Killertunes, whose real name is Otaniyen-uwa Daniel, was born and bred in Edo state. According to him, he grew up in a time when Edo was rife with cultism. He also revealed that he (and his friends) were nerds. While in secondary school, he developed an inclination toward music production and in 2015; he made the critical decision of moving to Lagos – the hub of entertainment – to further his career. Within a span of four years, Killertunes has climbed to the top of the game. It’s no surprise that nearly every artist wants to work with him. He’s a goldmine of beats.
Killertunes grew up listening to different records that his father used to play. He’s the production genius behind Timaya‘s I Concur (featuring Don Jazzy).
He has produced several hit songs including Duncan Mighty‘s Fake Love (featuring Wizkid), Olamide‘s Motigbana, DJ Spinall‘s Baba, Joeboy‘s Beginning, Terri‘s Nonstop, and many others.
He chats with ADEDAMOLA EDUN about the was and is.
What was growing up like for you?
Growing up was fun and rough at the same time because of where I come from; Benin City, Edo Estate.
Can you take us to when you made your first beat?
My first beat was 10 years ago in Benin City, it happened when I was still in secondary school with my friends and we are all artistes then we couldn’t afford to pay a producer for a beat then I have to go learn how to make beat.
How long have you been in the game and what inspires you?
Making music I would say I have been in the game for 10 years but professionally I have been here for 6 years and my inspirations comes from my mentors that inspires me.
What are the challenges you encountered when you first started?
The challenges I encountered are from my parents and Nepa ‘electricity’ because you need light to work and I can’t carry my Dad generator to work.
Do you have a favorite project you have worked on?
All my works are my favourite.
What instrument do you play or can you play?
The piano but I am not perfect because I’m a system guy and I do everything on the system.
Every music person always says they started from the church, how about you?
I started from the church too.
Who are favourite artistes you’ve worked with?
I have worked with Wizkid, Timaya, Dj Spinal, Tiwa Savage, Skales and many more you can mention.
How did you first connect with Wizkid?
I met Wizkid through Dj Spinal who took me to Wizkid to play beat for him and then we started working.
How has been the reception with artistes in the music industries?
It has been great generally.
Is there an artiste you’ll love to work with?
Lots of them, in the Uk and USA.
How do you feel winning the award for the producer of the year at the Headies?
I felt great because it was a big surprise for me.
Do you think you’re the best producer in Nigeria?
I don’t think I’m the best producer in Nigeria because everyone is trying there best.
Producers that inspire you to do more?
Timberland, Dr Dre and Diplo.
How do you feel when people vibe to your song in your presence?
That time I just came to Lagos I used to feel great but now it’s a normal feel because I have lots of songs produced by me.
Do you train or mentor other people who want to be a producer?
I don’t know how to teach but you can seat behind me to learn by yourself.
Advice for people who want to be a producer like you?
Follow your dreams and never give up