'Hip hop artistes make quick money' - Abbey Awesome
Abiodun Awesola, alias Abbey Awesome for Awesome Band, is a Juju musician who believes in putting his best foot forward at all times.
He's a high-energy performer who claims he's always trying to outdo himself.
Abbey Awesome — He discusses his career and other concerns with TOFARATI IGE.
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What current projects are you working on?
Roll It is the title of my most recent album, and I am really proud of it because I put a lot of effort into it. My admirers know I always give them my best, and this is no exception.
How would you describe your style of music?
My musical style is best-described as repertoire.' I mostly play covers of songs by other musicians.
What is the story behind your stage name?
God's awesomeness is unquestionable. And I am confident that whoever shares that name with God will thrive. That's why I made it a part of my stage name. Besides, my music is fantastic.
What are the highlights of your career?
I've always worked hard to reach my goals, therefore I consider every moment of my music career to be a highlight. To be a successful musician, one must put in a lot of effort and consistently improve one's craft.
What are the common challenges you face in your career and how do you overcome them?
It takes a long time for a musician to become well-known and successful. It necessitates a significant amount of financial, time, and personal commitment. However, once in the spotlight, one might be regarded to have triumphed, but it is difficult to maintain one's position. Basically, obstacles never cease, especially when following something wonderful.
What is the most memorable performance of your career?
I've had a lot of memorable performances. Whenever I perform, I make a conscious effort to make it the best it can be and to outperform my previous achievements. The day I played for the affluent businessman and socialite Chief Rasaq Okoya on his estate, though, stands out and makes me so thrilled. I met many top dignitaries at that event, including Aliko Dangote, the world's richest black man; Akinwunmi Ambode, the former Governor of Lagos State; and Femi Otedola, another billionaire businessman.
What are some of the problems that come with maintaining a band?
To deal with one's bandmates, one must have a great deal of patience. This is due to the fact that one would meet a variety of people with various personalities.
Which do you regard as your biggest song?
Every one of my songs has a special place in my heart. Adunre Omo Elede, on the other hand, is my favorite song.
Which song was the most challenging for you to make?
Kin Kini is the title of my second album. It took a lot of effort to make, but I'm glad it turned out nicely in the end.
Have you ever been tempted to change from juju music to hip hop or other genres?
Yes, in fact, I do. This is due to the fact that hip-hop artists only perform for a brief time and are compensated lavishly. The temptation is constantly present, but I enjoy what I do.
What are your short-term and long-term goals for your career?
I trust God to know what's best for me. However, I hope to be relevant indefinitely.
These days, youths seem to prefer hip-hop music instead of juju. What do you think this portends for the future of juju?
This is due to the fact that hip-hop artists generate 'quick' money. I've restructured my own brand of juju music, as far as I'm concerned. That is why my band specializes in'repertoire,' rather than just juju music in its purest form.
Is there cooperation among juju artists?
Yes, there is, in my opinion.
Who are your role models/admirers/mentors?
Michael Jackson, the late American superstar, and King Sunny Ade, the juju music legend, are two musicians I adore much.
What changes would you like to see in the music industry generally?
I believe that so-called musicians should provide us with timeless music, well-written words, and reasonable songs.
Apart from music, what are your other interests?
Acting, boxing, and dancing are three of my favorite activities.
How do you unwind?
Sleeping helps me relax. When I'm not working, that's my favorite way to unwind.
How do you like to dress?
Hats, long shirts, and long shoes are some of my favorite things to wear.