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Interview: Feminaija

March 29, 2020

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Feminaija: My name is Adepoju Fémi Adeleye popularly known as Feminaija. I’m a singer, songwriter and I play the guitar. I’m also a practicing medical doctor, currently with the NHS. I do african folk and alternative music. I’m married and I have an amazing daughter. My wife and I recently relocated to the UK so it’s almost like starting over.

How long have you been creating songs?

Feminaija: I have done this professionally since 2004.


What inspired you to get started?

Feminaija: I’ve always been passionate about music and I have performed popular songs since I was very little, my first audience being anyone who would care to listen. It was while I was in med school that I was urged by colleagues and friends to try recording my music and putting them out. This had come after few times performing original songs at my campus fellowship.


How would you describe your sound/style?

Feminaija: I do primarily folk music with a rich African (Yoruba) content. I try to blend my native language with English. Some of my music can be classed as R’n’B, country and Soft rock all of which have an element of my native language.

Who are your current inspirations in the music industry?

Feminaija: I’m inspired by good music from around the world. But some specific people I often listen to include: Jon Bellion, Asa, Olly Murs, Jonathan McReynolds, Ayo, Lukas Graham... to name a few.


How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?

Feminaija: Sometimes I catch a tune in my head spontaneously then I quickly record it to develop later. Other times I pick up my guitar and start writing about stuff around me or personal experiences. I try to always send a message with my music.


What are you currently working on?

Feminaija: I recently release an EP, my first one titled Note2Self and a video for one of the songs titled ILERI (which means promise). I started writing g a new song but it sometimes gets hard balancing my creative time and space with working as a doctor.
Also I’m still searching for a producer than can connect with me and my music, based here in the UK.


What is the concept behind your latest project?

Feminaija: Basically it’s as the title says Note to Self. The EP was born out of a period of reflection over my life, my career as a musician, my struggles, my triumphs and what has helped me to forge ahead in spite of all my difficulties. And then on interacting with friends and some fans I realise most people experience exactly the same things in their lives irrespective of where they may be or what their industry is. So I decided to release them as songs to encourage and inspire.

Any plans on touring to promote your latest project?

Feminaija: Unfortunately no plans for touring yet. I would like to start with open mic events and online promos as I’m still experimenting with my sound in a new environment.

What did you buy with your first check off music?

Feminaija: A Guitar

What are your must-haves when you're in the studio creating?

Feminaija: A comfortable environment and water.


What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually used?

Feminaija: Keep creating even when it seems you’re not making money, so that when your break finally comes you’ll have a resume.

Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?

Feminaija: I plan to. But for now I need to try to promote my craft and myself.


Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

Feminaija: Both actually particularly as I don’t always song in English but mostly the lyrics gets my fans when they understand what I’m saying.


What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc..)

Feminaija: Promotion. I’m very poor at promoting my content.

What's your all-time favorite song?

Feminaija:  This is really hard.

Who has been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with?

Feminaija: This is easy, Fémi Leye, Cill and UC Prof.

What is your main goal as far as music?

Feminaija: I would like to write songs for movies. Or my music to be used as movie soundtracks. It’s always been my dream from the start.

Would you say your music is relatable?

Feminaija: I believe so, but the language barrier is a challenge sometimes. And I am yet to figure out how to add lyrics to my songs on Spotify and ITunes. So people can understand what I say in my music.

What separates you from other artists? (What's makes you different?)

Feminaija: I am me. I’m just myself in whatever I do and I think everyone should adopt this. It’s good to have mentors and people who inspire us but it’s for us to try to be these people. We are all gifted and unique in our own different ways
(2 Face Idibia)

When you’re not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

Feminaija: I love watching movies and spending time with my family.

If you could work with any producer who would it be?

Feminaija: International: Pharell Williams
African: Mystro

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

 

Feminaija: When I released my hit song B’aye Molla (like a Mallam’s Life - Mallams are the famed nomads everywhere in Nigeria known to live very simple lives.

What is your dream venue to perform at?

Feminaija: Madison Square garden

What artist music are you currently a fan of?

 

Feminaija: Jon Bellion

When performing live what are some of the things you do to get the crowd involved?

Feminaija: I just sing. I prefer to perform with a full band.

What can we expect from you in the future?

Feminaija: More good music?

Anything else you want to add?

Feminaija: Please guys check out my music on all music platforms, artiste name is Feminaija and Subscribe to my YouTube channel: Femi Naija Music.

Where can the fans check out your music news?

Feminaija: Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @feminaija;
Facebook: @feminaijamusic
YouTube: Femi Naija Music

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