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GET TO KNOW: Adebayo Dawodu

After spending the last few years delivering a wealth of rich and dynamic releases, Nigerian artist Adebayo Dawodu continues to impress as he drops his eagerly-awaited new EP 'Introduction'.

Embarking on more of that warm and embracing aesthetic he has become synonymous with over the years, this new six-track collection makes for an incredibly engaging listen. With his smooth and passionate vocals riding across a proficient production from start to finish, 'Introduction' continues his rise as one of the more adventurous names on the scene right now.

So with the new EP out now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.

What was the first band or artist you fell in love with? 

I remember finding a cassette tape of Usher’s album when I was in 8th grade. I would listen to “You make me wanna” on repeat on my Walkman on my way to school. My love for R&B developed from there but the artists that got me deeper into music were John Mayer and Musiq Soulchild. 

Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like? 

I was part of my church worship team and choir growing up. I have deep gospel influence in my music and life in general. 

What has been your primary inspiration in writing music? 

My primary inspiration has always been real stories and experiences. I grew up writing poems, talking about other people’s experiences and exploring the nuances of human connections. I tap into deep topics and try to make them relatable. 

What is a song you wish you had written yourself? 

This is  a tough one but I’d say “In repair” or “stop this train” by John Mayer. 

If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be? 

I’m just getting started when it comes to a public music career so it’s hard to suggest a moment I would like to relive however, I don’t ever want to forget how beautiful it is to create from a pure place. 

Which artist would you most love to share a stage with? 

The list is long but we can start with Falana, Joy Oladokun, Nonso Amandi, Wizkid.

And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well? 

I’m super curious about the London scene so artists like Little Simz, Stormzy, James Blake are top on my list. 

Where do you see yourself in five years time? 

I don’t have sold out show dreams, but I do wish millions of fans would get a chance to hear and love my sound. I would love to have a record playing at a big.

Adebayo Dawodu's new EP 'Introduction' is out now. Check it out below.


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