For those who may not be familiar with you and your music, tell us a little about yourself and your sound.
I am a Neo-Soul/Alternative, Nigerian-born singer raised in Jos, Nigeria who studied Law but chose music as a career(obviously).
What music were you influenced by growing up?
I was raised listening to European and American sounds. Music from U2, Queen, INXS, R.E.M, Enya, Omar, Prince, The Beach Boys, Skeeter Davies, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, sounds from Motown- Stevie Wonder, The Supremes e.t.c plus the American sounds from the 90s.
As a female performer in this industry, how have you found your experience?
It’s been a memorable one so far, good and bad.
What has been your biggest challenge when it comes to the music business?
The complacency for live acts when it comes to standard procedure for performance-sound check, gear, sound etc. and other aspects.
What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in your musical journey?
I haven’t had my definition of the “biggest break” yet. Have still got my fingers crossed.
You wrote most of the songs on the album. Do you like writing by yourself, or do you equally enjoy co-writing?
I like writing for myself but that doesn’t wipe out the fact that I like co-writing with a songwriter whose work I respect, to get out a different side I haven’t explored yet.
How is your recording process? Do you write the music first, or do the lyrics come to you first and the music after?
It works either and both ways for me. Most of the songs I’ve written have come from tunes off my memory that I record as voice notes. 80% of the time, I have the skeleton for my songs.
‘…And The Bass Is Queen.’ is a really great album – give us a little background on the name and the overall idea you wanted to convey?
She came from the realization that the bass is a subtle and yet obvious/important instrument/sound.
She is adorned in different ways; in a subtle melody, in a loud bang or intro.(as in traditional jazz). Dramatic, flirtatious(in that in -and-out manner), elegant and boisterous.
She moves in any direction she chooses to as the Queen does on the chessboard.
‘…And The Bass Is Queen.’ is the affirmation of my sound which is organic at the core.
In time, there may be infusions of other sounds influenced by my experiences or a phase I may find myself in but it is still organic at the core.
What were some of the challenges in putting together ‘…And The Bass Is Queen.’? Do you have a favourite song on the album?
It was mostly in moulding the songs to show the theme whether in instruments, in the voice tone, in voice control…
No, I do not have a favourite. My favourite may be one whose live interpretation I enjoy the most.
How important do you find social media and engaging with your fans to be? Are you active on social media?
It is key to build a channel with them. A relationship creates a connection between me and them and vice versa.
I think ‘active’ is subjective. But yes, I am active by my parameters.
How do you define success? Is it a sold out show, an award, or recognition from a particular publication? What does it for you when it comes to success?
For me, success is not measured in a set time frame. With every stride, comes another hurdle to cross. I wouldn’t even say I would know the extent of my success until my last breath.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to everyone I’ve got in my library(thanks to Shuffle) but with my new additions-Laura Mvula’s ‘The Dreaming Room’, Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Love And Hate’, Frank Ocean’s ‘Blond’, Robert Glasper Experiment’s ‘ArtScience’, Aurora’s ‘All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend’.
Guilty pleasure (music-wise) – everyone’s got one, who’s yours?
I haven’t got a particular one.
What can we expect from you for the rest of 2016 into 2017?
Live sessions/tour for ‘…And The Bass Is Queen.’ and every other thing possible. I can only see as much as my eyes can from where I’m standing right now.
Lastly which Nigerian artistes would you love to collaborate with?
Lagbaja, Femi Kuti.
Thank you for taking time out to chat with us, I hope you sell MILLIONS of the new CD!
Thank you! I hope I do:)