We had the good fortune of connecting with Ugo Blk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ugo, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
The answer is quite simple. If you have something that’s in your mind, heart and soul, something that you refuse to settle about, you go for it. Personally, I can’t go a day with music to some capacity, therefore pursuing a career in music is a no brainer for me. Be consistent in YOURSELF and work towards your goals everyday. The greatest was once an amateur. You’ve got to also fall in love with the process. Accept that their will be days that seem like a “loss” but you cherish those days because they’ll develop the adversity and focus you need on this journey to success, sustainability and longevity.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I simply love creating. I’ve got my hands in a lot of things but music has my heart. I love the journey I’m on and most proud of my growth. I love the fact that I’m not there yet. People say that I’m relentless in my work and I agree. I work tirelessly at my craft and draw from the support of the people closest to me. Nothing along this path has been easy but then again anything worthwhile takes sacrifice. You’ve just got to make your mind up that you’re not going to quit no matter what; a lifestyle mentality. The way I feel when I’m making music makes those tough days a lot easier. I don’t feel like I’m “working” but rather working on my craft. I’ve learned to focus, stay grounded, network, network network, listen more than you speak, be an asset, be yourself always and come to work with enthusiasm and energy. I want the world to know that UGO is here. Tune in.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take them to the Cedar Ridge Reserve for a hiking experience. We’d take pictures, vibe out and really feel the nature. Then we would come back to the crib, clean up, spark up, get the hookah lit, order food and Hulu. Next a nap then pre game for an afrobeat spot. Afro clubs are unmatched because you’re going to dance all night. A guaranteed good time. The next day we would workout to purge the night out and hit a brunch spot maybe deep ellum or bishop arts. Next go sit out on the grass at white rock. Mimosas since it’s Sunday, pinky’s up keep it class. Next back to the crib for a wine down to end the weekend.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
None of this is possible without the most high. I’m forever grateful to be favored. I want to give a shout-out to my older sister Chisom. She always reminds me that I’ve yet to give her a shout out in my songs so here it is. Love you lol. I also want to thank Zo, Kelly-T, Chukofilms, the 12 factory, OTP, and any and all supporters of the music and the movement. If I didn’t say your name it’s only because I’m not great at these things but the love is always there.