La Mode: What is your full name?
Ycee: OLUDEMILADE MARTIN ALEJO
La Mode: So how did it all begin?
Ycee: PROFESSIONALLY, IT ALL STARTED IN 2012 WHEN I RELEASED MY FIRST SINGLE. BEFORE THAT, I USED TO RECORD COVERS ON MY BROTHER’S LAPTOP COS I COULDNT AFFORD BEATS OR EVEN STUDIO SESSIONS. A FRIEND OF MINE PLAYED SOME OF MY COVERS FOR HIS ELDER BROTHER WHO JUST STARTED UP A RECORD LABEL – TINNY ENTERTAINMENT. HE LIKED MY STUFF AND THANKFULLY HE GAVE ME A DEAL. THAT’S WHEN MUSIC STOPPED BEING A HOBBY BUT A CAREER FOR ME.
La Mode: What gave you that initial push?
Ycee: PEOPLE AROUND ME. THEY KEPT TELLING ME AND THEY MADE ME REALISE THAT I WAS ACTUALLY GOOD AT THIS RAP THING. THAT’S WHY WHEN I GOT SIGNED, I DIDNT THINK TWICE ABOUT IT.
La Mode: Tell us about your line of music
Ycee: I’M A HIP HOP ARTIST BY DEFUALT. I ALSO LIKE SWITCH IT UP SOMETIMES, NOTHING WRONG WITH A LITTLE VARIETY. I’M A VERSATILE ARTIST BUT BASICALLY I RAP.
La Mode: Which artist have you done collabo with and what is your view about collabos?
Ycee: I HAVE DONE SEVERAL COLLABOS ACTUALLY, PATORANKING, MBRYO AND RECENTLY I DID ONE WITH SAEON. AT THE MOMENT AM IN SOUTH AFRICA I WAS INVITED HERE TO DO A COLLABO. COLLABOS ARE GOOD AND SOMETIMES BAD. IT COULD BE A PLUS OR SOMETIMES IT CAN TAKE AWAY FROM YOU. FOR ME, IT’S BEEN GOOD THOUGH.
La Mode: Which other countries have you performed /put parties on?
Ycee: SO FAR, SOUTH AFRICA AND BENIN REPUBLIC. NOT AS MANY AS I’D LIKE BUT IN DUE TIME. OLUWANISHOLA.
La Mode: What was the first event you ever played ?
Ycee: INDUSTRY NIGHT I THINK, NOT REALLY SURE.
La Mode:What’s the best event you’ve played ?
Ycee:DJ TTB’S WEDDING. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WILL PASS AS AN EVENT BUT IT’S MY FAVE ANYWAY. ALSO, BOVI’S MAN ON FIRE CONCERT.
La Mode:What’s your favorite track / record / album / mix set of all time?
Ycee: DRAKE – OVER / KANYE WEST – COLLEGE DROPOUT / MY FAVE MIX SET IS ONE MY BROTHER DID, HE’S A PRODUCER.
La Mode: What is fashion for you?
Ycee: FASHION IS WHAT I’M COMFORTABLE IN AND WHAT SUITS MY BRAND.
La Mode: Which is your favorite fashion magazine?
Ycee: INTERNATIONALLY – GQ. LOCALLY – LA MODE
La Mode: What do you think about MC’s and their role in hiphop/dance music culture?
Ycee: HONESTLY? I DONT THINK ANYTHING ABOUT THAT, DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS.
La Mode: What do you do outside of the dance music scene?
Ycee: I’M IN SCHOOL, I’M A STUDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS.
La Mode: What advice would you give to up and coming artists?
Ycee: ALWAYS LOOK UP TO GOD AND NEVER STOP GRINDING.
La Mode: How do you see the music industry 5 years from now?
Ycee: I HOPE IT WILL BE A LOT BETTER STRUCTURED IN 5 YEARS. RIGHT NOW THERE A LOT OF AVENUES THAT AREN’T BEING EXPLOITED.
La Mode:What is your love life like?
Ycee: I’M MARRIED TO MY MUSIC. ALSO, I HAVE A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR WOMEN.
La Mode: Anything else you want to say? Any shouts?
Ycee: FIRST, SHOUT OUT TO GOD FOR GIVING ME THIS TALENT. I’M VERY GRATEFUL.
BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY LABEL, TINNY ENTERTAINMENT. THEY HAVE BEEN THE ENGINE ROOM FOR MY CAREER. A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO MY BOSS, CEO TINNY ENTERTAIMENT MR. TIMILEHIN AROKODARE, HE’S BEEN MORE ALIKE A BIG BOTHER TO ME AND I’M VERY GRATEFUL TO HIM.
THANK YOU TO MY MOTHER FOR LETTING ME DO WHAT I LOVE MOST.
MEGA SHOUT OUT TO THE FANS AND EVERYONE SUPPORTING MY MUSIC. YCEE LOVES AND APPRECIATES EVERY ONE OF YOU.