This week we’re featuring rapper and music producer Sosa. In his interview, he tells us about how he got into music, his creative process, and some of the challenges he has faced as a young creative. Check out his interview below.
So tell us about your music journey.
Well, I wasn’t an avid music person until my secondary school friend Ruke gave me a 512mb flash drive with FL studio on it. That was SS1. Before that, I grew up in a family that listened to mostly Classical Music. Jss3 I started rapping cus of Lil Wayne, I was a hardcore fan after I heard 6 foot 7 foot for the first time. Since then it’s been just me enjoying myself with the vibes I create.
Did your parents support you from the onset when you told them you wanted to be a full-time musician?
Well, my dad is deceased. As for my mum, she is quite supportive of my music. I was part of the brass band in secondary school and she watched me rap a couple of times in church so I’m sure it didn’t surprise her.
Oh sorry about your dad. What would you call your style of music?
I would hate to put a label on myself. I make what I feel like and it usually comes from how I feel about a person or just me trying to create vibes. When producing for people I usually like to create something different. That’s really all I’m about, making sounds that shouldn’t work. I’m also heavily influenced by eastern sounds. India, China, Arabia. I loveeeee sampling them and putting them on afrobeat and trap drum grooves just to see what happens.
What’s your creative process?
Sometimes I wake up and start programming what I was hearing in the background of my dream, sometimes I’m stuck on the computer for 3 hours making different versions of a beat I got bored of. Then I love to freestyle a lot, so I’m always mumbling something or trying a new flow. Sometimes I record a voice note, maybe write a couple of things down. If I’m in the studio then I can record a voice note of the beat playing. Then use that idea to write. It all just depends on where I start.
How do you get yourself in the mood to make music on the days that you’re not motivated to create?
I just watch Kennybeats beat battle streams on Youtube. That usually gets me inspired enough. But most times I just let it be because at least once a day I get a good idea so I don’t stress it.
Remember the very first time you performed for a live audience? How did that feel?
Lmaooo my days. So I used to be a Gospel Rapper. Jesus flows and all, it was around the time I just started making beats. I made one and wrote a whole song to it and decided to perform it in church. It was a teenage church so I made a couple of friends who rapped too.
Do you still write gospel raps?
Noooo, stopped practicing Christianity in 2017.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced as a young Nigerian creative?
I would speak on this as a producer. I would say the poor structure of the African Music industry hinders a lot of creatives; like not having certain incentives that would be beneficial for our creative process. Finances also play a big role for producers because making good music isn’t cheap, producers have other ways to make money online but the ban of PayPal has restricted the reception of payment on this side of the world. So we are stuck with stream revenue and royalties.
What’s the most memorable thing that has happened to you in your music career?
I would say Producing my biggest song for Gyakie, ‘Never like this’. I think it was a turning point for me.
Who are some young musicians that you admire and would like to collaborate with?
Oh, man, Rema is amazing. A studio session with him would be insane. I mess with Psycho YP because his work ethic is insane. Tolu Dadi is another dope dude. The list could go on however I’m not big on collaborations, hoping to change that though.
What are you currently working on? what’s next for you?
I have some afro-fusion songs I wanna release next. However, I’m producing for a couple of friends. Got some songs with Gasmilla, Efe Oraka, and others I can’t mention. I’m trying to get it to its best quality so I’m taking my time.
Are you just solely doing music or do you do anything else on the side?
Just Music. I get a lot of Mixing jobs so I get to pay my bills while I create my own music.
By: Dammy Eneli