Meet Apro, the man behind the big mix. From the days of Yeshua to Kamar Ka, to Kana So Na Yesu, up to Ni Naka Ne, there is no doubt such prowesses of production and consistent hits deserves a good write up for a producer whose works have consistently dominate the airwaves, especially within northern Nigeria. “Meet Apro, also known as Andrew Johnson”.
Andrew Johnson popularly known as Apro is a Nigerian record producer, singer, and songwriter He is also the founder and CEO of A-tight studios domiciled within the Kaduna Metropolis of Northern Nigeria.
Andrew Johnson (Apro) as popularly called is a native of Kaduna State, He is Mada by tribe and was born and bred in Kaduna State. He was born on the 11th of November, 1988 and since then brewed his life all through Kaduna State.
After his secondary school in Kaduna, he attended Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic Zaria and obtained a diploma in Computer Science, now he is currently running his HND program in the same field of study at Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna.
Rise to prominence
According to Apro, Music for him dated way back in the year 2000. He started as a drummer, what became of a drummer later found his way to becoming a Keyboardist, and from there also started playing the Guitar. Apro was among the Epic Group “Da Priest” whose members were Eljoe and Jerry K at that time. After the group split off, Apro began to pick interest in Music Production.
“Music for me started officially in the year 2005 because that was when I discovered the love for production. I just wanted to make good music, so I decided to go forth the long run by developing my skills, and wow, here we are today”. Apro…
He learned the act, the art, and the skills needed and from that point began to acquire state of the art equipment to support his newly found passion as at that time.
“It wasn’t easy for me as at that time because I had to combine schooling with music production as I was already learning, as time passes by, I already understood the basics of production and from that point, in time I understood that Music production is really an art, There are many producers but those that strive through are the ones that understood what creativity and good sound are.” Apro…
During our brief interview with Apro, we couldn’t help it by just noticing the concept of his name. We already concluded but we needed to be sure, but when we asked him his reply was shocking, in his own words when we asked; How did you come up with the name Apro? “Well a lot of people have always had a misconception about my name, some of them though the nomenclature is really thorough and obvious since I am a producer, the “A” is just an “A” for them, and the “Pro” is “producer” for short, but the “A” for me is just the initials of my first name “Andrew”. I will give them the “Pro” as it is obviously short for “Professional” and not Producer”.
Your big breakthrough
My big break began with the emergence of Hello and Yakare Remix that I produced for Pastor Jerry Swam Sidi, and then Kamar Ka by Eljoe. It was closely followed by Yeshua by NeNe Olajide, by God’s own doing, the consistency in producing hit songs did not go on break, it was happening too fast as I began to get calls for more jobs and ever since, I became very busy, then shortly I produced Kana so na Yesu by Tamar.T Sarki, and then Ni Naka Ne by Jobie. Apro has also worked with the likes of Mr. Peculiar, Mr Sheks, amongst others, “Till this day, God has not ceased to do great things in my life and crew”.
Apro gave quick excerpts on the challenges so far.
I don’t want to overemphasis success, as there are no success stories without challenges, for me the challenges are overwhelming and to this day, there are still challenges. As long as you put up and relate with different kinds of people each day, you get to discover challenges as you move up the ladder. Each day is a challenge for me because I get to do newer things that I or someone else have not done before, it could be in my production line or even with the integration of Music production and schooling. This conversation we had with Apro further brought us to my favorite question.
Speaking of challenges sir, are you in any relationship?
For now, I am not into any kind of relationship, I just need to focus. When we asked Apro why, his answer was “If I venture any kind of relationship right now, it will suffer because I may not have the time to nurture it, So instead of being in one, I rather remain single until God’s own appointed time”.
What advice do you have young and aspiring lads out there?
God is the ultimate producer, he fosters our thoughts, skills, creativity, and ideology, depend on him every day and not your own thoughts, when people approach you, it is because God has already directed their steps towards you, he now manifests himself through you so you have no Glory to share with him. Again study the word, practice every day, every blessed day, and you will be amazed at what God can do in your life.
We truly had an amazing time with Apro, I will like to add please, Apro go and marry fah in Chris Victor’s voice. You need it….. Lols Just kidding anyway. Please don’t forget to read, share, and grab a lesson or two. God is our ultimate guide. Thanks, Apro for being such a wonderful inspiration to our time. Until We come your way again next time. Remain blessed.