It’s More Peaceful Being a Solo Artiste, says Eddie Remedy
Since his exit from the defunct group, The Remedies, not much has been heard from Eddie Remedy. While his former bandmate, Eedris Abdulkareem, has continued to push out music and is currently a farmer; the third member of the group, Tony Tetuila; ventured into politics and even though his ambition was not fulfilled, he is back to the ‘kitchen’ to cook up more music.
In a chat with Saturday Beats, Eddie Remedy revealed that even though it is quite challenging being a solo artiste, it is more peaceful. He said, “It has been very challenging being a solo artiste but it is more peaceful. I am at peace with myself and my music is more defined. I have a clearer direction of what I want to do as a solo artiste.”
Taking a trip down memory lane, the singer noted that while he was with his bandmates, the experience was a lovely one. Eddie said, “It was wonderful when we were all doing music; it was great. It was a great feeling while it lasted and that is what one can say right now. But there is no sincerity and that is something that I would start preaching from now till when I leave this world.”
Call it a jinx but it seems no popular group has stayed together for over 15 years. Commenting on why groups break up, the singer said that it is due to insincerity on the part of the group members. “Groups break up in Nigeria because of lack of sincerity; I am talking about Nigerian artistes and not anywhere else in the world. People are not sincere with one another. That is the main reason. Once there is insincerity in a group, it disrupts every other thing. If there is love in a group, then there would not be insincerity. If there is any problem, love would help solve it; it heals wounds and allows room for sacrifice. There is no sincerity in musical groups formed today. Even if you have an ambitious person in the group and they are sincere about it, there would not be any problem. If you are ambitious but sincere, you would not step on people’s toes; you would not cheat people or fail to show up at a paid show. We are not sincere people in Nigeria and that is why we have so much corruption in this country.
“There are a lot of examples where members of a group were not sincere to each other. If there is no sincerity there would be no trust and the relationship cannot work. Once the trust has been broken, it would be hard to mend fences. Insincerity on the part of a company is what would make them want to exploit the artiste. If we were sincere and did business the way it is meant to be conducted, then groups would not be breaking up the way it is today. The biggest pressure I see in groups breaking up in Africa especially Nigeria is lack of trust and insincerity. It is a Nigerian problem. We are a corrupt country and it reflects on every individual so when a deal is struck, one of the parties or both would not keep to their end of the bargain,” he said.