‘I’m Nigeria’s NEXT BEST ENTERTAINER’
Awolola Opeyemi a.k.a Fabulous Pizzy, burst into the musical scene with his hit banger, ‘So fun won (tell ‘em) which became an instant success especially in Ibadan, where he started from. The artiste, who is gearing up to become the next best musical act from Nigeria, met with Rotimi Ige, and bared his mind on his talent, music and future.
My real name is Awolola Opeyemi popularly known as Fabulous Pizzy. I was born into the family of Chief and late Mrs Olubunmi Awolola. I am from Osun State, Nigeria. I’m the third born from the family of five. I had my primary education at Bola Immaculate primary school, Ibadan. I furthered to Ibadan Grammar School and also Federal Government College, Ikirun. My university education was at Ado Ekiti university, where I had my B.sc in Psychology.
How did you discover your musical abilities?
Well, more than two decades ago, I was taking the lead of renditions in my childhood family church choir but I really didn’t discover my talent for music until when I lost my mum in 1998 and we were having the family alter at night and I noticed everyone intermittently took notice of how I sang each song. Later, I discovered that I was singing differently, it was at that moment that I knew I had something to do with music.
My earliest inspiration came from my humble upbringing and circumstances faced in the process of growing up.
When and how did you groom your talent?
In 2001. As fate would have it, I had to help my choir master get to a made-shift studio for a recording and I then felt so strongly to have my self recorded. Along with a few childhood friends, we formed a group(The Symphony), an Accapella/vocal group. We were doing gospel and inspirational songs. But as God would have it, our individual academic pursuit hindered the mission and I went solo. I later met with T PIANO in 2005 and he taught me how to do music professionally.
How did making music professionally start for you?
Well, my siblings(DJ Breeze and MJ) stirred the fire up! Also, a handful of my friends too were instrumental to my strive and as the days went by, I developed more confidence in myself.
How has your musical journey been?
I must say, it’s been good. I am of the philosophy that “ you have to go through to get through’. God has been so faithful..
What type of music do you do?
I do Afro hiphop with some R n B.
Tell us about some of your songs…
I have got a good number of songs, but more importantly, I will like to talk about a few that has gotten the brand, ‘Fabulous Pizzy’ to become a force to reckon with in the fast raising industry.
My song, ‘Poison’ is a love story to express how a lady got a young man’s heart poisoned with her love! With a fusion of vocal expression and amorous lyrics, it’s a song that enjoyed huge acceptance and still thrills audience till date. Sequel to that is the Radio hit and club banger, ‘So fun won’(Tell ‘Em), which is the song that stamped my feet into the industry as it enjoyed massive radio air-play nation wide.
Produced by the famous TPIANO for TMI. These songs have gone viral and in clubs and lounges all around the South-West of Nigeria and beyond! With the strong will and zeal to keep my esteemed fans entertained, I will be dropping an inspirational song soon titled, My prayer point (VGC).
My greatest inspiration is from God.
What would you have been if not a musician?
Well, I don’t know but I would have been what and where God wants me to be. Also, maybe a business man.
What other projects are you into?
I’m still in the pursuit to acquire some more professional education on business management.
What should fans expect from you?
‘So fun won’ video is in the works and I am working tirelessly to keep up with my fans’ expectation for seasoned songs to rock and relate to. I will be dropping some more songs before the end of year coming from my collaborations with top notches in the industry! I wouldn’t let the cat out of the bag yet.
Tell us about some of your most memorable performances?
I have been privileged to perform alongside great artistes such as Sound Sultan, MI, Wizkid, Olamide, Skales, JayRu, Davido, Reminisce, to mention but a few…with ground breaking performances on the soil of almost every higher institution of learning in South-Western Nigeria.
What challenges do you face as an upcoming artiste?
I don’t see anything as a challenge, I rather see them as part of what I should go through to get to where I want to be. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ they say, but with God, the brand is breaking new grounds on a daily basis.
Do you get support from some of the made artistes?
Surprisingly, I get all the support I need from the artistes I know.
What are your future plans!
A bulk of them! I plan to go into movie production and becoming a famous cinematographer. I also want to be involved in charity organisations and programmes. Most importantly, I want to be a blessing to my generation and also generations to come.
I love listening to music, meditating on God’s word, seeing movies, travelling, hanging out with friends.
Favourite Nigerian artistes?
hmm. I love everybody, but my favorites includes: wizkid, praize, banky W, Embrace, MI, dremo, davido, kshab, Olamide, sheun Natural, Oyinkansade, Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, JayRu, Dbanj, Portah, Kikky etc.
Favourite foreign artistes?
I love to listen to Neyo, Usher Raymond, Drake, Fun, Chris brown, Alicia keys, Akon, T pain, Lemar, Brandy, Bruno mars and many more.