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Skales crossing the baseline

Raoul Njeng Njeng better known as Skales joined EME the same time as Wizkid. He started with Swit Noiz Records before switching camp. “Heading for a Grammy” was a thumping rap single released by Skales in 2009. “I was going through a lot as at that time. Basically, what I mean by ‘Heading for a Grammy’ which a lot of people misunderstand is I wasn’t talking about going for the Grammy; I was talking about being the best and going to be the most incredible. What I was saying in the song was that I was going to be great; I was going to be that person.” The song gained Skales a lot of praise within the rap community and many rap critics earmarked him for greatness.

Skales was destined for greatness but not in the way most rap heads expected. He released two singles “Mukulu” and “Keresimesi”. While the latter was a rap track dedicated to the Yuletide season, the former single (and the main single) “Mukulu” raised a lot eyebrows. The rapper was singing, not only was he singing, a lot of people expected him to come out blazing, spitting metaphors, double entendres, smacking similes and powerful punch-lines but he took all by surprise. And so began his quest to convince fans and critiques that he was multi-talented and more than a rapper.


“At the end of the day, I’m just trying to bring something new to the table. Of course, it’s just normal for people not to understand you until you prove it to them”, says Skales on the initial shock people had when he started harmonizing. The initial feedback didn’t hold him back. On the Empire Mates Entertainment LP, he continued singing and this time he was better and convincing. He rapped on “Baddest Boy” featuring Wizkid and Banky W but on his solo cuts he rocked the house. “Komole” proved the doubters wrong and on “My Baby” he established himself as a rapper-singer hybrid in the mould of Drake and Kanye West. “A lot of people are beginning to get it. It’s just life. If you say you are going to be the next president, no one is going to believe you until you campaign and win. That’s how it is.”

Speaking of Kanye West, Skales is highly inspired by the American rapper/producer/aspiring author and fashion designer. “Heading for a Grammy” was actually inspired by one of Kanye West’s greatest tracks – “Jesus Walks”. “If you listen to that song properly it was inspired by ‘Jesus Walks’. Like I said, I am Kanye’s number one fan in the world.” Yeezy’s influence on S to da K goes beyond the world of music. Skales is regarded as one of the most stylish artists. He rocks the latest gears, sneakers and is always trendy. “I like Kanye so much that I follow everything he does. It’s not like I try to act like him but I mean to be greater than somebody, you have to follow that person’s footsteps and that’s what I do. I am always on the internet. I go through all these designers, I just figure out what to do. And sometimes I try to be creative, I hit up my own designers and am like – look I want to buy this material, please do this thing for me.

“I style myself, I don’t use a stylist. Whatever I do, I style myself. I shop myself. It’s not like I go there, sometimes I see it online and I send someone to get it for me”, explains Skales on his sense of style.

Today the half- Cameroonian, half Nigerian rapper is one of the fastest rising music acts in the country. After chilling on the bench for a while, Skales is playing his position well both for the game and his label. We will undoubtedly see his anticipated debut album this year. While he hasn’t revealed the title yet he sheds some light on what it will be about. “I’m going to have songs where I am just singing and I will have songs that I will just rap.”

Skales is already balancing his act. After waiting on the sideline for a while and polishing his pop sheen, don’t expect this rapper and singer to fall down. Expect him to touch the sky.

 

Despite the fact that we see new artistes everyday with hits or breakout songs , some of them have lost the hits formula they used , there are still a few who keep presenting us with hits after hits. Lagos based artiste SKALES is just what we need to give us good songs that could fit into any genre.

Going from being a young aspiring artiste to an established act who is now under the baseline umbrella, the success is visible and it all points to the winning streak “Shake Body et al” and more about to be unveiled.  
He  has been featured in so many songs in the past few months , all these releases as his singles or other artistes songs he was featured on, has helped build a credible buzz for SKALES.

At what point does someone like SKALES become the it dude? It almost happened overnight , he is here with a recharged vibe for the music industry. 


VOM: Congratulations, on your new signing with baseline , what is the feeling like?
SKALES:  Thanks. It feels good, the label, Saeon, Chidoo and Aramide have been very supportive.

VOM: Your song (Shake Body) is always at the top of playlists in the clubs, can we conclude that you are back on your grind and we will be getting hits on hits?
SKALES: Yes definitely. I have ‘Obi’ and ‘Give it to me’ out right now; and recently we dropped the French version of ‘Shake Body’. I am working day and night on my debut album, which drops in January 2015, and it’s going to be legendary. I can’t wait to share all I’ve been doing with my fans.

VOM: Having a trending song is great, can you take us through your first experience in a recording studio?
SKALES: I was like 13 or 14, really young. I can’t remember the exact details but it was with Praiz in Kaduna.

VOM: “ Heading for a Grammy “ was a song that the rap community approved and loved, we thought after that track a rap album was expected from you , what happened?
SKALES: First off, I am a musician, I write, sing, rap and soon I’d be producing and playing one or two musical instruments. Yes, my first major track was hip-hop but the thing is that I actually did release a 2nd song with ‘Heading for a Grammy’; it was titled ‘Be Mine’ and I sang on some parts. I have never wanted to be tagged as a rapper or a singer, but as an artist who makes good music.

VOM: From being a rapper we saw you singing, what necessitated that change in style ?
SKALES: Like I mentioned earlier, I am an artist who makes good music, so I can actually do different genres of music, it all just depends on how I feel at the time I’m making the track, what the current musical vibe is and what my fans want.

VOM: Tell us what you were doing after your exit from EME, before being signed to Baseline?
SKALES: I was working as always, recording, planning the next steps of my career and business.

VOM: How did the baseline deal happen ?
SKALES: I met Howie T at an interview and he invited my manager and I for a meeting, and after a couple of meetings, reviews, negotiations, I signed a deal with Baseline Entertainment.


VOM : What is / are the advantages of signing to a record label ?
SKALES: Well, you get funding and a well-structured team of experts to work with and advise. The down sides would be having to wait for approval for stuff.

VOM : Are we going to hear some type of “ Heading for a Grammy “ kind of rap single from you anytime soon ?
SKALES: I have quite a good number of rap verses out on collaborations with other artits, such Wizzy Pro’s Emergency, DJ Spicey’s Ball Out to mention a few. I’ve got a few surprises on my album, which drops early next year.

VOM : Tell us about OHK ?

SKALES : OHK Entertainment is an outfit I had set up before I got signed. It’s a production team now led by a very talented producer, Drey Beatz. His first single, Umm Ahh features Iceprince and he’s got more great tracks dropping next year and on my album too.


VOM : What is your relationship with timaya?
SKALES : He is like an older brother. We cool.


VOM : How do you go about choosing a single for release?
SKALES : I am a perfectionist so it takes some time for me to decide on what to release. I also record a lot, so at every point, my team and I go through options and then decide on what’s best for release at that time.

VOM : Do you write your song before hearing the beat or do you hear the beat then write to it?
SKALES : I do both and more. Sometimes I get a melody in my head then sit with a producer to create music with that melody. Other times, I hear a beat and start singing to it without even putting the words down. It all really depends on the moment, but I’m all music.

VOM : What is your album recording process?
SKALES :  I record everyday, unless I am traveling and sometimes even when I travel, I always find a producer to work with or I’m writing on the flight. I may have recorded about 6 albums and more since I started making music lol. I’m currently rounding up my debut album and it’s been rather hectic, choosing songs off the many I have recorded and oh yea I’m still recording.


VOM : When is your album coming out?
SKALES : Very early next year.

VOM : What type / genre of music are we expecting in your album ?
SKALES : Let’s just say good music from the first track to the last track.

VOM : What artistes are you featuring in your album?
SKALES: I have worked with quite a number of artists for the album; Davido, Iceprince, Olamide just mention a few.

VOM : What producers will be working on the songs on your album?
SKALES : I think the producers I have had to work with on the album are like the best part of working on this album. I have worked with Jay Pizzle, Drey Beatz, Spellz, DJ Coublon, Uhuru and many more.

VOM : What is the formula for shake body , from beat to concept ?
SKALES: Jay Pizzle and I were trying to create something different, a totally different sound from what was out and what everyone was used to hearing from me. And that’s pretty much what we did and ‘Shake Body’ was born.

VOM : What challenges have you faced and overcome in the music industry ?
SKALES : The grace of God oh. That’s pretty much how I rise above every hurdle I’ve faced.


VOM : What advice will you give to an aspiring artiste who does not have money for studio session?
SKALES : Find someone who believes in you enough to give you a chance and keep working – keep writing, keep recording, keep getting better daily

VOM : Many artistes all over the world are branching into other business ventures, do you have anything in the pipeline?

SKALES : Well, there are several businesses that I am involved in but when the time is right, I’d make it public.

VOM : Are you planning to get into the movie industry anytime soon, any script you checking out?
SKALES : Nope. Not at the moment, but who knows

VOM : What advice do you have for upcoming artistes?
SKALES : Stay focused, keep getting better at what you do, and pray.

Big Screen

Kiki Omeili : Acting Redefined

VOM: We did a little research and discovered you are a medical doctor, tell us how it all happened from being a doctor to being an actor?

