By Chinyere Okoroafor
Who’s Addict ASI?
I’m a musician, born and raised in Lagos. I sing, I write, I report, I carry out and generally I rap. I’m a graduate of Enterprise Administration from the Imo State College.
What’s the thought behind your stage title, Addict ASI?
My associates truly gave me the title. They know the way a lot ardour I’ve for this music factor and since they’ve seen how I’m going about it with all my effort, my drive, they are saying I do it prefer it’s one thing that I’m hooked on to. Like an addict.
When did you uncover that you may sing?
I believe I used to be about 5 years outdated after I first found that I may sing. My mum was a music minister within the church and I normally accompany her to occasions the place she’ll carry out. Watching her was very thrilling for me and through her performances, I’d at all times choose up on some melodies that I’m going again house to apply with. Ultimately I joined the church choir as a result of I acquired quite a lot of compliments from folks saying that I had a pleasant voice.
When did you get into music professionally?
That might be the yr 2010. My associates launched me to a man who owned a studio at Jakande Property in Isolo. I used to be already a chorister however I additionally actually wished to be an artiste. So my associates would ginger me to go to the studio to apply. It was then that I learnt the right way to sing within the studio, the correct approach to make use of a mic, even writing my very own songs. The man who owned the studio was additionally very supportive, he at all times allowed me to return and do no matter I wanted to do.
What influenced your type of music?
I listened to quite a lot of international songs. Again then at house, it was old-fashioned, R&B and rap music that was performed. I keep in mind listening to Lionel Richie lots however as I grew older and knew the right way to use the web, I fell in love with Beyonce – she’s like my function mannequin in music particularly with how she performs. Then Asa too, and extra lately Tiwa Savage.
Describe your type of music?
My type of music is a mixture of Afro and various. They name that Afro-fusion now.
As an upcoming artiste what are a few of the challenges you confronted?
A variety of challenges truly, principally funds since you want cash to provide a great observe and do promo for it. In order that was main for me. Then there was a technical situation with the producer who recorded all my songs then. I keep in mind getting a possibility to carry out someplace however I ended up not doing it as a result of his pc had crashed with all my music information on it. At that time, I simply determined to take a break and concentrate on my lecturers. I had simply gotten into college and didn’t need to begin feeling pissed off.
Why didn’t you reap the benefits of that, and even social media to showcase your expertise whereas at school?
Social media now, isn’t what it was then. What we used it for was principally networking, not essentially PR or promo like we do now. Additionally, as a result of I wasn’t actually the social media kind. Then with college, I used to be simply doing issues lowkey in order that my mum wouldn’t discover out that I used to be making secular music when what she actually wished me to do was gospel. However now that my EP will probably be dropping, she’s going to search out out.
Inform us about your new EP…
The EP is about me, my announcement into the music trade. It has 6 tracks and so they all have totally different vibes mainly to indicate my versatility in music. I labored with some wonderful producers on the venture. We’ve shot the music video to the lead single from the venture and I’m so excited, I can’t anticipate folks to listen to it.
How will you make sure that folks get to listen to you and your work this time?
Nicely I simply acquired signed to a report label, Hotbillz Empire. They are going to be dealing with all the things promo and distribution for my music any more.
That’s wonderful, are you able to inform us how this occurred?
I’ve been associates with Hotbillz for a very long time. He’s one of many folks I discussed earlier that is aware of about my ardour for music. He has at all times supported me and informed me that when the time is true, it could be official.
Now that you’re signed, what do you hope to attain?
Principally to achieve out extra and join with larger professionals in music like Don Jazzy and Davido.
How does it really feel being feminine in an trade that’s male dominated?
I don’t actually see any domination particularly with how issues are within the trade proper now. Females are incomes their dues simply because the males are, and for somebody like me who’s upcoming, I do know my voice goes to be heard as a lot as theirs are.
What plans do you have got in place to actualize this?
As a musician, I’ll concentrate on making good music, writing songs that folks can relate to, collaborate extra and simply make an effort to stay constant. I consider that’s what is going to assist me construct and maintain my relevance.
What’s your message to imminent friends in music?
I’d say be persistent. In case you have a dream and also you consider in that dream, then don’t hand over on it, don’t cease believing. And reap the benefits of social media too. A variety of nice issues have come and are nonetheless coming from there. You simply may be subsequent! Don’t overlook to wish too, it’s very crucial.