My life as a little child was adventurous and growing up was fun. For me, growing up in South West Nigeria and being the last child in a family of five where I was given extra care, freedom and exposure, especially to music, often gives me fond memories of my background and also shaped my path and my choice of music. I was basically surrounded by older people who love music of different genres and categories. I remember my father used to have a stereo then where he plays more than 1000 records from his archive of different artistes and musician. For example, he plays Mariam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Lucky Dube, Soweto Acapella group etc..these from South Africa. He play Youssou Ndour from Senegal. Really, I don’t understand these people’s language but their songs are usually pleasing to my ears.
I could recall I had started writing and composing my own songs at a tender and it was from my Secondary School days that I started going to studio to see how songs were being recorded.
ABOUT WHICH ARTISTE INSPIRED ME MOST GROWING UP
I can’t really point out from the plethora musicians I grew up listening to numerous musicians and artistes. In fact, I didn’t even mention many names.
WHAT A NEW YEAR MEANS TO ME
I really will say a new year gives Meelano a chance to assess and evaluate his previous works, to improve on my efforts and also to continue in my quest to achieve limelight and to increase the audience listening to my songs in order to achieve a wide coverage and put my songs on the globe.
ON WHETHER I SET OUT TO BE A MUSICIAN
I found out that music for me was easy and a playful thing that I enjoyed so much. Making it my choice wasn’t difficult because of my background of it. Since its what I enjoyed doing freely, then how about getting paid to do it?
ON THE MOMENT THAT MADE MUSIC THE WAY FORWARD FOR ME
I could recollect that I used to go to see studio sessions in my secondary school days. So, there was a particular artiste in the studio that day, that was working on a song, he couldn’t pitch a particular part of his song and Damcool, the studio producer asked him to change the line. Myself, observing and singing along, in my childishness sang the part well. They both later concluded that I sing the line. It came out well and they were both impressed.
ON WHY ITS DIFFICULT GETTING INTO THE INDUSTRY
Aside the financial aspect or sponsorship which we all know music is capital intensive, and that structure in itself has not been put in place, the industry overtime has been going through various dispensation and trends. This in particular has made it difficult, not only for a rising artiste but also for the popular ones because a new artiste breaking into the system ushers in trends and dynamism which may likely shake things up a bit.
ON WHAT I LEARNED EARLY ON IN MY CAREER THAT MADE ME A BETTER ARTISTE
I discovered that music as an art requires that you socialize and get yourself involved. Also, mentoring makes it way easier, that is, working with someone who’s already been there. The experience, the shows, the collaboration, working with different producers, relating with audience and fans, traveling, pop culture, fashion, etc. It’s a whole lot than one can handle. A player needs a coach and a strong team.
ON THE NEXT BIG MALE ARTISTS I’M CURRENTLY OBSSESSED WITH
I am really obsessed with Meelano, his new work titled “back in the days” and a lot more from him to come. (Smiles)
ON THE ONE THING I WOULD CHANGE ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
There has to be something called a market scale and structure. A song in itself should be valued, scaled and be judged rightly on whether it will break into the market and how well it will be received by the audience when properly promoted.
HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED SITUATIONS WHERE YOU FEEL YOU WERE TREATED A LESSER ARTIST
I really don’t get treated less but when it happens. People applaud and give me thumbs up after my performance and when they listen to my song.
WARDROBE STAPLE FOR ME AT THE MOMENT
One jeans, one shirt and that same shoe, everyday man dey hustle(jokes). Really, I love em stripped jeans, fresh sneaks and dope round necks…(winks) Just something light (Laughs)
ON IF I’M DATING SOMEONE AT THE MOMENT
’m so much in love and I don’t think we gonna break up anytime soon. And that’s just me, myself nd my music(laughing out loud)
ON WHO WOULD BE MY DREAM ARTIST TO COLLABORATE WITH
A lot, a lot. I’d love to work with many great artistes in Africa and abroad too. I would love to work with the likes of Akon, Asa, Wizzy, Casper, Emtee, the duo of Peter and Paul, Timi Dakolo, Sarkodie, R2Bees, OBO, Olamide, Patoranking, Runtown just to mention a few. I’ll like to work with numerous artistes on the foreign scale too, if God gives me the grace.
ON WHAT LEGACY I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED FOR IN THE NEXT 10-20 YEARS
Like I said, if God permits. 20 years from now, Meelano is already a household name, one of the biggest and highly respectable musical icon in not just the history of Africa, but in mathematics, Chemistry and Physics of Africa too(Laughing)
ON WHAT INSPIRED MY NEW SONG, “BACK IN THE DAYS”
When you’re yet to get something done, people pass a lot of comments but when you show them, the same people applaud you and want more from you. So my experience across these times made me sing the song, back in the days.
ON WHAT CHALLENGES I FACED WHILST RECORDING AND HOW I OVERCAME THEM
I’m just grateful because its usually challenging moving around in Lagos and doing recording, you get stuck in traffic, you rush to meet up sessions, rehearsals etc but I overdraft it all because this is what I choose.
DO YOU THINK AFRICAN FEMALE MUSICIANS NEED TO WORK HARDER THAN THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS FOR THE SAME RECOGNITION.
Working hard shouldn’t be male specific, music has no concern about gender. If you work, you will definitely get the results of your hard work irrespective of your language, gender, culture or background.
ON WHAT I DO IN MY LEISURE TIME
My leisure? Hmmnn…I hang out with my friends, I love video games, football and then back to studio again
ON WHAT I WANT OUT OF 2019
I want this year to be my break out year, my own year of joining up with my colleagues at the top and beginning to garner attention, fans, shows, tours and a whole lot of movement, drop a couple songs more and go to improved on it by the turn of every year.. So that I can finally buy my mama a big house(Laughing).