Contemporary folk singer Johnny Drille, since the release of his breakout single “Wait For Me” in 2015, has been one of the most sought-after upcoming musicians in Nigeria. He got signed to Mavin Records in 2017.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Johnny is a Native of Edo State, Nigeria and was born and raised in his home state. He was born into a family of seven which included his clergy father and mother. He Obtained a Bsc In English and Literature from the University of Benin in 2012.
Drille began his music career in a tender age from his father’s Church, Before he upgraded to music production in 2006 when he first started with the use of cassette recorders. Ighodaro participated on the 6th Edition of the prestigious MTN Project Fame Academy in 2013 where he was evicted at tenth position.
Opting out of the project firm did not kill his musical career, Johnny had went on to put out his works but they got little or unnoticed until January 2015 when he decided to do a cover for Di’ja’s ‘Awww’. Which got him attentions and gained him a fan base. He followed it up with a personal composition, a country/folksy song ‘Love Don’t Lie’ in June of the same year.
CAREER AND LIFE
August 12th 2015 saw the release of the widely accepted ‘Wait For Me’ and is still spreading fast. Some of Johnny Drille’s latest music include a folksy love song titled ‘My Beautiful Love’ which is in celebration of true love and a collaborate with Nigerian Afro-house powerhouse, Niniola titled ‘Start All Over’. Both of them where house mate at the same season of Project Fame in 2013.
On 28 February 2017, Mavin Rcord announced that Johnny Drille has been officially signed to the family. ‘Once upon a time, Johnny Drille was a contestant in the Project Fame Academy (Season 6), three years later; he came back to the very place he began his journey to stardom to share the experiences he has garnered over the years.
Johnny Drille who has now carved a niche for himself in folk music encouraged the contestants to make the best use of the opportunities that come with being on the Project Fame platform.
He did not fail to mention how competitive the music industry is, but he also stressed the importance of being original without giving in to the competitive pressure. By popular demand from the contestants, Johnny Drille performed his song titled ‘My beautiful love’. Godwyn Guitar, who came with him was on standby to make the song more pleasurable to the ears as he strummed along. Some of his Johnny Driller Music below and you can follow his fresh release on.
IN AN INTERVIEW STAR.NAIJ HE TALKS ABOUT HIMSELF AND HIS MUSIC:
During the conversation, he talked about how he got interested in music in the first place.
“Generally, I’ve always wanted to make music. Growing up in the church was one of the factors. Yes I was born into a Christian family, grew up around musical equipment so that was my first real contact with music.
“I started to take music seriously in 2013 after I auditioned for a talent hunt competition, but generally, I’ve always wanted to do music.”
Johnny Drille, a folk/ RnB artiste, further spoke on the idea behind his genre.
“I wanted to stand out, I wanted people to notice me and my music quicker and doing a genre that is not so common that I thought was special would just make things easy for me.
“So it was actually an experiment that worked.”
The talented singer is known mostly for his breakout singles Wait For Me and Talking About It.
On this, he said:
“I like to think Wait for Me is my biggest song but a lot of people might say otherwise. Wait for Me was my second attempt at folk music, the first was Love don’t lie. I wanted to write a story I thought that people could relate with.”
On the challenges he has faced in the industry thus far, he said:
“It’s just the whole burden of having to push my music by myself and just a few friends. All is boiled down to finances.
“There’s a limit to what I can do with my own personal resources. I think the industry has been kind to me and I couldn’t ask for more.”
Many might consider his sound unfitting compared to the regular Afro pop music that’s big in mainstream Nigeria.
He said in response to this:
“Nigerian mainstream is not really my sound but it wouldn’t hurt to experiment here and there.
“I’ve been doing folk music for the past couple of months and it’s been working for me. Why would I want to change all that? So I guess for now I’ll just stick to what’s working for me and what I feel like I should be doing.”
2017 is shaping up nicely for Drille who was once described as the future of the Nigerian music industry by respected musician Cobhams Asuquo. “The good thing about being part of the family is we are all diverse. We are all different people of different gifts and different genres of music. “Yes, most of us on the label are pop artistes but then, we all have special things that we offer,” said the new Mavin signee. Don Jazzy and Drille got into talks shortly after the 26-year-old guitarist released a cover for ‘aww’ by Di’ja in 2017 and their relationship led to an official agreement in February 2017. The SMD boss made the announcement via social media and it was well received by Drille’s fans and the music community.