CHUQ-E is an afro pop artiste who kicked off his career in 2002 growing steadily through the tides of the music evolution. He has worked with a few acts like Slow Dog, Stone Bone, Cynthia Morgan, Toby Grey, May D and more. In this chat with MUTIAT ALLI, Chuq-E reveals his passion for music and other issues.
Can we meet you?
My name is Utulu Austin, aka CHUQ-E. I started my music career in 2002. My music is a mix of afro pop and RnB. My primary and secondary education were in Delta State before I went to Abia State Polytechnic.
What’s been your challenges so far?
The major challenge I faced was finance because good songs kept coming yet no money to push it for people to hear but I never allowed that to kill my dream.
Who inspired your music and who are your mentors?
Chris Brown, Usher Raymond, 2face, Davido, Olamide, Wizkid and P Square are musical talents I look up to and learn a thing or two from the quality of their music.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In the next 5 years, I see myself hitting stardom with my name becoming household name all around the world.
Which stages and awards do you admire?
I love to be on stage at the Sound City Blast carnival, Five Star music festival and a lot more. For the awards, I’m aiming at the HEADIES, AFRIMA, MTVBASE and BET awards and much more.
What would you be doing if not music?
If not music, I guess I’d probably be doing comedy because I love entertainment.
What makes your music different as an artiste?
It is that fact that I’m versatile? I can sing, rap, write and produce songs for myself and other artistes.