Fast-rising Afro-fusion artiste, Richard Idehen aka Richard J, has revealed how a comment on an Instagram post by Teni Makanaki’s label boss, Dr Dolor, got him a recording deal.
The 26-year-old artiste narrated how an encounter with Dr Dolor on Instagram gave him his first big break..
In September 2019, Dr. Dolor signed a new cat and promptly announced it on Instagram.
As thousands of people congratulated the deft move by the record label owner, Richard J saw another side to the optics.
He took a chance and bared his mind in the comment section of the post, informing Dr. Dolor that: “there are hundreds of talented artists like me in Benin that would appreciate the opportunity that you give out freely to other Lagos-based artists.”
Although the fiery comment went against popular opinion, a few days later, Dr. Dolor unexpectedly replied to the comment.
Following the episode, a New York-based record label executive reached out to Richard J a few days later and things instantly took an unexpected turn.
“He introduced himself as Nosa Igbinosa from NMG records, and said he had seen what transpired between Dr. Dolor and me, had gone through my page and heard a few recordings, and wanted to know if I sang and wrote the songs he heard,” Richard J explained.
The fortunate first contact from NMG Records would unveil a series of discussions that would turn Richard J’s lot around.
A few days later, the NMG record label CEO, Nosa, makes contact again but this time wants proof that the song which had won the hearts of everyone he played it for, was Richard J’s work.
“I came to Lagos and he hooked me up with the label music producer, DocSide, who then produced the song, ‘Aye’,” he said.
‘Aye’ is a retrospective track by Richard J that spotlights the hustle culture and the need to keep moving forward regardless of the mounting challenges that life brings, was one of the songs that Richard J presented.
And that was the beginning of a new chapter for the fast-rising artiste who promptly put pen to paper and became a part of the NMG family.
“NMG records took me under their wings, showed me the ropes and we started making great music together”, he said with enthusiasm.
Richard J’s debut single, Panel Beater is set to be released in August and it promises to be an experimental hybrid of Afro-based fusion that is destined to take over the airwaves.
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