By RIta Okoye
Young, vibrant and talented Yannick Philppe is not ready to let this guard and be swallowed by the struggles of a budding music act.
The UK- Nigeria based aspiring music star has got all it takes to turn Nigerian Snoopdog in few years.
In this interview with Vanguard, the soft spoken rapper bares it all on his challenges, inspirations, music label and lots more.
Can we meet you?
My name is Philippe Yannick Iwuegbu and my stage name is Yannick Philippe.
For how long have you been in the music industry?
I have been in the industry for about five years now dropping singles and shooting videos.
What inspires to do music?
Yes some Nigerian rappers inspire me like Terry Tha Rapman, Mode 9, 2face Asa.
What is your style/genre of music?
I do Hip-hop, Rap music, Afropop and anything that I can vibe to.
Are you currently under any label or management?
My record label is called Yannick Philippe Music Group and my management is run by my manager.
Do you have any special features, that you think would stand you out in no due time?
Yes. I had a collabo with Terry Tha Rapman and Pherow but I’m already planning to work with Mode9 on a new single which I believe it’s going to be a big hit.
Who are those you’re looking up to in the Nigerian Music Industry?
I’m looking up to Mode9, Terry Tha Rapman and 2face.
In the next 3 years, where would you love to see yourself?
I see myself doing more collaborations and dropping more videos ,singles and establishing a brand for my self.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on an EP of six songs and I will be getting collabo on it.
Have you performed on same stage with some big names?
Yes I have been on same stage with Chuddy K , Samklef , Terry Tha Rapman and Pherow. It was indeed a good outing.
Who are those artistes you look forward to working with?
I plan to work with mode9 before the end of the year.
Why the choice of music?
Because I grew up listening to rap music like Tupac, Snoopdog, Mode9, Terry Tha Rapman and more. So, I got used to it.
Whats your educational background?
I have a Higher Diploma in film making and acting for TV/Film in Paris and London..
Where are you currently based?
I’m based in Lagos and United Kingdom. I’m always traveling back and forth.
When do intend to drop your next album?
Before end of 2018.
Are your parents fully in support of your music career?
Yes. They are my biggest fans. My Dad and Mom have always been in full support.
Where are your from?
I’m from the East part of Nigeria. Imo state to be precise I grew up in Lagos and Paris.
Would you say you were born with a silver spoon?
No. Just wanna survive because I wasn’t born with even a bronze spoon
How was growing up days like? Any fond memories?
Yes , was fun playing in the park with friends and didn’t have much so I had to put in work.
What are the challenges you’ve faced as an upcoming act?
If you are not popular yet, no one wants to know you until you ‘blow’. Too many free shows to expose yourself and its not easy on me at all.
Do You have your own record label and what inspired that move?
Yes, it’s called Yannick Philippe Music Group. I just want to do my thing.
Do you have any other artiste signed to your label?
Not at the moment but planning to finish my EP before I sign any artiste.
If you have better offer by an established record label will you jump on it?
Well, It’s good to get sponsors but am working on my label if I get I might jump on. It all depends on the offer. I just want to establish my brand before making moves.
Do you have contact information for your fans or bookings?:- my booking email for collaboration and gigs is email@example.com instagram is @yannickxphilippe Facebook is @yannickxphilippe