Music Eyz Exclusive Interview With Eva Alordiah
Genre of music: Rap/Hiphop
Twitter name: @evaalordiahWhere do you live?
I live in Lagos, Nigeria
Many of our readers are UK based and as such may not be aware of you or your music. How would you describe your sound?
My sound is urban, a seamless fusion of reggae and hiphop.
Tell us about your latest release
‘DEAF‘ is the new single out. We just released the Video for it as well and its been met with many positive reviews, and I’m really thankful for that. Its a fresh hip hop sound that’s not overly exaggerated with an edge that lures the listener into the sound. I really love it.
What was your motivation for this latest release?
Like a lot of my music, its very personal. I didn’t even have to dig too deep to get it out, cause its a song that deals with stuff I have gone through and still going myself. It was just mostly inspired by the fact that there’s always people who think know how things should be done and would stop at nothing to try to tell you what is and what isn’t.
And not to say I’m not open to suggestions or opinions, it just is really too much to deal with when you work so hard on your shit and someone always wants to judge it, condemn it, and not even give you a chance to feel good about your shit. I thought it was a good point to make a song around and it turns out a lot of people can relate to that.
The fans love it. I’m glad.
What influences are there that helped shape your sound?
Uuuuhh! So much. I grew up listening to a lot of stuff my Mom was listening to at the time. A lot of Bob Marley, John Lennon, UB40, Sade Adu, Fela. I wasn’t even thinking of genres. I was just in love with music in itself.
As I grew older and fell in love with Rap and Hip hop I began to study Eminem. And I did that for a while before letting myself listen to other rappers. Amazing enough, my major influences as regards sound would come from artists who aren’t Hip hop. Like Imogen Heap, Enya, Damian Marley, Aamadou and Mariam. There’s a lot of people I love.
What is the music scene like in your home town?
Right now the music scene has blown over. Its crazy how fast it happened. There’s just so many talented people out here and its inspiring to watch. Nigeria obviously has the most entertaining bunch of artists out in Africa at the moment and its a blessing to be a part of that.
The structure in terms of the back end of things and what happens with the music away from the studio from Promotions, to publishing and all that might not be as great as it should be or is in other parts of the world, but I guess it would only get better with time.
How did you get started in music?
Its funny how I never really thought of myself as one who would end up in music as a Child. However I have always been a performer all my life. I loved to be on stage in school, doing everything from plays, and dance. I loved books too. I loved to read. I began to write when I was about 10. Short stories and random things. When I fell for Eminem, I slowly began to write Rap lyrics instead of just stories for my friends to read.
I nurtured the thought of being a Rapper in my small bobbly head till I was out of the University. I didn’t really kick off anything serious till 2011 and its been fun from there.
What hints and tips would you offer to anybody trying to get in to music?
Be true to self. The truth is, as simple as that is to read in the sentence, it may appear difficult in reality. Being true to self requires you to first Know self. If you don’t know who you are and what you represent to the world, as an individual it may become such a chore to be true to yourself.
I wasn’t really very happy or fulfilled with the music until I was able to define who I was as an artiste and accept my differences from everyone else.
So, I guess it comes down to being true to self, and showing up for the work you were made to do as an artiste – Everyday!
If you weren’t in music, what do you think you would be doing and why?
I write, I love fashion and makeup, I love teach and inspire.. I currently write for Magazines and blogs, I’m also a big lover of fashion designing several things as they come to me. I launched my Makeup company and Makeup school in Lagos in 2010 and when I’m not busy with the music I afford some time to be at the Makeup school.
So you see I’m already doing the many things I would have wanted to do if I wasn’t doing music.
There’s so much I love and I would like to believe we have time enough on our hands to use the gifts we have been blessed with.
I guess I just plan my time appropriately and let God handle the rest you know.
If you could collaborate with any body, who would it be and why?
Would be Eminem. He’s probably my biggest influence ever. That would be such a dream come true, I doubt I’d even have the strength to stand still and finish my verse on such a song cause I’d be swaying off the floor with excitement! Haha
Just how big can you be?
As big as the gods would let me. I feel like I have control of that. We all have the power to achieve anything. Each day I pray for grace, to do everything I set my mind to and do excellently.
Are there any acts that you think our readers should be keeping an eye on?
From Nigeria? Too many. A few favorites would be Patoranking who does reggae, ehrmmmm. Let’s see now. M‘ she’s another female rapper out here whom I love. You must definitely would wanna keep your eyes on Gray Jon’z as well. He is a producer and an artiste, I have worked with him on so much including my latest single ‘DEAF‘
In terms of your music, what does success look like?
Success looks like “Thinking up a story for a song, Having the will and power to complete it, Having the opportunity to perform said song for hundreds of thousands of excited fans, Having the fans say ‘You touched me’ – and then given the opportunity to do it all over again and again and again.
Do you have any plans to visit the UK?
Oh yeah! Hopefully as soon as possible. I’m currently working on several music projects with DJ and Producer Drox of Helicopta Record and we hope to have me out in the UK soon so we can really getting into the music. We currently have mixes for the song ‘Mercy‘ which has been doing great in the Music week charts so that got me really excited. I want more!
I know this has been probably a long read, but thanks for getting to the bottom. Means a lot. Love yourself, Love life, Love to Love. I hope I can come out to the UK and entertain y’all often.
Anything else you want to say?
Oh! Thanks for having me Music Eyz! Such pleasure!