“My music career was nonexistent. I sang bad songs” – Jim Iyke
Nollywood actor Jim Iyke has said in a new interview that he only ventured into the music industry to have an idea of how things work in the sector.
The star actor told Punch’s Saturday Beats in a recent interview that he knew he had no talent in music and that he was a terrible singer.
For those who did not know, the Nollywood actor released some songs in 2009. And if you had heard any of them, you would be happy he didn’t continue as a musician.
He added that he had ventured into the music industry to have an idea of how things work in the sector seeing as he has dominated the movie scenes.
“My music career is non-existent. My mentor in business once told me that the biggest investment you can ever have is yourself; don’t ever go into a venture that you don’t understand. I was interested in music and like everything else that I have foresight for, I saw where the career was going.
“I knew I did not know how to sing but I wanted to invest in the business, so I decided to try my luck. I did it so that no one would ever tell me that I did not try or I do not know anything about music. It is just like fashion, I know everything about that sector; there is nothing I do not know about real estate as well.
Ike also revealed that he got some experience and a lot of knowledge on construction from his father.
Since I was about 12 years old, I have known about real estate because my father is a construction engineer. To get money to buy a bicycle, I have carried blocks and supervised construction of a building.
I wanted to invest in music but I needed a guinea pig. I could not use an artiste I hired because there would be a producer that would know that I did not know about the business; so I got involved personally. I sang a few bad songs, got a cheque for it and understood how the business works.
I just used it to bid for some time. Of course, I knew the songs were bad; I am my greatest critic. I had to put some ‘swag’ into the songs that featured Tuface to sing one or two lines. To be honest, how many true talents are in the industry at the moment? Most of the less talented ones are getting far ahead of the talented ones. It is not about having talent but understanding the business and project what works for you.
It is all about the way you ‘package’ it and sell it to the world; that is all. I can name a few terrible artistes but they are getting way ahead of the gifted ones. It is because they understand show business; I understand show business.
James Ikechukwu Esomugha, is popularly known as Jim Iyke.
Born on September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon, he is a native of Enugu Agidi town in Anambra State.
Jim Iyke obtained a diploma in Banking and Finance and then a B.Sc. in Philosophy from University of Jos, Plateau State.
The actor, who has featured in over 200 movies, kicked off his acting career in 2001.
In 2007, he started a movie production company, Untamed Productions. He also began his own music label, Untamed Records, under which he produced his first album, titled “Who Am I” which features some of Nigeria’s musicians like TuFace Idibia and Sound Sultan.
Iyke who recently unveiled his new reality TV series “The Adventurer”, described it as a fresh perspective to TV, which people should angle for.
“The Adventure” is about human endurance of different kind, which takes its contestants on a journey for rejuvenation of perspectives.
“Basically, we take people from different diverse backgrounds and just pose their ideas and perspectives together,” Jim Iyke said during an interview with Pulse Nigeria
On September 1, 2015, the actor welcomed a baby boy with his Lithuanian girlfriend, Dana Kinduryte.
An actor and business man, Jim Iyke is also a philanthropist. He is the founder of Jim lyke Foundation for Children with Special Disabilities.
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