Musician Sodiq Abubakar Yusuf, popularly known as CDQ, talks about the similarity between music and sports, the Messi, Ronaldo rivalry in this interview with Solape Lawal-Solarin
Do you think there’s any similarity between music and sports?
Yes, music and sports have something in common called consistency. If you want to go far in the music industry you need to be consistent and break barriers, same goes for athletes. As an athlete, either as a footballer, basketball player or any other field, you need that consistency. It is what sets you apart from the rest.
Which two footballers do you think have been consistently at the top?
Just look at Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, both have ruled the football scene, they did so by staying consistent. It is the key word here and I have done so in a unique way. Everyone have their uniqueness that the fans crave for irrespective of their style. It is a big industry with a huge fan base, so you just need to be creative, do your thing in your own unique way and you’ll stay relevant.
There’s the Messi and Ronaldo leadership rivalry. Who do you think is the best between the two?
I choose Messi, yes, Messi for life. He is good, he is skilful and his dribbling is out of this world. I am not disrespecting CR7 but, really, I think Messi is better. This is just my own opinion.
Which club do you support?
I am a Red Devil. I support Manchester United. The 20-time EPL kings, it is not easy to be the king. And we have David De Gea too, a superb goal keeper.
But Manchester United have wobbled in the league ever since Sir Ferguson’s departure?
It is normal; we are just going through a phase. The thing is, it’s going to take a gradual process to rebuild Old Trafford and I think we’re on the right path. Just look at Liverpool, they are playing fantastic football now because they had a plan and gave Jurgen Klopp the chance to work. The results are there.It’s going to take time but Manchester United will get it right.
Which club do you support in La Liga?
Barcelona of course! Messi and Ronaldino are the reasons I am supporting the Camp Nou outfit.
Do you have any team you support locally?
None at all. I am not a fan of Nigerian football because of its politics. If it stops, why not, I’ll start supporting our football.
But do you follow the Super Eagles?
Not that much, but I’m a fan from afar.
I know you’re good friends with Leicester forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, do you discuss football when you are with him?
Well, we’re good friends like you said but, when we are together we just discuss normally. We hardly talk about football. You know there are times you just want to put work stuffs behind you and just have a normal life. So, it’s like that, we hardly talk football.
Do you play football?
No, I play basketball. I love Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
Why Golden State Warriors?
Steph Curry is the reason. I watch their games when I’m free. The guy is really good. I love the rivalry between him and Lebron James.
If you’re not in the studio, how do you unwind?
I like swimming. If I’m not doing music, I go swimming.
After your popular hit “Wobi”, you’ve churned out other tracks. How do you manage to stay relevant in the competitive music industry?
Like I said before, it boils down to being consistent. I am unrelenting in my moves and evolving with time too. I try as much as possible to stay aloof and not get drown.