Nigerian singer and songwriter, Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe a.k.a Wande Coal says negative criticism helped him to get his music career back on track.
Wande Coal disclosed that, all the negative comments people said about the future of his career after the disband of Mohits records helped him to put pieces to gather to remain a strong force in the industry.
“I was with Mohits and the company dissolved in 2011, then, I was left alone to choose where to go. Either to go with Dbanj or Don Jazzy. I just moved with Don Jazzy because we had bonded, It’s not that I didn’t like Dbanj but I just had to move with Don Jazzy because he is a producer and I am a singer. I moved with Don Jazzy without no contract . It was based on love and I had no contract. At some point I wanted to be in charge of my own creativity and have my own personal growth.
“Nothing good comes easy; we have to keep working. A lot of people said my career has declined. All these things motivate me. I like good criticisms. I met Don Jazzy in 2006; they didn’t sign me until 2010. I have been working all that time, writing songs. It wasn’t too hard, but I just needed sometime to create my own sound. New producers are coming up and I decided to give them a chance,” he said.
According him, he left Don Jazzy in 2013 to work on his own creativity—and also prove that he can make it without him.
“The song I did in Ghana with R2bees became a hit, but it wasn’t Don Jazzy that produced it. Don Jazzy doesn’t have a problem with that. People like Wizkid and Davido, I practically influenced them, telling them this is how to go about it. People must grow, table must turn, and people must change. I don’t want to be stereotyped with my sound. I don’t want people to feel that if I don’t have Don Jazzy, I cannot make it,” Wande Coal told Vanguard in an interview.