Firstly who’s Shawn Killz?
Real name – Godwin oisamaye Abraham Shawn Killz is an 18 year old Abuja based artist, hails from Edo state, onwaa east and still reppin Markudi. Was born May 22nd 2000. Schools were in Lagos (pri -divine offspring school)(sec – dansol high school) before moving down north to the capital city.
How did your music journey start?
It all started from my childhood. Uhmm I always had a flair for music, from primary school I did most of lyric writing of other songs till I started in jss2 recording my own song with couple of groups in school. So I can literally say I didn’t start music, music started me.
What inspires you to keep making music?
Mostly the major thing that keeps me going, is the fact that everyone keeps saying that rap is not going to thrive in Nigeria. Secondly my mum has always put God first in my life so, my mum and my team are the reason I still make music!
What impact does your environment have on your music?
To be honest, I actually get all songs every written or recorded from the street “igboro”
Cause I am from the street I totally understand and relate to it. The environment has actually taught me that Nigerians love rap but are just slow to adapt to it and all we need is time.
Where do you see yourself in the next five ?
Most times this question comes up I totally try to run away but, ama answer this time. I totally see nigerians accepting rap music in the next 3years so, I see my self in the next 5years as the king of rap in Nigeria.
Your trying to take the entertainment in Abuja to the next level. What will you say has been the factors limiting you?
Mostly the part that gets me going, is actually the thrill that I get from the promoters and event managers. But the hard part is getting promotion and the stereo type rap gets in Nigeria. Every youth likes rap and have it on their phones but never promote it cause they believe “Rap cannot survive in Nigeria”.
If you could be one person for a day who will it be and what will you do?
I’ll be Burna boy and I’ll just drop platinums.
What’s the “Shawn Killz” factor that makes you unique?
Shawn Killz is a brand that is about to change sound and is totally a versatile artist.
What’s next for you as an artist and as a brand ?
What’s next is stepping my game up and making a lot of people happy through my music, and becoming the missing piece to the puzzle of the music industry. Also planning on dropping an EP & tour all my fans and supporters even beyond the borders.
Who are the artist you look up to?
Growing up as kid I always loved rap music. I listen to a lot of Wayne. But right now all i can say are three artist wizkid, Burna boy and drake.
What advice do you have for young people trying to get their sound out to the world?
If you keep on believing in what you do and other people who hear your song are impressed, then you have to push out and be confident. Your sound will be found.