Kiki Omeili : It was all about the passion really. I'd always been involved in the arts right from primary school but I decided to study a professional course and went for medicine. I always thought entertainment would be something that i'd do on the side. But somewhere in the middle of Studying medicine, I realised that my artsy side was struggling for expression so I decided to go back to it and viola!

 

VOM: Did you ever practice as a medical practitioner?

Kiki Omeili : yes, I did. I did my horsemanship at the University College Hospital Ibadan and my NYSC at the Ajeromi Ifelodun local government health centre, then I worked at pathcare for a little while before I quit my job and started acting.

 

VOM: Tell us how you first became involved with the Nollywood industry?

Kiki Omeili : I knew someone who was in the industry, i'd met him through a mutual friend. He started sending me audition notices, I started attending auditions and snapping up the roles. That was it.

 

VOM: How did your first audition go?

Kiki Omeili : my very first audition was for a series called "this is lagos". I got a lead role at that audition. We only shot the pilot and never actually shot the series,but getting a lead role at my first audition gave me the confidence that I could really do this.

 

VOM: Which of your movie projects as an actor excited you the most?

Kiki Omeili : it's really difficult to say.every project comes with its own experiences but by and large, I like to play characters that are far removed from who I really am. So,needless to say i've been excited about a lot of projects. Lekki wives, Married but living single,Sting, Oblivious to name a few

 

VOM: What advice would you give to aspiring actors who would like to know how to interpret roles ?

Kiki Omeili : i'd advice them to constantly study their environment, study the people around them and how they react in certain situations. All the things we see,hear and experience help us to interprete different roles in different situations. Its a very useful tool as an actor.

 

VOM: Lets talk about your background?

Kiki Omeili : i'm from Nimo in Anambra state. I was born to Charles and Maureen Omeili -a Banker and a controller of prisons in Lagos, I have three siblings, an older sister and two younger brothers. I attended fountain nursery and primary school in surulere Lagos, federal government girls college Benin city and then went on to study medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.

 

VOM: Lekki wives has a growing viewership , what is the secret?

Kiki Omeili : To be honest, I think Lekki wives has a story that the average Nigerian can relate to. Its well scripted, it's well interpreted by the actors and it infuses humour int the process of telling the story. It also has a lot of lessons to learn,its an eye opener to the things that really do go on. So I guess there are a lot of "secrets".lol

 

VOM: Tell us about your role in lekki wives?

Kiki Omeili : in Lekki wives, I play the role of "Lovette" who's a greedy, conniving character who doesn't care who she has to step on to get what she wants. She's an "airhead" who just does her thing oblivious to the consequences. She's a lot of fun to play.

 

VOM: What are the challenges you face in the industry as an actor ?

Kiki Omeili : There are numerous challenges. First things first, there's so much competition so there's a constant need to prove yourself and reinvent your craft. Secondly there's the issue of the way people look at you. A lot of people look at actors as people that are acting because they have nothing better to do. That is just wrong. There's also the problem of a lack of proper structure in the movie industry so remuneration might sometimes not be what it's supposed to be. But these are issues that we constantly face and manage to overcome.

 

VOM: Any advice for first-time actors, how can they start their acting career path?

Kiki Omeili : Networking with people in the industry and attending auditions are good places to start.

 

VOM: We have been hearing of old nollywood and new nollywood, can you explain the differences?

Kiki Omeili : in all honesty, i'm yet to fully grasp the concept. But i'd say that when people refer to "new nollywood" they refer to an emerging breed of talent(actors and directors)that make films a tad differently from how it used to be.

 

VOM: Did your parents have problems with you when you decided to go into acting?

Kiki Omeili : i always say that my parents are the best because they were very supportive and gave me no issues about my decision. I think that by and large, parents just want to know that their kids will be fine in whatever career path they choose.

 

VOM: What advice do you have for some parents who don’t want their children to choose acting as a career?

Kiki Omeili : i understand your fears because Nigeria is a country where it's safer to have a "paid" job. But study your child, if you truly believe that they have what it takes to make it as actors, allow them give it a shot.

 

VOM: What would you want the movie industry associations/guilds to change in the nollywood industry?

Kiki Omeili : i'd like them to make movie producers more accountable for the welfare of actors when they're working for them

 

VOM: If you were the president of the acting association or guild what would you change?

Kiki Omeili : There'd be a minimum wage for actors and I would make sure that it was enforced.

 

VOM:  What is the most bizarre thing a fan has ever done to you?

Kiki Omeili :  i was at the palms shopping mall in Ikeja and without asking me, this girl and her friend came and stood beside me and stared taking pictures. I didn't quite know how to react.

 

VOM: What is the most fulfilling experience you have had in nollywood?

Kiki Omeili : Every second spent on a set doing what I love to do is a fulfilling experience in nollywood for me.

 

VOM: What is the most embarrassing experience you have had in nollywood?

Kiki Omeili : As an actor you get to do so many embarrassing things all the time.but the truth is that at that moment, you ARE the character. So you have to drop everything that's the real you and become that character. So embarrassment doesn't really come into it for me.

 

VOM : Any nominations or awards on the movies you had acted in?

Kiki Omeili : yes. In 2012, I won the award for the best actress in a supporting role at the 17th African film awards in London for my role in "Married but living single" which was my first feature film. In 2014, I was nominated for best TV actress at the ELOY (exquisite lady of the year) award for my role in lekki wives and also for the SCREAM 2014 awards for my role in Lekki wives.I'm currently also nominated at the AMVCA for "Oblivious" a short film directed by Stanlee Ohikhuare and produced by Grace Edwin Okon.

 

VOM: Are there decisions you took as an actor earlier in your career which you regret and could have done differently?

Kiki Omeili : no. Building an acting career is a gradual process. Whatever I did in the beginning was what I knew to do best at the time. All the earlier experiences have helped to mold me into the actor that I am now and i'm grateful for them.

VOM: What do aspiring actors need to do so that directors can get the best from them?

Kiki Omeili : They need to listen and submit themselves as tools for the director to tell the story and hope against hope that that director knows what he's doing.lol

 

VOM: Any misconception about you that you will love to clear the air about?

Kiki Omeili : not at the moment,no.

 

 

VOM: Tell us about your dream man ?

Kiki Omeili :  .hehehe.when I meet him,i'll know.

 

VOM: What is your beauty routine , that keeps you this pretty?

Kiki Omeili : first of all, please allow me to blush at the compliment cos you just called me pretty.lol. I always take off my make up at the end of the day no matter how tired I am,and I moisturise everyday unfailingly.

 

VOM: If you are called on to assist aspiring actors , what would you do to assist?

Kiki Omeili : i'd make myself available to them so that we could bounce ideas off each other and also have several acting exercises so I could show them the things i've learned over the years as an actor.

In other NEWS

Vom Article

Nollywood Invasion

Life as we know it has been slowly infiltrated by our vibrant and growing entertainment industry, which in one word is known as Nollywood.

Nollywood is like a coin with two sides to it, Nollywood in the past decade and a half has brought tremendous dividend to Nigeria as a whole. It has allowed young people have a voice and platform to expressing their creativity, energy and talent, with the slow rate of employment growth, Nollywood has been able to fill the vacuum and play a pivotal role in restoring hope for job creation for the average Nigerian youth. 

Nollywood can accommodate administrators, technicians, creative/talented persons, legal professionals etc. The industry does not only entertain Nigerians but Africa as a whole and slowly elevating to the global stage, “hopefully”, we just need to get things right and attract more serious investors/ investments.

The hands at the other side of the lens, “the entertainment content producers seem to underrate or are ignorant of the powers of the industry and its impact/ influence on the audience, communities, nation, continent and the world as a whole.

Through Nollywood we are slowly eroding our culture and moral values; it can be a transformation tool or a disintegration tool, as stakeholders in the industry we all want to make profits but are we interested in the impact of our content on the audience. The question is, are we building or destroying the moral values of our culture? From the inception of Nollywood up until now, what has been the value of the Nigerian youths, the young men and women, is it getting better or worse? These are the leaders of tomorrow, are we building a stronger tomorrow with our entertainment content or a weaker one.

The Nollywood invasion is a welcome development without a doubt but we must apply it wisely and make sure the hands behind the lens, mics and pens are talented professionals, nation builders and not destroyers, so the world will have a positive view of the industry and the nation, also adding positive values to the consumers which is mainly the youths, thereby making the world a better place. Let our conscience be our guide and not money or Hollywood, even thou we must still learn from them at the same time.

As I drop my pen, I will say, “Hail Nollywood”, keep invading and conquer the world but do it wisely with social responsibility at the back of our minds, Showing Hollywood how to entertain.

Vom Model

VOM MODEL

VOM : Lets do a rundown of the appearances you have made as a model?

CAROLINE : I'm upcoming and I don't live in Nigeria, so I haven't made much appearances.

 

VOM : How did you get into modeling ?

CAROLINE: Like I said before, I'm upcoming, I'm still working my way through. I decided one day that I was going to take Modelling serious and then took the next step which was to have a portfolio. It was my first photo session with any photographer; his name is Olumide. Hours after my photo shoot, he concluded that I have what it takes to be a mole and considered every foot step I took or still making in the industry.

