Otnaija unveils another new talented hotspot unsigned artiste, who has delivered alot of beautiful piece of musical track to all publicists all over the world
In an attempt to know more about the objectivity of his lyrics, OTNAIJA enquire more on his personality as a music rapper, and this is what he has to say;
OTnaija: Can you please identify yourself?
AudioFriday: My names are Adeniyi Olanrewaju And My stage name is AudioFriday
OTnaija: What’s your background?
AudioFriday: I come from a family of 6, my Mum, Dad and 3 siblings
I studied Agricultural Extension and Rural Development in LAUTECH and graduated with a B.tech.
I spent the first 14 years of my life in Ifako/Gbagada Area, Lagos before moving to Mowe, Ogun state.
Growing up I listened to artists like Michael Bolton, Toni Braxton and Phil Collins which had me somewhat interested in music.
It wasn’t until I got to the university in 2010 that my interest in music skyrocketed.
My taste in music got expanded to include Dagrin, Eminem, BoB, Rihanna, Olamide, M.I, Royce Da 5’9, Dido and more.
Listening to Olamide, Dagrin and M.I influence the masses and earn respect for their music and lyrical prowess was something I admired.
I believe they worked for it and earned themselves some respect for it.
I wanted that for myself.
So I started writing in the year 2011.
I memorised lines I had already written and frequently tried to perform for my hostel mates, though at the time I had no idea my lyrics were basically trash, they encouraged me with compliments and that kept me going.
I would record lyrics into a mobile phone while playing the instrumentals from another device. That’s how I made my music at the time.
At first it wasn’t a goal of mine to be a professional musician but as time went by I found myself in the midst of artists in the school environment and with the burden of performance I felt I had to do more.
So i decided to take music a little more seriously.
I dropped my first mixtape “The Rainfall” using Linkin Park’s Encore instrumental on Nov 2, 2013 followed by “Ipari” on the 31st of December 2013.
I got a lot of positive feedback from those 2 mixtapes and I took it a step further.
I came in 2nd in rap battle organised by Cool FM in 2014 with Vector tha’ Viper as the judge.
Got a studio microphone in 2014 with part of my school fees, later on the same year I purchased studio monitor speakers with no idea of how to use them, I just knew that I wanted to make music.
I’ve been practicing and building on my skills as a producer, songwriter and artist ever since.
OTnaija: Why Music?
AudioFriday: I didn’t set out to become a Musician at all
I only wanted the respect and recognition that came along with it. I understood that a lot of work was needed though.
After spending years working on music I realized I had a knack for song writing and aside from playing football I didn’t have any more interests as pronounced as making music. This made me focus more on improving my craft.
Till this day the major factor that’s glued my interest with the music is something my Mum used to tell me; “Anything you find yourself doing, do it 💯”
When I look back and ask myself why I chose music, I see that it’s not like it was always the goal, it’s more like I have to finish what I’ve started.
OTnaija: What is your type of music?
AudioFriday: I’m into Hip-hop and rap music
OTnaija: What does your work aim to say?
AudioFriday: In a nutshell I based my sound around the ever changing situations we find ourselves in; I talk about Love, Sadness, Fear, Motivation, God, Sin.
Also talk about different life situations like the life of a random bricklayer who works 9-5 to cater for his wife and kid while being unaware of her infidelity, some heartbroken girl who decides to take her life when she felt it was too much to handle or a Pastor who sleeps with his church members behind closed doors, the government misusing the authority they have against the people.
I basically try to cover as many human experiences as I imagine or perceive them.
OTnaija: Who are your biggest influences?
AudioFriday: Olamide, M.I and Eminem
OTnaija: How does your work comment on current social or political issues?
AudioFriday: I try to take an objective view on sociopolitical issues because of how sensitive they can be.
I see my music as an avenue to reach people kind of like a news agency. I dropped “End SARS” in 2020 which basically talks about how the government and cops beat down on the citizens. “Talk about it” released in 2019 talks about the mismanagement of the country’s budget and the fact that priorities aren’t in order when it comes down to building more churches and mosques instead of establishing more schools and hospitals.
OTnaija: How do you seek out opportunities?
AudioFriday: Social media is a great tool I use when I create music, I try to reach out to listeners and potential sponsors through various platforms available; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tik tok and more.
OTnaija: what other things do you do?
AudioFriday: I’m a farmer and a teacher.
I also enjoy playing football on weekends
OTnaija: What do you look forward to in future?
AudioFriday: I look forward to having a standard studio of mine where I can get to make more music with skilled talents all around the globe and I hope I get to perform in front of tens of thousands of people someday.
OTnaija: How have you developed your career?
AudioFriday: Looking back to when I started with only just writing lyrics up to this point where I have a bedroom studio and make my own music, I see that it’s been a never ending process just like any other career out there.
I’ve worked with a handful of artists over the years who brought me up to speed on networking, music production and distribution.
Lately I got to understand that there’s a business side of music which is something I’m currently focused on.
I believe I’m still developing and will always keep improving on my career as a musician
OTnaija: How many track have you dropped so far since you start officially?
AudioFriday: I’ve released 31 tracks so far, I should mention that 27 of them were released under my previous alias “Papistu ALEXiS” which include an album “11:11” and a mixtape E.P “Balanced Diet”.
AudioFriday has released 4 tracks so far this year.
OTnaija: Can you tell us the title of those track you were featured in?
AudioFriday: I got featured on Neanderthal by Surltz da 6’4
OTnaija: Where do you see yourself in the next 5years?
AudioFriday: I see myself owning a record label and I expect to get some worldwide recognition for my craft.
OTnaija: What do you have for your fans?
AudioFriday: I just wanna say that I’m grateful to everyone that’s been supporting me through the years in whatever way they can, your loyalty means a lot to me and I only hope we move forward from here.
I’m working on new music right now and it will be out by November, I can’t wait to share it with you all.
OTnaija: Any Closing Remark?
AudioFriday: To everyone out there trying to build or achieve something, know that Rome wasn’t built in a day, it won’t all be rosy because great things take time.