If you’re old enough to actually have a skill you just need to master, it’s too late to make a name for yourself or even to be successful in the music business. There are a lot of musicians around me with similar skills who have not even attempted to achieve their dreams yet, for whatever reason. Maybe they have quit school, they were not taught on how to write a record or they just decided to quit to focus on one thing. It still does not seem possible for people to achieve their dreams like I can. The best thing for me now is to play music. And I will if I can. What I can’t do, I can’t control.
What is your musical journey (in any genre) like? Which musicians inspired you, how was it different to other artists?
My musical journey began when I was about 14. With my older brother and my older cousin, we would play music whenever we could, whenever we can. I was always fascinated by the music being played in clubs all over London at that time.
After I graduated from school, music became a goal for me. I wanted to play music of all genres and the more I learnt on how to play, the more I would explore music in a completely different way. This was my musical journey in all genres.
From the age of 14, I decided I wanted to make my voice heard in music. I loved making music for myself and others, and I would always tell myself, when I start making music, that I would continue it for a lifetime.
I would get into gigs and the more challenging ones. I really had no expectations of being a successful musician or even being successful in the music business, all I wanted was to make music for myself and others. After about two years, I got into a local club that was starting to get bigger and bigger in town, called Koko’s. It was just so good to play at that particular house, there was no other place I would rather be at. After three months of playing around, I decided to stop practicing, it was too exhausting. My music did not grow up any more as I continued to hone it myself. I got quite frustrated, but as I was about to retire, my mum, when she saw I had lost all my money trying to play the music business, said “Why don’t you give up? Music is too hard and too exhausting”. I didn’t know how to say no. And that is when the opportunity