We had the good fortune of connecting with UgoBoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi UgoBoy, how do you think about risk?
We take risks everyday. I like to calculate mine. Weigh out the pros and cons before acting. I wouldn’t have made any progress in my career without risk. There has to be an immense level of self belief because nine times out of ten the people around you won’t believe you. The safer bet might be agreeing with them. But if you don’t take the risk you’ll never know the truth.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an artist in its truest form. Leading the charge with my vocals, I also express my self through directing music videos, making beats, modeling and even writing for others. What separates UgoBoy from others is his ability to use his dynamic voice to tell stories while maintaining a sweet groove. To get where I’m at today, I studied my favorites and what worked for them, and then I put my hours in. Many sleepless nights in the studio. Creating good music was not enough, I had to learn how to brand myself and network. That was the only way my wings would spread. This journey was not easy, on the way up we had to face rejection, balancing musical expenses with everyday responsibilities. I learned that there’s no such thing as luck, just grace and hard work. You get further in life by being yourself. You’ll always win when you bet on yourself. I want the world to know I was put on this earth to impact the next generation. I want them to know self confidence is the key, if you believe you can do just about anything. I’m a breathing example of betting on yourself and winning.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First things first, I have to take them to my Aunty Gloria’s “Obosa Restaurant” for the finest jollof Boston can offer. After eating we would get drinks from Soju Bar. If it’s a Friday night, I would take them to whatever party the SupersmashBroz would spinning at. Before the weekend comes to a close I would take them to AfroBrunch down in Providence for a Sunday of sweet gbedu.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to take this time to shoutout all the producers that believed in me and played a hand in developing my sound. Much love to Zaki Amujei, l..ucas, ITSBYNU, Clark D and Guyclaude who is also my vocal coach. They all deserve some praise for their impact.