Otile Brown is among the fastest rising male artistes in Kenya at the moment. He came with a bang and made sure we all recognized his talent.
All the way from Mombasa, Otile has made a name for himself with his unique music, but he had his own fair share of struggles just to make it in the industry.
In an interview with Adelle Onyango and Shaffie Weru on Breakfast With The Stars, Otile revealed that he had to do different jobs so as to survive when he moved to Nairobi.
“I started my music career in Nairobi. I knew I could start my music career in Mombasa but I wanted the market in Nairobi. I knew my dreams were bigger and my talent was also big. There’s this thing whereby, most artistes who start their careers in Mombasa, they don’t get enough marketing, so I didn’t want that for myself, so I said lemmi come to Nairobi, start the music journey here, fight until I achieve. When I moved to Nairobi, I came with my business, Selling Maasai sandals, but then the business failed. So I had to look for other means to survive. I used to do plays too for a while, then I was a bit stable because when I moved to Nairobi I was focused on where I would live and how to make ends meet,” he narrated.
He continued, “When Hart_The Band were starting off, I was there with them at the theatre, even Mordecai and I went to a music school so he knew I could sing. So when I was ready, that’s when I joined the music world.”
When asked if he ever felt like quitting music and just venturing into business, he said, “I always knew that I was born to do music. When I got to Nairobi, I didn’t want to rush to music. The thing that was running in my head was how to survive first, be in a better place, so as to start music, but from the get go, I knew I wanted to do music. I used to sell second hand clothes to UoN students.”
He recently released a brand new jam called ‘Nataka’ featuring Khaligraph Jones. As we all know, Khaligraph is a phenomenal artiste.
So how was it working with Khaligraph Jones? “It was awesome coz Khaligraph Jones is like a pal, tumetoka mbali na yeye and he’s that guy who respects my work. And when I have a song that I feel he will add some value to it, I send it to him and he just creates magic.”
Listen to the full interview below: