A new single is dropping on the 9th of March 2018, the PDC crew had a chat with Akin Brown, the new music sensation in Nigeria. Herein is an excerpt of our interview with him and his journey so far into the world of music-
PDC: Who is Akin Brown and how did you arrive at that name?
AB: My names are Akintunde Obaoluwasanjofunmi Brown, yes I know it’s a mouthful so it’s Akin Brown for short. Akintunde means the Great/Brave one is back or here.
PDC: How long have you been into music?
AB: I’m involved in music now because as a child it was not only a positive outlet but a necessary one, an imperative one as it was a way for me to connect to others. It helped me communicate and connect with my peers. I’ve been doing music for as long as I can remember, started with the Boys Brigade around 3 years then joined the children choir, was even in the choir at Grace Children’s School and Camp David’s too. My folks really kept me busy back then with music.
PDC: What type of music do you do?
AB: I’m firstly a singer/songwriter. Genre is secondary, an afterthought in all honesty.
PDC: What type of instrument do you play?
AB: I can play something from every Musical instruments family, Music School ensured that. But the guitar, voice and piano are my favourite instruments. I really want to get better at the Soprano sax, but Shiju (my guitar’s name) is quite jealous.
PDC: What inspired you to start music?
AB: We are all living in a cognitive-dissonance reality. We want to live a certain way or do a certain thing, and we don’t because we are emotionally attached to how the group thinks. The hive mentality takes over. But you know what’s right in your mind and your heart, and if you’re strong enough to detach from the hive then sometimes, just sometimes, you may be able to do the right thing. That’s exactly what made me start doing music, I’m my greatest art project. I’m the vessel for making all the changes I want to see in my world.
PDC: You have a new single, what’s the title?
AB: Yes, Oye Mi. means I understand in English, is a 3:42mins single. The song is produced by Shabba (Segun Iwuerendu) and Mixed & Mastered by Taiwo Otolorin for UnicAudioFactory.
PDC: Who are your role models in the musical industry?
Tell me when you want me to stop…. Fela, Marvin Gaye, Queen Salawa Abeni, Bob Marley, KWAM 1, Angélique Kidjo, Herbie Hancock, Femi Kuti, Amy Winehouse, Sade Adu, Asa I can go on and on. I’m into Adele, Reminisce, Etta Bond, Khalid at the moment.
PDC: How do you merge these three activities- writing songs, arranging the songs and performing the songs?
AB: Je ne sais pas. It’s one of those things I’m passionate about, I don’t even sweat doing any of the three largely because of my interest in music that has been developed since I was in my formative years.
PDC: Royalty is a big issue for artistes, how have you been able to surmount this challenge and many more?
AB: Folks are getting informed now these days and therein lies the solution. We have more experienced lawyers now. I mean the whole internet is crawling with it in the music biz. I have structures in place to ensure I get what’s mine on time.
PDC: Today’s music is largely based on tech beats, what’s the place of instrumentalists in contemporary music?
AB: J. S. Bach-“It’s easy to play any musical instrument, just touch the right key at the right time & the instrument will play itself.” I think there is always a place for Art, I mean I can’t stand some genres and I’m sure they are others like me. Technology can’t replace great arrangements, or dexterity I think it’ll only keep complementing it.
PDC: Today’s music is largely centered on love and money, do you think it’s exhaustive?
AB: No. But then like love, there’s music for everyone.
PDC: As noted, many musicians leave church music for secular music and it seems to be a growing trend; why is it like that?
AB: Hahahahaha it’s true though, I think they’re going back already. Because churches this days put up the best shows. In my own case, something funny happened. I was big on playing for the church, I learned a whole lot while at it but then the lack of space for expression disillusioned me and left me empty. I think that’s what’s missing. And of course, very few churches pay! You can make a living doing outside church and there’s no restrictions, now that’s easy a decision to make! Who doesn’t love freedom?
PDC: Has technology aided musical promotion or it increased the incidences of piracy amongst others?
AB: It’s a blessing a huge one, privacy is a byproduct.
PDC: If you were not doing music, what would you have been doing?
AB: I don’t know honestly.
PDC: Give a shout out to your teeming fans.
Thanks guys for your never ending support. I really appreciate it. Please enjoy the rest of your day and most importantly the rest of your life.
Sit back and enjoy the song-