Controversial Success, a singer with sounds that reflect genres like Soul, Rock, R&B and mostly Ballads, reveals how prominently an impact Brymo has been in his (Controversial’s) budding musical career.
Controversial, as he succinctly calls himself in the opening of his songs, is a native of Akwa Ibom, a state existing in the South South geopolitical zone of Nigeria.
The singer, especially because of his smooth vocals which most times sounds so delicate as if it would break at the slightest stretch or pitch, has been likened to Johnny Drille. While averring that he relishes the comparisons to Johnny Drille, Controversial did not hold it back with the proclamation that he would choose Brymo if he had a chance to put one known artiste on his own song.
Besides discussing his musical influences and fantasies with music journalist Sam George Mac on the second edition of Hint A View, Controversial also took time to analyze the spur for the making of Touchable Nothings, his most recent single, his views about Afrobeats, his next musical projects and most importantly, the origin of his name. Below is the full interview held with Controversial Success:
Q1. You know your name has always caused me some wonders. It’s somewhat contradictory to place controversial with success.
Quickly! Does your name mean your success is a controversial one or you are Success known to be controversial? I know your audience must need clarity.
It actually means the latter. I had grown up asking questions everyone else would rather keep quiet about.
When I found out that this made me different, I made peace with the fact that I may always seem controversial to many.
Q2. Woah! A beautiful way of accepting oneself for whom one is.
Heard you on a couple of songs that lean towards RnB. The last I heard from you sounded Rock-like. Is your genre defined? Can you name your genre of music in its simplest form?
Well, the best way to define my genre is ‘alternative fusion’.
I basically play with more than one sound at a time, and it would all depend on what I’m feeling at the moment — given that I produce my own songs for now.
Q3. That is just great really! That is a portrayal of self dependency in its entirety.
You released Touchable Nothings about a week ago. Listened to that song and I felt the heaviness that comes with losses and failures.
How did it feel writing that song, recording it and releasing it? Any background story attached to it?
There is, of course, a back story, but too long a tale to tell now.
All I can say is that the feelings of dejection and frustration fueled the writing of the song.
The song was a way of venting my ugly feelings.
Q4. It is very evident on the song; the video says much too, and Oh well, it’s part of living.
How did you discover music? And music is different things to different people — what would you describe music as?
I did not discover music. It was sort of just there. Always been here.
It’s many things to me. It heals me. It helps me express my feelings. It opens up portals of joy I have never felt before.
Q5. Got it! Do well to drop the YouTube link to Touchable Nothings video here.
What has making music been like to you? Was your music accepted by the closest people to you? What has been your biggest challenge in making music?
I love making music. But making music without enough tools that help you make music at ease, it becomes a little backbreaking as maintaining a high standard of production becomes all the more difficult.
Many who are close to me love the song.
Q6. Away from the “backbreaking” characteristics of music making. What is the next musical effort after Touchable Nothings?
An EP or Album. I’ve not decided yet, but it should be a body of work.
Q7. Let’s put that in a bucket list on this side.
I’ve heard and read people claim you look exactly like a particular figure whose name I don’t remember at the moment. Aside that, I heard some little resemblances in your sound and that of Lewis Capaldi.
How does it feel like being told you physically or musically resemble a known figure?
It depends on if I follow the said figure and if their works inspire me.
People also say I sound like Johnny Drille. I like the comparison most of the times.
Q8. And speaking of getting inspired by these figures you’ve been likened to, which artiste from anywhere in the world has been your greatest influence in music?
Vocally, Johnny Drille. Lyrically, Brymo
Q9. BrymO! Great! Ahem…
A lot of your fellow compatriots clambering up the rungs of the music industry patronize Afrobeats either directly or most times, strategically, hook their sounds on the Afrobeats tags. What do you make of that? Will you ever try Afrobeats to sell your sound to a wider audience or for any other reason whatsoever?
Afrobeats has never been my true forte. I may try it soon, but I don’t know how much of a success it would be.
This doesn’t mean I won’t be churning out electrifying danceable songs soon. They may not just be as Afro as we know.
Q10. Sweet! Name a known artiste you hope to place on a song of yours if you got the chance.
Brymo hands down.
Q11. Two more questions to grind this to a stop. Name where you hail from in Nigeria.
Akwa Ibom State.
Q12. Beautiful! Lastly, the industry has been jam-packed with a lot of musical artistes lately. What is your view on this skyrocket in the rise of singers in the country?
I don’t care. I only care about my career and how I can ascend.