OCCUPATION: Singer, songwriter, record producer, sound engineer
MARITAL STATUS: Not Married
INTRODUCTION Del B, is a Nigerian sound engineer, record producer and songwriter. He is best known for producing Kcee’s hit single “Limpopo”, which went on to be voted Song of The Year at the 2013 edition of The Headies. He since then produced several hit songs like; Mad Over You, Pull Over, and many more
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND Del B was born in Kano State, Northern Nigeria, to parents who are natives of Kwale. HE TALKS ABOUT HIS BACKGROUND IN AN INTERVIEW: Tell us how your journey into music started? The journey into music for me has been like forever. I was born into a music family because my dad used to sing; he was a choirmaster. My sisters are very good singers too. When I was growing up, I used to see them as the best singers in the world because I heard them sing every morning and night. It was always beautiful and I think that was how I got my connection with music. So, since then, I came in contact with music and this is where we are today. I actually started with playing musical instruments like the bass guitar and others. Is there any connection between being a music producer and also playing musical instruments? Yes, there is. It helps you a lot if you are grinded musically. If you dont have the basic knowledge of music, you cant succeed as a music producer. If you dont understand it, it will be a little bit difficult for you to succeed in the game; it just makes it easier for you. You grew up in Kano State, did you witness any of the religious riots in Kano those days?
Yes. I remember in 1991, my whole family almost got burnt in the house by islamic extrmists in that part of the country. Reinhard Bonke was to be in Kano then for a crusade and I think that was what caused the problem. It was a crazy experience. That was the worst experience I have passed through in life. Everything after that crsis was never the same for my family, especially about my life. Thats why I try to caution those who say Nigeria should break up and go to war. People dont understand what it means when you are in war, things never remain the same. Thank God none of my family members was killed but we lost everything we had to that crisis and it was a very sad tale.
CAREER AND LIFE
Prior to achieving recognition, he worked as a studio engineer at MidiCorp Studios. While there, he produced D’banj’s “Why Me” single. He recorded the chart-topping single by Kcee entitled “Limpopo”—the song that got him nominated at the 2013 Headies. He produced two songs: “Kind Love” and “On Top Your Matter” off Wizkid’s critically acclaimed studio album, Ayo. “On Top Your Matter” was met with positive reviews among music critics. It debuted at number nine on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 music video chart. It subsequently went on to top the charts for several weeks, earning Del B more recognition.
Del B has been credited as producer on studio albums including Seyi or Shay by Seyi Shay; Testify by Harrysong; Ghetto University by Runtown; Take Over by Kcee; The Baddest by Davido; Blessed and Thankful by Flavour N’abania; and Ayo by Wizkid. Del B showed his versatility as a singer and producer after he released a single titled “Too Proud” in 2012 and went on to be featured on a song titled “So Nice”, by DJ Neptune, in 2015.
Micheal Abimboye of Premium Times describes Del B’s style of production as a kind of production that “allows the artiste to actually use their pipes and show-off their vocal abilities” HE TALKS ABOUT THE PRODUCTION BUSINESS Often times, music producer believe that they deserve more than they get from musicians, especially when they discovered that the song they produced for a particular artiste has fetched him some substantial amount of money and even won him endorsements. How do you feel about this?
The thing is that you cant go back to any artiste and ask for more money because you discovered that he has made some big proceeds from the song you produced for him. But in the event that there was no written agreement between the two of you, you can go back to the producer and ask for more money. But then, your beat is like your intellectual property and you can hold on to it any time. You have the right over your beat. Nobody can buy it from you. The money you paid for the track is just for the beat, it is not like you are buying the beat from the producer. Nobody buys the beat all over the world. I can give you an exclusive right for the beat or not. So, I f I dont give you, the beat automatically belongs to me. Do you support the idea that producers should make musicians pay heavy for the beats they make for them?
If you have to pay a producer a million naira to produce a beat for you, what stops you from paying? Thats the fee. As long as you know you will get the value for your money, you have to pay for it. The amount of work you put in as a producer is much than what you hear when the music is done. I will even say what we charge in Nigeria is less compared to what producers charge in the US. I have friends in the US that charge up to 20,000 dollars for a track. Come to think of it, If an artiste is going to perform the same track and charge five million naira for a performance , what stops a producer from charging that artiste one million naira. This is your beat that we are talking about and most of the time, it is even your song. Sometimes, a producer composes the song and gives it to the musician to sing.