Wale P is not your average young man,he’s a man with a vision and he’s definately a force to reckon with.An accountant by profession in one of the leading accounting firms in England,Wale is also the CEO/FOUNDER of W.P Entertainment Company which specialises in events and music,W.P Entertainment is an ever growing company and is currently working on branching out into T.V,like I said before Wale P is a man with a vision and we at GidiNoize were privileged to interview the man himself.
GidiNoize interviews Wale P.
WHO IS WALE P?
Wale P is I, I am Wale P,lol only joking. Well I just see myself as a young black man who is tryna be all he can be without limits. Right now, I work/consult for a FTSE 100 company within the business development team but i guess the main reason why I am here is because I got myself well known for throwing ‘Hot Parties, like i say ” Aint no Party Like a WP Party ” lol..and most importantly I am now also in the early stages of my Record Label, WP Music.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND(EDUCATIONAL,FAMILY)?
2 parents, 3 sisters and a niece, who i love dearly. I was educated from the age of 11, in a Grammer school in Northampton, England and then went on to study Accountancy at University in Birmingham.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD A KNACK FOR BUSINESS?
Haha, well I think it’s always been in me.Right since I was in school, I used to make mixtapes for my school mates and sell them..haha.. and then cd’s came out and I did that too, I provided anything they wanted; pop, rock, anything ..lol as long as it paid, I also went into the clothing business briefly after leaving uni, It didn’t work out to well so I gave up the idea. However that is something i will Revisit when the time is right.
WE AT GIDINOIZE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU RUN W.P ENTERTAINMENT CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF SUMMARY OF WHAT THE ENTERPRISE IS ABOUT?
WP ENTERTAINMENT!!! it’s exactly what it says. Our business is purely in Entertainment like I mentioned earlier, right now that’s what WP Parties and WP Music is all about, but later on in future we will branch into other areas, especially TV.
WHATS THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME W.P?
The name WP, Well as u know my name is Wale, the first party series I had was called Playerz Ball, so ppl called me Wale playerz back then, I guess i grew up, dropped the players and just became Wale P. hence WP Entertainment.
WHAT INSPIRED W.P AS A WHOLE?
The whole party idea came about honestly coz I just wanted to make money.Working for someone or following orders is something I have a big problem with which is a ‘bad thing’ but I just wanted to be financially independent and earn my own income. I had seen ppl around me doing it, and I just thought ”I could do this mayne” thats what I said to myself. I guess the reason I stood out was because I did it alone whilst others formed crews. My first ever party I had 8 ppl there at 12.00 and the sound wasnt working, my heart was sinking..lol thanks to God and my hardwork, I had 300 merry people pouring out at 3am…Phew.. I guess I did a good job promoting it after all, black ppl are just always late.. lol. Anyways after that I realised I was good at it and so I evolved. Music has always been a dream, I used to MC back in my school days, maybe one day i’ll rap but haha, lets not think about that right now.
WHAT KEEPS WALE P GOING/WHAT DRIVES/MOTIVATES YOU?H;T
My Motivation funny enough is not the money. I’m simply motivated by my lust of success. Sometimes i think my passion and hunger gets the better of me, but like I said earlier. I’m just tryna be all I can be without limits and as far as this entertainment & music thing is concerned, I dont see my race nor surroundings or the Oceans overseas as a limit. My aim is to take over the world. haha (Entertainment wise anyway). So I have a Very Very Long Road ahead of me. Thats my motivation!
WE UNDERSTAND THAT W.P ENTERTAINMENT IS PRETTY BRANCHED OUT,CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE VARIOUS BRANCHES UNDER W.P?
I’ll give as short an answer as possible. The company is fully known as WP Media & Entertainment. Under that umbrella there are many different things. Right now we do Parties, and the record label is formed (WP MUSIC ). My First Artist is the Incredible .. DL. check him out on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/wpmusiconline.We are constantly working on new projects and ideas, so all i can say is stay tuned.!!
WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE 2 ARTISTES UNDER W.P MUSIC AT THE MOMENT ,CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THEM?
As explained, DL is a rapper, and i am also working with Sheena, who is ‘Incredibly Talented, her voice is Exceptional, nothing more, nothing less.’, Shes in her final year of uni now, so her project wont begin until next year, but she has recorded a couple of songs, with DL which are simply fantastic.
YOU HAVE A LOT GOING ON,HOW DO YOU MANAGE ALL THESE BUSINESS AND STILL HAVE A SOCIAL LIFE?
Well the challenge is how do I stay in the corporate world, manage my business and still have a social life. Honest the truth is I dont have much of one. I am a workaholic, and thats something i am trying to work on at the moment because if I am working like this at this age, then wHat will happen later ? So i am trying to relax and socialise a bit more but its all Good.
CAN YOU TELL US SOME ENTREPRENEURS YOU LOOK UP TO AND WHY? That question is very simple to me. Who i look up to? Sean Combs. I dont know him personally and to be honest he might be a jackass in person, lol, I dont know, but that dude handles his business and i like that. The industry is similar so i guess thats why i can relate more.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST MOMENT SO FAR AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?
The greatest moment is just still being here. Thats a blessing. Many have started and given up, I almost did the same during some trying times but i came through, Thank God, so upwards and onwards.
OUTSIDE THE BUSINESS SCENE WHO IS WALE P? OTHER THAN BUSINESS,WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST?
Lol … I am all about my Business. I wake up thinking about my Business, I Sleep thinking about my Business. Its really bad. I guess I need to get a life..lol
WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR W.P AND W.P MUSIC?
My Vision for WP right now is emplanting WP Music, it needs to be that independent record label that came from an apartment in the docklands to become something the ‘World’ reckons with.Thats a mighty dream to have but as long as i am breathing I can only keep trying. I think my next hobby will be the TV Thing, WP MEDIA. I know with the right equipment i can create fantastic TV Shows. so look out …WP MEDIA coming soon!!
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR SELF IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
In the next 10 years, by Gods Grace. I wanna be LIVING IT !! not Dreaming it!
WHATS NEXT FOR W.P AND W.P MUSIC?
Whats next is to keep the Hustle on, On all fronts. The Music Business is hard, we’re not getting the support from the DJ’s or Promoters that I imagined I would, but we working on it. Its gonna come and our dreams will materialize, that I am sure about !
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UPCOMING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS?
Well you are one person who fits that category. I am really impressed by what you have put together with GidiNoize and like I told you earlier today, I would be honoured to be the one to interview you for GidiNoize when you are ready. Just keep doin your thing mayne, I don’t feel i am justified to or have ‘made it’ so much to be giving advice but like i say to u always…Just do your thang ! Simples !
ANY LAST WORDS FOR YOUR FANS?
FANS REALLY? WP has fans ? …LOL please point them out to me.. I really didnt know I had any…haha, na but seriously we would’nt be here without the support of many of the people in the London Scene. Any Success of WP, is not mine. Its theirs !. Thanks for letting us entertain you.!!, if u don’t know me then do add me on facebook. lets be friends… http://www.facebook.com/walep …SHOUT TO MY LONDON PPL !!!! We doin this for LONDON MAYNE !!!………PEACE !!