Nigerian singer, Ayoola Johnson, also known as Ay.com, has been silent for quite a while and has been considered as many as a one-hit wonder.
The singer released smash hit, ‘Pass me your Love’ with Terry G and since then went underground.
He had a chat with the Punch’s Saturday Beat in which he explained his absence which he said was due to personal commitments and his thoughts on the industry right now.
“I got married after my first album; I was a bit distracted. I was a young man when I got married; I got married at the age of 25. My wife and I attended the same secondary school, we were both young people who were in love and we had the opportunity to get married. I have produced more songs after that, but the industry is messed up now. I’m not desperate about music. I am doing music for the passion.” Ay.com said.
“My son will be eight years old soon, my wife got pregnant almost immediately after we got married, she was a young girl and I had to be there for her. Some of the guys that make waves in the industry have given 100 per cent of their life to their career.
“Most of them who are reigning in the industry today are baby fathers. A lot of them don’t even have time for their children. I was caring for my family, so I had little time for my music. It took me time to get myself together, and now that I am ready for music, the competition is very high. I just try to do music because I am passionate about it. It’s worth it at the end of it all, I have no regrets,” Ay.com added.
The artiste also bemoaned the current state of the music industry today, stating that talent has taken a back seat and now money is the sole driver of the industry.
Ay.com has also in recent times been very vocal about his thoughts on Marriage and mental health.
He said: “I watch a lot of artistes say negative things about marriage; they fail to understand that if their marriage is not working, they should check themselves. They shouldn’t generalise because by doing that, they may mislead their fans. I’m trying to be realistic and help the people to see the light.
“A lot of people go into marriage for the wrong reasons, not for love. Some of their marriages don’t last; I have been married for nine years but I don’t put my wife on social media. During the time I got married, social media was not really active then, so my marriage wasn’t based on social media. The woman I married is not the social type. I try to take my marriage away from my career.
“We are in the industry where people relate with you the way you portray yourself. A lot of people live fake lives. I have seen people in the industry being neglected because they don’t have enough money. There was a time a colleague of mine said people should do away with their friends who don’t meet up to their standard,” he said.