In a very recent interview with Punch, the “Oliver Twist” crooner, Dbanj, was asked to mention the most expensive fashion item he has gotten so far and he replied with “I’m always wearing expensive things; like now, I have two watches on my wrist. I’m putting on a Franck Muller, master of complication. It goes for at least $50,000. The other is a big face, the same one Jay-Z is rocking.”
See excerpts from the interview below:
How would you describe your fashion style?
I don’t know. I just dress how I want to be addressed. Sometimes, I want to look like a biker, sometimes I want to look like a billionaire. I wanted to get myself a power bike until I started making it. I had to decide against it because if I get injured, I would not be able to perform. Right now, I can only ride through video games.
Why do you often change your look, especially with your sideburns?
I change that based on how I feel. Like right now, I look like Will Smith. It just reflects how I feel.
Do you ever feel sad?
Yes, there are times I feel sad. A lot of things can make me feel sad, I’m a human being. I can watch a movie and feel sad, I can have issues with someone and feel sad. It depends. But I hardly let that show outside.
Are you a romantic person?
Yes, when I have to, when I’m with the right person.
How do you know the right person?
That is why it is called romance. Don’t make a ‘Wh0r3’ a housewife.
How many pairs of glasses do you own?
The ones I cannot use anymore and everybody knows is like 60. I change them everyday, the one I’m wearing is new. It’s Bespoke by Tommy Hilfiger.
What is your fashion weakness?
Before, I thought it was the suit. Later I thought it was the jewelry, but now I just think it is everything. It might just be a T-shirt or something intriguing. For me, I don’t know but I believe fashion is about how you feel. Dress how you want to be addressed. It is not about the shoe, or the watch, it is a full package.
Do you have plans of owning a fashion line?
We already did that. I have not worn a suit that is not Nigerian made in more than eight years, including what I’m wearing now. I look better than Dolce & Gabana. My favourite Nigerian designer is Bespoke by Okunoren Twins. I’ve been rocking them. Most occasions, I rock Nigerian designers. I do very well with international designers but I’m more comfortable in Nigerian wears. Recently, we went into merchandising and I was thinking of doing Koko wear; but a lot of people in my team thought the logo for DB Records was such a great logo for a clothing line. We are rocking it, you must have seen pictures of the gold DB Records when I was granting an interview. We are coming out with our merchandise.
Who has been your fashion icon over the years?
A lot of people. I have Kanye West, David Beckham…let’s leave it like that.
Are you imitating Kanye West’s looks?
No, does Kanye have side burns? He doesn’t. I have always had my looks, especially with the side burns. I could make them thinner, fatter, or just remove everything.