INTRODUCTION DNA is a Nigerians duo of twins into music, they started getting attention in 2013 when they got into Glo X-factor show and they came into spotlight between 2016/2017 after Don Jazzy signed them onto his label Mavin Records.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
The boys, christened Blair and Clinton, were born on June 16 1996, to a polygamous family which had 11 other children. They attended Madonna Model Secondary School, Owerri, Imo State.
The public became aware of them after they decided to participate in the Abuja auditions of the 2013 Glo X-factor competition, just as they finished writing their secondary school final exams.
They were the second group to be evicted from the competition, following the exit of another group, The SmoothBoiz.
After their eviction, a little welcome party was thrown for them. Popular music acts, Bez and Burna Boy, who attended the reception, commended the twins for their impressive showings at the X Factor competition, and advised them to work relentlessly towards realizing their dreams.
The boys themselves declared at the time “This is not the end for us as we are going to use this platform to build on our musical dream. People should look out for us in the near future… we want to tell Nigerians, Africans wherever you are, watch out for DNA. Don’t be surprised to see us doing a song with P-Square.”
READ A 2013 INTERVIEW OF THEM AFTER THE X-FACTOR:
1. LET’S MEET U GUYS; WHAT ARE YOUR NAMES? I’m clinton and I’m blair. DNA actually stands for the blood DNA that binds both of us together Musically and biologically!..we both have the same DNA for what we do. 2. WHERE ARE YOU GUYS FROM? We are from Imo State Nigeria. 3. DID YOU GUYS EVER SEE THIS MUSIC BUSINESS COMING OR IS IT JUST THE LOVE FOR MUSIC? Actually we did see the music business coming up for us sooner or later because we started singing at a very tender age. As a group comprising of us and some of our friends in secondary school and then we moved on to the church choir which gave us a little grooming at that stage…..coupled with the fact that we always saw some of our best artists like P-square, Chris Brown, late M.J, Usher and many more doing their thing…all these gave us a brighter picture about getting into the industry. We do it all for the love of the music! 4. WHAT WAS IT LIKE ON THE GLO X FACTOR FOR U GUYS? First of all we would love to say a big thank you to Globacom limited for giving us the opportunity to be part of Glo X Factor…being on X-factor was a life changer for us!..it brought out what we thought we never had in us!..it trained us for the real world we are about to face!..with a lot of voice coaching dance coaching, stage movement coaching and even psychological mentoring; it was a fun experience that we both would never forget. We are grateful to God.
CAREER AND LIFE
After their time on X-factor, they released their first single, titled ‘Mash Up Freestyle’, a combination of some top Nigerian songs, including ‘Soundtrack’ by May-D, and ‘Your Waist’ by Iyanya.
In 2016 they got into The Voice competetion which had them more attention and fans before they were evicted,
In April 2016, news about the boys came out, but it was not the type of news everyone hoped for.
The boys, then 20, were kidnapped by armed men on their way to Lagos from Abuja.
The kidnappers first asked for a ransom of N6million, but later increased it to N10million. Efforts were now being made to raise the money and get the boys back to the safety of their home where their family members were worried sick.
They were later released, although no mention of a ransom was made.
10. WHO ARE YOUR TOP 5 NAIJA ARTIST? Ummm, we’ll say…Banky W, PSquare, Dare Art Alade, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage. 11. YOU WERE WITH P-SQUARE, BURNA BOY AND SOME OTHER GREAT ACTS ON STAGE AT THE GLO SHOW IN ABUJA, HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE FOR YOU? It was a very wonderful and amazing experience getting to network and socialize with Big names in the music scene… especially when we met P-square, it was like we dreamt that we were in year 2082 or something…Lol…we are not going to forget that any time soon.