 

VOM : Has modeling paid off ?

CAROLINE: It has paid off, "pay off " to me means, it has given me that opportunity to show my true self to the society, yes it has paid off!

 

VOM : What do you do when you are not modeling ?

CAROLINE: If I'm not Modeling, I'm busy with school work. I'm based in Houston, Texas. Sometimes the work load is hectic.

 

VOM : How do you handle male admirers ?

CAROLINE: I'm hardly ever interested in any relationship, so I try to keep my distance, when I know it's fruitless.

 

VOM : What exactly is it that you can’t do as a model ?

CAROLINE: As a model, I cannot take naked pictures because I respect my family name and it's my personal practice. I would also like to tell those out there that you don't have to be nude to be successful in this industry.

 

VOM : Any advice for girls trying to get into the modeling industry ?

CAROLINE: My advice is to keep pushing yourself, don't show how desperate you are , because then people will look down on you.

 

STATISTICS

Measurements :

Height : 5ft. 9

City you rep : Lagos

Favourite rappers / singers : Blackmagic / Omawunmi

Celebrity crush : No one in particular

Biggest turn-ons : Wisdom

Biggest turn-offs : Bad Breathe

 

Twitter : @carolyne_xo

Instagram : @Karolyne_xo

Facebook : caroline Ikpea

Website : http://carollinetherealme.blogspot.com

Agent / Contact : Onyinye Ekeneme

 

Featured DJ

DJ Screech gives us a wonderful mix

This edition of Voice Out Magazine presents to you a mixtape , the mixtape is being hosted by DJ Screech.

VOM: How are you doing, Can we meet you?

DJ SCREECH: I’m good, thank you. I’m Femi by name but people know me as DjScreech, a final year student of FUTA, akure ondo state. I’m from ondo state; I’m the 3rd from 4. Easy going, loyal, ready to meet new people, ready to work, A real Christian.

 

VOM: How did you originally get into Djing?

DJ SCREECH: Every Friday night and Sunday afternoon I’m always on my radio, listening to Dj mix  by great DJs, so I thought to myself if I can work on it I can do it, so when I got my laptop first I did was to get the software which I did I had to search for means to get someone to put me through the djing work but It wasn’t easy because I didn’t get someone to, then I had to start teaching myself what I didn’t know, till I got a dj in school who decided to help, massive shout out to DjStormz, he actually made me a better dj and he was the one who gave me the name Djscreech big grin to him, that was the beginning of Djscreech.  

 

VOM: Was there any discouragement when you started out as a DJ?

DJ SCREECH: YES, a lot, first my parents thought it was not a good idea, mixing my school work and the Dj work together, they were scared but today they ask me how is my Dj work going, and they appreciate my work, Secondly, not seeing someone to put me through was discouraging I was so discouraged because my friends kept on saying I was making noise, but I didn’t stop the noise till I started making more sense, but now I’m so glad the same friends are always with me at almost every party I gig.

 

VOM: What challenges did you face when starting off?

DJ SCREECH: I think the most challenges I had was when I get a gig first I was making lotta mistake joining my bills and instrument bills together, it was a huge mistake because at the end I don’t really gain more, but money wasn’t the issues and sometimes I don’t get even get my balance paid so I just ignore sometimes, I keep on praying more jobs would come, another challenge was getting good instruments for the gig to satisfy people, collecting it wasn’t a challenge but returning what I go was the challenge, leaving a venue by 3am, waking up 6am to go return the instruments was so challenging but I got used to it, and it was fun.

 

VOM: What challenges are you facing now as a DJ?

DJ SCREECH: The only challenge I’m facing is how I challenge myself and how I how I can burst out into the dj industry. That’s the only challenge I think I’m facing now.

 

VOM: How do you know a HIT song?

DJ SCREECH: First, the song production, I don’t really think must lyrics make a song a hit song, but the production, how the artiste handles the production, the mxing and mastering also come in, the rate at which the popularity wants the song, with that I think when  I listen to the track I can call it a hit song.

 

VOM: What is your take on the music industry?

DJ SCREECH: ermmm, the music industry, all I can say they are really trying nothing much, thumbs up to them.

 

VOM: What are the qualities of a good DJ?

DJ SCREECH: when he/she knows what they are doing, how they handle their mixing, they know what the people want, and they are their best always.

 

 

VOM: If you were not a DJ what would you be doing?

DJ SCREECH: Maybe I will be on the pitch playing football. Football is another passion for me.

 

VOM: How would you describe your first gig?

DJ SCREECH: Scary, I was shaking but I said to myself I could do it,  I couldn’t hold the party for long, though it was a birthday party so I had to stop some hours later and started playing my mixtapes so when the birthday was over everybody left and I packed all I brought.

 

VOM: How do you select music for a gig you are meant to perform?

DJ SCREECH: depends on how the gig is going and how the ginger comes in. music flows in the mind, sometimes playing a song can make you know the next song you wanna mix the third comes into your mind and the fourth too and so on, music is a real bae.

 

VOM: What is your best moment as a Dj?

DJ SCREECH: My best moment as a Dj… hmmm, I think that will be Christmas Eve 2013. It was a massive turn out at the club lotta fun, crazy night, I loved it.  That was my best moment, I Dj’ed I danced, there was nothing I didn’t do that night. Lips sealed. Lol. Babes just started coming to my stand shouting screaming. I was like oh oh oh oh.

 

VOM: Now DJs operate in different areas of field such as performance Djs , mixtape DJs , club DJs , and radio DJs , What is your main focus ?

DJ SCREECH: been a club dj Is my main focus, I added the mixtape dj too to my library and it’s not so bad so far , which I love so much, but I want to advance and learn more and be more a radio dj. I think with that I can nod my head and say I’m good to go.

 

VOM: I saw your mixtapes , tell us more about the mixtapes?

DJ SCREECH: HappyMix is like a project I’m working on; I made it a seasonal mixtape. Though I’m still on the first season, but each season will end up in the third episode, which I just rounded the first season. HappyMixS01E1-3 is a dancehall mixtape, for my party lover fans I made it for them and I had some nice and encouraging comments which are helping out. 

 

VOM: What gear do you use for your craft? 

DJ SCREECH: A mixer and my laptop is what I use for now, and I’m about to get my full turntable. That’s what I use.

 

VOM: What projects are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in 2015?

DJ SCREECH: I had a plan to work on a mixtape for upcoming artiste, now I’m glad the plan is really coming out, and i want to work on some tracks to feature some artiste, and I hope it comes out well, HappyMixS02E01 should be out real soon. And hope people can hear more of me and appreciate me.

Music Producer

Blazing beats by Major Bangz

VOM : Give us some background on what sparked your interest in producing?

Major Bangz : The history of my production line all started way back in 2000, I started making beats on the legendary yamaha psr 150,which is one of the oldest models in the psr series.

I use to with midi loops, save them then add some melodies to it....As at that time, i had no access to computer softwares.

When i got admitted into UNN nsukka, I saw My room mates Noizque and beatoven using FL studio 3...I got really interested in it. AND THIS IS IT.

 

VOM : Describe your big breakout beat or production?

Major Bangz : I already have 3 big breakout productions which are: parcel (A BIG NWA),ALOBAM AND Lil kesh shoki both the original and the remix.

But my biggest would lil kesh`s shoki..My first recognition came from parcel due to the way phyno called my name "Hmmmm MAJOR BANGZ”

 

VOM : How long did it take you to transform from being a beatmaker to producer?

Major Bangz : Well, I would say it took a long while..But the honest truth is i`ve always being a producer because ,I love bringing to the table my own idea of what i think the track should be like..I like contributing to the writing process, the delivery process, the mixing and mastering process as well.

 

VOM : How will a producer pick an artiste he wants to work with, when you have many artistes out there and you need to approach one you want to work with?

Major Bangz : Well, Is not about the fact that there are so-many artistes out there but it depends on what works best for me as the producer..I like working with someone determined..some one with the hunger and drive to succeed..someone that is willing to learn, some with a good conscience. Some one that is ready to sail with me to victory.

And finally, a music genius with a high level of music experience that can chop any beat..Thats the type of artist i want to work with..

 

VOM : Songs produced for phyno were great songs with a superb productions , CONGRATULATIONS !, tell us what the whole production process was like with him?

Major Bangz : My experience working with phyno was amazing because , he`s also a producer as well...He know exactly what he wants and whats works best for him..

He`s a genius..we always keep it 100 when we work..

 

VOM : Can you tell us the studio gear that was used for the recording and production of PARCEL and YAYO?

Major Bangz : I use so many music production gears....I made parcel and yayo with FL studio 11 , Cubase 5 and Tracks CS.

 

VOM : What strategy did you use to perfect your craft as a producer?

Major Bangz : the strategy i used is called the "GETTING BETTER BY THE SECOND PRINCIPLE"...A process where you ensure that every new project must be better than the former the hunger to get better.

