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Afropop artist and producer Idahams talks about his debut album “Truth, Love & Confessions”

Nigerian singer-songwriter and producer Idahams releases his debut album, Truth, love and confessionsthrough Grafton Records.

Idahams explains, “Recording the ‘Truth, Love and Confession’ album was quite the journey. It took almost two years to record, and I musically documented my life, surroundings, and personal experiences in the album. As a young man who has been through life, I believe some of my stories on this album will connect with people. It’s a very relatable project and I’ve opened myself up to people’s eyes, I’ve also made sure to maintain my true essence as an artist, musician and performer.

Led by the single “Bad Girl”, which was engineered by Grammy Award-winning producer Vtek, Truth, love and confessions is a masterful 13-track album that spans the gamut of soundscapes, from pop and R&B to highlife and afro beats.

Driven by production from Idahams itself, as well as longtime collaborators Yussy Beats (Adekunle Gold, Yemi Alade) and Orbeat, with additional production like French Ivorian beatsmith Price D and Senegalese DJ/producer Mr. Meyz (Tiwa Savage, Nailah Blackman, Oxlade), Idahams has also brought together an eclectic mix of guest artists from around the world, including Xenia Manasseh from Kenya, Zach Zoya from Canada and Tugga Skii from the UK, to help bring the themes and the stories from the album live.

CelebMix sat down with Idahams to find out more about the person behind the music, how he got started in music, and his writing process.

What are three things you can’t live without?

I can’t live without music because music saved me. Music was my escape route when I felt like there was no way out for me to join my peers in social vices. I am very happy; I followed my father’s love for music.

I can’t live without food because I need to eat to stay alive. The thing about food for me is that I’m a foodie, but in small portions, but I like to try new foods all the time.

And finally, I can’t live without God, because He’s the reason I’m still here. I have a firm belief that for what I have really been through in life, it takes God’s mercy and love for me to breathe here again.

What inspired your new album, Truth, love and confessions?

It was inspired by both my personal experience and the things that happened around me. This is me talking about my life and my story to the world. Although it may sound serious, there are some very entertaining parts to the album.

How did you start music?

I started singing in an Anglican church choir. I learned to play the keyboard, the bass and the trumpet there. Although I learned to sing from my late father, he was the one who introduced me to music, and from there we are here now.

How did your hometown influence your sound?

I spent most of my childhood in the famous Bonny Island in Rivers State. My music is about real life, and all the things that happened while I was there influenced my music, for example, the militancy struggle and the illegal oil refineries.

Which singers/musicians have influenced your sound?

When I was a kid my dad used to play the late Rex Jim Lawson for us at home – he’s his favorite highlife singer and I got used to it and resonated with his music. Kanye West influenced my creativity, Burna Boy too, but in general, my life is the biggest influence in my music.

Did your sound evolve naturally or did you deliberately push it in a certain direction?

The music changes but your originality remains. I’m deliberate when it comes to my sound. I always know what I want people to feel in each of my songs.

What inspires your writing? Are you inspired by poetry, music or other media?

I am inspired first by God, then by my personal experiences or the stories of people. Sometimes I can also take inspiration from the music of other artists.

What can you share about your writing process?

My writing process is simple, I get the melody first, then I pause and think about what I want to talk about in the song, then I record. There is no effort in what you know how to do best.

Which artists do you think are killing it right now?

Everyone kills him in their own way, but other than Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido, I’m really happy for Ckay.

how do you define success?

When you are able to add value to yourself and society through what you do, and to your family, then you are successful.

What can your fans expect over the next six months? Music videos? Live concerts?

By September 16, my album will be released, so we will promote it intensively, shooting music videos, touring and playing shows. I am also looking forward to my own show in Port Harcourt. My main show took a while to come.

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