Afro-fusion artist, Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman, commonly called Oxlade is the star of Accelerate TV’s latest issue “The Cover”.
In the interview, Oxlade gives exclusive insight into his creative process, his take on love and relationship, and an artist he would like to collaborate with.
Read excerpts from the interview below:
What he thinks brings out his sound
Quite simply, it would be the reality of my music and its consciousness. Anyone who is listening can connect to my lyrics, and in turn, that connects me to anyone who is listening. My music is for people who take what I say personally because it is truly representative of everyday life.
How much of himself he pours into every song he sings
My music is not independent of me. It is by no means separate. The more songs I do, the more I find myself. It’s something that happens every time I make music. It’s almost like my identity is my music.
There are times when I have musical ideas, and I share those thoughts with a producer that I work with. Other times, I hear something that I like or that moves me, and I jump on it. I immerse myself in it completely. But no matter what I do, my heart is tied.
On the story behind the track “DKT”
Yes. It’s about my relationship with my ex. Not quite sure I would say it’s dedicated to him. But it’s not really a love song. It’s about the toxicity and how it drove me crazy. The lyrics of any Oxlade song are true. Always. These are facts. I do what I like to call “reality music”. I sing about my life and what I am going through or what I have been through.
Her take on love and relationships
Romantic relationships aren’t for everyone. If you feel like falling in love, do it. Otherwise free yourself. Commitment is not for everyone. In general, I don’t like to talk or give advice on this issue. I think you should do what makes you happy.
Who he wants to work on next and why
Duck. Absoutely. Who doesn’t want to work with Drake? He is probably the greatest artist on the continent, in terms of influence. I think he also has a certain grandeur to him. The one who grows and transforms regularly. And frankly, I want to be awesome. This is what I prophesy in my life – greatness.
Watch the interview below:
Read the full issue here