'Keep faith and just flow with the wind. You don't really know where your destiny lies until it finds you. Don't stop doing what you love the most'
Born Raphael Njoku-Andie, "Felly Dee" is an international recording R&B artist who is currently based in Iloilo City.
He is a music producer, song writer and artist from Port Harcourt City in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Running his own recording studio business since November 2010 called "Swagzy Entertainment," Fely Dee will soon launch his first music video, which was shot here in Iloilo City.
Abtikfilm Production Advertising Company shot the video "Bum" in different venues such as the Iloilo Provincial Capitol rooftop and Thirdworld Sk8park in Baluarte, Molo in collaboration with local Ilonggo dancers, bikers and skaters.
Bum is Felly Dee's first debut single in his first debut album.
Back in his hometown, his songs have been featured in local televisions and aired on radio stations.
Two months ago, he arrived in the City of Love to enroll in a university this June although he already finished a degree in Land Surveying, which he never practiced since he fully concentrated on writing songs, producing them and singing - which is his first love.
IT RUNS IN THE BLOOD
Both of Felly Dee's parents were very good singers in that his mother used to lead the church choir while his father also sings very well. Dee's genes having the powerful voice of what it takes to be a singer is his most prized gift from his supportive doctor parents.
"We are gifted with big vocal chords, and I don't scream a lot too," he shares with a laugh.
He is the second son of five siblings and has an only sister, Preye. His elder brother, Edward, also is a very good singer and now takes care of his recording business in Nigeria.
"I love reggae, dancehall, blues, soul, rap, among others. I don't have a favorite genre. I do rap, R&B, sing love songs, depending on the mood I'm in," explains the 24 year-old artist who writes all his songs.
When asked of what inspires and motivates him, "I can't say anything in particular. The way I feel at the moment. I wrote songs for someone entitled Fly Away and Killin' Me. I think that my first motivation is my love for playing the piano. I can play the guitar, drum, and percussion, too. I could sober at the sound of nice rhythms, but where I come from, you'll have to tune it up a bit, afro-like to actually suit your audience," he says.
"I have always loved rap songs whether fast or slow. But the cooler and the better is what I call swag rap. R&B has been my whole life's desire. If I have to chose, I would hang onto R&B for life," proudly shares Felly Dee.
COLLABORATION WITH OTHER ARTISTS
"I have done some tracks with Swag Boiz, Cruzi, Emre, Bushmen allstars, Cally and so many underground or unknown artists. I also produced most of these songs. I am also looking forward to collaborating with local artists here like I did before with Southsyd Souljaz and Syk Unit - both are Ilonggo rap groups," elaborates Felly Dee.
So far, he finds the most wonderful voices in Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Felly Dee gives it to Seal for the most creative harmony and acapella, Yanni for the most impressive instrumental orchestration, and Enya for soul.
Felly Dee's songs in his upcoming album will include tracks entitled Bum, Alleluia, Killing Me, Miss My Baby (in his local dialect and in english), Million Ways, Waist, Ringtone (he is currently working on this), Taken Over, Casanova, Luv In The Air, Fly Away and Still The Same featuring "tbm," his old crew.
"The truth is I really stopped thinking a long time ago in making it here in the Philippines. Maybe, I only believe that, we could all make it anywhere. It's just a matter of presentation, ideas, beliefs, and understanding," optimistically explains the young and hopeful artist.
What is his most favorite song in his debut album? "I don't have a favorite song in my list; they are all good to me but if I must choose, it will be Alleluia because it's really personal for me and intended to a particular person," says Felly Dee.
Now what is his word of advice for aspiring artists from all over the world? "Well, keep faith and just flow with the wind. You don't really know where your destiny lies until it finds you, and don't stop doing what you love the most," happily exclaims the young R&B prince.*
Happy 18th birthday to Maria Caryl Chua, daughter of J&R Family Studio's James and Dolly Chua.