We shall be moving straight to our conversation with the Winner of the maiden edition of Stand Up Benue hosted by Johnicks Studiovilla in 2013, Freshdude. 14th, November 2015 was his birthday, we had a close up interview with him to get to know more about this young talent. Enjoy the excerpts below.
MAKHITS: WELCOME ON BOARD.
FRESHDUDE: Thank you very much.
MAKHITS: WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?
FRESHDUDE: My name is Emmanuel Ojodomo Friday,popularly known as Freshdude.
MAKHITS: WHICH STATE ARE YOU FROM?
I am from Kogi State.
MAKHITS: TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION PLEASE
FRESHDUDE: Yes, I recently finished secondary school,I have been giving admission into the University Of Agriculture makurdi benue state,to study Bsc mathematics,currently I would say am just a student waiting patiently to resume school,lol.
MAKHITS: WHAT IS THE RATIO OF YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS EDUCATION TO THAT OF MUSIC?
FRESHDUDE: In as much as I respect my talent a lot,I also see the need for education,education is very vital in our society and should be taking seriously by all,but at the end of the day it all comes down to your passion,Honestly my Attitude towards Education to that of Music should be 45:55, lol
MAKHITS: MY NEXT QUESTION IS, WHEN DID YOU START YOUR MUSIC CAREER?
FRESHDUDE: I started music 2years ago,but I would say it is now professional,I wanted rounding up high school before giving my all to it.lol
MAKHITS: ALRIGHT. WHAT WAS YOUR FAMILY’S REACTION WHEN YOUR MUSIC CAREER STARTED AND THEIR REACTION RIGHT NOW WITH THE PROGRESS YOU’VE MADE
FRESHDUDE: Mehn!!!! Lol, Regarding my mummy she has finally accepted,she has actually listened to some of tunes,my Dad still thinks I do music just because I sing in the choir tho,I also have the support of my siblings,but I can remember vividly the day I won standup benue and I got home late,and my mum was like “so you want to leave school for music” lol,and I had to explain everything to her,it was really tough for me,but I thankGod for now.
MAKHITS: WHO ARE YOUR ROLE MODEL(S)?
FRESHDUDE: My God bro, God is kind, merciful, wonderful, powerful, hehe, they is no human with such heart or qualities on earth,as for the names I am about to call, I can’t really say there are my role models,but I would say I admire them and I have learnt a lot from them. Iceprince zamani & Aliko Dangote.
MAKHITS: IN 2013 YOU WON THE MAIDEN EDITION OF “STAND UP BENUE”, AN INNOVATION PUT OUT TO DISCOVER AND SUPPORT GREAT TALENTS, SO FAR, DO YOU CONSIDER THIS THE HIGHEST POINT OF YOUR JOURNEY?
FRESHDUDE: Yes, it has been one and not the highest tho, I hold that moment so dear to my heart,talent was appreciated that night,so it means a lot to me,massive shout out to Johnicks,much respect for you sir.
MAKHITS: AFTER THAT, WHAT HAPPENED NEXT, WHAT DID WINNING THE CONTEST BRING TO YOU?
FRESHDUDE: Lol,it brought a little fame and respect around me,people showed love,I was actually receiving calls from different people, It introduced me to a larger audience here in benue,at that time,I just had to say I am the winner of standup benue,and they will be like “ohh you’re the guy”I felt great bro,and some fine fine girls were eyeing me in school,hahahaha,that’s me joking.lol
MAKHITS: HAVE YOU EVER SHARED STAGE/ MOMENTS WITH THE TOP- GUNS IN THE INDUSTRY? IF YES, WHEN, WHERE AND WHO?
FRESHDUDE: Yes,Recently i had a conversation with Eva alordiah,on the phone,I have been a fan of her music from day 1,she’s my favourite femcee,while having the conversation,we spoke about her album,“1960”, it was great, she said I sound like yungsix, Lolshe’s cool, Much respect for her.
MAKHITS: SO DO WE SEE A FRESHDUDE/EVA COLLABO SOON?
FRESHDUDE: I really can’t say much on that,By God’s grace something will happen,still working on it.
MAKHITS: YOU KNOW I CAN’T HAVE YOU HERE AND NOT TALK ABOUT THE BENUE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, PLEASE WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
FRESHDUDE: Hmmmmm,the Benue entertainment industry is moving to the promise land,lol,it is developing everyday,much competition this days,new and great talents popping up everyday,but it still needs some things to grow bigger and better,by God’s grace with time,that mentality of going to lagos to blow,will be wiped out.
MAKHITS: IF YOU WERE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO SET SOMETHING RIGHT IN THE STATE AS WHOLE, WHAT WILL THAT BE?
FRESHDUDE: It would be steady power supply,light is very vital, uninterrupted power supply,we really need that in this country,not just only this state.
MAKHITS: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE NIGERIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY AS CONCERNING THE UPCOMING ARTISTES?
FRESHDUDE: Hmmmmmmm,the nigerian music industry concerning the upcoming artistes,has grown over the years and we now have new upcoming artistes popping out every year,bringing new stuffs out,dominating the scene,it is a great thing,it gives me joy,we are all really working hard,S/O to everyone of them.
MAKHITS: RECENTLY YOU DROPPED A SONG TITLED “TAKING OVER” SHOULD WE SEE THIS AS A FULL COMEBACK SONG, AS YOU WERE FOUND MISSING IN ACTION FOR A WHILE NOW?
FRESHDUDE: Yes,I’m back,full time,like I earlier said I had to finish high school,so as to concentrate more on my music for now.
MAKHITS: IN FEW DAYS TIME, 2015 WILL COME TO A WRAP, HAS YOUR PLANS FOR 2016 BEEN MADE ALREADY?
FRESHDUDE: Yes, we are waiting for the year,2016,plans already made,still room for new ones tho,and am saying this first on makhits media,exclusive hehe,My people should expect an E.p from me next year.
MAKHITS: WOW, WE ARE ANTICIPATING THAT FIRE PROJECT.
MAKHITS: WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 3 YEARS TIME?
FRESHDUDE: In 3years time,by the special grace of God,I see myself as an established A list artiste in Nigeria,selling africa to the world,through my music..IJN Amen.
MAKHITS: WHO ARE YOUR TOP 5 DISC JOCKEYS (DJs) BASED IN BENUE STATE?
FRESHDUDE: In no particular order,it has to be DJ Tony, DJ Penny, DJ samflame, DJ metrix and DJ 10penny.
MAKHITS: WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT makhits.com?
FRESHDUDE: Makhits.com is one of the best blogs we have in nigeria not just here in benue,it has gone past that limit,the brand makhits is doing great,God bless.
MAKHITS: DO YOU HAVE ANY SHOUT-OUTS TO GIVE?
FRESHDUDE: Yes,shalla to makhits media, my team, my family, to listeners and lovers of my music God bless u all..
MAKHITS: LAST WORDS FOR THE READERS OF THIS ARTICLE?
FRESHDUDE: Thank you all for taking out time to read this,I really appreciate.
MAKHITS: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.
FRESHDUDE: Thank You for having me.
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