Despite years of success as an IT entrepreneur in London, the United Kingdom, Daniel Nejo’s passion for music meant that it was only a matter of time before he would return to the entertainment scene. The musician, who is popularly known as RainyMilli, in this interview by KOLA MUHAMMED, opens up on the challenges of combining tech career with music and his ambitions, among other issues.
Seeing that you are doing well in your tech career, what was the motivation to return to music?
I always ask myself the same question and I have always found one Music was and remains my first love. I knew music before I knew tech and the purpose of going into tech in the first place was to make money in order to fund my music career. Music is my passion and what I really enjoy doing.
So, would that imply that music is bringing in more fortune for you than computing?
No way! Music for now is a ‘liability’ and that means that it takes money out of my pocket but there is no monetary return on investments. The return on the investment for now is just the satisfaction I get from doing what I love. For example, in my business and tech world, I would never spend $1000 if it won’t bring me at least twice the amount. But for music, I easily spend over $5000 on a music video and more on promotion without expecting or seeing any return. So for now, music is all for the fun and passion.
Music has been your first love. Who then are the idols who fuelled your love for the craft?
Some of the people who have influenced my interest in music as well as my style of singing are 2face Idibia, Lil Wayne and Big Sean. I like everyone in the space for their individuality but those three played a key role in my style and musical influence.
You have a number of singles to your credit, is an album being cooked already?
Not really, but an EP is definitely on my mind. We are now in an industry saturated with more singles than albums because of the ‘streaming era’. So, before I decide to create an album, I want to ensure that I’ve got enough clout for it. For now, I will keep experimenting with singles and vibes I am feeling at any particular time.
You took a long break from music, how has that changed your perspective about music?
The long break really made me realise my ‘why’ of doing music. Before my long break, my ‘why’ was to ‘blow’ up’ just like every other artiste but being on the entrepreneurial scene and then returning to music, my ‘why’ is now to have fun because I am not coming from a desperate place where I need people’s validation or investment. I am now doing what I like and I can self-fund my projects.
You are an IT specialist who teaches digital skills to people in thousands and at the same time a singer with a growing number of singles, how do you manage to combine both careers?
It is actually crazy combining both because I sometimes have to deal with corporate clients who, before working with me, had done a search of my name and ended up seeing me in a music video with girls or hear me sing using vulgar words.
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