Adekunle Gold is the latest cover star for Vibe.ng Magazine’s August issue as the songwriter talks about his music career, religion & more.
On how he got into music & his genre:
I joined the teens choir and it was very competitive. It was a thing to just hold the mic and I would try to impress my choir mistress for a chance then but she wasn’t having it. She’d say “you’re not there yet” so I kept doing the most to impress this woman. I think I was in the church for 11 years and it never happened. My genre is a fusion of Highlife and Pop and Indie. My manager says it’s Modern Highlife but I still say that it’s Urban Highlife.
On how he converted from Islam to Christianity:
Girl. My life has been about girls. Everything girl! It was 2004, I went to see a friend and she said they were having a midweek service. I said, why not? Is it not to go and get the girl? But then, I found Jesus. You get the greater God then you now get the girl. Interesting story right?
On his trip to the Facebook campus:
I like to go to new places and learn new things. Facebook really inspired me. When you think about it, a young guy starting a campus that employs almost 4000 people. Everyone that works there and visits eat breakfast and lunch. I don’t understand how you feed over 4000 people in a day! Twice! There are a lot of departments, it’s crazy. I found it interesting and I learned a lot of things and found put about how these apps that we use really work.
On his one man show ‘One Night Stand’ in London:
I was blown away. I had been dreaming about it for a long time and I had been to London about three times before but it’s not the same as doing your own show. It was mixed feelings; I was scared then I was confident. But when it happened, it was like having 750-800 backup singers and dancers.
On the pressure to adjust his musical style to fit a wider audience:
If I’m being honest, sometimes you think you want to reach more people or be like people whose names are everywhere. But it is good to not forget why you are in this business. I said it before, my goal is not to make disposable music, it’s to make timeless music. I can write anything but is it what I’m comfortable to do? Is it what will last me a decade or a century, when I’m no more? So when I think about that, I just make music the way it comes to me.
To read the full interview click here.
Cover Story: Cynthia Atagbuzia
Photography: August Udoh
Styling: Donald Unltd