Nigerian artist Adejosh was born and raised in the UK. He released his first project, “Confident EP”, in 2016 on SoundCloud, involving established artists and friends such as Afro B, New Age Muzic, Ray. Able to blend his experiences with multicultural influences, AdeJosh draws on the typical sounds of afrobeat, dancehall, hip hop and R&B to create something young, innovative and recognisable.
The artist has just released his second extended play, titled “All For Me”. A comeback with style, six years after bursting into the UK music scene with the aforementioned EP, with hundreds of thousands of online streams, taking its place in the global afrobeat scene.
We interviewed him to better understand his relationship with music.
What is your relationship with music?
My relationship with music is the meaning of life. I’ve been fortune enough to be raised around music from an early age, from playing keyboard in church to doing shows and performing in secondary school.
What does music mean to you?
Music is my biggest escape from reality where problems don’t exist and time stands still equivalent to the beat in our hearts. We are just trying to navigate the rhythm of life.
Who are you most inspired by and how?
My inspiration list runs long e.g Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Usher, Burna Boy, Rema, Snarky Puppy, but when it comes to my craft my biggest inspiration is Wizkid and Davido. They showed me that you don’t need to have the best voice, just work with what you’ve got and give it your best.
“Music is where problems don’t exist and time stands still equivalent to the beat in our hearts”
What do you recommend to young people who would like to try starting a music career today?
Always be willing to learn, to improve, find yourself, find your sound. Sometimes you need to experiment, if you can’t get to a studio go on YouTube, find beats, work on your craft, keep pushing and never give up.
What is your relationship with Italy? What do you like most about our country?
I love Italy, I’ve been there a few times. It’s a very peaceful place, I go there to relax and to do shopping.
Do you think there is a correlation between fashion and music?
Yes 100%: two worlds I am trying to blend. Fashion speaks just as loud as music and when fashion meets music it creates the perfect blend.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years time, I see myself putting back into the culture, setting up opportunities for artists that are like me, making it easier, without forgetting reality and their journey.
“All For Me” is available on Spotify:
Opening image: ph. courtesy of WPGM PR