Endia popularly known as “Mr 48” or The Sound Man and one of the members of GRIP Boiz shouldn’t be introduced anymore in the music industry as a newbie but one of the super talented people we hear everyday.
Adaoha of Jaguda catches up with the buzzing star for a little chat, and we discuss his music origins, plans for the future, and his daily motivation.
Endia born Ujah Lawrence is from Benue State – Idoma by tribe. He grew up in Jos and joined the school choir in JS2 where he sang in the soprano. Later he joined school band- CSJ Boyz (St Joseph Catholic Schhol) at the time and it was there music became his love.
Q: How was the name “Endia” born?
A: Endia is a name I adopted from my family. My late grand mother used to call me that whenever she saw me & I kinda liked the name. So when I finally decided to settle for music, cudnt think of a better option. Just stuck with that- ‘Endia’.
Q: You have two singles that are very popular right now, “48” and “Raving”, what is your genre of music called?
A: My music, like I said on “48” is a fusion of Afro, hip hop & dancehall/ragga. With all this put together, it makes it kinda difficult to categorize, so I just term the fusion as “Vibrationz”
Q: Vibrationz! Hmm nice. 48 was a hit, produced by Chopstix. What was going through your mind when you were in the studio voicing it?
A: To be honest, I didnt really have anything in mind. Just wanted to do something entirely different. Something that wasn’t common.
Even though I didnt exactly think or imagine it would become a hit as it turned out to be.
Q: Let’s talk Grip Boiz, as a faithful follower of Grip Boiz since my unijos days, you are a part of that talented group, could maybe satisfy abit of our curiosity and give a hint about an album release?
A: Gripboiz/GripMUZIK will put out an album soon, hopefully. We are really interested in strengthening our fan base- as individual artistes [Endia, J-milla, YungL & Chopstix] & also as a team- GripBoiz. Fortunately, that’s coming together fine. So I guarantee every lover & supporter that an album will come forth very very soon. We are continually putting in work to ensure that our fans are satisfied.
Q: Interesting. Do you play any musical instrument?
A: Not really. But am learning to play the keyboard
Q: Music aside, when you are not in the studio, what do you do to chill?
A: When am not in the studio, am either playing game, out hanging with friends, listening to music, reading a book or just chilling watching TV.
Q: Do you have any style icon? If yes, then who? Why do you like that style?
A: Yea most def! In the new generation, I love Kanye West’s style. Because he’s very confident in his style & always dares to try out new stuff in different forms. He could either keep it simple or street & still be on point. That’s just brilliant in regards to style.
Q: Let me drift a bit, what’s the best fashion accessory you like to see on a lady? Why?
A: Err.. I actually do love women fashion & always admire those that keep it 100. With that said, my favorite lady accessory has to be wristwatch.
Q: What accessory will you feel naked without?
A: I’d totally feel naked without my glasses
Q: What motivates you daily?
A: My motivation comes from God & the people around me.
Q: Finally, what next for Endia? New single or maybe an album?
A: Well, an album is definitely gonna come, but for now expect more & more music- singles, collaborations, features. It’s Like That!