How i tried to impress my choir master for 11 years… – Adekunle Gold tells it all in new interview

Nigerian Musician Adekunle Gold,
graced the cover of the latest issue of Vibe Magazine and disclosed
some really interesting things about his music, upbringing, and his
rumored love interest Simi.

Read the interview below;

On how he started out as a singer years back, Gold said:

‘My father would say religion is education’ he tells me, recounting the events that paved the way for music.
‘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.’

On his kind of music:

“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.” Right
behind us is Niyi, a young lady full of warmth and natural hair who had
earlier introduced herself as his friend and manager. As accused by
Adekunle, she repeats herself with a stress. “Moderrrrn highlife…”.

On several attempts at breaking into the industry:

‘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…See that line yeah?’ he pumps his
index finger, nodding and smiling at his poetic usage of the word

On photoshopping and how he became known:

‘It started out as fun, you know. One
Saturday morning, I was in my house and I saw one particular photo of
Tiwa Savage. I thought, I would love to take a picture with this lady,
‘cause I really love Tiwa Savage. Then I thought, you know, I can. So I
told my friend to take my picture. He thought I was crazy. And I did as
if I was holding her from behind and then I did the photoshop and people
really liked it. I was struggling for people to hear my music so I
thought, if I can be popular for this one, I might as well. It might
find its way to the people I really want to work with as a musician. I
went on to do pictures with Toolz and Tontoh Dikeh and it became a
sensation. They started saying King of Photoshop. So, when I released a
song, they didn’t take me seriously at first. This Photoshop guy, what
can he sing?’

‘I studied Art and Industrial Design at
Lagos State Polytechnic and I majored in graphics’ He says, explaining
how a twist of fate landed him a job as the official graphics designer
for YBNL.
‘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.’

On his personal life:

‘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 Orente and writing the song for rumored lover Simi:

“I thought I said this already. I wrote Orente about
Simisola, it’s not even news again. But it’s for you as well “, he adds
with a cheeky laugh.

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