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

THISDAY - - PLUS - Does Har­rysong see him­self go­ing over­seas for greener pas­tures or to ex­pand your mu­sic ca­reer in the

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.

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