It is important to always assess oneself as one proceeds in the journey of life, Seun Idowu, a music composer, journalist and singer, started out as a student of Biochemistry but when things were not panning out as expected, he followed his passion by studying Music at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Although, before then, he had been composing songs for more than a decade and writing poems. I have written gospel songs for people which were turned into albums. He has equally composed songs used as jingles, adverts and programme signature tunes and he came into the music scene actively in 2017.
The Okeho-born artiste believes individual conviction sets people apart and gives them a headway in life. Herein below is an excerpt of our chat with him-
PDC: What’s your growing up like?
Seun: It’s a blessing being raised in the family I come from. I was raised to be an academic, an independent thinker and a responsible human being. My father is a retired teacher, he is an evangelist, a church planter, a gospel musician and an avid poet. I was born into that mileu and grew in it. As a child, I watched him rehearse and perform his repertoire with his group. So, music is in my gene, it’s my blood.
PDC: Which musical instruments do you play?
Seun: . I play piano.
PDC: What genre of music do you perform?
Seun: I do different genres, creativity knows no limits. Inspiration comes and I download the songs as they come. As a versatile consumer of different styles, my songs cannot but be ranging in styles. However, my current single, Lagos Girls is a blend of afro and pop mixed with some African sounds.
PDC: As the son of a Pastor and gospel poet, what’s his reaction to the type of music that you do?
Seun: Interesting question! I will want us to view it from the angle of convictions, we are all driven by our convictions. So, it’s about understanding and showing respect to one another’s worldview. He may not be favourably disposed to my choice of secular music, obviously due to his religious convictions. But he respects my worldview and therefore respects my decision to go into secular music.
PDC: As it’s been established that music runs in the family, what are the steps that you will take to ensure that the family provides quality music for the world?
Seun: We just have to keep drawing from the infinite source of inspiration and we keep doing our best to ensure that our audiences are not disappointed in all the genres that we all perform.
PDC: Do you think today’s music is well detailed in arrangement, composition and modulation like it was some decades ago?
Seun: Only a few things stay permanent, change is one of those things. Culture, music inclusive, doesn’t stay the same. Each generation determines what good, deep or detailed music is. There is no rule that says every generation must use the same music elements. Lifestyle keeps changing from generation to generation, likewise music. Music elements of those times don’t make the styles of those time better than what we have today, we have new elements today which were not in previous times. Taste changes.
PDC: Are the musicians of today still addressing societal issues or it’s just about love, women, drugs amongst others?
Seun: It depends on the perspective one looks at it. Societal issues can be addressed by singing directly about them and proffering solutions. It can also be addressed by creating amusement to cheer up those that are being depressed by social problems. Musicians today use both means, but it seems the society wants more entertainment rather than a rehash of societal problems by musicians. People know the problems, it seems they just want to get their minds off it and have fun.
PDC: How do you source for inspiration for your songs?
Seun: I don’t source for inspiration, it just comes. What I do when I get inspired is to note it because brainwaves does not get retained. So, for every category of creative people, once you get inspired, hold on to it.
PDC: What are the challenges that you have faced since you debut in the music industry?
Seun: Funding. Music is capital intensive, money is needed to get your track produced, and it’s needed for promotion because one needs to get his voice heard amidst the innumerable songs being produced locally and globally daily.
PDC: What do you do asides music?
Seun: I’m also a journalist
PDC: At this time that Nigerian music is being aired all over the world, what should be the next goal for Nigerian musicians?
Seun: The goal should continue to be giving out our best. We must continue to build our local content, sincerely, it thrills the world.
PDC: What’s your take on the use of nude women in music videos?
Seun: We must strive to protect the dignity of our women and women too should value themselves. Musicians should also remember that they have children as fans, they enjoy our music; their minds are impressionable, so we cannot be too explicit, we should bear this in mind when making our videos.
PDC: Many musicians believe that they need to do their music videos overseas, you did your video in the city of Lagos, how did you achieve the crystal clear quality of the video?
Seun: A song determines the location for its video. It’s not bad to do music video abroad and it’s not a ridiculous thing to do it at home. The lyrics determine the location. One can make a bad video regardless of where it is shot and one can make a good video anywhere. It’s all about the lyrics and capital.
PDC: What’s the next big thing from the stable of Seun Idowu?
Seun: Very soon another track is coming, it’s going to be a dancehall, very groovy.
Sit back and enjoy “Lagos Girls” by Seun Idowu