Nigerian musician, Bonaventure Ugbaja Chukwuka, a.k.a Beevlingz, is determined to carve a niche for himself in the competitive Nigerian music industry.
Though a seasonal musician, Beevlingz, has made a commitment to always dish out wave making songs.
In this interview, the Delta State born artiste tells story of his mum’s role in his music journey, plans for the future, difficulties of young singer and lots more.
Can you share more about your background?
I was born and raised in Ubulu Ukwu in Delta State to a Christian family. My growing up had a positive influence on my life and my music today. I went to Anglican grammar school after which I proceeded to University Of Port-Harcourt to study Business Administration but I had to quit along the way when my love for music was greater and there was no fund to complete my education. I guess all that happened because my dad passed away and my mum couldn’t afford to pay all the bills for the five of us to afford a good education.
Have you always wanted to be a musician?
I think my choice of being a musician was due to my father’s love for music. Growing up, I used to listen to some of my dad’s records. He had an archive of the then popular albums by the likes of Luky Dube, Bob Marley, Raskimono, Fela and the likes and listening to these legends ignited in me the love for music. My choice of being a musician would definitely making my father proud wherever he is.
Tell us about your childhood days?
My childhood was all about me trying to find my calling. Most of my childhood memories was all about me finding my love for what I was born to do. Being raised from a Christian family means that I was mostly involved in church activities but not like being part of a choir. My dad used to take me with him when he attended events where there would be live band. The memories of him still keeps me going and my passion for must burning strong.
What would you say is your best childhood memory?
My best child hood memories would be going out with my father to attend live shows and having to listen to his ever green archives of legendary music.
How did you discover your talent for music?
I think music found me, I believe my dad’s love for music played a huge role in me discovering my talent. I remember growing up, I was influenced by popular rappers like 2pac, Biggie and the likes and I have always believed that someday I would do music.
What inspires your songs?
I get my inspirations from happenings and situations around me. My first official single Made In China was inspired by women who have been blacklisted as always possessing stuffs that are fake like fake boobs and ass. So I decided to do a song advocating for women. My second single Come Down featuring Ycee was inspired by being in a long distant relationship. My next song Kpokpomi was inspired by a controversial call out by a South African model Abby Zeus that almost shut down my career. My new party single Osa.
Can you list out some tracks you have done so far?
In 2018, I dropped Made In China which was produced by Puffy Tee, video directed by Paul Gambit. This year July just few days after my birthday which was July 6th I dropped my very first single for the year with the title Come Down featuring YCee. Come Down is currently gaining a wide acceptance both home and abroad. My next follow up was Kpokpomi which was inspired by a little controversy around my career. Kpokpomi is massively loved by everyone especially the ladies. Currently I am in the studio working on my club banger hit OSA’ which has been endorsed by top OAPs and legendary DJ Jimmy Jatt as a potential hit.
Who are those top artists you would love to have a collaboration with, why did you pick them?
I think my choice of the feature with YCEE was based on my love for his music and knowing that having him on the track would give the song a global acceptance which thanks to God it wasn’t a wrong bet. So my choice of any feature is usually decided by the kind of song and which artiste has that kind of vibe because you can’t take a Davido vibe to a Burna Boy or a Burna Boy vibe to Davido. Every artiste has a unique sound.
What are the challenges you faced as a fast rising music star?
I think the biggest challenge as an upcoming is acceptance and recognition. No one cares about you until you blow up. It’s hard getting your song to radio and getting that media acceptance. But thank God for giving me an amazing Team and a record label Southnice Records that has been working hard to put my music and contents out there despite the odds. I wake up everyday and my music is playing on top radios, my videos is showing everywhere. Shout out to my team Southnice, Chiazor Daniel my manager Tribeman, Mac Don,
DJ mighty and everyone who has been supportive.
Weirdest experience with a fan?
You had a seemingly embarrassing call out on Instagram by a model. She called you out alleging you have small manhood, what led to that?
That was one of the toughest moment in my career because it came surprisingly from someone I never expected it from. We have been friends for a few weeks but was asking for more than I was willing to give to her. Thank God it was all handled well by my team. She was seeking attention and that has been what she wanted from me all along. Like the Burna Boy & Steff London kind of public relationship. She got to be featured in my new music video Kpokpomi which was inspired by her troubles.
What’s the best way to take Nigeria music industry to greater heights?
Before getting on stage, do you drink, smoke or have sex?
Unforgettable performance and why?
Looking back, any regrets ever?
What are your plans for the future?
What is greatest price paid for your career?
My greatest price paid for my career would be leaving Port-Harcourt to Lagos without having anywhere to stay.