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Can we get to know a little about you, Who is Da’Min?
I’m Damingo Paul, popularly known as Da’min, I’m an indigenous rapper and singer from the southern part of Nigeria precisely Bayelsa Ijaw by tribe, I’m running my professional degree at chartered institute of commerce of Nigeria (CICN) Ile-Ife, Osun State.
How did you come up with the name Da’Min?
The name da’min was given to me by my classmate gotten from my real name damingo, so I got to stick to it because its cool anyway
How did your parents & family feel about your decision to go into music professionally?
Before my dad died, he was cool with me doing music and my mum was and shes always ready to support my music, then my family has no issues with me doing music as long as it will not affect my education.
Who were your musical influences growing up? And now,who do you see as an Idol in the game?
Growing up I was opportune to listen to FELA KUTI, barrister smooth,n!gga RAW,TIMAYA,LIL-WAYNE, 2FACE, DAGRIN, PHYNO,SARKODIE and mostly OLAMIDE, that’s my boss. OLAMIDE is my mentor when it comes to indigenous rap; I think he’s the best.
How do you define your music? What genre would you place it under?
I’m an indigenous rapper and dance-hall artiste but I have done a little bit of reggae and singing during the times of creek music gang.
Do You write Your Songs Your Self Or You GhostWriters Doing The Job For You?
I do the Writing My Self, (Laughs) I dont Have any Ghostwriter…
What’s your background, in relation to music ?
I started writing song since 2011 but I wasn’t that serious with music until a friend of mine gave me a visit at my home on my birthday 10th of august 2012, and gave me a beat to jump on and fortunately I delivered so he featured me on a track titled FEELING THE BOY, though it was difficult for me during the studio section because that was my first experience in studio but within a short period of time I began to grow confidence in studio, in the year 2013, a friend of mine named simeon’E introduced me to CREEK MUSIC GANG which was having about five artiste including me and simeon’E and we release some couple of songs titled LIFE IS FULL OF PAIN,SWITCH,BAYELSA GIRLS and many more, by then we were younger and were lacking experience to face challenges like finance, time and must especially location so we had to separate in the year 2014, actually I didn’t release any song in 2014 because I was busy seeking admission into higher institution which later on I gained admission into Chartered Institute of Commerce of Nigeria(CICN)ILE-IFE,OSUN STATE In 2014. At 2015 I met some friends at school who are into music and we came up with EMPIRE GREEN DYNASTY, which I release my first official single with them titled MENE-RU( I am coming) featuring YOUNG K.
What is or are your source of inspiration?
My source of inspiration is exposure and most especially my environment inspires me a lot.
What do you think about your comparisons with other artistes?
For me every artiste has his/her own pattern or style based on his/her culture, environment,believe and other influences so I don’t compare myself with other artiste
You’ve done a few collaborations already, is there anyone you haven’t worked with yet that you really want to work with?
Yes, I will really love to work with my boss and mentor OLAMIDE and also TIMAYA,P.R.E,SARKODIE,PHYNO,LIL-KESH,KELZKILLZ
Has the internet; social media, Blogs and so on helped your career in any way?
Yes, in terms of promotion social media has played a major role in my career which has helped to share my music to my fans out there and also easy access for my fans to connect with me.
What do you have to say about pinoyislands.com?
Tapout Music I twale for una for making African talents reaching out to the world. Keep up your good work.
In conclusion, what would you like to add? Any shout-outs, etc?
First of all I give a very big thanks to God almighty for my music, family, all Empire Green members,IGBOGENE BOYS, T.Vizzy, DJ bant,buddy vissual, Tapout music and to all my fans out there.
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