Fredrick Alasa,19, known as Freddy Young, from Edo State, schooling at Zenith University College, Accra, Ghana. He is 'determined' to make it as a musician because he has got what it takes to make it.
He believes he has what it takes to overtake the likes of Wizkid, Olamide or Davido in the nearest future. He said;
“My plan is to get fully into the industry with a unique sound and a unique style. I play mainly dance hall afro pop but my problem right now is that I don’t have a record label and promoters,”he said, talking about the biggest challenges staring him in the face right now. “There is a huge competition in the industry now.
Some people think you just go to the studio and just record. But for me, I see music as a sound that passes messages to people. So if you do good music you will have good sales.
You also need to have a good voice, but generally I think in Nigeria we are doing good with the likes of Wizkids, Davido, and Olamide. They are good but I can do a lot better,” he boasted but quickly added that Wizkid is his role model.
According to him, Iyanya that used to be his number star, then Wizkid and Don Jazzy, but had to opt for Wizkid because he thought Iyanya lost his touch after the ‘Kukere’ hit, while Wizkid got stronger hit after hit.
After he came up with songs like “Don’t dull”, “Holla at your boy” I couldn’t Ignore him. I had to pick him as my number one”, he said.
Being the 6th child in a family of 10 children and with no one to give him a good head start is not something the strapping young man sees as an excuse to quit.
Nobody really showed me love except my parent and my producer. I am just hustling my music, hoping one day I will get to the top.
I am not yet making money but inspiration comes everyday. I don’t record as much as I wish to because I don’t really pay for my songs. I don’t promote them too, so they haven’t gone far. I haven’t shot any video and that’s bad. I have only one out, “Ileke”and it’s online.
So I just have to do the little I can till maybe I get a label who will take care of that. I am ready to do whatever it takes to follow my dream. Even if it takes quiting school to pursue my music because from day one music has been my dream but I can always go to school.
Well music is my dream. I don’t mind crawling on the floor for music because I know one day I will get there. I don’t think I will be able to live in this world without music.
Music is my thing and I can’t stop believing in it,” he quips. Freddy Young has written over 30 songs but has only been able to record just 10.