Some dub him Kigali’s genius music producer, while others the best producer of the year. But The New Times’ Emma Prince, caught up with Lick Lick, and below he talks about himself.
TNT: Who is Lick Lick?
LL: I’m a music producer and the owner of Unlimited Records.
TNT: When and where were you born?
LL: I was born on July 5, 1987 in Kicukiro district. I’m third born in a family of five children. Two sisters and two brothers, and we all stay with both of our parents.
TNT: Where did you go to school?
LL: I did my Primary education at Ecole Primaire de Kicukiro, and joined St. Andrews Secondary School in Nyamirambo—I completed in 2007. And if all goes well, I’ll join university soon.
TNT: When did you join the music industry, and who inspired you?
LL: I joined when I was in senior two, and I was inspired by my friends who, said that I had vocal ability. I was also good at playing the guitar and piano, and the combination helped me.
Later, I formed a music group called ‘Justified’, which featured some of today’s outstanding artists, The Ben and Meddy.
TNT: How far have you gone with your music dream?
LL: So far, so good. I’m famous and have my music studio ‘Unlimited Records’. However, I’m not yet contented because I still have a lot on my plate to complete.
TNT: What are your future plans?
LL: I want to sign contracts with as many potential artists as possible. Also, I dream of expanding my studio. And in that case, I’m planning to open a branch in Gisenyi, in February 2010.
TNT: What was your happiest moment?
LL: In June 2009, when I opened my music studio.
TNT: Your worst memories?
LL: I hardly keep bad memories because they have nothing good but only to ruin someone’s life.
TNT: Any message to your fellow artists and to Rwandans?
LL: To my fellow artists, I urge them to be passionate about their talent and to always try to be original in their music careers. And to Rwandans, I appeal to them to support local artists because we have the talent but we need support.