The popular musician known as Solidstar was actually born Joshua Inyiezo on September 24, 1988. The Nigerian singer and songwriter with his trademark dreadlocks is also a producer and a songwriter.
He is a native of Isoko in Delta state, and is currently signed to Achievers Entertainment. In a recent interview with Star Tracker, the musician who has had collaborations with the biggest names in the Nigerian music industry, revealed a lot about his inspiration, work ethic and future plans.
When he was asked about his journey into music so far, the musician who sang ‘Baby Jollof’ with Tiwa Savage in 2014, had this to say:
“I wouldn’t say it is that easy because at the beginning. I started all alone and I was working and saving money to record. So, it wasn’t that easy. Thank God for Achievers Entertainment, they came in and saw my talent and they signed me.
“The first song I dropped under Achievers was “One in a million” featuring 2baba. Since then, we have been pushing forward. After that song, the fame was just there but then, money wasn’t coming in.”
Solidstar also spoke on how he felt when he was commissioned to write a theme song for the Super Eagles’ World Cup campaign.
“I felt good. First of all, I have to say that my work speaks for itself. And my good management has been working hard. When they picked me as the official artiste to do the World Cup theme song, I thought to myself that this means I have been working really hard.
“That really gingered me and even when I record, I put in extra work because I know the competition out there is really tight. So, I take my time when doing any song.”
On where he got his inspiration, Solidstar had this to say:
“I get my inspiration from women; I like being around them but they are just my friends. I love to hear what they are saying about themselves. So, I get inspired by the words, and I just put one or two of their words into my lyrics and come out with whatever I see around me.
“How do you manage and handle your female fans? I have to learn how to control my female fans because I don’t like scandals. So, whenever I come across them, I treat them good. I make them feel at home. As I said, I always love being around women. I love ladies.”
According to Vanguard, when he was asked what artistes he would want to work with he replied with: “Definitely Wizkid and Davido.”
He also revealed one key to his success, when he said:
“I am this kind of artiste that would record songs every day, if I had the opportunity. I record up to five songs in a week. I do work hard and that is why when I drop a song, I don’t let the standard drop.
“I always try to get better. I will be off to South Africa to shoot videos for three songs because I have shot all my videos in Nigeria and I am also looking at international collaborations in the future.”
Meanwhile, two weeks ago, the singer posted on August 12 on Twitter that his third album WEED drops in September. He also explained the full meaning of the acronym WEED, saying it was: Witness Everything Exceptionally Different.