When the name Artquake is mentioned, what readily comes to mind is the singing duo, Adex and Ice K that sang the hit song, ‘Alanta’ that rocked the airwaves in 2009. However, since they released the hit song, it seemed the duo mellowed on their career as they have not been able to come up with another club banger.
In a recent chat with Saturday Beats, they explained why their career seemed to be on the slow track.
They said, “When we released ‘Alanta,’ we slowed down because of marriage but that is natural. We also thought of diversifying and see what we could do apart from music to make money. That was what made us slow down but we did some music afterwards. We met our wives before we released ‘Alanta’ and they have been enduring with us before that song, so that made it a lot easier. If they were ladies that we met after ‘Alanta,’ we can’t tell what would have become of the marriage now because it would have been obvious that they came for the fame. These two ladies are people who have been with us before the mega hit and the big money. I remember there was a time we used to live in a self-contained apartment in Surulere and these ladies used to come around. They believed in us and did not forsake us.”
The singing duo also said that as part of diversifying, they signed up four youngsters to their record label, AQM, and because of this, they also had to slow down their career in order to help their signees achieve their dreams of becoming stars.
“Since we did ‘Alanta,’ we have released about seven songs but they did not catch the attention of people like ‘Alanta’ did and that is the reason we are still giving our best. In 2015, we decided to rebrand so we brought new artistes to our record label, AQM Records. The four guys we signed have been with us for a while and we have been watching them. We felt it would be very bad for us to see talents and look the other way. We had a proper contract with them and we put some welfare in place for them. We got them an apartment and give them a monthly welfare package. We have shot a video with them as a group and then we began to release their individual projects. That is what we have been up to. Artquake is also working on new materials but our new signees also slowed us down a little,” they said.