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Oxlade 在尼日利亞拉各斯海岸呼吸音樂

俯瞰尼日利亞拉各斯風景如畫的海洋背景,Afrobeats 音樂家 Oxlade 在他最具代表性的元素中採取了一種強大但有點脆弱的立場,即水。與 Oxlade 的亮粉色、醒目印花和超大剪裁牛仔布並置,最後是他眾多紋身和大雪珍珠項鍊的前衛特寫,證明了他目前為自己建立的生活。性格開朗,性格古怪,性格平靜,神秘。  

他以 Ikuforiji Abdulrahman Olaitan 的身份出生,是他將自己的創造力或現實生活經驗注入的每一個項目的見證,他的觀眾對此讚歎不已。他發行了許多肯定會出現在您或您鄰居的播放列表中的單曲,包括“AWAY”、“DKT”,以及最近電台最受歡迎的 Dolapo 的“Interest”,其中包括班克斯女士和他本人。 

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創意指導Mariam Sholaja

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造型Manis ( Sam Alia & Pieces )

攝影助理。 莫菲

Oxlade 這個名字是他的家人給他取的眾多中間名之一,他是他的長孫。隨之而來的是一些人認為的巨大責任或壓力,但對於 Oxlade 來說,他已經將他超凡脫俗的存在從他的家人轉移到了更廣闊的世界。他在尼日利亞拉各斯的穆欣出生和長大,他的藝術天賦是發自內心的,處於諾萊塢文化的核心,也是 Afrobeat 流派的起源之一。  

 

從10歲開始唱歌,距離正式出道已經三年左右。您可以說,他職業生涯的突破始於 2018 年與尼日利亞說唱歌手 Blaqbonez 合作創作的曲目“Mamiwota”。當真正想要學習或受到某人或某事的啟發時,反思低谷和高潮同樣重要,在他取得突破的時候,這位才華橫溢的音樂家已經從大學輟學,幾乎放棄了在他的夢想中,他回憶說這是他“最黑暗的時期”。  

 

從那時起,Oxlade 一直是音樂界不可阻擋的力量,但他設法花時間展示了一個比眼睛更令人心動的角色。他對生命中最重要的關係、祖母和上帝恩典的引導的熱愛,正是他在某些人所說的過度飽和的音樂行業中的自信。

 

我們與這位冉冉升起的新星坐在他的家鄉拉各斯,深入探討我們最喜歡的一些曲目背後的音樂家......

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Full Suit, John Lawrence Sullivan

Hat, Thomas Olubiyi

Shoes, Artistt's Own

“We're super special in Atlanta right now. That's super inspiring in itself. Just beIng familiar with a bunch of talented black people, that's just the culture.”

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Trousers, Maison Mihara Yasuhiro

Jewellry, Artist's Own

在過去的一年裡,你是如何跟上發生的一切的?

我做得很好,保持快樂,製作音樂,玩得開心,感謝上帝賜予我生命。  

 

當然,除了全球大流行之外,去年對您來說特別突出的是什麼?

我的第一個項目的發布以及它的進展情況!看到來自四面八方的人們與我的音樂聯繫在一起,真是令人興奮......  

 

您是否有任何您發誓的咒語可能對您的旅程有所幫助?

我沒有,我只是相信自己,相信上帝以及他幫助我善用我的天賦的能力。  

 

您是如何想到或決定將 Oxlade 這個名字作為您的藝人名字的?

Oxlade 是我祖父給我取的名字。沒有什麼深刻的故事。  

你已經發行了個人單曲並出現在諸如 Interest FT 之類的歌曲中。班克斯女士,您如何描述您迄今為止發布的所有內容,以及您在接受某些項目中的主演時有什麼軌跡?

合作是我的動力,我喜歡與偉大的藝術家一起創作音樂。很明顯,該計劃是在新的領域沿途轉換新粉絲。在接受任何合作之前,我首先必須在心理層面上與藝術家聯繫。 

就最佳體驗和實現而言,您最喜歡哪個版本?

我發行的每一首歌都是我最喜歡的,因為歌迷們接受我唱的歌。  

 

你將你的上一張 EP OXYGENE 描述為冰冷但非常真實的人類體驗。您如何定義“人類體驗”?

氧氣是關於發生在我身上的愛情故事,這對我來說是多麼真實。因為是關於我的。  

 

我很想知道 OXYGENE 的封面藝術背後的含義是什麼?

音樂是我呼吸的空氣 

 

從這個風景照中汲取靈感,我覺得你的角色和海洋/海灘具有共存的品質。你認為你和這個自然元素之間有什麼相似之處?

水代表了很多東西,平靜、力量和美麗。這就是我所代表的!  

 

音樂行業,尤其是那些仍然很新的部分,變化如此之快。你願意嘗試新事物嗎?這對你來說會是什麼樣子?

成長和變化在生活中的一切事物中都是不變的,我們都會在適當的時候行動。  

 

We hear what you're saying. We hate the idea of saying something's hasn’t developed, it's been there the same amount of time. It's grown into something else. You can't say that it's worse than it was before. It's just something different. We've moved on from that.


[J.I.D raps imitating Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”] “I said a hip hop,” Exactly! They used to be rapping about hip hop. Like, literally. That's literally what he said. Like all this shit. Now it’s people telling their life stories and helping people through those stories, there’s more ways to escape. As you say, there are more storytellers now, people like Maxo, yourself, Kendrick, J Cole... there's a lot of people that can narrate a story and carry people along the way.


That's a really incredible thing.


Exactly.


DiCaprio II really hit the mark for me. Like peeling off new layers to your skills as a rapper, and an artist as a whole. Really portraying that versatility. Is that something you were conscious of?


Yeah, it felt fresh when I was doing it, I feel like the first two projects I dropped would be super unexpected later on... We didn't do it for the number one, chart-topping success. But I feel like I needed to show people that this body of work is special, that’s what I make it for – for the longevity as opposed to just a flash in the pan, number one this week, and then it’s out of your life. I let the shit grow or I nurture it. And really, that's how people care about your craft. And I'll just take the same time, I'm easy. That's why I say you can take as long as it takes for me to drop the next one just because I'm growing with it.

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Jacket, Song For the Mute

Trousers, Maison Mihara Yasuhiro

Jewellry, Artist's Own

Definitely. Listening back to your discography you can see the amount of work that you put into each project. Every album feels thoughtfully put together and your style matures. But how do you feel about the power of a single versus the power of an album?


I’m an album artist for sure. Like singles are cool and stuff. Well, singles are amazing. I'm
seeing a whole other side of it right now with this feature we just did with Imagine Dragons.
The song is going fucking insane and it’s like ‘Oh, this is what they mean’. [laughs]


How did that come about, was it just something that you were into at first?

Music is like a universal language. So, I feel like just as well as me being a fan of them
because I knew them before they came back, they were a fan of me. So it was just like a
beautiful union, even meeting with them and chilling with them, it was like ‘Oh, this perfect’ because I could stand beside y’all and I can really like agree with your morals and everything. That's what I try with the people I try to work with that think you don't do the normal things in the industry, you not of the same standards that everybody's trying to fit into.

Would you say that opened your eyes to things not just personally but also as an
artist? Aside from having a new audience...


It opened my eyes to a whol