Harrysong I Used to Be a Fisherman, But Music Got the Better Part of Me…Here I am Today
Entertainer, Tare Okiri Harrison, A.K.A Harrysong, recently battled depression. He shares the story of how he conquered depression and other controversies surrounding his career with CHINEDU IBEABUCHI
Recently, you shocked the world with your depression message and got your fans worried. What were you actually going through then?
What I was going through was pressure. It was a lot more than I could really have envisaged. I was depressed basically, then it was pressure and I needed to speak out to also help myself and help others. So it was also a lesson not just to me but to others and thank God, I am out stronger and back to business.
So how were you able to conquer your depression process?
Because I was real to myself, it was a big challenge for me. So, I try as much as I can, not to focus on myself but to the works that needed to be done and people that are looking up to me. And being strong for myself is also being strong to millions and also being real for myself is also being real to millions. So, I try as much as I can to put 20 per cent on me and 20 per cent
What is your advice to fellow musicians who are probably passing through a depression process and afraid to speak or don’t know how to speak up just like you.
We have a very good opportunity on social media. There is so much competition and pain there. We are normal just like the average man on the street, we should try as much as possible as we can as celebrities, as role models to be real, be truthful to ourselves and preach love.
As we approach the yuletide period, what should your fans be expecting from you?
Of course, I know my fans are expecting the best from me. They are expecting a single from me and my management is set to drop my next single titled, Report Card. I know they are expecting a lot from the video and audio. Basically, they want the best from me and I can assure them I will not disappoint.
Can you evaluate your 2018?
My 2018 has been a total blessing to me and the entire management of AlterPlate. I prayed to the Lord and yes of course we had some challenges, ‘major’ challenges but we conquered and here we are today, still grinding and pushing harder very strong.
Why do your songs have strong old school vibe, what influences this choice and is it deliberate?
For some time now, you have been running your record label. How is it being the Chief Executive Officer of AlterPlate
As President of Alterplate, it’s been amazing. I am not just as a free man but a responsible man. I am not responsible for just myself alone but for other people as a team, as a company, as a family and as a movement. It feels great to be a source of empowerment as the President of Alterplate. Again, I would say in the best of my knowledge I know that about 70 to 80 per cent, we have served as a very huge content provider in Nigerian entertainment circle.
What has managing Alterplate for this short period taught you differently from being an artist?
It has taught me that being an executive is not just about the label or the platform. It is also about giving back and about an expansion, about making and remolding yourself and that is what we have been doing over the years. Creating new contents, expansion and making and re-making ourselves and that is why we have younger people under the platform whom we are building to become ‘Younger Kings’ to take over the industry and be a blessing basically. The platform is big enough to accommodate as much as we want to bring on board and we have younger ones that we are also building to be unveil very soon, either before the end of this last quarter or say the first quarter of 2019.