Singer, Lace, who hails from neighbouring Benin Republic, shares his experience in the Nigerian music industry with PREMIUM TIMES.
Lace, who is known for his debut single, Sebiwo, and the monster hit with Olamide, Gba be, says, “Life is turn by turn like my last single said.”
PT: You have been in the industry for sometime with a couple of hits but yet to hit the limelight, what are your challenges?
Lace: Well, I thank God for the fact that you know me and some other people too. Sometimes, it is not how far but how well and this life is turn by turn like my last single said. It is not only in music but life generally. You have to wait for your time and keep working hard. I thank God for my journey so far and it can only get better.
PT: Your debut album, Benin2Nigeria, what inspired the songs on the album and how has it fared in the market?
Lace: The title tries to connect the two countries I represent because I have dual citizenship. The songs are about my life, my hustle. Most of the songs are inspirational and they are real. So far so good, God has been good. I am happy that majority of my fans love the album and they appreciate my hard work
PT: You are hardly in the news just as you’ve also stayed away from scandals and social media noise, is this a strategy?
Lace: (laughs) For me, it is not a strategy. It is just who I am; that’s the real me. I am very quiet and don’t make trouble. Besides, can one run from (journalists)? No. If it were a strategy, I’m sure you are in a better position to know and if I have to be in the news, I will; I can’t help that.
PT: Who exactly is Lace? How did you come about the name?
Lace: My real names are Agbohunsa Taiwo. I’m a quiet and reserved person. I’m an O’level holder. I was admitted to Ilaro Polytechnic but later dropped out to face my music career. Most definitely, I intend to go back to school soon.
PT: Journey into music, how did it all begin?
Lace: Music doesn’t run in my family. It’s just my own calling and it’s what I really have passion for. It started like four years ago. I moved from Ogun State to Lagos to face my hustle because I believed I would be exposed to more opportunities. I released my first single in 2010- Sebiwo and everyone loved it. I followed it up with Gba be ft Olamide and the rest is history as you know. Music is my life.
PT: How well is your music doing in Benin Republic? What’s the acceptance level?
Lace: Wow, I won’t lie to you, they celebrate me back in Benin and I love them too.
PT: Where does your music sell most, Benin or Nigeria; and the shows?
Lace: (laughs) Shows come from even more than the two countries; all francophone countries.
PT: Who are your friends on the Nigerian music scene? You are hardly seen with other artistes.
Lace: Dem yapaa o… Olamide baddo, Skales, Phenom and many others.
PT: With an album in the market already, what are you up to right now?
Lace: I’m shooting videos for songs from my album and also recording more songs; no time. I’m planning on a UK tour because my UK fans dey paraa.
PT: If not music, what other occupation would you have taken to?
LACE: If I wasn’t singing, I would have been a footballer, bad midfielder, but music is more than anything to me. I’m a good baller.
PT: Who is “the boo?”
Lace: Obviously, for now, music is the boo; for now sha. Underline that.
PT: Any awards in the bag already? And which awards do you hope to win within the next two years?
Lace: No award yet; I just keep working. I believe when the time is right an award will come. And every award would be highly welcomed.
PT: Who do you look up to on the music scene?
Lace: I Look up to every successful person in the game; from 2face to D’banj, Wande Coal. I love Wande, Olamide, Iyanya, everyone, mehn.
PT: Five years from now, where do you see the brand, Lace?
Lace: Five years, by God’s grace, I’ll be on top of this game, dominating.