- My job entailed submitting data from debit cards, credit cards into the bank systems.
- It’s during this time the singing competition happened and I decided to try my luck. After winning, the organisers asked me to record a song and that’s how “Megarider” came to be.
- It just surprises me, to date, how the song turned out to be a major hit.
David Mathenge, better known by his stage name Nameless, has had a successful musical career for almost decades. An architect by profession and currently riding high with his latest jam “Inspire”, Nameless has mastered his art, managing to remain relevant to date.
Recently Nation.co.ke got a chance to hang out with the 41-year-old father of two who is , regarded as one of the pioneers of modern music in the country alongside his wife; singer Wahu Kagwi.
18 good years in the game and still counting, do you even still remember your first song?
Of course I do. The song is “Megarider” recorded in 1999 under producer Ted Josiah who played a huge role in the success of Gidi Gidi Maji Maji and Necessary Noise duo groups. I remember vividly because I wrote the song after winning a musical star search contest organised by Capital FM back then. By that time, I was working at a bank.
Come on, an architect working at a bank?
(Smiling) Actually, I was still in campus then (Nairobi University), but working part time. During the day I was in class and at night working at the bank. You could say I was moonlighting.
Now this is interesting, working at night in a bank, how was that even possible?
(Laughing) Like I said, it was just a part time job that would help me earn a few coins to survive while in school. What I used to do at the bank was basically data collection. I was some sort of data clerk. My job entailed submitting data from debit cards, credit cards into the bank systems. It’s during this time the singing competition happened and I decided to try my luck. After winning, the organisers asked me to record a song and that’s how “Megarider” came to be. It just surprises me, to date, how the song turned out to be a major hit. I didn't expect it.
After graduating, did you go back to the bank to seek employment?
No! Not really. Actually I have never been employed again to date. After the release of “Megarider”, I started getting all sorts of attention from the showbiz circle and before I could blink I was receiving countless requests to perform. They were paying handsomely, going by rates back then. At a point when I was figuring out whether to look for a job or not, I thought to myself ‘Why can’t I concentrate on doing music?’ I could see the returns were rewarding. I ended up deciding to stick to music and joined Ogopa Deejays. It didn't take me long before I could release my first album, “On Fire,” in 2003.
So basically you have never ‘tarmacked’ like most of us?
(Laughing) Hehehe! I’m not sure about that, but I could say I was lucky.