launch is my maiden album concert. The people of Abuja as expected, showed the usual love they have always shown towards me. It's my second home -you know.

Advice

My advice is directed to all aspiring musicians. They should understand that life is practically an Ecosystem. To survive, you must keep struggling. Keep doing your thing until it's your time.

You can do it. It's your dream and no one else's. Keep the positive dreams glowing and work towards it. Don't sit down there, thinking that your dream will come to you; you can only go to your dream. If May D, Iyanya, 2Face and others can make it, then you have no doubt.

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