BIRTH NAME: Olatunji Oladotun Alade
DATE OF BIRTH: 1993,December 9
MARITAL STATUS: Not Married
Olatunji Oladotun Alade (born in c. 1993 in Ogun State, Nigeria), popularly known as Dotman, is a Nigerian singer, rapper and performer. In 2014, at age 21, he signed a record deal with U & I Music. He is most famous for his hit single “Akube”
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Olatunji Oladotun Alade was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria and originates from the Yoruba ethnic group in South-Western Nigeria. He attended Abeokuta Grammar School and is currently studying at the University of Lagos for a degree in Physics Education. Inspired by artistes like Da Grin, Davido and Olamide, he credits the start of his music career to him winning a rap competition at the University of Lagos.
HE TALKS ABOUT HIMSELF AS AN UPCOMING ACT:
How is it combining your academics and your music career?
It’s actually not easy, because I have to attend classes and all.
You attend classes regularly?
Yes, I attend classes as regularly as possible. And when I do not, I keep in touch with my friends and they keep me updated on everything. I don’t joke with lectures and I only miss classes when it is for something really important like being here today for this interview.
As a young artiste and with so many other artistes out there, what are you bringing to the table?
I am bringing a different, new sound and I think it’s a style you’ve never heard before. Yes, there are a lot of great artistes out there with their own sound but I’m bringing a fresh sound.
How do you find inspiration to write songs as a songwriter?
There’s no particular way it comes. Most times when I want to write a song, the inspiration just comes. Also, I could choose a topic and write a song about it.
What is the predominant theme of your songs, is it money, girls or what?
I write different kinds of songs touching on different areas of life, be it money, lifestyle, harsh life experiences and others. But I write a lot of hustle, either my hustle or that of other people. Though I’m young, I’ve faced quite a lot of challenges.
CAREER AND LIFE
The fast rising indigenous artiste made his debut 2014 with two well received singles, “Yes Melo” and a mix tape of Bobby Smurda’s Hot Nigga titled “Blessing” both enjoyed massive airplays in the country. “I do indigenous rap, hip hop and a little bit of afro pop and because I love doing it, it is easy for me to do and that is why I chose that particular genre of music” said the up and coming artiste.
Dotman who claims to be good at both singing and rapping, revealed his he has a soft spot for rapping, adding, “I don’t really play instrument but I understand some musical notes and I know the basic thing on keyboard and any kind of instrument but I don’t play them.” His greatest moment as a musician he said was when he was involved in a musical competition organised by the University of Lagos student last year. “The crowd was like 7000 people and I happened to be the winner of the competition. And for him, “It has been good and full of progress and I am loving it because there are signs that things are going to work out for me with U & I Records.” And his vision is to see himself being one of the greatest artistes that the Nigeria music industry has ever produced, with hope to collaborate with Nigerian musicians like Davido and Olamide. For his parents, “They have been very supportive and they like what I am doing, even though they never liked me going into music initially, the support I get from them is the best ever and it is what every child should pray for. Although they are not supporting me financially but they I get the best of moral support in prayers and other ways from them. And I feel that is the best I could ever get from anybody.”
In 2016, he was featured on TooXclusive’s “Artistes To Watch In 2017 and Vibe.ng’s “7 Breakthrough Acts To Watch Out For In 2017” In January 2017, Dotman performed at Big Brother Naija’s Live Eviction Show in South Africa.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
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