Happenings Magazine had a brief interview with Peeshaun, one half of the popular Nigerian pop group Skuki, at Larne Olusola’s ‘The Money Book’ signing session held at Laterna Bookstore in Victoria Island, Lagos. Peeshaun spoke about the release of their next album, possible features on it and how Nigerian artistes bill one another:
Aside your latest work with Olamide, what else are you working on?
Peeshaun: I have a new single with MasterKraft coming out soon. The song is titled “Zero Competition” and it is a sure club banger. Also, I have a collaboration with Davido that would be released in November, after his album launch.
Should we be expecting an album too?
Peeshaun: Well, the album was supposed to be released this year but I’m not in a rush. I’m really not in a rush. I feel that there is still so much I want to give my fans before dropping an album in their hands but you never can tell though. The album is complete but I’m just taking my time.
Who did you feature on the album?
Peeshaun: I have Davido, D’Banj, hopefully 2face but we haven’t gotten him yet. I also have some international acts as well.
Which international act?
Peeshaun: I don’t want to give out any names now but Akon will definitely be on it. Then, maybe August Alsina – but it depends on who works out first because this connecting back and forth is really crazy.
Speaking of International collaboration, we’ve heard that Nigerian artiste spend a lot to get these acts – what did it cost you to get these stars for the collaboration?
Peeshaun: Well, because we are from Africa and they are from there and their industry is more developed than ours – it’s just normal something goes down. Nigerian artiste bill Nigerian artistes; only that the international acts bill us in dollars which makes it more expensive.
International collaboration is just something we do for our career. In fact, we are doing it more for our fans and the growth of the industry than for ourselves. I mean, D’Banj worked with Kanye West and it helped the industry; so also Davido’s collaboration with Meek Mill. It makes more international stars pick interest in Nigeria.
You mentioned Nigerian artiste bill themselves, does that mean that the artistes you featured in your upcoming album billed you?
Peeshaun: No. For me, it’s zero billing. Nobody has billed me before. I mean, I’ve worked with Phyno, Olamide and Tiwa Savage and I didn’t pay anybody one naira. The rapo (relationship) works most times but nobody has billed me and I don’t bill people.