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“I discovered music was a thing I could dwell on at age 19 “ – Nigerian Artiste Bannyfosto speaks in an exclusive interview

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Nigerian Artiste,  Bannyfosto speaks about his music career in an exclusive interview with Olamond Naija 

Introduce yourself, name, state of origin, educational background, occupation

My real names Abaniwonda Sodiq Olayinka
A Lagos born and brought up man,Epe to be precise.
A graduate of Insurance Lagos Stste Ploythenic.

At what point did you discover that singing is the career you want to pursue?

I find myself doing this at a tender age because I find solace peace and joy in music being that I grew up in a home whose family members love music and arts.

Tell us how the audition days and early age when struggling for studio bookings were, how frustrating and challenging were those days?

I discovered music was a thing I could dwell on at age 19 and subconsciously it happened as it unlocked the gift I had not discovered in me asides that I love music, I definitely want to practice it as a profession.

It wasn’t that easy but I thrived and found every stage as point of boiling myself to the standard that I could compete for my space in the music industry, I rarely attended auditions, but the few I did made me feel I needed to face the criticism and challenges that comes with it to ground myself well and it helped sharpened my thoughts on music.

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Facing the crowd on stage as a music artist is another issue on its own, how did you overcome the fears, if you were nervous at first?

I’m a confident and outspoken person who is always expressive of himself. I’m socially grounded to relate with people, so I have never had fright online fear when it comes to facing crowd.

Which song was your first hit track and was it a viral song that trend for longer period of time?

My first hit song is Lion Share and it’s still trending even after we dropped a series of tracks, it’s still doing fine and it’s still number one . My fans sought its performance often at events because of the soul cheering and motivational vibe it brings to them. It really created that feeling in me that I can do better and add more beautiful songs to my catalogue asides the first hit.

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Since you started singing, have you landed any big stage with other music stars. Tell us how the event went?

I have had long term relationships and shared stages with lots of big musical stars to mention a few, 9ice , Wande Coal,small doctor , Reminisce, Skibii, Olamide and it’s always a great feeling, a great one I must tell.

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If you’re not into music , tell us other profession you would have dab into ?

To be candid if I wasn’t into music I would have dabbled in to entrepreneurship, because I’m business a minded person who knows how to make value of every given opportunity .

Are you under a record label deal presently ? If not tell us why ?

I’m not under a record label deal for now, I’m an independent artiste. I’m just waiting till the best of the musical deal approaches me.

What has been your biggest challenges in music industry ?

Limited Budget is one of the challenges which cuts me down to not getting efficient services which are provided for label artistes. Breaking through the clutter in a saturated market poses a significant challenge Mental and emotional hurdle as the absence of immediate success and persistent rejection can be disheartening.Juggling creativity with business isn’t so easy as it’s a tasking and difficult one to do. You must be mentally upright to be capable of doing this.

Tell us about your new song project that is coming out soon?

My new song coming soon Iba is a sensational and motivational song that opens the mind of a man to glorify the supreme being,God on how far he has kept and brought us this far, It’s a solemn Afrocultural praise with a flare of pop in it. It will be available on all digital stores.

What advice would you give other fast rising music artists?
Hold on to the 3 P’s be patient, be prayerful and ready to persevere the pain, challenge or frustration and believe me with this three things you will thrive and meet yourself up there.