KENYA: Octopizzo Reveals The Secrets of Bagging a Grammy Nomination
8 March 2018
Octopizzo got an invite to attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards last year which was held on January 28, 2018 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
No Kenyan has ever been invited to grace this ceremony and we are really proud of Octo.
Speaking to Kiss FM, Octopizzo revealed that he had submitted three of his songs for consideration, but unfortunately, he didn’t make it for the nominations.
However, he talked about the experience he had;
“I just realized that we are here doing music but we are so far from being recognised at the Grammy’s. I realized that people there submit a hot song of the year, I realised that there are people who won Grammy and they have a thousand views on Youtube. I was like, how did that happen but I realized that people submit even instrumentals, you get nominated for arrangements, for like supporting an artist, its not about this is the biggest song or you have like 20M views on Youtube.”
He added, “It is the musical essence of that song. For me the best thing is to meet people who have been there in that kind of global industry and as to understand the levels, who to work with, and who to work with. In fact in my album everyone has been given credit even my driver who dropped me to the studio.”
He continued, “It was more of production because I realised that with American market, they are not ready for this outside market. They are not ready to bring us in but on a production level like videographer, music producers those ones they are ready to work with us.”
The rapper advised, “Africans we just have to go to Europe if we want to sell our music because there is too much content in the States. Every two blocks there is over 100 rappers who are dope, so like Wizkid doing collabo with Drake but they still do not play them there. I did not see any day Wizkid set up an arena in states, they are on their own and they are supporting their own.”