Interviews

10 minutes with Timi Dakolo by Edward Fortune

Written by Kolawole

He needs no formal introduction… He’s been able to carve a niche for himself in his chosen genre of music… With songs like. *let it shine*.. *i love u* to name a few.. Timi Dakolo has been able to establish the fact that music is way more than just goin into the vocal boots and make noise.. I had a 10 minutes chat with Timi Dakolo the very first winner of the very first season of IDOLS WEST AFRICA and it was fun…. Enjoy.

E.F: What would you say has been the main thing that’s kept you
believing in the kind of song you do?

TIMI: Well, I would say deep love and passion for what I do.

E.F: Classify your music into a particular genre..

TIMI: Basically, RnB. But in a broader sense, I’d say I do beautiful music.

E.F: How would you describe your acceptance and journey so far in the industry?

TIMI: It’s been a wonderful journey so far. I want to say a BIG thank you to all my fans who have supported me with their love so far.

E.F: You have refused to follow the trend currently rocking the industry
by doing what’s been tagged *commercial* kind of music… Why??

TIMI: That trend is not current or recent, as people often want to
describe it. People have always done party or danceable songs. From
New York to Japan to Germany to Lagos, just have people have done
Reggae, RnB, Bluegrass, Country, Fuji, etc from way back.

So there doesn’t arise a question of refusal to follow any particular trend.

Reggae artistes do reggae, Fuji artistes do Fuji, and so on. Just
cause it seems reggae artistes are in the majority at a point, doesn’t
mean Fuji acts should switch to making reggae music.

E.F: What’s your opinion about reality shows judging from the fact that
you a product of a reality show?

TIMI: Without a doubt, they have helped to showcase talents to a wider
audience, and provided a platform for some of these talents that would
have otherwise probably not have a means to do same on such a scale.

A case in point, being myself like you rightly pointed out.

However, upcoming talents should realize that reality shows are not an
end in itself, but a means to an end. As there are a lot of successful
artistes all over, that weren’t products of reality shows or talent
hunts.

E.F: 6. Challenges of being Timi Dakolo?

TIMI: The normal challenges an everyday family man faces, providing and
ensuring a quality standard of living for his family

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