Can you introduce yourself and where are you from?
My name is Nelson Anjorin and my artist name is Nelsonjeez. I am from Nigeria, western part of Africa.
How and when did you start with your career as a musician/singer?
I was born in a musical family, my siblings and father they were into music. So I have always drawn inspiration from that. Growing up I have participated in youth choir, I used to sing in my teenage years. But professionally I have started making and releasing music two years ago. I could say I have been running away from music but it keeps calling me, and I have come to realise I will have to accept it.
Attracted to the music my big stars such as Lil Wayne, Jay, Eminem, I have always looked up to them.
Who are your biggest influences in the music industry?
As I listen to various genres, I have many artists whom I look up to. The place I come from has a popular genre of music called ‘Afrobeat’, so people like Fela Kuti, Burna Boy and Davido. I also listen to Wizkid and Lil Wayne.
How would you describe the genre of your music?
My music is inspired by Afrobeat, but I would like to call my music ‘Afrowave’. It is a fusion between Afrobeat and different kind of music from all around the world.
Do you produce your music and lyrics?
Yeah, I write one hundred per cent of the lyrics on my own. I also work with amazing producers who help me with the mixes. I also record all my music by myself.
Has your musical journey so far had a firm direction and how do you plan to work in the future?
My music is something that I honestly enjoy doing on the side. I have been trying to combine and make a part of my life besides my education and working part-time. But besides that, like everyone, I have to keep myself growing, make a living to earn money. My future goal is for my music to get bigger and to be heard by a lot of people. For people to show love towards my music and I can focus only on making more music and production.
What do you enjoy most about being an artist?
The freedom of expression’. I like the fact that I can put down my feelings and expression on a piece of paper and turn it into melodies. I feel that is my gift and I enjoy making music.
Do you have any favourites from your own set of songs?
All my songs are inspired by different things and emotions. I have probably been in different situations at the time I wrote the song so every song has a unique set of emotions attached in the making of them. I could also say my most favourite song has not been released yet, as I have a couple of songs I am working on right now.
What challenges have you faced in your career until now?
I think the biggest challenge is ‘Being heard’. As a musician your biggest challenge is getting people to listen to you, getting your audience. Many of them would not know but making music could be as difficult as being an engineer or a doctor. Producing your music could be expensive with regards to recording, promotion.
What is your current favourite song from a different artist?
My current favourite song is ‘God is Love’ by Popcaan.
If given a chance, which artist would you like to collaborate with in the future?
One person I would love to collaborate with would be Burna Boy. He is my favourite music, he is original, his personality which reflects in his music too.
What are you working on for your future projects?
I have four songs out. I have few songs coming out in a few weeks. I am also working on dropping my EP. Which are six tracks, calling ‘Cruise to Riches’, and I will work on keep dropping my music, shooting more videos and try to get more people to listen to my music.
Which video-making process was the most fun out of all the music videos you have?
For me, the most interesting video was the first one ‘Good Love‘. Because everything I experienced was for the first time. The excitement, as I have never that before, my friends around me, set good vibes. The model was very cooperative.
What is your future ambition as an artist?
To be honest I just want to be heard. I do not have the ambition to be the biggest musician or a very famous artist. But I just want people to listen to my music; it is very difficult to do so as nowadays, people stick to the popular set list and artists. It is very difficult for a lot of underrated talent which is not being heard. And I would like to change that, I want to let my music speak for itself.
Do you want to say anything with regards to today’s interview? Anything you want the people to know?
I just want to say that ‘anything you do, just believe in yourself and your craft. Do not wait for your friends or closest people to motivate you, try and be your motivation. And do not ever let anybody put you down. Just keep going and one day the goodwill comes around’
Where can people connect with you and find your music?
You can find me on all social media platforms as ‘Nelsonjeez’. You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, apple music and Spotify.
Article Writer: Bhumika Kantharia
Editorial Assistant: Abhishek Khanpara
Chief Editor : Jumana N Mohamed
Publisher: Supankan K