Adekunle Gold graces the cover of Vibe.ng Magazine and he talks about his music, religion & so much more.
The singer spoke on how he came into music through the church choir. He said:
“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.
‘I went to so many auditions and I got so many NOs to the point that I was like ‘I’m done; I’m not doing these reality shows again. Let me focus on my own reality…
‘I designed the YBNL logo. It was just a business relationship and I did stuff for Olamide. Though I remember sending him something that I wrote for him, but that was some balls because Olamide writes for himself but I just thought maybe he would like this one. There was no music relationship at all. Then I released Sade on my own then he said he would like to have me on board. I took the deal, before my guy will change his mind.”
Diverting from his music to his personal life, Adekunle Gold commented how he converted from the Muslim faith to being a Christian.
“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 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.”