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Following her new release ‘Try Me’ we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with Nigeria’s fast rising singer, songwriter, and upcoming producer Tems.

SK: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

TM: Powerful, Soulful, Eclectic, Electric, Captivating 

SK: When did you start writing music?

TM: Started writing about 10 years ago


SK: What or who were your early passions and influences? 

TM: I loved drawing and painting as a child, recycling things into Art. My influences are Asa and Lauryn Hill.


SK: How would you describe your own development as an artist and the transition towards your own voice? 

TM: I go through many phases, I keep self analyzing and self reflecting and for a time I had to mute everything to discover what my actual sound was however in the process I became too reserved so when I started my career officially I had to learn how to come out of myself and I had to learn how to be discerning about other people. Now I’m getting the hang of things and I am adapting much easier than I would have if I hadn’t learnt all these things.


SK: How do music and other aspects of your life feed back into each other – do you separate them or instead try to make them blend seamlessly?

TM: I handle other aspects separately but I integrate anything that has to do with who I am. 


SK: Do you think there is a double standard in the industry?

TM:  Yes I do!

There’s an expectation of women to be absolutely perfect, but it’s alright for guys to have flaws and be aggressive and do anything they want without being judged. Example: difference in married male artists and married female artists.

Women are subjected to answer questions like this in most interviews including questions about feminism and equality, how many times do you see guys being asked to describe the double standard in the industry or elaborate on equal rights in interviews, I hardly see it. Not saying it doesn’t happen but it’s not a lot.

Women are viewed as dumb and clueless and are always fighting off sexual harassment, which is not seen as a serious thing because it is mostly done by men, men who think it’s okay because they enjoy it and feel good when they do it and attempt to dismiss every and any type of movement or stance against sexual assault and violence. If it feels good it can’t possibly be wrong right? Good night. 

Say – In actual fact, there’s double standards in any industry. However, the more we can come together to fight against this, the better situations can become. 

SK: If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?

TM: The Selfish orientation 


SK: Please explain your creative process:

  1. Think- Thinking /medication 
  2. Process thought: just vibing I guess to my thoughts 
  3. Experiment on Logic: just experimenting with sounds based off how feel 
  4. Find something you’re feeling: finally find something that feels good
  5. Develop the beat as much as you can: adding other instruments 
  6. Freestyle: recording freestyle 
  7. Write: writing the lyrics to what I did
  8. Record.


SK: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

TM: Yeah, Burna Boy, J Cole – I relate to them the most and they inspire me 


SK: What’s an average day like for you?

TM: Sending emails, interviews, strategising working with producers all night.


SK: What are the five things you can’t live without?

Water, Music, Tea, Laptop, Chicken 


SK: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

TM: Currently: Think Unselfishly, Give Anonymously.

Listen to her new track ‘Try Me’ Out Now

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Pioneer Nigerian Trap Artiste,  PsychoYP releases his second body of work, YPSZN2.

With the success of his 2018 debut mixtape, “YPSZN” and the birth of his Apex village collective, the rapper has navigated his sound into the mainstream, making him one of the more prominent names in informed conversations about Nigerian rap in the past 18 months. With SZN 2, YP proves he can go bar for bar with anyone as he seeks to create music of a relatable variation for his generation. We had a chance to get up close and personal with the man of the moment.


SK: How has growing up in Nigerian music culture shaped you?

YP: It’s played a big role in my creative process but I don’t think it has shaped me at all. If you listen to my music you should know where I’m coming from with that. 


SK: What are some of the main influences or artists you look up to?

YP: From big names like Travis, Drake, Tyga, Wizkid etc, to people I have a lot of respect for like Ycee, Dremo, Blaqbonez, AV, Skales, Ladipoe, Starboy Terri etc. 

SK: So how did you first get started?

YP: Me and Kuddi hit the Stu in about 2014 and it started popping off from there. 


SK: What is your creative process like when making new music?

YP: I genuinely let the music lead. From the first note on the beat I let the music tell me what to do. 


SK: How would you describe the music scene in Nigeria? How does it compare to the other parts of the world?

YP: I personally think it’s a whole lot of creatives making the most of it and enjoying themselves while they do what they do. It’s not packed with billions like the music industry in other places so it’s not saturated by a lot of business, which is a good and bad thing lol. 


SK: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

YP: The standards. 