 

VOM : How did you come up with that name “ MAJOR BANGZ “

Major Bangz : Well my former name used to be medes banks..medes came from the name of the great scientist "archimedes" whose principle was the floatation of metals in water then i decided to change it to something catchy..so i chose MAJOR..meaning Major chords...it became major banks...Then i decided to change the spelling of the banks to bangz becos if anyone googles major banks, all u see is the major financial banks in nigeria which will be difficult spotting my profile.

 

VOM : What are the attributes of a good record producer?

Major Bangz : The attributes of a good producer are many..But lemme name a few.

  1. A good producer is a great researcher....Which means that he has to have a great hunger for new sounds..He tries his best to predict what the next trend will be...

 

  1. A good producer takes risk....which means that he has to experiment to make something new

 

  1. A good producer must understand the exact direction of the artist.

 

  1. A Good producer must have some degree of perfectionism in him/her....

 

 

VOM : What percentage of artistes you have recorded for in the studio can perform live (not lip-syncing) on stages with a band?  And why?

Major Bangz : All of them...The thing is using a live band is great but we have to understand the type of crowd they want to use it for...

what if the crowd are so much in love with the beat and the live band cannot emulate the exact beat for the artist to sing or rap on....the show will definitely be f#*ked...So in case most of them love using their CDs.

 

VOM : Nigerian entertainment sphere does not pay producers royalties for songs they produce so producers collect full payment , would you have wanted royalties and why?

Major Bangz : I would have wanted royalties because you make percentages of everything the does with the song..whether concerts, digital downloads, endorsements it will be cool...

 

VOM : Do you work solely as a producer or do you engineer as well?

Major Bangz : I do both...because thats what makes u a producer..

 

VOM : For those who don’t know , what are some of the hit songs you have worked on and produced?

Major Bangz : For those who dont know me, this are the list of songs i`ve produced

i:olamide lambebe

ii:Dive Etighi 2012

iii Tonto dike high video version

iv lil kesh shoki ft davido and olamide

v  phyno    alobam,parcel,nme nme,good die young,yayo

vi illbliss ft chidinma   powerful

vii:phenom ft reminecse    ashawo

viiii:taikoon       let me know

sammie gravano ft chandon lucas  naked

 taikoon ft banky w and ice prince    respect my hustle

 

VOM : Tell us about being an Audio Scientist ?

Major Bangz : Being an audio scientist feels great, I`m all about my research and my quest for continous trend setting and being one of the greatest producers in this continent.

 

VOM : What tools (hardware / software) do you use to produce your songs ?

Major Bangz : I use so many softwares, FL studio, logic pro on mac, cubase and sony acid pro.

 

VOM : What kind of preparation do you think artistes should embark on before entering the studio to record a song?

Major Bangz : Before entering the studio to work, The artist must feel inspired....u need to have faith in your producer and be sensitive as well as being ever ready to come up with chorus ideas that can even inspire the producer more..

 

VOM : Which artiste(s) are you willing to work with , that you have never worked with?

Major Bangz : Honestly,this 2015,i want to work with phyno, olamide, timaya, burna boy, wande coal, flavour, remincese, davido, wizkid, runtown, patoranking, tiwa savage, waje, illbliss etc.

 

VOM : Tell us about Diamond Bank #YouNeedANewBank remix competition?

Major Bangz : Diamond bank #youneedANewBank competition is about empowering the winners with the platform to become superstars...Im happy that alot of upcoming artist participated.

 

VOM : If you were to effect changes in the entertainment sector in Nigeria , what policies will you push for the government to enforce?

Major Bangz : I will love to ensure that producers start earning royalties for their work...That will make producers more dedicated to the artist they work for..

 

VOM : How can people find you on online?

Major Bangz : Finding me online is simple,my twitter handle is @majorbangz1,instagram is also @majorbangz1 or they can send me an email majorbangz@gmail.com

 



Filmmaker

Through the eye of a filmmaker

Filmmakers know it is essential that they have a crystal clear vision for their movies, they take necessary steps to make the writers imagery into realities, who fits into this description ? Tope Oshin Ogun will be sharing some experience with us.


VOM: You are a multiple award winning Filmmaker; Director, Producer, Actor, Dialogue Coach and Casting Director , what came first?
TO : Acting came first, then Dialogue Coach, then Director

VOM: I want to first ask about your experience in the ongoing TINSEL , and being the only female director of the interesting drama series?
TO : Tinsel being a first of its kind soap opera was an exciting experience for me. Being the only female was an even greater blessing for me. I got my confidence as a director from joining the Tinsel team and directing it through the seasons.

VOM: How did you feel when you were contacted to direct some episodes of TINSEL?
TO : At the time, it felt like the best day of my life! lol! My dream, right there in my palms! The world, my oyster!

VOM: You’ve done a lot of TV, as well. Is there anything particular that you’ve learned from TV that influences the films you have made?
TO : Oh yes! Being trained first as a multi cam director, and working within the multi cam TV system, where everything is planned on paper before you shoot a frame has greatly impacted on my career as a film director, because by and large, you’re done visualising the finished product of your movie even before it is made. This makes it easy to share your vision with your crew/team, and helps shoot go faster and the entire production process down to editing is done in half the time. TV has helped me apply precision to my work as a filmmaker.

VOM: Tell us about your working relationship with the TINSEL cast and crew?
TO : It was indeed exciting. Working with the TINSEL cast and crew felt like working with family. It’s a close knit family. When you’ve worked with people for years, you just grow beyond being colleagues. I’ve missed them dearly for the past 1 year that I’ve left, but we must move on to greater things, greater conquests, new terrains. 

VOM: How physically demanding was working on the production of TINSEL?
TO : It was quite demanding, as resumption at work daily is 6am, to start shooting at 7am. And sometimes, we don't finish shoot for the day till about 7pm. And sometimes, this is inclusive of weekends.

VOM: Lets talk about your background?
TO : I’m a Christian, raised in a Christian home to parents who are both ministers of God. I’m the 4th child and last girl in a conservative family of 6 children. I studied Theatre Arts, T.V. & Film Production at the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos and Filmmaking Techniques & Methodologies at Colorado Film School, Aurora, Denver, Colorado.

VOM: How did this film making journey start?
TO : I started out acting from stage plays while studying Theatre in LASU. Afterwards, I morphed into directing with good encouragement from older colleagues who helped me discover my inclinations and gifting.

VOM: We discovered you had done a few short films, why short films?
TO : Besides being a commercial filmmaker/director/producer, I have a message to the world. I have a voice. So from time to time, in between commercial projects, shorts help me express my thoughts and messages to the world.

VOM: Have your short films been shown at festivals?
TO :  Oh yes, severally. With a lot of awards to show.

VOM: Any nominations of your short films at festivals for awards? If  yes, which festivals?
TO : Oh, you’d really like the list of awards and nominations? Okay, you asked:


AWARDS WON
Special Jury Award
“New Horizons”
AFRICA MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS (AMAA) 2014

Best Narrative Film
‘The Young Smoker’
SLUM FILM FESTIVAL, NAIROBI 2013

Best Director 
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2012 
’Till Death Do Us Part’

Best Film
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2012 
’Till Death Do Us Part’

Best Actress
IN -SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2012 
’Till Death Do Us Part’

Best Short Film (Nigeria)
ABUJA INTL FILM FESTIVAL 2012
’Till Death Do Us Part’

Most Outstanding Female Act
ABUJA FILM FESTIVAL 2012 
’Till Death Do Us Part’

Audience Prize for Best Short Film
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Lagos 2011
‘The Young Smoker’

Best Editing
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Lagos 2011
‘The Young Smoker’

Special Jury Mention 
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Lagos 2011 
‘The Young Smoker’

AWARD NOMINATIONS
Best Short Film Nomination - ‘Till Death Do Us Part”
NOLLYWOOD MOVIES AWARDS (NMA) 2013

Best Short Film Award nomination - ‘The Young Smoker’
AFRICAN MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS (AMAA) 
Lagos, Nigeria, 2012

Outstanding Film in Directing nomination - ’Till Death Do Us Part’
ABUJA INTL FILM FESTIVAL 
Abuja, Nigeria, 2012

Best Short Film nomination - ‘The Young Smoker’
ABUJA INTL FILM FESTIVAL 
Abuja, Nigeria, 2012

Best Director nomination - ‘The Young Smoker’
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Lagos, Nigeria, 2011

Best Film nomination - ‘The Young Smoker’
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Lagos, Nigeria, 2011

Most Outstanding Short Film nomination - ‘The Young Smoker’
THE AUDIO VISUAL AWARDS (TAVA)
Lagos, Nigeria, 2012

Most Outstanding Short Film nomination - ’Till Death Do Us Part’ 
THE AUDIO VISUAL AWARDS (TAVA) 
Lagos, Nigeria, 2012 

Best Screenplay Nomination - ’Till Death Do Us Part’
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Lagos, Nigeria, 2012 

Best Editing Nomination - ’Till Death Do Us Part’
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Lagos, Nigeria 2012 

Best Cinematography Nomination - ’Till Death Do Us Part’
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Lagos, Nigeria 2012 

Best Sound Nomination - ’Till Death Do Us Part’
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Lagos, Nigeria 2012 

Best Actor Nomination - ’Till Death Do Us Part’
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Lagos, Nigeria 2012 

Best Cinematography nomination - ‘The Young Smoker’ 
IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Lagos, Nigeria, 2011

Best Sound nomination - ‘The Young Smoker’
 IN-SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Lagos, Nigeria, 2011

VOM: Many short films were written , directed and produced by the filmmaker, but some 
people also went ahead to shoot , edit and do sound design, what do you do when shooting short films?

