“Spotlight” is a series that focuses on young Nigerian creatives and the amazing things that they’re doing in their various fields. It was started because we wanted to share their stories and individual journeys on the path to success.
This week, we’re featuring an amazing artiste and music producer, who creates music in his own very unique way. Ditweni is popularly known for the rap videos he posts online; most of the time, he’s he is rapping about social issues that he has a connection to, other times, he’s rapping about the funniest most random things. He once made a song about a chicken who was about to be killed for Christmas. Now you see why we had to interview him.
In his interview, Ditweni talks about what inspired him to create the type of music he creates, how he became a music producer and other things he’s passionate about.
Check out his interview below:
At what age did you get into music?
I can’t vividly remember when I started, I know I was loosely interested when I was a kid but got more serious when I was around 16/17.
How did you discover your love for music?
I know I really loved good music when I was young, and I tried to write out lyrics of some songs just so I could sing/rap what was being said; I discovered I loved to make music when I was given the means to make it.
So how did that translate to the videos that you make now that are on social media?
I initially started with simply rapping to the mic, and then I remembered “R.Kelly’s trapped in the closet” series he used to do back in the day, and I thought about the idea of adding drama to the music I make, so I decided to start making music with the mind of visuals. The direction in which the music/videos tend to go is based on how I feel when I’m making the music. I apologize for mentioning R. Kelly’s name but it’s the sad truth.
Is that how you got into music production?
I got into music production as a result of developing interest in a beat-making app which my brother from another mother thought I’d love, and ohhh how right he was.
How long does it take you to write a full song or come up with a whole video?
It can be from 1 hour to a couple of days (spaced out) because I tend to go with me being inspired and sometimes I might lose that midway.
How do you get yourself inspired or motivated to create on the days when you don’t really want to or have a creative block?
What tends to works for me is watching videos of other people making music.
Asides music what else are you passionate about?
Other forms of art; I love cinematography and photography.
How did you get into photography?
I wouldn’t really say I got into it, I just found out I had a love for beautiful pictures, at first I started off using a small digital camera, then little by little I started to get better and get better equipment for it. I’d still just call it a hobby for now.
What’s the most memorable thing that has happened to you since you started your music career?
Going for an event and having a lotta people know who I was.
What young Nigerian artistes would you like to work with?
To be honest, there are a lot of young talented Nigerian artists, I don’t have a specific one I desperately want to work with, I’d just love to make good music with whoever I can.
How is COVID-19 affecting you and how are you staying positive?
This whole period started off challenging because I had plans that involved a lot of movement and me being out there, but then plans had to change. I‘ve made it a habit to study what this period is like and work with the new circumstances. I know that during this period there are still people who are getting their breakthrough, so I have no excuse not to keep working.
By: Dammy Eneli