SK: In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?

YP: I know I’ve found my voice now so I’m just getting started with you guys  


SK: What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?

YP: Personal experiences. Whether it be something I’ve witnessed, lived, seen on tv or heard from someone, It’s been processed by “Psycho” and is being told the only way he knows. 


SK: What is one experience in life that, without it, Psycho YP would not be the artist you are today?

YP: An early eye opener to how cruel the industry can be and that it waits for no one. Won’t elaborate on that though 😂 


SK: Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor? How has their help or advice shaped you?

YP: I made up my mind that if anyone’s putting anything but my career first then there’s no way they can be of greater help to me than myself. Haven’t really been in a position where there’s constantly someone to look up to and learn from when it comes to the music I make right now. 

Most helpful people are the ones at home so all that advice from family is a given. Music or not I’d get it so it’s all love there. 


SK: Please recommend two artists to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.

YP: Y’all need to listen to Marv OTM & Zilla Oaks a lot more and if you don’t already then you need to get with it !


SK: What is next for Psycho YP? What do you want your supporters to know about you?

YP: SZN2!!!!!  I want my supporters to know and believe me when I say I made the best trap project out of Nigeria in 2019. 


SK: What do you feel is the best song you have released and why?

YP: i&u 

This song is a huge step for me musically and I am so proud of it. The beat just spoke to me and I did the best I could to lay out what was playing in my head. As a rapper and singer in hip-hop, I normally don’t even get to that vocal range but for some reason I just did.  

The Fresh Prince of Nigerian Rap is here to stay and SZN 2 proves it.
Buy/Stream SZN 2 Now –
Youtube: PsychoYP

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In the HOT SEAT today we are joined by Folarin Ayeni aka ‘Folasheva’  a Nigerian World Artiste and Producer.
His music can be described as ‘Universal’ combining a fusion of everything but with that hip hop feel to it; from catchy hooks, quirky verses and deep lyrics, one can only imagine the sound  Folasheva brings to the industry.


SK: How would you describe and rate the music scene in Lagos right now?
FS: Hmmm. Well, I’ve got to admit that it is actually hot at the moment. In other words, I believe a lot of artistes are beginning to understand the importance of their craft and image. Consequently, lyrics are getting better and that is something I strongly care about
SK: What was the creative process behind Keep Calm?
FS: To be honest, there wasn’t too much that went into the track, and id expatiate on that. It is one of those tracks that kind of ‘wrote itself’. I remember I was in the studio with Austynobeatz and I had just finished recording a track. We needed a ‘change of ear’ and he played me this instrumental. I was like ‘dude I’m so going to record on this’. All I fully remember was the phrase “Keep Calm” which for some weird reason kept resounding in my head. And like they say, the rest is history…


SK: In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
FS: Oh gosh, a whole lot. Don’t get it twisted , I had always incorporated singing in my songs but I will admit that back then, my go-to was rap. I would hear any beat and my default mode of delivery was rap. So it is a bit funny now I’m sure to people, that there is more singing than rapping at the moment and I find that really comfortable. I have not dropped rap o my people. [laughs] I just don’t tie myself solely down to rap now thats all.
SK: What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?
FS: Well, as said earlier, I try not to mess with lyrics at all. I don’t care what the subject matter is. Just make sense of what it is you are saying is my own. With that in mind, I believe it is fair to say that I source inspiration from any and every where. It could be a gesture, an argument or a stimulating conversation that triggers words for me. I can not speak for everyone but yea, that is definitely how I get my inspiration. Some times, it Is the instrumental or beat that gives me the inspiration.
SK: What would be your dream venue in which to perform?
FS: Ah there are many places oooo. lets not go there sef! 02, MSG, Eko Hotel…haba the list is crazy. That question even scares me if I’m honest cause it lowkey makes me realise how far off I am. But God dey
SK: What’s the most important thing to you when you are performing?
FS: Energy!!!!!!!! it is all about the energy. I tell myself all the time that I’m an actor. So once you are on that stage, if you have to act, you act. People have paid money or atlas sacrificed something to see you perform.. And you will not give them the desired energy??? Naaaa



SK: Your style is so unique. What or who inspires your looks in your videos and when you are performing?
FS: Thank you [smiles sheepishly]. To be honest, I am a very simple guy fashion wise. I do not do too much. I have however worked with a couple of stylists and I have picked up one or two things, in terms of looks. When I’m performing on the other hand, I usually wear anything that is loose.. You know I need that freedom . We do not want our energy being tamed.


