TGM-Who is Mr. Caustic and how did you get your beginning in the music industry?
Mr. Caustic-My name is Ojeez D’caustic commonly known as Mr. Caustic, I began singing at age ten, miming popular songs and changing their lyrics to gospel ones so that I could sing them in my school fellowship, but I began writing songs in 2008 and recorded my first song in 2010.
TGM-Where do you come from?
Mr. Caustic-I am from a little tribe called “Esan” in Edo state found in the South side of Nigeria, Africa.
TGM-Tell me a little about you and your family?
Mr. Caustic-My name is Jeff Albert, I am a cool headed, realistic, free spirited and down to earth person, I love meeting people and learning from them, I believe that a better world is possible If we all decide to have a go at it. I am from a family of two, with great parents that love support me and my younger brother, we didn’t really have much growing up but we were given the best upbringing, never to steal or cheat anyone and never to give up on our dreams.
TGM-Who is your inspiration and how do they inspire you?
Mr. Caustic-Basically everyone and everything inspires me, from the “not to good” standard of living of the ordinary man in Nigeria, corruption, individualism and selfishness of most people of the world to the pretty lady just sitting on her own in the club with a body screening for it to be touched or kissed. But one person that really affected my life musically is Mr. Idibia a.k.a 2face or 2baba, he is a musical legend in Africa, I grew up listening to him, I will never forget the first time I heard “African Queen” back in 2004, I was blown away. I like the man’s composure in writing a song, he is very attractive to details, to the extent that he never talks out of point, I like how he attempts to use music to express himself as well as ills in society, I like his humility as a person and as celebrity, in fact, he is my mentor. Besides him though, I like P Square (for their consistence and commerciality) I like Burna Boy, Cynthia Morgan, R’ Kelly, Chris Brown, Fela and Bob Marley, they have all contributed to my musical make up one way or the other.
TGM-Any tips for future musicians trying to make it in today’s music industry?
Mr. Caustic-Yes, I encourage them to be focused on their dreams, they should also take time to really learn the technicalities of music and not think music is easy or just a money making venture, they should learn how to be patient because everything has its time and season, most of all, they should be very original and unique with their style of music. By the way, there is someone I want you all to watch out for, her name is “Ari Kushy” she is just 16, but she’s got a lot of talent.
TGM-What genre of music do you consider your music?
Mr. Caustic-Well, I hate to be boxed into a corner or classified into one genre, so I would say “as the spirit leads” I started out with classic R&B and Rock songs, then added Hip Pop and Naija flavour to it, then recently added Reggae and Ragga (dancehall) to it. So I mix and blend all these to come up with what I would love to call “caustic sound” I also write very different genres of music for people, some of which I won’t dare sing on my own, e.g Hi-Life and Afrobeat.
TGM-What does this song “Problem” mean to you and why did you write it?
Mr. Caustic-This song “Problem” is my attempt to describe the impact of a lady’s presence in a particular scene, it goes on describe her looks and how she affects a man’s brains, it’s a purely fictional song and it’s a song that makes you dance, nod your head and remind you of that very special lady you met that rocked your world.
TGM-What can we look forward to in the near future from you?
Mr. Caustic-Well, you can look forward to more great songs from me, I have three other different but amazing songs by names: “Little Line” (reggae), “Rock n’ Roll” (dancehall) and “Goose Feeling” (R&B). You can look forward to collaborations with top Nigerian artistes, top African artistes and probably a top worldwide artiste, JB, ReRe, Sia, Adele or even Taylor Swift is not so impossible you know.
TGM-As a musician, how do you feel giving back to your community who support you is important?
Mr. Caustic-It is important because it helps them believe more in you as an artiste and as a person, it makes them believe that you are part of them, feel their pains and share in their struggles. Ways of giving back could be like: having a charity organization, doing peace songs and songs that discourage bad behaviors of individuals and leaders, organizing mega shows and giving proceeds to less privileged, and of course, raising and breed new talents, all these I will do at time goes on in my career.
TGM-Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years in the music industry?
Mr. Caustic- In the nearest future, I would love to be known and respected all over the world or most of it at least, I would love to have at least one album that goes multi-platinum, I will love for my music to touch lives and inspire many as I have been inspired by some, I would also love to launch a music label.
TGM-Thank you for your time and we wish you all the best in your quest for success…God Bless you always!~!