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Clay Rock singer speaks on her music career and state of rock music in Nigeria

The rockstar singer believes rock music in Nigeria will be a force to reckon with in another 10 years.

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Clay, a musician of the rock genre took time out to talk to Pulse TV about her career and the state of rock music in Nigeria.

She kicks off to explain what the stage name ‘Clay’ means, saying it just means getting better and better, relating it to the use of clay literally to make something into a better form using clay.

On why she chose rock music, she explained,

I don’t know, I’d say rock music chose me, because even before I wanted to do rock music professionally, I have been writing rock songs since I was 13 years old, and I grew up listening to rock music, my dad used to listen to rock music, so I guess it’s something that, even when I went to the studio for the first time I recorded a rock song, so it’s something I can just do like..wake me up and that’s it, it’s very comfortable for me”

The singer has a band which plays along with her, and they’ve been together for two years.

The rock artiste has been singing since she was eight years old in the choir, and she noticed that they always wanted her to take solos and the lead in songs, and she knew she was special as a result.

On her challenges as a rock soul singer in Nigeria, “First of all, I haven’t had any negative reviews, from anybody, or any negative thing from people saying they don’t like my song, so I don’t think there is any challenges from the masses, I think the problem is getting out there, it’s actually getting my music out there for people to hear ”the rock singer said.

On the misconceptions about rock singers, Clay says “People think rock stars are demonic, well there are demonic people who do rock music, but not everybody, there are gospel artistes that do rock music, and so with R&B, pop and soul, there are people who decide to go this path or the other path, so I don’t think it’s just rock music.”

When asked if she would ever venture into other genre of music, the rock and pop singer says she could try a thing or two different genre in her album, but rock will always be major.

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On rock artistes having hidden meaning in their songs, and whether the rock singer follows such format, she says she doesn’t have a particular format for writing her songs, rather she draws inspiration from her surrounding to write, saying life inspires her basically.

 The rock star singer revealed that she doesn’t have an album out yet but has got singles and is currently working on her EP to drop in a few months’ time.

She has worked with a couple of mainstream artistes such as Vector and MI.


On what her fans can expect from her in 2016, Clay says she would get better with more videos and dropping, and also fans should look out for her show called  Clayrocksu, a live show where alternative pop and rock artistes come and perform.

As regards how she preps for her show, she says she does rehearsals, vocal warm-ups and she’s ready to go.

On who has impacted on her as a singer, Clay says Dido, and Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries because she listened a lot to them growing up and they influenced her way of singing. She also mentions Onyeka Onwenu as her influence and she has plans to sample her songs soon.

On her feeling of being nominated at the LLBA 2012, she says she felt great and it was encouraging being nominated for her first single.

Apart from singing, Clay reveals she is trained as a video director and actually directs her own music videos.

On rock stars having a particular type of look, Clay says she has always maintained that type of look with the hair and tomboy look, and also added that to look like a rock star, you have to catch all the attention you can.

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On where rock music in Nigeria will be in the next ten years, “I think rock music will be big, It may not be so big, but you will know rock music, like rock music will be part of the industry, because there are bands everywhere,like when we had a concert last year 2015, it was called Rocktober Fest, and over 22 rock bands performed, so I know that very soon rock music will be a force to reckon with."

On a lighter note, Pulse TV asks her five things no one knows about her, and she highlights that she is Ibo, has tribal marks though it is fading out, she is the first child of her parents, she used to be a professional dancer for 2face, Obiwon and the rest of them, and finally she likes Eba and Afang soup a lot.

Some of her popular songs are ‘Ogadisinma’, ‘Godwin’ (rock) cover and ‘I love my baby’ (Wizkid cover).

Watch video for 'Ogadisinma ' below:                                                

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