Adebola Oluyori: If Music Fails Me, Infotech Won’t

25 May 2013

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Budding songster, Adebola Oluyori with SEED as his showbiz name espouses quality human values in the tradition of singing hip hop. A singer and compelling entertainer, this graduate of Political Science clearly has his life and career well thought out. LANRE ODUKOYA reports

Would you like to share the concept of your new video?
Troway, my new video is all about a grass to grace story of a man who was rejected and later became the chief cornerstone. It’s a video you can watch when you want to celebrate your success no matter how big or small it is.

Why did you consider Vector when working on this song?
Initially, I recorded the song for Young Dee who was producing songs for Timaya and I felt I needed a rapper on that song. So, I left a space at the centre of it. I tried to put other rappers on it but it wasn’t really easy and Vector showed that enthusiasm in that song that he was even calling to tell me how much he likes the song. That was why I gave that part of the song to him. There was little or no enthusiasm from others and I didn’t have to force it on them.

At what point in life did it dawn on you that you’d do music?
I won’t tell you I started singing from the womb, but as far as I can remember, I started from my days in the primary school. I enjoyed listening to Shina Peters, Onyeka Onwenu, Christy Essien-Igbokwe, Shaka Shaka and I would mime their songs. It got to a point that I noticed that I could change those songs to my own words and rhythm. From that point on, I started composing songs. So, when I was in the University of Ado-Ekiti, I intensified by honing my skills more.

What inspires your songs?
It’s a combination of things around me. I create dialogue, get people to talk as I play with what happens to us as a people on a daily basis in my music. I have songs with nice rhythm, beats and melody and they’re to evoke dance. While you dance, you can still pick a few nice slangs, sensible ones you can adopt almost unconsciously. That’s my way of marrying entertainment with real music. I’m an entertainer and a musician at the same time. I get interested in fly beats which allows me to choose just a few words and beats that people can dance to and that’s the entertaining part of my artistry. I try to inspire people with my songs. I have a song dubbed Nobody Loves You. It’s a song that reminds you that nobody would love you more than you love yourself.

Was it easy for your parents to allow you dump Political Science for a career in music?
I have always wanted to enroll in a university to study music but my mother told me she would never pay my tuitions for music. But she later got supportive because when I joined the first choir, Grace Expression, she was actually the one who introduced me to the music director then. At a point, she felt nothing could take the place of education and that was why she had to force me to study something different from music at the university.

If music stops paying the bills, what would be your plan B?
I understand that aspect of life and it’s the same reason I attended Lagos City Computer College to get trained in Information Technology and that is my plan B.

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