TO : I direct and produce basically. I can do other things, but I chose to stick mostly to these two.

VOM: Can you give us an insight into your preferred filmmaking scenario – favourite kit , locations , crew and actors?
TO :Preferred filmmaking scenario? Great budget! Finish! Everything else is possible when there’s a good money to actualise.

VOM: What are the challenges you face in the industry as a filmmaker?
TO : Adequate funding.

VOM: Any advice for first-time filmmakers?
TO : Hone your craft. Develop yourself constantly and stay in touch with the best practices in the world of filmmaking.

VOM: Are there decisions you took as a director on set which you regret and could have done differently?
TO : Oh yeah. Compromise on a great shot or scenario cos of time, and you realise in edit and when the film is done and out, that those extra minutes you could have spent achieving what you originally planned would have been well worth it.

VOM: What do you do to get the best from your cast and crew?
TO : I carry them along with my vision from the get go. So everyone on my set, cast and crew, are aware of what my goal is and what I’m trying to achieve on the project. We work together as one family and come out with great results.

VOM: What movie got you out there as a director?
TO : Each job I’ve directed has come with its own unique “noise”.

VOM: Your husband is also in the same business – is that a good thing or a bad thing?
TO :  A very good thing. He writes, I direct and produce. What do you think? :)

VOM: How do you view the current filmmaking situation in Nigeria?
TO : Its at an exciting phase, where we are making better movies, better stories and reaching farther.

VOM: Are things getting easier for filmmakers now that technology is getting better and cheaper?
TO : Not necessarily. As technology gets cheaper, the demands get higher and the bar is raised higher. 

VOM: Is there any of your completed projects that will surprise people , presumably you’ve used pretty small budgets?
TO : Answer

VOM: What are the qualities of a good filmmaker?
TO : Vision. Precision. Great manager of talents and resources.

Sports

Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid (5-3 on penalties) UEFA Champions League final 2016

The game came on and we all were enthusiastic and were interested in watching the lovely game of football between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, the game went on for 90 minutes and what we could have as scores was just 1 - 1 to each side.

An extra time was given and we still did not get additional goals, hence the need for penalties, which saw real madrid winning with 5 - 3.

Real Madrid got the cup and medals, the runners-up medal was given to atletico madrid , but they took them off moments after it was placed on their neck.

We here on Voice Out Magazine, started a contest for our web visitors to predict the scoreline,but we did not get a winner. We are still itching to give out gifts so we have something up our sleeves. Watch Out

Events and Weddings

AMVCA 2016

The AMVCA event is an annual event organized by Multichoice, this event recognizes the outstanding achievements in film and television.

The event this year was well organized and many attendees lauded the effort of the organizers, so many actors graced the event and they were gorgeously dressed.

Fashion

The Emmy Awards 2015

Another annual Emmy Awards has come and gone and has left us with distinct fashion trends for the season! Was it I alone or did everyone see all the gorgeous outfits that were worn to this very glamorous event?
Last year’s red carpet was packed with over-the-top glamour, too-cool looks, and swoon-worthy styles. Some of our favorite celebs proved that great minds think alike as we saw five standout trends: red, soft metallics, white, pops of color, and bold beading.

Orange was the new black at the awards. Kerry Washington led the charge in a gorgeous strapless Prada dress that was trimmed with crystals while Heidi Klum came in Zac Posen. The red gowns were on fire that day with Clair Danes, January Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus letting us know just how hot red can be! 

With summer almost rounding up some celebs still wore the season’s colour of white before the season wraps up and autumn creeps in. Michelle Monaghan’s long-sleeved outfit was a shining example, as was Anna Chlumsky’s Zac Posen dress and Laverne Cox’s custom Marc Bouwer gown. Sofía Vergara wore a clean white dress by Roberto Cavalli which proved that no matter the color or designer she wears, she always looks phenomenal! Kate Mara and Julia Roberts, Jessica Pare and, Gwen Stefani who wore versace, all worked boldly beaded gowns. Amanda Peet, breezed into the red carpet with in an ethereal petal-print dress and growing baby bump.

On the beauty front, there weren't as many statement nails as there have been in past years, but there were a handful of celebs that opted for pretty pink manicures: Zooey Deschanel and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting were two of our favorites.  Fashion and beauty trends? We spied center parts, tousled bobs, statement bows and plunging necklines (as usual). We also noticed an accessories trend cropping up- Ear cuffs! January Jones went for the trend, Michelle Dockery rocked a cuff by Ana Khouri provided by LoveGold, and Taylor Schilling wore a Forevermark cuff earring. 

So who was my best dressed at the Emmy’s last year? Hard to say but, my most gorgeous dress for the evening is definitely Clair Danes’ red Givenchy dress! For perfect ensemble (dress, fit and carriage), my choice for the evening is Sofia Vergara.

Behind The Scene

OJUJU the movie

Congratulations on your new movie, “ OJUJU “ ,  we have read a few releases online about the movie, we would like to feature the movie in our behind the scenes section of our magazine.
We have some questions below, we would also like to have a few behind the scene pictures for this publication, preferably 5 to 8 pictures including the on the set pictures of the filmmaker. 

VOM : How did you conceive the film idea “ojuju” , since it was written and directed by you?
FILMMAKER : I was visiting a friend in this slum neighbourhood, and I noticed the peculiar features of this environment. It had one point of ingress and egress; as well as the fact that they had only one source of water from which everyone in the area fetched water from. That immediately lit a bulb in my head, and I knew that was a premise for something. I just didn’t know what exactly. As I continued my visits there, I would further observe the environment, and the people there, how they lived, how they talked. It’s a known statistic that about 70 Million Nigerians don’t have access to clean drinking water. And I’ve often wondered about that – how if an epidemic resulting from drinking polluted water were to occur, the people living in the slums would be the most hit. So for me, it was simply a question of marrying that known fact, with the realities surrounding a slum community, case in quote – this particular slum with one point of ingress and egress; which basically means that if the epidemic spreads it would be difficult for survivors to escape, being that the only point of exit is blocked out by flesh eating zombies, or in this case Ojujus. I was also heavily influenced by the old George Romero zombie films that I grew up on. Those thoughts were the birthing seeds of what would later become the script for Ojuju, and because It wasn’t too much of the fantasy stuff, but rather relying on a real and authentic environment, the screenplay pretty much wrote itself. I believe I had a first draft ready in 3 days.

VOM : How was the casting done?
FILMMAKER: Some of the actors were people we already wanted to work with, like Gabriel Afolayan, Kelechi Udegbe, Paul Utomi and Meg Otanwa - so we pretty much casted them right off the bat. Then we held an audition in Surulere, Lagos few days before the shoot proper. From the audition, I was able to cast the likes of Omowunmi Dada, who played the female lead. Yvonne Enakhena. Brutus Richard. And a few others. 

VOM : What film gear did you use to shoot the movie “Ojuju”
FILMMAKER: We shot on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC), and a Canon 5D Mark II and III. Also a GoPro for Aerial and underwater shots. Because of the no-budget nature of the film, it was just impossible to stick with a particular gear through the duration of the shoot. We just had to work with what was available, as well as what worked for us.

VOM : Blackmagic Production Cinema Camera was used, why the choice of blackmagic ?
FILMMAKER: The BMCC was available to me at the time, so it was a question of doing high definition, but without that DSLR “flash” look, that’s almost generic to the 7Ds and the 5Ds. But in the end, we didn’t have the BMCC all through, and we ended up shooting on a 5D anyways. It was just a convenience choice. We stuck with cameras that allowed us to shoot on the go, and not worry about backing up rushes, or editing bulky footage, and what not. We stuck with choices that suited us. Simply put – we cut our coat according to our size.

VOM : Nigeria has not shot many horror flicks , how did the cast cope with interpretation of their lines in this new terrain.
FILMMAKER: I think the actors are best suited to answer that. But if I were to have a go at it, I would say that I was quite fortunate with the actors that I worked with on Ojuju. They may not be the biggest names in the industry, but I say this everywhere – they are definitely the cream of the crop. Even without any rehearsals they still came through. Some of them got the scripts just days to the shoot. Brutus got the script on location. But they really did get it. I mean, they understood what we were trying to achieve. And as much as it wasn’t a perfect attempt, they were able to basically grasp the idea and deliver. And they were very willing to explore new territory, as well as place this enormous faith in me. I know a few actors who didn’t want to have anything to do with the film because they were scared. Most actors like to play it safe, and stay in familiar courts. But these actors, they were really bold, and adventurous. And I think a lot of what they brought to the film stems from that adventurous spirit.

