Popular hip-hop artiste Dammy Krane sat down with Kemi Lawal of Punch Newspaper recently for an interview and he spoke on a whole lot of issues, like how he got signed on to Hypertek’s Records, his relationship with popular Ghanian actress, Yvonne Nelson etc.
See excerpts of the chat below!
When did you discover your talent in music?
I started singing when I was six, joined the toddlers’ choir in church when I was only eight. I was doing back up songs and dancing for other artistes at the age of 11. Professionally, I started music when I got signed on to Tuface’s label, Hypertek.
Being a Hypertek artiste must have given you some kind of leverage.
Yes, it has changed things because Tuface is a legend and that is how people see him. For him to have chosen me shows that there is something I have that others don’t. Some people think that I am riding on his back to fame but it is not so and that is why you don’t see me and Tuface together. He leaves me to do my own thing. He even tells me that without Hypertek, I would still have made it. That statement makes me want to do things more on my own. He once told me that he signed me on because he saw himself in me. That is very encouraging.
Did you lobby Tuface to sign you on his label?
No, I did not. About two years ago, there was a party at a hotel in Victoria Island where a number of artistes were invited. One of my friends Iyad, a white guy was also invited so he took me along. Iyad later invited me over to a corner where he sat with Tuface. Tuface mentioned that he had listened to some of the collabos I did with other artistes and also watched one of my performances. He then asked if I was signed on to any label. Of course I was not and Tuface signed me unto Hypertek.
You were doing your own thing before Hypertek?
Of course I was. When I was in Redeemers University, I was a local champion there. I used to do a lot of free styling and collabos. I had a song ‘Uni Girls’ that was popular in a lot of universities. It was a Fuji pop song. The buzz created by the music got me a job as the face of Dynamix magazine.
If you were not doing music, what do you think you would have been doing?
Maybe I would have been an actor. I really can’t tell because I have never given life outside music a thought.
Does that explain your relationship with Yvonne Nelson?
That was just a rumour from mischief makers. Yes, she is my friend but we have never been lovers. We met on the set of a movie and we took a picture together. People saw the picture and decided to draw their conclusions from that. I was surprised but not happy. I was on tour when the story broke and I was slightly distracted.