SK: What is the importance of the connections you make? How do you utilise them?
FS: As they say, your network determines your net worth of course connections are absolutely important. These are your peers and colleagues and if you do not utilise their resources, I really do not get how you’d move forward. It is like a trader not willing to trade with other traders regardless of their commodities.. That is how I see it. 


SK: How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician?
FS: Well, that is on them to be direct with you. The onus shouldn’t be on me to make you see I’m serious. I say I’m a recording artist..If I’m recording songs and releasing them and doing promo and getting closed doors in my face, frustrated half the time and still making up to release music. If at that juncture you aren’t taking me serious as a musician then that is on you. It is one thing not to like my music  But a completely different thing not considering me a serious musician . When it is not as if I’m playing games out here.
SK: What do you hope to accomplish this year?
FS: I will give an umbrella answer that hopefully covers most of my desires for the year. First and foremost I’m hoping to expand on my fan base as well as engagement; shows and bigger exposure.



SK: Please recommend two artists to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
FS: That is simple; OzBeazy and Mich Straaw. Undoubtedly two of the most naturally gifted talents I know and have encountered. Oz has this voice that when you hear, you’d definitely be like ‘thats Oz right?’ plus his melodies and flow are different. Mich on the other hand has an incredible voice and has this ‘to the left sound’. I won’t call it ‘Alte’ but definitely different from mainstream as it were.
SK: What is next for Fola Sheva? What do you want your supporters to know about you?
FS: I just released a song called ‘Keep Calm’ so guys please go and cop it if you haven’t  (u know i have to do quick advert in there ). 
I plan on releasing a body of work together with Oz called “Shots, Lime and Rocks. I also initially had an EP to drop but I think that has been moved to the first quarter of next year. So just more singles, visuals and more goof!
SOCIAL HANDLES – All handles are @folasheva
STREAMING PLATFORMS – All streaming platforms are @folasheva
For all updates on music, new release and general information , please check out folashevas website;

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Meet Tejiri kode DJ/producer/Song Writer From Delta State Nigeria popularly known as DJ G Money aka 440 Master.

With over 5 solid years in the game DJ G Money is one of the largest names in the UK Afrobeats scene and official DJ to Sona.

DJ G Money joins us in the Hot Seat today to share his journey so far.


Let’s talk about your newest single “20NineIn” What was the inspiration for this song? What is it like working with Dami Bliz and GB on it?
GM: Hey it’s your boy DJ Gmoney…. to be honest I was at the studio with Damibliz & GB, we was working on another project for my album titled 440. After we finished that song  wanted to show the boys a beat and it all kicked off from there everyone was feeling the vibe and that’s how we made 20NINEIN!!

What were some of the main challenges and goals when starting out as a DJ and how have they changed over time?
GM: Although I had the drive and potential, it was the lack of finance at the time.
Once established, I knew I had what it takes to be number 1 😅A lot has changed over time in a good way.


What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
GM: I have 5 producers I work with closely from Nigeria one of which is here in London, our contact is phone calls which requires a lot of time. I love my music to be unique danceable and groovy.


How’s the music scene in London right now?
GM: It’s improving and always evolving.


How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live now?
GM: Massively, I am from Delta State where I was brought up to Lagos with lots of influences and positive results. Oh yes and London.


What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favourite way to connect with your fans now?
GM: Instagram is the best way I keep up to date with fans and my own line of business to promote myself.
It’s hard staying on top of all the different social media accounts, but we getting there.


Could you take us through a day in your life, from a possible morning routine through to your work?
GM: Wake up freshen up, football, freshen up again, come home rest up, eat, 10 minutes before Uber arrives get dress and bounce. I must say I do check I’ve got up-to-date songs on my playlist as well.


Who are some of your favourite artists who do you really respect & admire?
GM: Hmmmm definitely Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tekno, Drake, Teni, and obviously myself…


Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a DJ today, what could you see yourself doing?
GM: I wanted to become a footballer…or an Accountant.


What’s next for DJ G Money, what can your audience expect to see this year?
GM: They should expect the unexpected, all will be revealed, my upcoming projects will be a mad ting.




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