Looking for a studio to shoot your music videos? Look no further! The solution is here. Have you heard of Large House? Before I go into the real deal proper, let me quickly say that Large House hosts 80% of music videos shot in Nigeria.I recently had a chat with Deji Sowande, a producer, author, songwriter and owner of Large House and he spoke to me about his journey so far. Did you know he is also the writer of ”The queen’s fiction” ?
Like I said, I paid him a visit at the Large House studio and he had a lot to say. I started by asking what Large House is all about.
What is Large House?
Large House is film studio located in the heart of Maryland. We host music videos, TV commercials and related activities. Every top artiste has shot a video at Large-house.
What prompted you to set up the studios?
I have always been a creative person and I was involved in other businesses. I was one of the first lock and repair mobile phone operators between 2002-2007. I was also involved in charcoal exporting. I did oil and gas at some point too. By the turn of 30, I decided to focus on my passion instead of just making money for survival. I noticed that there were no studios where people could shoot their videos, so I used the proceeds from my former businesses to procure a warehouse which I remodeled into a studio. It took me about two years to complete work on the studio.
How many years have you been running the studio?
I have been running the studio for about seven years now.
What were your early challenges?
Running the studio at the beginning was a huge challenge due to lack of patronage. At a point, I considered selling the studio because it wasn’t bringing in money. However, I was encouraged by friends and family who told me not to give up.
What will you consider you immediate short term goals?
I will love to shoot a documentary and a movie
And your long term goals?
I will love to write a global bestselling book.
What are your your future Plans?
I want to become the universal studio of Africa and as a producer, I plan on shooting sitcoms and movies.
You are also a writer, tell me about your book😕
My book is called ‘the Queen’s fiction’, a contemporary Nigerian crime thriller. It focuses on the ills of the society which are basically seen in young Nigerians who indulge in internet fraud.
How did you come about the book?
I just started researching about 419, internet scam in those when there were no activities in Large House. You know how it is, one thing led to another and It basically evolved into a book. It took me two years to write it.
How has the reception for the book been?
I get so many overwhelming comments about the book especially given the fact that the protagonist is a female. I have two other books that are yet to be published but I’m writing a non-fiction which I intend to release before the others.
What are some facts about you?
I never loved reading. And it is a fact that Nigerians don’t read. Throughout school days, I didn’t read enough until I was encouraged by a book I picked up. The title of the book is ‘The Alchemist’. And reading the story of the writer of the book encouraged me that I could write. So I followed that path and have not looked back till date.
What advise do you have for young people especially those aspiring to become writers?
To write, you have to write, write until you become a master.
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