Tell us about yourself and your music
I go by the name I-Kay. I am a reggae/ afro-beat artist from Nigeria now residing in the United States. I write songs and produce them. I love any good music and my lyrics reflect on all that’s going on, strictly positive experience, nonhateful or violent. I sing in English and a mix of broken-English to ensure understanding by local fans.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release is a single titled “Pretty Woman BML”. It’s a love song asking ‘pretty woman’ to ‘be my love’.
What inspired you to write this release?
Inspired by the need for true love professed for a true friend.
Describe the writing and recording process
The inspiration came and the words came along with time. After putting words together, I headed for the studio. The sessions were done at night times when it was easier to park vehicles in downtown Manhattan where I recorded. Because I was producing, I worked diligently with the studio engineer to lay out everything and that made the process easier.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Don’t know if it’s causing me to stand out but the song is on CD Baby, TuneCore, GreenHitz, SoundCloud, Spotify and Reverbnation.
Who have you been listening to lately?
All sorts of music- Jazz, Reggae, Afro Pop/ Afro Beats.
Who are your biggest influences?
Joseph Hill (Culture), Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Davido
Tell us about your passions
Music, songwriting, Building, and designs, working with the underprivileged kids.
What else is happening next in your world?
When no musical engagements, do 9-5 to supplement income as First Aid and Safety Sales and Service Rep.
Thanks for an awesome interview, I-Kay