SOROTI: VIN Jaguar, real name William Odeke, is 28 years old and a graduate of Science Management and Plumbing but music is his drug as he shares with Suzan Nanjala.
What inspired you to join music?
I was inspired by Lucky Dube’s songs. They were so inspiring and educative and when I lost my father in 1992 and my mother in 2002, life became so hard with no one to turn to but music.
How and when did you start this music journey?
I started as a backup singer in church but before that, my mother used to tell me that I had talent but I did not take it seriously. It is so unfortunate that she is not here with me to see who I have become. I started singing in 2006, but became active in 2013. I am an award-winning artiste both in Teso and Lango sub-regions.
What kind of music do you do?
I do secular music and I love R&B and dancehall, which I am really good at. I also sing gospel music and this in a way makes me reflect on where I came from and where I am today. The church paved a way for me through the music industry, that much I cannot forget.
How many songs have you released so far?
I have three albums so far, which I recorded alongside my colleagues Philippe and Yonah Changli and I am also trying to get more artistes on board.
What are some of your songs?
“Adumu Engo”, “Ipudusi ijo”, “Angangat”, “Lonely Beeramu” and “Ijo Bon” are the songs that gave me a breakthrough.
What keeps you moving?
Without God, life would never have been the same, considering what I went through, so before everything I put God first and then my mother’s words always echo in my ear and this encourages me to work harder.
Who has helped you through this journey?
My mother greatly believed in what I was capable of. Also, the church and my friends who have been there with me through my struggle.
Do you consider yourself an achiever since you joined the music industry?
Yes. I might not be rich but I have very many friends and our music from Teso has moved beyond borders because people call all the way from the UK, Jamaica to appreciate the music. Actually, even Cindy Sanyu got in touch with me and I think sometime soon we shall perform together. We are sponsoring our fellow local artistes and that is giving back to the community.
Have you met any challenges in your music career?
Being an upcountry musician , you do not get much exposure, then before I got my own studio, I would travel to Tororo or Kampala to record my songs and then we had only two radio stations; Voice of Teso and Veritas, so even promoting music was a problem .
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I do not have to look at the five years because I am already what I wanted to be. Now I am looking at helping orphans, giving back to the church and community as well as promoting upcoming artistes.
What advice do you have for your fellow musicians?
They should stay away from drugs because many have been affected. People should not always depend on one thing but embrace other opportunities that are available. I did engineering and plumbing but see where I am now; I am best at my God-given talent and that’s music.
What message do you have for your fans?
They should learn to support their local music and do what they believe they can do. Very soon because of the pressure from my fans, I am going to release a video and I would like them to follow me on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.