DTG Baby: Young, Talented And Driven
Youth culture and music go hand in hand because young people relate a great deal to the music they listen to and it equally plays a huge role in shaping their mindset most times.
Shifting focus from consumer to creator, young artistes especially Nigerians have developed their sound to the point where it’s no longer generic or “just afrobeat” but now you have people making amazing [out of the box] music and growing solid fan bases from the ground up.
Paul-Martins Chidozie popularly known as DTG Baby is a multi talented Nigerian artiste with quite a few tricks up his sleeves. His genres of music are predominantly Afro-pop/drill music. While Afro-beats is a major influence in his style of music, DTG Baby is known to experiment with various sounds.
He sits down with The Guardian Life to talk about his early life, love for music, and big plans for the future.
Who is DTG Baby?
I’m an Independent musical artist, record producer & videographer, I also lead a fast-rising digital creators hub known as cityboymedia.
What was your childhood like & were you interested in music as a child?
I grew up in Warri, a city in Delta State, I lived with my parents & siblings and so it was a whole lot of fun for me, my house was near a cafe so my life was pretty much influenced by music & arts at that time, I remember having to visit the cafe after school with my friends where we took turns on karaoke sessions, & in school I remember beatboxing & doing freestyles, I was pretty good at freestyles as I was beginning to get extremely popular around my peers for just doing that, sometimes it earned me a spot on the “list of noise makers” but most of all it made me really expressive of my talents back then, I think that was the spark that made me decide on doing music professionally.
How long have you been making music?
Music has always been my go-to therapy since I was 13, but I only started doing music professionally 4 years ago, I was 17 when I produced my first record myself using the cheapest music equipment that I was able to save up & purchase.
What inspires your sound?
I draw inspiration from anything that happens around me, I’m able to convert any kind of energy into lyrics and put it into a record, but basically, life & the way it can drastically change, whether
from worse to better or otherwise is intricate, so I have learned to accept my situation no matter how it seems & show gratitude.
Walk us through your creative process.
I honestly don’t have any process I follow, I just think about an idea and get it done, accomplishing a task satisfies my spirit no matter how small it is, so I think my creative process which I apply every day is getting the job done.
Are you working on anything right now?
Yes, a whole lot actually, my E.P is by the corner, and also lots of singles & music videos here and there, I’m super excited for the future.
Who would you love to make music with?
Definitely Travis Scott & Wizkid
What’s an average day for you like?
Besides the fact that I put in a lot of work into my creative lifestyle on a daily basis, I think I have just the same routine as everyone else, maybe slightly different.
What’s the major challenge you face as an independent artist?
The biggest challenge is funding, that’s why I have to take extra gigs and freelancing jobs to be able to support my music career. I feel if I have funding upright I would be able to put in more time in just making music.
If you could change anything about the Nigerian music industry, what would it be?
Absolutely nothing, the Nigerian music industry is growing rapidly & it’s beginning to gain international recognition, thanks to my senior colleagues doing a great job by putting us on the map every time.
What would you like listeners to feel when they listen to your new project “Love Overdose”
I would want them to feel the euphoria that comes with it. It’s a really good piece & it’s kind of personal. I think it would make them feel so many different things, positive vibes!
What can fans expect from DTG Baby in the near future?
Greatness! Even more Greatness!