Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, better known as Kizz Daniel, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and all-around creative. He has been steadily gaining traction since his first record deal back in 2013. However, it was only until he stepped out with his very own imprint, FLYBOY I.N.C., did things begin to skyrocket.
2018 was a big year, with Kizz Daniel dropping a number of notable tracks. In fact, his cut "One Ticket" was trending within its first day of being out. Fast forward to December 30th that same year and Daniel dropped his second studio album titled "No Bad Songs." Featuring the likes of Nasty C, Diamond Platiumz, Philkeys, Demmie Vee, Dj Xclusive, Wretch 32, Diplo and Sarkodie, Kizz Daniel's project made it to #1 on the World Album Chart within 24 hours of its release.
Now, here we are, it's 2020 and despite the turbulent year Kizz Daniel has returned with a third studio album, "King of Love" as well as a new track "Chek."
when did you know you wanted to pursue a career in music?
First off, I’ve always loved music and by the virtue of my environment, I was exposed to different forms and kinds of sound(s). More precisely was from a homeless man.. I grew up hearing him sing and getting appreciated in various forms (gifts, money, food) etc... I really found that fascinating, and all the above mentioned, strengthened my passion in making music.. hence the decision to make it a career.
how has lockdown been for you? Been keeping busy/creative?
The lockdown has been a ‘one in a million experience’... it has made me realise a whole lot.. and most importantly is in the area of strengthening my gratitude. Other than that, I’ve seized the opportunity to stay really productive.. making music, keeping fit, eating healthy and staying happy more importantly.
What song are you most proud of when it comes to your newest album, 'King of Love'?
I’d love to first off establish that my music is an extension of me and I am super proud of myself and all that I’ve been able to create thus far. I love all my records but with regards to the ‘King Of Love’ album.. I would express personal bias/sentient towards “tempted to steal”... maybe because it was an entirely different experience for me ‘writing and making’ the music.
when did you realise that music was going to be what you did full-time?
I knew I was going to do music full time. But I had some sort of “unwritten agreement” with my dad that I was going to bag my degree then pursue music full time... and God so kind I got my major record deal the-same year I finished university in 2013.
what has been the main influencing factor in your work?
A major influencing factor in my work/music has to be life itself, it’s lessons and blessings and me generally being a product of my environment.
if you could work with any artist (dead or alive) who would you choose and why?
I’d love to create music with a lot of artistes, but off the top of my head, I’d say ‘Ed Sheeran’. Why is because I love the simplicity of how he makes his music.
what do you think of Afrobeat growing in popularity so much? - especially in places such as London?
Afrobeats has always been the home of rhythm and melody.. so it gives me great joy to see that the rest of the world is starting to catch up.. “and we never even do anything” Lol!
what has been your proudest career moment?
My proudest career moment has to definitely be all that I’ve been able to achieve thus far, and all that I’m still going to achieve!
what's your advice for new artists who are looking at getting their first record deal?
In a simple phrase, I’ll say “Looookkk before you leap.” Lol!
where do you see yourself in five years?
Probably in a tropical island sipping on my favourite cocktail with my team. Looooool!!! Jokes aside, 5 years from now, I’ll still be doing what I love and loving what I do.