AFROGBEDU EXCLUSIVE: Oxlade Talks His Style Of Music & His Legacy - AfroGbedu | Appreciating African Music

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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

AFROGBEDU EXCLUSIVE: Oxlade Talks His Style Of Music & His Legacy

We were lucky enough to get some time with fast rising sensational singer, Olaitan Ikuforiji better known as Oxlade or Boy Ox. He sheds light on his upcoming projects and the obstacles involved when making music.

What's your background?
Born into a polygamous family but I was raised by my maternal grandma.

How did you come up with your artist name? What does it mean to you?
My grandpa used to work with the British embassy. He lost a friend of his who's name used to be "Oxlade", he gave me the name cause I was given birth to the day the man died. Oxlade means rare, unreal.

Did you set out to become a musician? 
Growing with my grandma and grandpa gave me the opportunity to be familiar with music so early, my uncles did sing in the choir, my grandma was also a leader in the church so music was more like a way of life. It was so easy for me to get used to it although majority of the family was against it initially cause of their religious believe on how music should be used. You know the circular and gospel music debate na lol.

What moment made music the way forward for you?
So many moments.
There was a time a random bike man that I boarded his bike heard me humming at his back and when I got to my destination he told me, "never to stop singing" and he didn't even collect money for his service.

What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out? 
Nothing really. Just that I didn't get the immediate support from family members to do circular music messed with my head a little.

How do you feel about your success so far and has music changed your life?
This question should be skipped lol. Music has done and will still do more magic in my life.

Why is it difficult getting into the music industry?
I feel the way the industry has been structured makes it a challenge on its own.

Do you think record labels play major roles in artists life?
It's a 50/50 thing. It's either it makes you or it breaks you.


How would you describe your own style and how do you separate yourself from other artist?
Afro pop/Afro soul.
My melody selections distinct me I guess, my lyrics are also very relatable to. When you hear my music you could hear the emotions in it.

Who has been your biggest influence? 
Got a lot of influences mhen, 
Wande Coal, Moelogo, Mali music, Chronixx, Fireboydml. A whole lotta influences but that's a few.

In 10-20 years time, what do you want the legacy of Oxlade to be remembered for?
Creating timeless songs, Creating magic.

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
There are different definitions to the word success so, I don't know the type of success you talking about. But if it about numbers, I think Wizkid and Davido.

What are your best projects till date?
All my song including the ones I've been featured on.

What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?
The way I feel. My mood has a pivotal role to play when I write my lyrics.

What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most?
Music is like taking a spiritual journey, it's like converting the infos in your head to melody. So if there's no info to transform it becomes frustrating.

Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your sound and style the way it is?
Good atmosphere and positivity.

What in your opinion is the biggest barrier an artist like yourself, has to face and overcome, to gain any commercial success?
Staying true to your craft and brand as and artiste. Pressure could make a creative loose his path, bad environment as well.

In closing, tell us something about any projects and ideas you have in store or are already working on?
2019 for me is gonna be my best year hopefully, just keep your fingers crossed.
I'm rounding the year up with a song titled "Balance".

Cover Story: Toyo AfroGbedu
Cover Design: Timinaija
Photography: Yusuf Shot Me

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