Stanley Nnaemeka, popularly known by his stage name ‘Nedro G’, is a 25-year-old Enugu born Nigerian who moved to Lagos to chase his dreams. And so far, he’s been doing well for himself.
Having a chat with Nedro before the interview, I got a little feel of how funny and passionate the young star was. In this interview, Nedro tells us about his love for music, what inspired his love for music, how he got signed into his record label and how he feels about his fellow eastern brothers in the industry. He says…
People feel like “if I help this guy, he’ll be bigger than me”. Help!!! If he grows bigger than you, be happy. Most of these eastern artistes do not think that way, they just want to keep the boss title and it is annoying
Stanley Nnaemeka is your name, right? How did you come about the name Nedro?
My stage name is actually Nedro G and it means “Never Drop God”. I am a church boy oh, it’s a name that gives me joy because it reminds me of where I am from. It reminds me of how it all started, where I came from and where I am headed.
In your song “Once Upon A Time” with Partoranking, you tried to talk about your hustle before fame. Can you tell us a little more about that?
“Once upon a time” is a song that means a lot to me because it is a personal song, it talks about reality. I am a musician and the only way I can talk about my life is through music, so I took my time to tell people how my life was and how it is now. I talked about how it all started, I moved from Enugu to Lagos state and found myself in Ebute-Metta. That was the first place I stayed when I got to Lagos. I talked about how I started, how there was no fund. In a part of the song I said “I no fit talk when the men don dey gather”, so there was a lot going on then. Then I talked about the main reason behind every hustle which is money, if I didn’t want to make money I wouldn’t have left my state. So “Once Upon a Time” is a real song that everyone can relate to.
Before you started music professionally in 2012, how was music like for you?
Before then, I didn’t really see music as a business or as something that pays, I only saw it as fun. I thought it was all about going into the studio, recording your song, performing and everyone cheers you up. Until I moved to Lagos and saw how things were done then I decided to give it a professional shot. But before then it was just all fun because I’m a music lover, I’ve always loved music.
Before music, what was life like?
Before music, I just wanted to go to school, finish and start working. The initial dream was to go to the university after secondary school, study theatre art and come out an actor. It is still a dream in progress though. I am still on it.
How would you categorically describe your kind of music?
I think I’d say I am that artiste that does good music. I wouldn’t say I do a particular genre of music, as far as the sound is good, I am all about it. That is why you see me do different sounds as far as it sounds good. I’m all about how pleasing the song will be when it comes out. So, it is safe to say I am a commercial artiste.
Why did you choose music? Did something or someone influence your love for the art?
Yes, my brother and my dad influenced my love for music. Growing up, my dad used to play the radio 24hrs long and there was this particular radio station in Enugu then, they played music all day. That was how my love for music grew. If you told me some years ago that I’d do music, I wouldn’t have believed. Music discovered me, I didn’t discover music, I just found myself doing it and it got to a point where I knew there was no going back and that music was the hustle.
How did you get signed into Timbaze Music?
You know the journey to success is not an easy one and if you’re told otherwise, it’s a scam. When you accept that it isn’t an easy journey, it makes things easier for you. I was lucky, I had a brother that stayed close to Knight House records and he had a friend who used to work there. My brother already had an agreement with his friend before I got to Lagos, he told his friend that I was into music and would like him to meet me. I got to Lagos, met the friend and started going to the studio. I became a studio rat. The studio wasn’t far from the house but I’ll be there all the time and not go home. I guess my effort and work got the attention of the CEO, he wanted to meet with me when he got back from Canada saying he’s heard some of my songs. When he got back, we met and that was it. It wasn’t ever easy though and still isn’t.
Who are your top five Nigerian artists?
#laughs. You should ask for my top 50 Nigerian artistes because this is going to be a hard one. Anyways, I’d say 2Face, Wande Coal, Sound Sultan, Waje and Brymo.
What about your top five producers?
Five producers, I like to work with… Killertunes, Krizbeatz, Pheelz, Dj Coublon I must say and MasterCraft.
Timbaze music is a Canadian company, how is breaking into the Nigerian music industry with a Canadian record, what are your difficulties?
Timbaze is a Canadian company with its head office in Canada but an established management here in Nigeria. There are no difficulties coming from Canada because our management here is functional but as I said earlier, everything is difficult as long as you are on your way to success. So there are a lot of challenges but I personally do not see them as challenges, I see them as those things you need to face to get to the top.
How much support will you say eastern artistes give one another in the industry?
It is quite annoying because it is obvious the westerners support each other but a lot of artistes from the east do not show support to the upcoming artistes. Most of these upcoming artistes don’t even need your money, all they want is a platform. Take Davido for instance, he has a platform for upcoming acts, Wizkid does, Olamide does but most of these big boys from the east do not care and that is totally wrong. It is something we need to look into. I am not saying this because I’m looking for favours, I’m a signed artiste already. I am saying this because it is something that needs to be looked into. These upcoming artists do not need your money or anything much from you and it wouldn’t take anything from you to show support. People feel like “if I help this guy, he’ll be bigger than me”. Help!!! If he grows bigger than you, be happy. Most of these eastern artistes do not think that way, they just want to keep the boss title and it is annoying.
Performing on BBN, did that influence your career in any way?
Yes, it has. Firstly, I wasn’t expecting it. It was like a, get ready you’re going to South Africa, BBN grand finale. So, there were a lot of challenges but we came through and since then, the way people look at the brand has changed. People are now more aware of the brand NEDRO G.
Any new projects coming up?
There is something new always coming from Nedro G. My new song “Alright” is a reggae song I’m sure you like, if you haven’t heard it yet, go check it out. It is a song talking about life. My songs are inspired by reality, the things I see every day.