I’Sokan Oreoluwa Samuel’, popularly known as YUNGACE is no doubt one of the fastest promising artiste in the Nigerian music industry.
He started singing at the early age of 13 and at age 16 groomed up under the name ‘ACE’ before rebranding in 2010 to ‘YUNGACE’; Ever since then, He has been consistently working hard to make a name for himself in the industry.
On the 3rd of October 2014, YUNGACE won the Coke Studio Campus Concert held in the University Of LAGOS and this gave him a chance to showcase live on stage alongside YBNL Boss ‘OLAMIDE’.
Back in the studio to hone his craft, In 2015 he dropped his first Official Single titled JOROMI and then WOMANIZER later that year. Both songs made so much waves and introduced him officially to the industry.
His new single ‘KILODE’ featuring Chocolate City’s ‘Dile Ailes’ was released in mid-2016 and has been getting massive airplays, good reviews and buzz. KILODE has been confirmed to be the official anthem for the last quarter of 2016.
He has performed at almost all major events from previous year and shared stage with the top artistes in the country.
YungACE authoritatively reveal to Oki Samson McKinggs the Official Visuals to KILODE will be unveiled soon in Lagos.
YUNGACE chose to call his followers ACEANS. Get Inspired by his Exclusive Interview.
Gubi: Can we meet you (Full names and Background).
YungACE: My name is Sokan Oreoluwa. Most people call me YungAce. I’m the First of four children.
Gubi: Education background.
YungACE: I had my primary education at Daystar Nursery and Primary school Ipaja, Lagos, then, Hope Primary school ijebu ode. I attended Adeola Odutola college, Ijebuode then, graduated at Royal Comprehensive college IPaja, Lagos. My eduction background seem like a tour yeah? (Laughs).
I am currently in my Final year at the University of Lagos Akoka studying Creative Arts, that’s all about my education for now.
Gubi: Journeys into Music
YungACE: My journey into music started in 2008, I started as a dancer, but right now the dance no dey body again…(Laughs).
I was also a drummer and keyboardist in the church choir. In 2008, a friend invited over to his studio to help him with harmonies, that was my first time in a studio and also the first day I recorded a song.
I did a freestyle that day, everyone loved it and that was how it all started. I started recording covers and had couple of freestyles.
Gubi: Which Inspired you most.
YungACE: Wizkid and Fela were the major inspiration. In 2012 when I gained admission into Unilag, I dropped a mixtape, recording on Iceprince’s Aboki’s instrumental and this gave me regcognition in my department (Creative Arts), the song was used various times for practicals.
On the 3rd of October, 2014 I won the Coke studio Campus competition and this gave me recognition to the whole school. I Went further to drop my first single in 2015 titled JOROMI and this marked the beginning of the acceptance of the brand YUNGACE outside Unilag as I had to do shows both in and outside Lagos.
Gubi: Do you participated in any Music competition or Talent hunt
YungACE: The only Music Competition I have ever participated in was Coke studio campus concert in 2014 and I won. I performed on stage alongside YBNL boss OLAMIDE at the day of the unveiling.
Gubi: Name of the Singles
YungACE: I have dropped 3 singles so far: Joromi (2015), Womanizer (2015) and Kilode featuring Dice Ailes (2016). I’ve been featured on couple of songs and also dropped couple of other freestyle. But my official singles are just 3 so far.
Gubi: Any collaborations
YungACE: Yes, so far I have a song with chocolate city’s Dice Ailes titled KILODE which is my latest single and also some other unreleased songs featuring my other colleagues in the industry.
Gubi: Any Awards or Nominations?
YungACE: As a student, I got 3 awards and loads of nominations. I won the Student Artiste of the Year 2013 and 2014 in some campus based awards.
Gubi: How do you get your Inspiration
YungACE: I get my inspiration from events happening around me (my society) and firstly from God. A lot of people find it hard to believe that I neither drink nor smoke to get inspired to record songs, it’s natural…it just comes like that. (Laughs)
Gubi: Role models in the Nigeria music industry
YungACE: WIZKID obviously. I’m inspired by his success story. He started with nothing and now he’s at the very top. He inspires me alot. Fela will forever be my icon. TuBaba, Wande Coal and couple of others too.
Gubi: What’s your take on Artists’ Beefing
YungACE: It’s normal. It’s in every industry, be it Yankee or Jand or even our own industry here. You will always have people who don’t like you based on what they’ve read or seen about you. It might not even be true but they just chose to believe whatever they want. I’m not here for that, I’m in no competition with anyone. Focusing on the music is the most important thing to me right now as I will be putting out new materials pretty soon.
Gubi: Which celebrity(ies) will you like to work with.
YungACE: Definitely Wizkid. I think I want to work with Olamide too. Not only artistes, will like to work with Funke Akindele and couple of others. I’m versatile with my recordings, I like to try new sounds. I hope to also work with K1 and Chris Brown internationally.
Gubi: What is your take on the Artists Paid for show but didn’t show up
YungACE: There might be a reason for not showing up, I am an artiste and I know what we go through, but on the part of the artiste I feel they should open up to their fans/clients on why they missed and possibly refund.
I try not to miss any show I’m billed to perform at. I’ve always been punctual…at most times sha. (Laughs).
Gubi: If you have the opportunity to kiss any Female Celebrity, who will that be?
YungACE: Let the opportunity come first. (Laughs).
Gubi: How do you unwind?
YungACE: I chill out with my friends who share like-minds, still on music because that’s all I know. I don’t club nor party.
Gubi: Do you think Artists are getting enough Credit or Royalties on their Songs.
YungACE: The structure isn’t fixed yet. We are still lagging behind when it comes to this issue. We should be grateful that the digital sales rate is increasing by the day. People like AyoJay are making a lot from their music based on the platform he’s on. A lot still has to be done about this issue and No, we aren’t getting enough credit or Royalties.
Gubi: Advice to the Youth?.
YungACE: My advice to my fellow youths is that; they should be Strong, Believe in whatsoever they are doing and not forgetting to put God first.
It’s the time of the Youths to act now and repaint the image of our nation.
I pray for all the ACEANS out there, Jah’s blessings shall never depart from you all.