“I invited Kim Kardashian because people talk about her. So, bringing her here was purely a business decision. People say she is popular for no reason, but I always tell them that she has some talents.
“She is famous in her own right for some reasons. Apart from the fact that she is a stylist. She has a cosmetics and clothing line, too. Whether you like those talents or not and whether you like what she is doing or not, it does not matter. She is doing it, regardless of what you think or not. Personally, I appreciate people with that kind of mindset.”
“She didn’t take her clothes off when I brought her here. Her coming was to play a certain role, which she did effortlessly. Some people that didn’t understand her full job description would have said that she stayed for only five minutes or so. Why would somebody come for five minutes?
“She spent about a day here and gave exclusive interviews. I think Gbemi on The Beat interviewed her. Could she have done that in five minutes? But then, I don’t think we promoted her as everybody’s role model when we brought her. We simply said the red carpet would be co-hosted by Kim Kardashian” Darey said.
On his new singles, ‘Pray for me’ featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir and ‘Asiko Laye’ featuring Olamide, off the yet-to-be released‘Naked’ album, Darey said he is sure the new album when released will beat imagination of his critics.
He also noted that he is not worried about his constant switches from ballards to other forms which critics says will affect the quality of his music.
“The joy you get when you see people appreciating your work is indescribable. I have been to many places around the country, performing my songs. The kind of reactions I have received from fans, whether I was performing or not, have been encouraging.”
He quickly acknowledged the resurgence of soulful music in Nigeria and urged Nigerians and media to listen to other kinds of music, especially the ones that could get the audience thinking.
Darey commended the likes of Timi Dakolo, Simi for their soulful music and quickly demised any similarity between his song, Pray for Me, and Timi’s ‘wish me well’.
“I think we have to make the kind of music that will appeal to people’s emotions. And we are all emotional, whether you like it or not. With just five per cent of the Nigerian population listening to my music, I am okay with that. The important thing here is to stick to your guns. Sooner or later, people will accept you for who you are” he said.
The younger Art-Alade dismissed the notion that Nigeria had a proper music industry.
“We can’t call ourselves a music industry when we are listening to only one kind of music. Music is very diverse. There is classical music, for example. Some young artistes that were my classmates at music school are playing classical music. But the market in Nigeria will not allow me to do the same. The truth is that we are on a journey and we must not feel as if we have arrived until we tackle some of the issues affecting contemporary music in the country,” he noted.