VOM : Tell us about the festivals you were nominated in or won with “Ojuju the Movie”?
FILMMAKER: We premiered Ojuju at the Africa International Film Festival held in Tinapa, Calabar in November 2014. It was nominated for virtually every feature film category, and it won the award for Best Nigerian Film. We were beyond shocked. I didn’t see that coming. Especially with all the big budget films competing. We also took the film to the Eko International Film Festival in Lagos, also in November. The Film has also been accepted most recently at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, California where it will be screening come February 2015. Quite a number of reputable film festivals around the world have indicated interest in screening Ojuju. Right now, we’re kinda sieving through the right ones. Because what you don’t want to do as a filmmaker is get carried away by all the festivals. You want to screen your film at the right festivals, where it gets to the right audiences and gets the right exposure.


VOM : Did you have doubts in you that you were going into a terrain(genre) Nigerians do not operate in when you were about to start pre-production ?
FILMMAKER: I think every filmmaker who delves into unpopular territory will have doubts. I had doubts in the audience accepting what I was putting out. I had doubts in the market, the distributors wanting to even distribute what I was putting out. And these doubts are quite justified. We are in every sense a nascent industry. We’re like a plane still about to take-off. There’s a whole lot of safety measures that are strictly adhered to, and it’s like we haven’t taking off yet. When we do take off – it might be different, ‘cause then we’ll have the atmosphere to ourselves. The atmosphere is space and it’s free. But right now we’re stuck on the seatbelt, listening to the metaphorical steward telling us what to do and what not to do, if we want to make sells. And those who ignore, often times are seen as rebels. Even when they don’t plan to be rebels. They just want to do special things. But the doubts are genuine, you know. But one thing I decided a long time ago is that if I’m going to make films I’m never going to do anything simple. Otherwise, I would be going against my very nature. I have to be able to challenge myself, and push myself, if I’m ever going to feel alive doing this. Otherwise, I might as well as just quit and go back to my boring 9 to 5.

VOM : If you could change any policy in Nigeria to help filmmakers , what would it be?
FILMMAKER:
I’m not aware of any existing policy that caters to filmmakers. I’m strictly speaking for myself here. Because, if there was I never would have made Ojuju without a budget. We would have had funding for it. And you would think, that coming out of the experience of making Ojuju without a budget, and having it gain all this attention, for a film with no financial backing, you would think that financiers would line up at my door step, just waiting to fund my next project – you would think that, but that’s not case. In a country, where they truly care about film, and care about improving the film industry, and have us compete at the highest levels possible, you’ve got to allow the filmmakers access to funds. It’s not rocket science. Right now, filmmakers in Nigeria create magic. Because we’re all basically independent.  And trust me “independent” here means “independent” for real. You are on your OWN. The people who ought to be paying attention aren’t paying attention. It’s like we’re spilling our blood here to keep folks entertained but no one gives a damn. It’s like this - what do we have to do before they pay attention? We’ve hit the brick wall here. And yet you still hear people complaining about Nigerian films, like seriously? Are you kidding me?

VOM : What advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers?
FILMMAKER:
Make sure that you really truly love film. If you want to be famous, rich and have paparazzi all over you, please don’t be a filmmaker. Leave it for those who really truly have love for the craft. I beg you. But if you really, truly love film, and you think you have something to offer, then brace yourself for the journey. It will be hard. And that’s putting it mildly.

VOM : There is been a craze for shooting in 4k and downscaling, what is your take?
FILMMAKER:
My take on all the 4k talk is this. Do what works for you. The problem we have is that most people don’t really know what they want. So when they hear shooting 4k is cool, they want to shoot 4k. And when they hear HD is cool, they want to shoot HD. Do what works for you. I can’t stress it enough. The problem though with the philosophy of doing what works for you is that you actually have to KNOW what you want. This involves the laborious duty of actually knowing the technical aspects of filmmaking, and many people have very little patience for that. They just want to shoot on a RED and get it over with. Till we start understanding that Film is an art expression, and start approaching it as an artist would, in a very personal way, we’re always going to have silly debates about shooting 4k and what not. You’re either the filmmaker who tells good stories that move people, or you’re the filmmaker who’s worried about shooting on 4k or 20k.

VOM : What is your take on the New Nollywood, in comparison to the Old Nollywood ?
FILMMAKER:
Honestly, such debates about New Nollywood or Old Nollywood bore the crap out of me. They’re even worse than the 4k debate. What does it matter what’s old and what’s new. Like really. Let’s think about it. Here in Nigeria, they say the New Nollywood is the bunch of new filmmakers right, who basically think they’re the bomb and know everything and think the old guys are outdated and cramping their style. Then you have the Old Nollywood which is made up of the old guys, who think the New guys are silly, arrogant, impatient and lack respect. I’ll tell you why all this labeling is silly – how does that help us advance? How does that help make better films? How does that help put money into the hands of creative people who actually want a real chance at being able to create at the highest levels possible, but because of silly labeling or who belongs to who and who belongs to what, he or she won’t get that chance. I look at countries like South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, and I want to weep for Nigeria. We’re busy debating over 4k and who’s New or Old Nollywood, while these nations are going to Cannes, making their nations proud, fostering foreign investment and boosting their economies. Doesn’t that just make us the silliest of people? I’m not new Nollywood. I’m not any label. I’m just a filmmaker who wants to make good films. In the end, that’s all that matters. And that’s all that should matter to anyone, if you really, truly love film.

VOM : Film school vs Apprenticeship ? Which one would you pick for aspiring filmmakers and why?
FILMMAKER:
It’s a personal decision. Some people don’t do very well in a formal learning environment. It might even inhibit them. A few renowned directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, Alfonso Cuarón, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez actually swear against film school. And these guys aren’t doing too badly, if you agree. Others go to film school, and they go on and do great things. Thing though is, information is just so readily accessible that one begins to question the wisdom in paying an enormous amount of money on film tuition only to be taught something you would have learnt on some YouTube tutorial, when you may save up the tuition and use it to shoot your first film, and get the most valuable diploma any filmmaker can hope to gain – experience. But that’s just one train of thought. The most important thing is training and leaning. Film like any other field requires time to master. But unlike most other fields, a lot of it is practical and less theoretical. So whether you get your learning from a film school, or from a seasoned filmmaker, get your leaning, and never stop.

VOM : How do you think we can solve film distribution problems in Nigeria?
FILMMAKER:
We can’t say this enough. We need more people getting into the cinema chain business. We can’t just have two or three cinema chains in the entire country. It doesn’t make any sense. We have all these people with money, spending it on new films, with no place to distribute them. That’s penny wise, pound foolish. I mean, let us fact the truth and quit all this lollygagging. We don’t even have the slimmest chance of sustaining a film industry if we can’t effectively distribute our films. So all stakeholders and moneybags should quit all the talk, and get back on the drawing board. First things first – build cinemas everywhere.

Music Video Making

Music Video Making : CI JIZZLE

We need to appreciate the music video making process, the work that is put in by the director, artiste , production crew, editor etc.
We will embark on a journey with C I Jizzle to show us how he made some of the videos he made. 

VOM: Lets meet you?
CI JIZZLE : I am Mazi C I Jizzle (pronounced jizzlay) , although people pronounce my name wrongly, am a director not just a music video director. 

VOM: What notable video productions can be attributed to you?
CI JIZZLE : I have done quite a few works like the recent dbanj’s feeling the nigga, kcee’s fine face , harrysong’s(mr songz) story and kolombo , and kabbar igun , my most recent job right now is champagne showers by emmy gee, the list is long though.

VOM : What made you interested in making music videos?
CI JIZZLE : I think I stumbled into music video because , am actually an artiste before music video director , yea , so I will say it all started with the whole situation I faced trying to shoot my own music video. 
I went to other directors and it was really expensive , so I decided to do my own thing. I always had the whole idea of how I want to shoot my stuff and how I wanted it , I needed to do it professionally so I had to go to film school.
Back in the day I would watch the DMX music videos and start to imagine myself as the artiste and how I would want the video to be made, that’s pretty much how it went.

VOM : Describe your process. To what extent does the artist collaborate with you or have a vision for the video?
CI JIZZLE : Firstly, it all depends on the client , I have clients who come up to me without a concept at all, they say this is the song what can you do with it? And I put every creative input into it. Then I also have some clients who know what they want they just need someone to put it out there for them. 
What I do is I take that concept they have and I build on top of it to suit them first of all and then suit me , at the end of the day it is a 50 – 50 situation. I have to shoot something that I like , I will be proud of and something they will like.
Feeling the nigga was actually dbanj’s idea I just worked  on it and shot it, but most artistes are usually coming up with the concept and they tell me I want this , I want that.  

VOM : You’ve worked with a wide range of artists—in terms of popularity, too—from kabar , mr songz, kcee to dbanj(db records). Did you notice any sort of difference in process correlated with popularity? In other words did you have issues managing the popular artistes?
CI JIZZLE : Actually the truth is I have never had a problem with the big artistes , I usually have problems with upcoming artistes or preferably upcoming artistes with lower budget. 
I don’t have problems with the big artistes , because when they come to me it is either they come with a big budget or a decent budget and everything seems to work out perfect, I have not had any problem with any big artiste.

VOM : Have you shot any movie , soap or short film?
CI JIZZLE : Okay , I have shot some besides the student film I shot , I did a public service announcement on ebola ,  campaign for one.org , I have also done DSTV ad, that’s pretty much what I have done. As I said earlier the film I did was a student film. 

