OLUWAKAYODE MICHAEL IDOWU KNOWN AS “HIGH M” talks about his talents and as one of the fastest hiphop artiste in Nigeria spoke with dfantom about his rising musical career
What first got you into music and entertainment?
Hmmm… Into music, I guess I’ve always loved music, I was an alto singer back then in church, then carved a crew with my friends DIVINE VOICES but never thought it was going to be something I’d get into Professionally because Dance was my first love then, I mean I was a bad ass dancer. But sometimes in 2010 I met a couple friends in school who were artists at a time and I decided to go check out their recording studio off campus , there and then something in me came ALIVE and since then it’s been all I’ve known.
Who inspired you to make music?
Well I think I’m a descendant of a music family and it just in the DNA, but to make music I think a lot of artists I listen to while growing up inspired it.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Lately I have had to redefine my sound, I use to be a hard Rapper cos trust me life was hard but I’d love to say AFRO HipHop. I love to juggle between genres because I feel music creation shouldn’t be restricted
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Kanye, Timbaland, 2baba, French Montana, Wizkid, Burnaboy, Travis Scott, Wurld
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Burnaboy and Casper Nyovest
What is one message you would give to your fans?
I’ve been working, keep supporting, Big things coming.
What other talent do you have?
Songwriting, basketball and Dance I think
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Oh yes of course, I mean who doesn’t well most of my raw ideas for songs are created there.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I think I’d still be running the hotel I was working with or probably in the farm cultivating (studied Agriculture), or maybe in some other arm of the Entertainment industry who knows?
How do you feel the Internet has impacted your music?
It has a lot, a whole lot I must say and not just me, I think all other artists too. There’s a chance to be heard everyday, by a new fanbase, A&R’s, Label heads, OAP and even sponsors as long as you’re consistent pushing materials online.
What is your favourite song to perform?
It use to be between COLLECT (THE RE-UP) ft MVP MILITIA because it’s a turn up RAP song but I think, MY WAY because it gets the attention of the crowd for its storytelling impact. So depending on the crowd I guess
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Burnaboy, Wizkid, 2Baba, Drake, J. Cole, RIHANNA, Swae Lee
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into in your musical career. if any?
Sleeping in a cell the night of a huge show I was Guest Appearing because the police officers wanted to show their power.
What is the best advice you’ve been given and by who?
I don’t think I remember a “BEST ADVICE” but my Mom has given me the most. She’s my pillar you know
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Nothing. Change is constant, But a lil bit of accessibility by rising talents to get into showcases if that makes sense
What’s next for you?
Keeping it rolling my gee, two EPs before the end of the year and hopefully a couple Visuals too
What higher institution did you attend?
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE IFE, OSUN STATE
what are your most challenging moments?
Being an Independent Artiste is the only challenge, we do almost everything ourselves.
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