BIRTH NAME: Shasha Damilola AleshDATE OF BIRTH: 17–03–1996
MARITAL STATUS: Not Married
Dice Ailes is a Nigerian singer who came into limelight in 2016 after getting signed to chocolate city in 2014, he’s popularity has been growing ever since, few of his popular songs include; Machinery, Ella, Miracle and more.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
The contemporary Afro-pop artist Dice Ailes is of Nigerian / Ghanaian decent. He was born and bred in Victoria Island, Lagos state. Named Shaha Damilola Alesh by his parents, He started doing music at the age of 8 or 9, firstly by writing poems, influenced by his uncles who were songwriters at that time, his mum was also a member of the choir in the church and young Dice Ailes wanted to be part of what they were doing. Dice Ailes first full musical experience was at the church choir where he beat boxed to music composed and rehearsed for church services.
Dice Ailes finally pursued his love for music at the age of 15, he had to save money for some period of time so as to pay for the track “I Can’t Wait ft Rado (his uncle)” the track ultimately became his first single. The young talent at the age of 16, had aired his single on Rhythm 93.7, due to the uniqueness of the track he was given the opportunity to appear on DJ Jimmy Jatt’s “Jimmy’s Jump Off”.
CAREER AND LIFE
Following this short stint in the Nigerian Music world, Dice Ailes migrated to Canada with his family and continued to further his education. His parents supported him in his dream to become a musician but wanted him to get a level of education before doing music fully. He met Stephen Oruwari (alias Tee Tash) in Canada who was a young entrepreneur. Tee Tash had a keen interest in Dice Ailes’ talent and signed him to a Production Agreement. This agreement sparked their prosperous musical collaboration.
In the year 2013, Dice Ailes alongside Tee Tash, flew to Nigeria to promote his music, it was during this trip that they met M.I Abaga. M.I was instantly impressed by Dice Ailes after listening to a few songs of his songs, he called a meeting with Chocolate City’s Top Management. Dice was eventually signed as a member of Chocolate City in the year 2014.
HE TALKS MORE ABOUT HIS SIGNING BELOW:
How did you land your Chocolate City signing? Dice: I came to Nigeria from Canada in 2013 to push a song called YEMISI and just to familiarize myself with the industry and meet people here. While I was here, somehow I got to meet with M.I through a mutual friend; his name is Frank De Nero. So he was coming over to M.I’s house to record a song and I just tagged along. When we got there we played M.I some of my songs and he was like “damn I think he can make it big”. Then the next day we had a meeting with Audu Maikori and that’s how it all started. So far, what has the experience been like? Dice: It’s been great. When I was younger I used to listen to the Choc Boys; M.I, Ice Prince and all of them. So it just feels good to be one of them now and have people call me a “Choc Boy” (smiles).
Now a graduate of York University, Canada where he is studying Health and Society. He has shown his will to finish his education while pursuing his passion in music.
He premiered his first official single titled “Fantasy“ in the year 2014 which was a huge success, he has gone on to release other hit singles like, machinery, Odun De, Telephone, Oh no. He also teamed up with MI to work on Drakes “Controlla” refix. Also featured on YungAce track, “Kilode”.
IN A 2016 INTERVIEW, HE TALKED ABOUT SCHOOL AND PARENTS, SEE BELOW: Earlier you said you’re in your final year at NYU. Did you put school on hold to pursue your music career? Dice: Yeah, I actually had to do that. I was trying to finish online but it was so much of a task for me because I was too busy doing interviews, performing and all that stuff. So it was taking all the time I needed for school. So you kind of deferred for now? Dice: Yeah, but I’m finishing this year though. Okay, how did your parents react to the decision to take a break from school? Were they supportive? Dice: My mom used to be in a choir so she loves music, my dad loves music too. At the time I decided to defer they were quite supportive and then at some point, they flipped on me and asked me to come back to Canada… but for the most part they’ve been really supportive. So your parents and whole family are based in Canada? Dice: Yeah, the whole family is in Canada. So you didn’t have that whole trouble of Nigerian parents with Nigerian mentality of finish school first? Dice: Naah, my dad is very Nigerian. My mom is Ghanaian but she grew up in Nigeria too so they’re African. They have that African mentality. I know, but did they bug you? Nigerian parents can be very deep. Dice: Well my dad wants me to finish school, my mom too; they want me to finish. But I’m doing well in my academics, it’s not like I’m failing or anything. I have about 3 courses to go so they’re like school can wait for a little bit, do what you gotta do. Oh okay. What are you studying in school? Dice: Health and Society. I am doing that as a pre-med to go into Med School.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
Winner Best Male Artist 2015 African Entertainment Awards
Winner Most Fashionable Fast Rising Music Artist 2015 Lagos Fashion Award