Widely known as Brief Daddy and with features in a number of popular and trending music videos like Skibbii ft. Reekado Banks, Naira Marley’s “Soapy” and “Totori” by ID Cabasa featuring Olamide and Wizkid among other music videos. He spoke to ROSEMARY NWOSU in this interview.
What personal details about you do you think many people don’t know?
Well, not many people know my name is Ibiyemi Oluwatobiloba Samuel but I am widely known as Brief Daddy. I was born in Lagos and also brought up in Lagos. I was born into a family of five made up of two boys and three girls, with me being number 4. I attended Peacefield Model College and I am from Ogun State. I was featured in a music video in 2014, Dresan with the music video known as ‘Shoki’. Also in 2018, I was also featured in the music video of Skiibi featuring Reekado Banks.
What inspired you to embrace dancing as a profession?
That has to be Kaffy. She is my inspiration when it comes to dance but the acting part means I adore Aki & Paw Paw because they are good at acting.
What other talent do you have aside from dancing?
I am an actor.
In which other music videos have you been featured apart from the ones you mentioned so far?
One video by Sensima & Idowest titled ‘Who’ with my close friend @edem_wow. In this year, I have also featured in a music video by DJ Tunez ft Oxlade titled “Causing Trouble, Naira Marley’s ‘Soapy’ & ID Cabasa ft Olamide and Wizkid ‘Totori’ among others.
Since you are also an actor, which movie have you been featured in?
I have not yet featured in any movie. Still busy with music videos.
Are you among lucky ones whose parents have had to support their career?
My mother, Iya Tobiloba. A number of my friends, street people, Edem Benjamin, Macjreyz Perliks and many more.
At what point did you identify your dance talent?
Six years ago. I realised my talent when I was in primary school. I was just dancing around the school, going for dance challenge shows in Indomie Funfair events and others and I won many of them. So from there, I decided to continue my journey in dancing.
Which challenges you would say you have encountered in your career so far?
Doing free shows, not having to go for shows and not being paid well in video shoot sessions.
Have you ever felt intimidated about your height and how did you overcome such intimidation?
Not at all. In fact, it’s even my height that motivates me more in all I do or engage in.
Do you dance alone or you also have a dance crew?
I used to be part of a crew until recently. It was known as 2017 De Amazing Crew which was later changed to the popularly known Backyardboyz. However in the middle of 2019, we parted ways without grudges based on individual hustle after two years of being together.
How have you been able to go on without your dance crew?
I manage to dance alone but most times, I dance with my partner
Who do you see as your role model?
Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau, professionally known as Kaffy. The reason is because she’s good and is an intelligent and talented dancer. When it comes to acting, my role model is Osita Iheme, popularly known as Paw Paw.
Brief Daddy is an unusual stage name. How did it become a part of you?
It’s a friend of mine that gave me the name and people started calling me the name. However, the name really sounds funny, I have adopted it as my stage name and it works well for me so far.
What’s your 2020 vision for your dance crew?
We are hoping on God, to make it possible for us to get bigger jobs.
Could you recall the funniest incident in your dancing career?
My funniest incident happened when I met music video director, TG Omori and Zlatan Ibile, they are so playful and full of energy and that day remains the funniest so far.
What’s the biggest amount you have made from dancing in one day?
The highest amount I have made from dancing in one day is N50,000. It was the money I earned after winning a competition I entered for on Instagram, which was organised by Badboytimz some months ago. The competition wasn’t an easy one but with the help of God and my fans, I won the competition and was rewarded with the amount.
Has any musician ever outshine you as a dancer?
I haven’t really had the chance to dance with any of them as such so I can’t say.