“Fly Boy Is Interested In My Artistry Aspect” Philkeyz tells Vibe.ng

Philip Ahaiwe Chukwuka popularly known as Philkeyz hails from Abia state Nigeria. He started his career in music and production eight years ago, and so far he has been doing well for himself.

Chatting with Vibe.ng Philkeyz talks about his relationship with Kizz Daniel, how he got signed to Fly Boy Inc., how he manages being a singer and producer, the artists he holds in high regard and many more. When asked if he had a gun to his head with the chance of choosing one of his talents he says….

“Just kill me now because how will you ask me to pick one, I don’t understand. There is a problem in Nigeria. As a producer turned artist, some artistes automatically won’t want to work with you again, and you have to be prepared for that. Some artists don’t feel you should be singing for some reasons. I have heard a couple of artists say that. Except the professional ones that know the opportunity of a multi-talented person in producing, singing and writing would get it. But gradually I think the mindset of does who didn’t approve are getting changed”.

Can we meet you?

My name is Philip Ahaiwe Chukwuka. I am an Igbo boy from Abia state, popularly known as Philkeyz. I started production professionally 8 years ago as a musician in church. I started learning production in my office where I work and since then it has been great.

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So you are a member of Fly Boy Inc., how did you meet kizz Daniel?

Ok, a few years back Kizz Daniel called me and said he listened to some of my work and he wanted to work with me. So, we linked and vibe for two days straight and we came out with lots of songs which didn’t make the first album because the album was almost done. After that, we became friends and got very close and he told me things which weren’t necessary though but because of our friendship, he told me about his dreams for Fly Boy.

Kizz later got to know I could sing, write, produce and he wanted me on board because I am a multi-talented person and Fly Boy is interested in my artistry aspect, they want to build that part of me. So, am not per say signed to Fly Boy Inc. we are family. There is really no difference about this signing thing as long as the vibe is the same.

What other stuff have you done before Fly Boy Inc?

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I have worked with lots of artists. Although the tracks were not hits per say they were just popular songs. I started with working for Faze and I produced half of the songs on his album. Then, I went ahead producing for Omawumi on her song ‘Somori’ which was the song that actually brought me out in a way. I also worked with Skuki (Peteru), Yemi Alade (Go down, Okpeke, Koffi Annan) and Maydee. The songs were popular songs which were hits in other African countries too. So, basically, I have worked with a lot of artists.

What chemistry do you have with Kizz Daniel and what makes him different to work with?

First of all, he is a very talented artiste. Secondly, he is my friend and we are very close so that chemistry is already there. Now it’s about building ourselves. I share my dreams with him and he does same with me also and that’s basically it.

“I don’t need to work with a thousand artiste if I have few I am okay with that because this music thing is a spirit and the connection has to be there for you to make great music and once you find that synergy it is finished”.

Does being signed to Fly Boy Inc. limit you/ is it flexible?

Of course, it is very flexible. My dealing with Fly Boy is based on my materials, whatever I do with other artiste doesn’t have anything to do with Fly Boy.

How do you plan to balance being an artist and producer?

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This is musicianship. I am allowed to produce for any artist I want to. If I have a synergy with you, I work with you. My business as an artist is just an expression of music- and me being able to balance it has to do with the kind of team is working with. So I have to have more time and responsibilities trying to do both. I have been doing recordings way back and as a producer, it doesn’t take me time to produce a record. I hear a sound and it’s a vibe! Singing is a new part am trying to bring out so with the right set of people around it wouldn’t be a problem blending the two.

Which of your talents do you prefer, producing or singing?

Like I said its musicianship yeah, I love music that’s why am doing it. There are a thousand and one things I could be doing if not music. I am also a British citizen so I could decide that I don’t want to be in Nigeria.

“But this music thing is what I feel like I want to pursue, It is a forever thing because it gives me joy. I don’t think I pick one I just flow with it”.

There is a gun to your head to produce or sing which one would you pick?

“Just kill me now because how will you ask me to pick one, I don’t understand. There is a problem in Nigeria. As a producer turned artist, some artistes automatically won’t want to work with you again, and you have to be prepared for that. Some artists don’t feel you should be singing for some reasons. I have heard a couple of artists say that. Except the professional ones that know the opportunity of a multi-talented person in producing, singing and writing would get it. But gradually I think the mindset of does who didn’t approve are getting changed”.

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Do you think its ok for a producer/singer to produce his beat every time?

Most of all my songs are produced by me but of recent, I have been in working with other producers. “Because it is music, I can produce anything another producer can make”. But the thing is, there is this vibe when you get into the studio and you hear a sound from another producer. It gives you another direction to see music from and that’s why generally, artists prefer to work with different producers because working with one producer, the artist tends to sound the same way except the producer is extremely versatile. So I would be working with other producers and also producing for other people.

Aren’t you bothered that there is no concrete contract between you and Fly Boy Inc.?

“No, I am not bothered. I won’t say it favours me but we are pretty much helping each other and growing each other’s brand one way or the other. As much as Kizz Daniel is a big brand, Fly Boy Inc. is a growing brand. So, me being part of Fly Boy is building it in a way and also Fly Boy is also building my career in a way too. I don’t feel it’s anything that will have issues. It’s because of the love we keep going. It’s not like there is any monetary value attached to it”.

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What is style to you?

My style generally is that I just want to express myself. My style of music is afro-fusion and all kind of music but at the moment I am just flowing with a mixture of afro-beats and soul music. I add dance music to soul, so I let that reflect in my style.

Which other producers do you hold in high regard both locally and internationally?

Internationally, I respect Jon Bellion a lot because of his versatility and the way he is able to flow no matter what, I respect Ryan Leslie, I respect Timbaland and also DJ Mustard.

In Nigeria, I respect Masterkraft not because he is my friend, he is just a good musician. I respect a whole lot of producers but I don’t want to mention their names but I know their vibe is nice. I appreciate every good music that comes out.

What makes you stand out?

I have a particular sound. As I said, I tend to mix oldies with the new school. I bring back some things from the past and blend it into afro-beats. Afro-beats is worldwide anyways, American artists are trying to tap from it. Music is more like the second thing holding the economy down. Afro-beats is drawing lots of artists to Nigeria, so I capitalize on that and I am able to fuse American sounds with the local sounds.

Have you dropped any of your personal songs?

Yes, I dropped a song on my birthday ‘Mr. Melody’ I am trying to grow that name and the video of the song is coming up soon. I also a have a mini-concert coming up by next month, happening at Hard Rock Café titled ‘Melody Concert’. So after the concert, I would be dropping the video for the song. Plus I also have lots of local and international collaborations coming up.

 

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