OUTTA GULU: Aggrey Layeng, aka Laxzy MoVer, is a versatile solo artiste in Gulu City, whose first single, “African Woman”, earned him the Northern Artiste of the Year award. Isaac Otwii had a chat with him to understand how an Agriculture graduate ended up doing music.
Who is Laxzy MoVer?
My real name is Aggrey Fortune Layeng, an Acholi from Gulu City and I spent most of my early childhood in the ghetto of Ariaga. I am a recording and performing artiste signed to Swag Team Nations Entertainment.
What motivated you to join music?
I was born into a musical family. My dad (RIP) was a music tutor/lecturer and all my siblings and brothers were into music mostly in church. But aside from being born into music, I also had the love and passion so much that I took it up as a career.
How would you describe the kind of music that you create?
I would say my music is cross-generational, versatile, and quality. All in all, I do almost all genres of music.
What is your strength as a musician?
I use both Luo and English and that is something that captures both the elite and non-elite. My songs always carry messages that people easily relate to every day. I use different established producers that give my music quality sound. I am also an exposed musician, given my academic background, which helps me sing about issues from an informed point of view. So I don’t just sing because others are singing.
What is your favourite song?
I enjoy performing “Kwo”, “Yala Ngwe”, “Emergency” ft D Jay Joel fresh, “Te Te”, “Dogola”, and “Forgive Me”.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your songs?
Well, most of my songs have no hidden meaning, although people relate to them differently depending on their background and the kind of environment they are in.
Overall, how do you think 2020 has been for you and your music career? What are you most excited about?
This year has had a big impact on my music career. It has taught me to be a singer with a purpose, to entertain, and as well as develop myself as an artiste. It taught me that nothing is permanent and we should live in the moment.
It also gave me more time with family. Before the pandemic, I was always on the road from one show to another. But I must say I have had enough time to refresh myself and write more music.
How do you think the internet has impacted on the entertainment industry?
The Internet has brought me closer to my fans. Sharing and getting my music has become so easy. But again, some fans still find it hard to adapt to the Internet, especially when it comes to downloading songs. There are also those that do not have smartphones and were used to enjoying my music at shows that have since been banned to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Personally, I have utilised social media by posting short videos for my fans.
How do you keep yourself relevant to your fans?
I interact with my fans freely, reply them on social media platforms and I keep them engaged by releasing new material (audios and videos) often.
If you could change anything about the entertainment industry, what would it be?
I would change the greed and selfishness.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I see myself as a music-made businessman, helping upcoming musicians more, and coming up with more songs that will make me an East African music icon.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
They should start small, believe in themselves and, of course, prioritise school. Being humble and ready to learn is something that can get you far if you double it with trusting in God. He makes it all possible.
Tell us briefly about your education.
I went to UNIFAT Primary School for my nursery and primary education from 1996 – 2005. I later went to Negri College and Gulu Central High School for my O-Level, Wits College Namulanda for A-Level and in 2012, I joined Gulu University where I attained a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.