Meeting different artists everyday has made me realize that there is more to an artist than what meets the eye, your favorite artist may or may not be the person you always see in those videos. Some are really humble and down to earth, while some are even shy but you can only tell this when you get to meet them.
Young, versatile and focused, these are the three words that hit me when I got to have a chat with the fast rising Kenyan Afro-pop act Neptune Teezeh. From changing stage names to landing a collabo with one of the funniest men in Kenya, Teezeh spills the beans on his road to lime lights in this detailed interview.
Who is Neptune Teezeh?
I am an Kenyan Afropop recording and performing artist, a fourth year Marketing student at Kenyatta University formaly known as G-Nerrie but you can call me Teezeh.
When did you join the music industry and long have you been in the industry?
Basically I’ve been doing music for 7yrs. Started at a song writer in 2010 while in form two… Though I had been a member of the music club since form 1 that is in 2009 and my school Cardinal Otunga High School went to nationals every year, which gave me more insight and skills to thrive for music.
It is then in December of 2012 at a highschool event in Maseno that I did my first solo performance where the famous Mc Phillipo was the host, he was impressed with my freestyle performance and encouraged me to start recording my own music. He later linked me up and gave me my first TV appearance in September 2013 during riddim up show on K24.
Where did you start recording your own music?
I started recording my own songs in 2013 at Downtown Records in Rongai. It is the same studio Abbas Kubaff, Bernady and Smallz let were members of.
Tell us about your first music video?
Did my first official video titled “Mayatima” two years ago; it is with this single that they made me the ambassador of streets kids Kenya from 2013 through 2014 which was founded by Miss Kenyatta University. The video was directed by Richie G a director at ATL Entertainment.
Watch “Nikiwa Nawe” by Neptune Teezeh below or download it on mdundo here Nikiwa Nawe – Neptune Teezeh (Audio)
Most upcoming acts face the challenge of money, how did you use to finance your recoding sessions?
I used to gamble & sell Maize in Ngara to afford studio sessions… I remember Back in 2013, I was only 16 years old and I had this recorded song, of which in order for me to perform it at some certain club in Wanginge-Kikuyuni, the club bouncer literally gave me a broom to clean the club toilet hours before the show so that during show time they could allow us in and perform since at that time I was underage and this was my pass for performing.
How did your path and that of Grosspool Music come to cross?
It happened while performing at an event in Kenyatta University late 2013 and I was spotted by Phillip Nyalenda the C.E.O of Grosspool Music who later signed me to Grosspool Music which since then To now. He handles my music management and distribution.
How many songs do you have so far?
I have released a number of tracks, I did “Mayatima”, “Nikiwa Nawe” and “Cheza Chini” which I featured comedian Oga Obinna. All of these songs have videos out and for “Cheza Chini” it was shot twice since the first one was not accepted by media stations. Currently I have two recorded songs, one is a collabo the other is single but I am planning for a better timing to release them.
Watch “Cheza Chini” by Neptune Teezeh ft Obbina below and download it for free on Mdundo here Cheza Chini- Neptune Teezeh ft Oga Obinna (Audio)
Do you support or nurture upcoming artists?
Yes. Back in my hometown Oyugis , I’m in the final stages of completing a foundation called O-town Foundation that helps support talents in different fields of art.