705 discussed his musical experience and aspirations in a recent interview with Barbie Edonia, CEO of Chunedesk.
705’s love for music started early, inspired by legendary artists like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade. Growing up listening to highlife and Afro beats music, he developed a deep passion for the art form.
He pursued his musical dreams by studying Music Technology and achieved excellent results.
Describing his music as non-binary, 705 effortlessly combines Afro rap, Afro beats, Afro swing, and elements of hip-hop and pop.
His biggest influences, Fela Kuta and King Sunny Ade, have greatly shaped his sound and encouraged him to create music that reflects real-life experiences and emotions.
One of 705’s recent projects is his EP titled “7:05 EP.” Building upon his previous album “7 o’clock,” this EP delves into his journey.
Tracks like “Over” and “Daily Prayer” allow him to share his own stories and connect with listeners on a deeper level.
During live performances, 705 brings an infectious energy to the stage, creating a genuine party-like atmosphere. He enjoys being close to his audience, fostering a strong connection that enhances the live experience.
Despite facing challenges in the competitive UK music scene, 705 remains determined. He embraces technology in his music production, using it for beat-making, recording, and mixing, which allows him to deliver his music in the best possible way.
One of 705’s unique qualities is his ability to seamlessly switch between Yoruba and English accents, showcasing his versatility and eloquence. By staying true to himself and avoiding trends, he stands out in the music industry.
Exciting projects lie ahead for 705, including a music video for his track “Good Feeling.”
Through social media and online platforms, he engages with his fans on a personal level, fostering a strong connection.
For aspiring musicians, 705 offers valuable advice: persevere and never lose sight of your initial passion for music.
With his genuine approach, distinctive style, and unwavering determination, 705 is poised for success.
What initially inspired you to pursue a music career
My inspiration for music came from the love of music I’ve always enjoyed music from young and always been a childhood dream of mine to make music, listening to the likes of Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade.
Can you tell us about your musical background and any formal training you’ve had?
My musical background stems from listening to highlife and afro beats music due to my dad’s love for Fela Kuta and King Sunny Ade, I went on to study Music Technology at College level, leaving with a double graded distinction/merit.
How would you describe your music style or genre?
I’ll say my music genre is non binary as I end to fuse afro sound with my western influences which could lead to afro rap, afro beats, afro swing or just general hip hop and pop music.
Who are your biggest musical influences and how have they shaped your sound?
My biggest influence has been Fela Kuta and King Sunny Ade, this has led me to create a sound that’s genuine to me, gibing off good vibes but also the ability to make music that recreates the picture of everyday life and struggles.
Could you share the story or inspiration behind your latest Song ‘7:05’?
My latest E.P is called 7:05 as in five past 7, a continuation of my album 7 o’clock distributed by my previous label “Luxus Records” The Ep is a definition of me waiting a full picture of 705, I speak a lot of personal things in tracks like over and daily prayer, something I’m starting to do more in my music as I look to relate with my audience more.
Are there any specific themes or messages you strive to convey through your music?
When writing music I like to be in my own space I play the music and zone out, I tend not to write as I prefer to lay it the vocals down as i feel it, I believe this creates a more genuine sound
How do you approach live performances and connecting with your audience?
During live performance I prefer to be close and personal with my audience, bring energy to the stage and vibes I don’t like being too far from audience I prefer to vibe with the people and create a genuine party like vibe.
Can you share a memorable or challenging moment from your music career so far?
Most challenging moment in my music career so far is being able to fully integrate into the UK Music scene as it is very competitive and.
What role does technology play in your music production or performance?
Technology plays a big role in my music production process due to everything done via technology, the beat making, to vocal recording and mixing and mastering, technology has really helped to make it more easier to create the music I feel and also deliver it to the audience and the best form I possibly can
Are there any collaborations or dream collaborations you hope to pursue in the future?
To one day be in the studio with the likes of Don Jazzy or Dr Dre would be a dream come true.
How do you stay motivated and inspired as an artist?
Music is something I love with passion and staying motivated is easy when you love something and do it genuinely for the love of it, plus my dreams ambitions and visions keep me going.
What do you think sets you apart from other musicians in your genre?
I believe my ability to with between the Yoruba and English accent with ease and eloquence sets me apart as I believe others that try to, do not do it well (either the Yoruba sounds off or the English sounds off) I believe I bring a complete sound. I believe staying true to my self sets me apart I do not listen to music to follow a trend, which I believe is what is going on the music industry now everybody follows, I believe I’m the breath of fresh air.
Have you encountered any obstacles or hurdles in the music industry, and how did you overcome them?
I’ve come along many obstacles from leaving labels, false promises and copyright infringements, I just keep going no matter what, I focus on my dreams and what I want from this
What do you enjoy most about being a musician?
I enjoy the ability to be able to express myself without and kind of restraints.
How do you balance your artistic vision with commercial considerations?
I try to be as genuine as possible being real with my self in terms of what I can and can’t do in order to stay relevant
Are there any upcoming projects or releases you’re particularly excited about?
I’m currently working on a music video for track 2 on my e.p “Good Feeling” featured on BBC Introducing I believe this is gonna be a summer hit with the right push
How do you utilize social media and online platforms to connect with your fans?
I keep my social media platforms and websites as personal as possible in order for my audience to see me in my truest form, in hope that we can relate better that way
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians who are just starting their journey?
No matter what happens keep going and always remember why you started
Looking ahead, what are your long-term goals or aspirations as a musician?
Long term goal is to be a house-hold nameglobally
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