American-born Nigerian singer, Lola Savage, is not related to Tiwa Savage. Though they bear same surname, Lola says she’s not trying to be like Tiwa Savage who is a big name in the Nigerian music industry. Instead, she expresses her desire to do a collabo with the songstress to prove to the world that she’s not back in Nigeria to compete with the Mavin records queen of songs. She shares her story with Showtime Celebrity.
How do you intend to break into the Nigerian music scene?
I am just a singer and I love to do it to the best of my ability. I am going to be myself even though there are many female artistes at the moment. I am going to work very hard in ensuring that I share my own craft with the world.
Are you looking forward to working with a Nigerian female artiste?
Yes! And that will be Tiwa Savage.
Why Tiwa Savage?
I just feel that we need to show the world that we are not competing. Jo-el and Tuface are a good example. The thing with Nigerians is that we don’t see things from a different perspective. What I think I need to do is to show Nigerians that I’m not competing with her by doing a song with Tiwa Savage. That doesn’t mean I am trying to hide behind her shadows to launch myself into the mainstream music world; that’s not my intention at all.It just shows that one is looking up to the other
What are the challenges you are facing as an emerging act?
So far, I have had challenges with productions, people who pretend to be what they are not.Everything here is just about money.
What are you implying?
What I mean is that everything in life is a hustle. It’s not only a Nigerian thing.It’s either about spending money or trying to get money.Since I have been here ,everything I have done has brought money out of my pocket.I have lost so much without getting the service that I was supposed to get.It’s sad and that’s my biggest challenge at the moment.
Have you experienced any wardrobe malfunction?
I pray it never happens.I have not experienced a wardrobe malfunction, but I have experienced microphone malfunction.When the microphone starts giving you that feedback sound, it hurts.You want to leave the stage crying.When I was in the female group, we did not use microphones because we did a lot of hip-hop dancing. We used more of headsets.It just makes things much more easier.
If you were to make a comparison between the music industry in America and that of Nigeria, what will it be?
The contract here is completely different from the contract in the U.S.A.Secondly, the way the audience interacts with a performer is so much different.They are not supportive that much.I have only come to understand the saying that bad publicity is also good. So, that keeps me going.
How do you handle criticism on the social media?
I don’t really care about what they say. If I have to give a response I will just say go check my background.People just like to talk.They don’t really do their homework and investigations.They don’t know me like they think they do.These are the ones that are called haters, they just hate you for no reason.