Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Music became a significant part of my life when I started playing drums. It’s the instrument by which I started communicating musically with others. Every other instrument I’ve learned since then has been out of necessity to communicate what I feel through music.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I tell people my music is Alternative Hip-hop, but I don’t think I have the enough perspective to label it properly.
The music video for “Gobstop (Life),”, is an homage to John Frusciante’s videos during his “To Record Only Water for Ten Days” era. This is most apparent in the looping/back and forth editing.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
Everything you need to know about me as a musician is on my EP “Letter to Miss Ives.” It’s probably the best way I can explain what music means to me right now.
Ups: The messages I received from people who said my record spoke to them.
Downs: Most of my downs come from me. I’m insecure as an artist.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
This is my solo work so I write and produce everything, though there are two people with additional production credits. Zeno Pittarelli mixed the tracks and there are some sonic choices he made that were important for the song. Chris Brazee was my ear through the whole process of mixing and mastering. I was too close to the songs by that time so he helped to have his outside perspective. There are also additional vocals on a few tracks by Stephanie Cruz.
The video was shot and directed by Stephanie Cruz. We are both fans of John Frusciante so I knew I could trust her to create what was needed for “Gobstop (Life).” We filmed at Jones Beach in Long Island, NY.
The song was recorded on my laptop at home and in a space called “Nectar Flood.” It’s a garage that was converted into a living space that a dear friend of mine let me use.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’m honestly not sure how long I’ve been in it, or if I am in it at all. My future goal is to finish all the projects I have in progress.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I’m still trying to figure this out.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I’m the wrong person to ask. I haven’t made a hit song.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Create the ideas you have in your head.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Make art you love.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
I’d rather not. I find myself looking to my past music career and criticizing my present. I need to appreciate what I’m doing now.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
Thank you to all the blogs that have featured my music. It means a lot to me that you take out the time to listen, write about and share it.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I write lyrics on my commute. I travel from Queens to Manhattan every day and anyone who uses the MTA knows how insane the delays can get. This gives me time to write and writing helps distract from the frustration of my commute.
Name five biggest artists that you like.
Indigo La End
Juan Alderete De La Peña
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I’m in the group called Punskription and it’s a collaboration with Pete the Lone Lobo. I want to finish our next record.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
I can’t recall either.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Ideally I’d keep half and figure out a way to share the other half, but that’s coming from someone who has no idea what having that kind of money feels like.
I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director. View all posts by Kolade Olamide