“We artists need to start supporting one another”

TundeyGTS


Meet Akintoroye Tunde (aka TundeyGTS), Gberatinrin Studios’ front man and one of the most versatile artistes in the music industry today. Tundey first exploded onto the scene in 2011 after collaborating with Gberatinrin Studios on the Virus mixtape. One year later he was signed to the label and he released his first single titled Na e (audio and video), followed by Dundu and the remix which featured Reminisce. In this Interview, Tundey bares his mind on his love for music, entertainment in Ibadan and his personal life.


Can we meet you?


My name is Tunde Akin Akintoroye and my stage name is Tundey Fatundey. I have a hit single called Igboro which earned me the alias, Igboro Aye (laughs). I grew up in Ondo State where I had my primary and secondary school education before gained admission to study Chemistry at the Obafemi Awolowo University. I got signed to Gberatinrin Studios in 2012 and a year later I dropped my first single titled, Na e.


Was there ever a time when you considered quitting music?


Yes! There was a time I had to move to Lagos to look for other jobs, but my love for music turned out to be stronger than I realized at that time.


Do you feel music artists based in Ibadan are unfairly stereotyped?


Yes, I do. It’s quite baffling that artistes based here still don’t command the respect they deserve and that is despite the fact that we have produced big names like Olu Maintain, Skuki, Sean Tizzle among others. It pisses me off when people listen to good music and they are surprised that the artiste is from Ibadan.


Do you think the government is doing enough to support artists based in Ibadan?


Yes and no. They are trying their best but let's be frank, more can always be done. Not so long ago, there was a round table function with the Governor where they allowed city based artists to perform but we can't keep having political functions and only artists from outside the city are allowed to play.


You’ve been around the Ibadan entertainment scene longer than most, what still needs to be done?


There is a disparity in our entertainment scene that needs to stop. A lot of people in the industry rarely support one another and we often forget that united we stand and divided, we fall.


If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?


So much. If I had known, I would rather have studied Music as a course than Chemistry and sometimes I am a music producer too, I want to do more in terms of music. But make no mistake, I love what I do.


What do you love about Ibadan?


I love the ambiance of Ibadan and then its brown roofs. The people of Ibadan also support their own and I love that, the commercial and entertainment is growing as well.


How do you relax in the city?


I love watching movies and animations. I also like meditating and reading.


Where is your favourite amala joint in Ibadan?


Inastrait at Mokola.


Tell us something that most people do not know about you?


I make a mean barbecue. Unknown to most, I am also quite the jovial person most of all, most don’t know I’m a happily married man.

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