Does this playlist have a certain theme?
I wouldn’t say this playlist has a theme, I just tried to blend old and new sounds together. I try to take the listener on a journey to what I grew up to, that’s it!
What are the songs you go to the most?
I love all the songs in the playlist - listening to the playlist from top to bottom, I get the feels in my soul!!! I listen to 9ice, 2baba - 'street Credibility' nearly every day, it’s a Naija staple. And P-Square 'Roll It' - that’s just a banger!!
"I just tried to blend old and new sounds together. I try to take the listener on a journey to what I grew up to, that's it!"
Are there any songs in the playlist that you would say influenced 'Ífaradá'?
Yes, definitely! The songs that inspired 'ífaradá' would be King Sunny Ade - 'Samba', Nina Simone - 'Baltimore' & Tony Allen - 'Politely'.
What were your biggest influences making 'Ífaradá'?
'Ífaradá' is comprised of so many sounds from so many different times in my life, with the motherland always being at the core. The biggest influence though would have to be the time it was created in - and the urgency of that time. It was July last year and I just needed to get things off my chest.
"The biggest influence though would have to be the time it was created in - and the urgency of that time. It was July last year and I just needed to get things off my chest."
What does your creative process look like?
My creative process tends to vary, it never stays the same. It really depends on my mood and how the spirits want the session to go. I usually would start with an instrument, whether it be the drums, guitar or even just the shekere.
In what ways has the past year affected your creativity and process?
It’s weird, I wouldn’t say it has affected my creativity. I still manage to create, the pandemic just makes things more visible to me - I can’t run from it, I can only confront it.
What does your average day in lockdown look like?
In this lockdown there is no such thing as an average day to me lol, I’m living backwards at the moment. When I’m in not in the studio, I tend to play guitar, research, find inspo and create.
"The pandemic just makes things more visible to me - I can't run from it, I can only confront it."
You find yourself deserted on an island. What 3 albums do you wish you had with you?
Eddie Hazel - 'Game, Dames And Guitar Thangs'.
Loshh - 'Ífaradá' EP.
The Funkees - 'Dancing Time'.
Who are your biggest style icons?
My biggest style icons would have to be Prince, Andre 3000, my mum and myself, Loshh!
What's your favourite Liam Hodges look that you've worn?
Ouuu haha, there’s a few looks that I do truly love and admire but it would have to be from the recent shoot I did with Liam Hodges Capsule 001: 'Thin Ice' - it was Look 01, give me a vest and cowboy boots any day!!!
"Give me a vest and cowboy boots any day!!!"
What's next for you in 2021?
More music, more sounds, more videos, more taking over!