VOM : What inspired the concept of JJC’s ERU?
CI JIZZLE : That video was all JJC’s idea , like I said you have clients who know what they want, he knew what he wanted and just did not want to direct it , so he came up with the idea and I just put my own twist to it and made it.

VOM : Can you tell me a little about the equipment(gear) you use for most video productions?
CI JIZZLE : When I shoot it depends on the budget first of all, if I have a very good budget I have the option between the RED Epic and ARRI Alexa , I use ARRI Alexa when the concept is like a film or storyline, if it is just a musical montage I use RED dragon.
For my lighting setup I usually have a formula which kind of stays the same on most shoots, I just build on it, I usually use the HMI , I prefer using soft lighting , am not really into the tungsten lighting procedure , that’s what I use for my music videos, depending on what am doing I just twist it a little bit. I love using HMI and I don’t like tungsten , I don’t like the yellow light.

VOM : Artistes now tell directors what camera they want him/her to use for the music video about to be shot, how do you treat this when it comes to you?
CI JIZZLE : I don’t just shoot Nigerian artistes , I shoot videos for other Nationalities , but Nigerians are the ones who particularly pick the red camera, I like DSLRs , I started out with DSLRs before I moved to the RED.I have artistes who come to me and say they want to shoot on the RED and I say well if you have the budget no problem, but if you don’t have the budget then I’ll tell you we have to shoot on the DSLR or another camera because of the situation, and I also try to explain to them that is not just about the camera , is about who is operating it.
I have used the DSLR a lot of time and I have achieved quality, I have shot videos on DSLR and you won’t believe it , you will think it was a RED. My first proper video was SKUKI featuring PHYNO “VoomVa” shot on a 5DmkIII , and I had people come up to me asking if it was shot on RED. If you have the budget shoot on RED if you don’t then use some other camera.

VOM : Do you use any special workflow in post that you want to share with aspiring video directors?
CI JIZZLE : Do you need from pre-production or production to post ?

VOM : Lets look at production to post production.
CI JIZZLE : I have all my scenes broken down , I usually have many scenes , I have my team which consists of about 10 people , which is my producer , DOP , gaffers , grip etc, after the shoot is concluded we go into post , sometimes I edit myself or I ask a team of editors to edit for me ,it depends on the job, because on some jobs am like I need to edit this myself because I feel am the only person who knows how it should come out.
After that we go into the grading , I usually grade or I take it to the refinery for grading.

VOM : If you could make any song into a video what would you choose?
CI JIZZLE : Hmmm! Let me think real quick , well I will pick this song and say I want to shoot myself , not because what was shot was not good, what was done was actually great, I will love to work with her and shoot her videos , that person is ASA , I love her videos and I wish to work with her, whoever makes her videos is so unique. That’s one person I will love to work with. 
Most artistes come to you saying they want the typical dance video , or they say I want to be in a big house , a nice car , but ASA’s video has got a lot of creativity being played out , and her songs too are experimental , unfortunately I don’t usually get artistes like ASA. Is mostly typical commercial guys that I shoot for. Her “ Jailer “ video is what I will want to do myself.

VOM : How do you describe the song “feeling the nigga” in 3 words?
CI JIZZLE :  “ feeling the video “ . Some scenes were missing in the video , most people watching won’t know that’s not all was shot. 

VOM : If an aspiring director approaches you on the street that he/she wants to get into music video directing , what advice will you give such a person ?
CI JIZZLE : Keep doing what you doing , put your all in it and focus,  hardwork and working smart will get you there. Whatever you do try and make it unique.

Filmmakers Crib

Shooting films in 4K

Are you a filmmaker? Have you started shooting in 4K? Movies are now being shot in 4K, initially some filmmakers frowned at it and said they could continue with the 2k after ll many homes do not have a 4K TV , but we all need to understand why we need to shoot in 4k , we might end up rendering in 1080P but we have our footages in 4K and we could always use that for the cinemas (DCP).

We do have a few cameras best known for shooting 4K ; RED , Sony , Canon , Blackmagic and just joining the list is Panasonic, some camera makers have 4K cameras but nothing for indie filmmakers not planning to spend much , but right now we have 4K cameras under $4,000.

This new development in high definition cameras means that double the amount of picture information can now be found in an image than was the case with the 2k option, which has historically been most used for digital filming.

One of the biggest benefits of having so much more ‘information’ in each picture is that it is sharper, clearer and better defined than is the case when working with 2k technology (a whole six megapixels bigger)
Shooting in 4K has got it’s pros and cons.

PROS
Very detailed images 
Cropping in post is phenomenal
Higher end format to sell to clients
Scaling down to 2K in post yields stunning results

CONS
Inefficient CODEC causes massive files, and the efficient CODEC produces large files
Lot of storage is required
Inability to edit natively
Mistakes are easier to spot

 

BLACKMAGIC PRODUCTION CAMERA 4K versus PANASONIC LUMIX GH4

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
The highly anticipated Blackmagic 4K Production Camera offers the sleek design of the original BMCC with 4K resolution. Early test footage shows that the quality is every bit as beautiful as it’s predecessor.
The camera, which just started shipping, has been plagued with release delays over the past year. Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty says that the delay is caused because the company needed to “replace a bunch of the software in the camera that handles the sensor calibration and image processing“. Blackmagic has recently dropped the price of the cam $1,000 (now only $3,000), making it the cheapest 4K production camera. That is until the GH4 is released…


The Panasonic Lumix GH4
Unlike the BMCC, the mirrorless GH4 doubles as a still photography camera when it’s not taking 4K footage. With an updated sensor and 4K compatibility, the GH4 offers DSLR lovers a camera for the modern age. Preliminary footage of the GH4 shows it’s capability and we are impressed.

The GH4 is not quite as cinematic as the BMCC, partly due to it’s MOV compression, as opposed to BMCC’s RAW recording. That being said it is still producing high quality footage that rivals even the most state-of-the-art DSLRs (we’re looking at you Canon Mark III). Early speculation has the GH4 priced at $1,500 but Panasonic has not released any details regarding the release.

NOTE: We have so many cameras that can shoot in 4k or even 6K but we just selected the two low entry cameras for filmmakers.

Cars

Cars

The latest Camry has this freshness we all want in a car, the bodywork is lovely, and the curves flow organically as you walk round the car, this is a gift you give out to a loved one and you will be so sure your loved one will receive the gift with so much happiness. 

The interior is superb, it was made with higher-quality interior materials, including the XSE’s faux-suede bits and tangy-red stitching on the dash and seats. There’s also a new 4.2-inch TFT display in the gauge cluster of most trims and a revised center stack that features a wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones.

SPECIFICATIONS
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5- passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED: $35,768 (base price: $32,195)
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 211 cu in, 3456 cc
Power: 268 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 109.3 in
Length: 190.9 in
Width: 71.7 in Height: 57.9 in
Passenger/cargo volume: 101/15 cu ft
Curb weight: 3484 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 14.3 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 21.6 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.1 sec
Standing ¼- mile: 14.3 sec @ 100 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 126 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 178 ft

Conclusion
In conclusion the new 2015 Toyota Camry XLE has got the most luxury in the Camry lineup , the new Camry is very competent on the road and delivers a quiet , comfortable more redefined ride quality than the outgoing model. 

The 2015 Camry XLE model comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The V6 has port fuel injection and is rated at 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The V6-equipped XLE is rated at 21/31 mpg city/highway, 25 mpg combined fuel mileage.

Contest

Who wins Champions League 2016

The champions league final is close , who will win the cup?  This is no betting contest.

We at Voice Out Magazine will like you to predict and win in this contest, what we want from you is the name of the club that you think will win the champion league final and also the winning scores. 

We will get all correct answers into our draw system and pick one lucky winner, you should enter once and invite your friends to take part in this contest, you could win 10,000 naira to buy more fuel foryour car or generator, you could take your loved ones out to eat some pizza or better still you could use the money to buy recharge cards for your phone.

Use this sample below to guess the scores correct winner after a draw will go home with N10,000, While the first correct winner to give the scoreline and how many cards(yellow and red) will be given to players, will be given 20,000 naira. 

Send your answers in below, followed by your email address. as can be seen below :

Sample :   Man City 4 - PSG 2   ,    8 Cards        ,    ade_smith@yahoo.com

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Technology

Ambulance Drone

The world is getting safer by the day, in the United States of America about 600,000 people die annually from heart attack , and we have unsubstantiated statistics claim that about 90,000 people suffer from heart attacks annually in Nigeria and some die.

Some people who suffer a heart attack could be saved if they received prompt medical attention within minutes but in a situation where the person is reached on time , the person could die.
A dutch student has brought forth a prototype tagged “ambulance drone” which most people know as a flying defibrillator .

The flying defibrillator can fly at speeds up to 100 km per hour(60 miles per hour) painting in emergency services yellow and driven by six propellers, the drone can carry a four kilogramme load (defibrillator).

Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive,'
The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes.'
The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient within a 12 square kilometre (4.6 square miles) zone within a minute, reducing the chance of survival from 8 percent to 80 percent.'
The drone tracks emergency mobile calls and uses the GPS to navigate

Once at the scene, an operator, like a paramedic, can watch, talk and instruct those helping the victim by using an on-board camera connected to a control room via a livestream webcam.
Momont, the inventor, however wants his drone to become a 'flying medical toolbox' able to carry an oxygen mask to a person trapped in a fire or an insulin injection to a diabetes sufferer.
However, the drone is still in its infancy as far as developing its steering mechanism and legal issues regarding its use are concerned, Momont said.
He said he hopes to have an operational emergency drone network across the Netherlands in five years.
The drone is expected to cost around 15,000 euros ($19,000) each.

'I hope it will save hundreds of lives in the next five years,' Momont said.
It is essential that the right medical care is provided within the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest,’

Operators can watch, talk and instruct those helping the victim by using an on-board camera
‘If we can get to an emergency scene faster we can save many lives and facilitate the recovery of many patients.
'This especially applies to emergencies such as heart failure, drownings, traumas and respiratory problems, and it has become possible because life-saving technologies, such as a defibrillator, can now be designed small enough to be transported by a drone.'

Health

Cosmetic Dentistry

We have noticed some Nigerian Artistes need to see the dentist to help boost their smile by improving on the colour or alignment of their teeth, we spoke to a dental surgeon who has so much love and interest in youths and the entertainment industry at large , she is also the director and principal dentist of SS Dental Clinic located in Victoria Island , Lagos State

 

Dr. Sadare, please would you introduce yourself to our readers by telling them something about your background?
My name is Dr. Iyabo Sofoluwe-Sadare and I am the Director and Principal Dentist of SS Dental Clinic. I started SS Dental Clinic 10 years ago. Before then, I had set up the dental clinic at Eko Hospital (Ikeja) and ran it for 13 years. SS Dental was set up to provide all aspects of dental care, at international standards, for the Nigerian family.


Why and when did you decide to go into dentistry?
I fell into dentistry by mistake. I had spent my secondary school years in the United Kingdom, but after my A Levels, I felt a strong urge to return to Nigeria (despite my father’s objections). My desire then was to study medicine at the University of Lagos, but I got my first acceptance for dentistry at the University of Ibadan. I accepted the place with the intention of changing back to Lagos to study medicine. I found that I quite liked dentistry, so when UNILAG offered me a place for medicine, I rejected it. Dentistry has now become not just a career, but a passion and I am truly grateful to God for showing me the right path.


You are known to be a crusader of cosmetic dentistry , What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is basically a series of dental treatments that improve the overall appearance of a person’s teeth, gums and bite. It involves the use of several specialties of dentistry such as:
•    Stain removal (for extrinsic stains)
•    Whitening (for intrinsic stains)
•    Restoration of decayed and/or fractured teeth with fillings, veneers and crowns,
•    Teeth straightening and repositioning orthodontically,
•    Replacement of missing teeth with implants.

What do you think is the current trend in cosmetic dentistry? 
The current trend in cosmetic dentistry is the ‘celebrity smile’. This started, I believe, with rapid technological advancements in the film, television and photography industries. 
Celebrities began to need to perfect every aspect of themselves, including their teeth. As is seen in the fashion industry, there is a trickle-down effect with most trends, and cosmetic dentistry is no different. People see their favorite celebrities and want to emulate them. They not only want to dress like them, but they want to possess the same brilliant smile. Cosmetic dentistry provides this, giving individuals some extra confidence in their overall looks. Now, cosmetic dentistry is extending into different spheres, such as those in wedding parties, athletes and job applicants. Even Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, had her teeth straightened and whitened before her wedding to William

You have been practicing dentistry for more than two decades now. What do you have to say about the dental state of our artistes?
The general level of dental care in Nigeria is very low, even amongst celebrities. We still have people who have never been to see a dentist. I think a lot of Nigerian celebrities are now beginning to see the need to visit the dentist. Something as simple as wearing red lipstick makes your teeth appear yellower, and with most of these celebrities being filmed and photographed in now HD, their imperfections are magnified.

What do we need to know about cosmetic dentistry?
As the years have gone by and technology has improved, cosmetic dentistry can now offer a faster turnaround for perfect smiles. You no longer have to undergo procedures that could take 1-2 years to complete. 

There are now procedures such as Six Month Smiles, which straightens, and completely perfects your smile in a much shorter time. You also no longer have to pay the lump sum before going ahead with your procedure as most dentists now offer payment plans to spread the cost of your treatment over a period of time. There are also new technological and procedural developments in restoring teeth to change color, appearance,  and replace missing teeth.

What is Six Months Smile?
Six Month Smiles is a very new form of orthodontic treatment for adults. As its slogan says, “Straight teeth, Less time, and Clear braces”. The treatment aims to reposition and straighten teeth in a much shorter span of time (approx. 6-9 months) with clear, tooth-colored braces. This is about a third of the time conventional braces take and has the added benefit of being cheaper.

How is this beneficial to Celebrities?
Six Month Smiles is perfect for celebrities who have to make appearances such as interviews, red carpet moments and so on. 
It is also beneficial for those who have very strict schedules and travel often as the treatment takes a shorter time than regular orthodontics (I have to note that the procedure is not for all patients). And, as I said previously, the treatment is affordable

What is the effect of drinking red wine , smoking cigarettes , eating blueberries and drinking coffee?
What we eat and drink has the ability to stain and/or aid other foods and drinks in staining our teeth. Food and drinks that have a high acidic content tend to erode our teeth thereby allowing the color of foods and drinks to latch on to the enamel of our teeth. The most common of these include red wine (even white wine sometimes), coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks etc. In addition, drinks that are carbonated can lead to tooth sensitivity.

What do we do when we have discoloration from doing the above?
Extrinsic stains from food, drinks and personal habits such as smoking can be removed by having your teeth professionally cleaned.  But stains become deep-set over time and will then require whitening. Highly eroded teeth, however, may require fillings or -in extreme cases- the tooth may need to be crowned/capped.

How do we boost our confidence by smiling?
The best way to improve your appearance and to smile with confidence is to visit your dentist at least every six months. Only your dentist can give you the extra treatment necessary to keep your teeth their healthiest and give you a confident smile.

Tourism

The ADVENTURER DREAMSCAPE

Welcome! This edition will be taking you to the exotic place called dubai , located in the United Arab Emirate (UAE). It has emerged as the top exotic tourist destination in that region with rich and assorted tourist attractions: the Arabian adventure, wild wadii, various sporting events and competitions, it also hosts several shopping festivals, trade fairs and other innovations (remember the 1000 nights Arabian dreams fairy tales). 

CHOICE OF TOURS
1. CITY TOUR:  a comfortable and convenient way in which to take in the best of both ancient and modern Dubai. The majority of tour operators offer specialized city bus tours that spans from a few hours to an entire day. 
       
2. HELICOPTER AND WATER TOURS: If you would like to view Dubai from an entirely different angle and some cash to spare, Helicopter Tours and Water Tours provide unique and novel views of the city. Helicopter tours can be booked through tour operators. 
       
3. DESERT TOUR: Desert Tours are the ultimate contradiction, allowing visitors to experience the tranquility and splendor of the arabian desert whilst simultaneously gaining an extreme adrenaline rush from activities like dune driving, camel rides and sand surfing.
           
4. SHOPPING TOUR: This is very popular with almost all tourists to Dubai; a visit to any of the emirates is not complete without shopping at the famous friday market, spices market, mercator shopping mall, gift village, and the famous gold souq.
        

ACCOMODATION
Dubai is well known for it’s beautiful hotels, it ranges from two star to the only seven star hotel in the world. For the purpose of this tour, we select three star hotels to seven stars with a conference facility.
         

1.    Sun & Sand hotel (3-star): faily oriented environment ,10 minutes from the airport, with a complimentary airport and beach transfer and conference facility. Baby sitting service on request.
2.    Lotus hotel Dubai (4-star): located in the midst of the shopping zone of the city, with secretarial and conference facility.
3.    Le Meriden Dubai (5-star): deluxe service, ranging from a butler service, personal fitness trainer, complimentary transfer from airport, beach and resorts, private dinning room, conference facility and many more.
4.    The Fairmont Dubai (5-star); lovely and serene atmosphere where business mixes easily with pleasure. It is just superb for conferencing, well equipped with the latest communication gargets. Also located at the city center with access to the shopping malls. 

 

TOP ATTRACTIONS
•    Aquaventure Water Park                                                  
•    The Lost Chambers Aquarium in Atlantis, The Palm         
•    Aquaventure Waterpark                                                       
•    Gravity Zone                                                                        
•    The Tower of Arabs (Burj Al Arab)                                     
•    Ski Dubai     
•    Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo    
•    Jumeira Beach and Park     
•    Wild Wadi Water Park    
•    Burj Khalifa     
•    Dolphin Bay     
•    iFly Dubai   

        
VISA AND TRANSFER
Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirate, for all visa issues; procurements and processing contact the nearest UAE consul or travel agent. Most hotels provide complimentary transport from airport to hotel and other resorts, but others provide the service at a reduced rate.

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