In our last issue, Marlene Cato asked: ‘What makes Christian music producers tick?’ and she caught up with Luke Smith and Marcus Johnson. For this issue, she is talking to Ibe ‘GiantKiller’ Otah to get an insight into what he is passionate about and what motivates him.
A top music producer, Ibe has worked with many renowned artists, such as Integrity recording artist, Noel Robinson (Morris Cerullo Worship Leader); USA artists, The Kenoly Brothers (sons of Ron Kenoly); Grammy nominees, Gospel Gangstas; multi award-winning artists, like Isaiah-Raymond, Muyiwa, Guvna B, and many more.
He worked with South African Grammy-nominated artist, Neville D, on his album, a remixed track called ‘Our God is Bigger’, which got to Number 1 on the StepFwd UK Christian Charts, and also performed well in South Africa. Otah also worked with MOBO and Premier Gospel award-winning artist Lurine Cato on remix on of her hit, ‘Power’, with producer Ian Copeland Green. The ‘Power GiantKiller Remix’ was a hit with South Africa’s top DJs, and is still a concert favourite.
Ibe is diverse in his skills and interests. As the ‘GiantKiller’, he is a renowned radio personality in the UK, and well-known for his PG Saturday Breakfast Show on Premier Gospel Radio. He is the co-founder of Onboard Generation; Ibe oversees mission trips to Cape Town, South Africa, where he takes a featured artist to a region. Their activities include outreach work, musical concerts and leadership training, as well as prison ministry. Onboard Generation partners with ministries, such as The Message South Africa and His People North – the ministry’s covering – and other local churches.
Ibe is also an established Christian comedian, who has performed alongside some of the UK’s top comedians. He uses joy and laughter to engage audiences, and is sure to cause many to smile, bringing healing from a friendly perspective. Born and raised in London, Otah now resides in Hertfordshire.
Ibe Otah has some ‘GiantKiller’ news for his forthcoming projects, working with some exciting artists. Check out his debut single, Perfect ft Joni J.
At what age did you first realise you would like to be in the music industry, and what was the first thing you remembered doing?
When I was 18, I fell in love with production. I bought a Commodore 64 with a sampler, and started programming beats. The first artist I produced for was an artist by the name of Wariyah.
What genre of music really excites you, and why?
I love all genres, but hip-hop is my first love.
What have you learned about being in the music industry?
Relationships are important in this industry, learning to serve with your gift, and knowing what you are called to do by God.
What was a major event in your life that was significant to who you are today?
Connecting with 90s super producers, ‘The Ethnic Boyz’ (Steve Campbell, Marcus Johnson). Those guys mentored me, and taught me a lot about work ethic, songwriting and producing.
How important is your Christian faith to you, and what would you like to say about your faith?
I rely heavily on my faith. God is everything to me, and I remind myself that it’s because I made a commitment to Him that’s why I am doing this music. It is good to take time out before each project to thank God for the opportunities to share your music gift.
If you could offer some advice to producers at the beginning of their journey, what would it be?
Study producers. Study their sounds and songwriting. Never be afraid to experiment. Music has no boundaries. But get yourself a mentor, or someone who will tell you the truth and push you.
What other Christian producers do you admire?
Marcus Johnson, Steve Campbell, G-Kid, Ian Copeland Green, Jimmy James and Noel Robinson.
What else would you like to tell KTF readers?
I am always working on other artists’ tracks, but check out something of my own.
Debut Single on YouTube: