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OG EMMY

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST OG EMMY

What made you decide that music is a thing for you? 

Deciding on music as a thing for me was driven by my passion for creating and performing music, my desire to share my unique artistic expression with others since high school, and the fulfillment I gain from connecting with audiences on an emotional level when on stage is priceless.

Introduce us to you / all to the members and your musical history

My name is Emmanuel Michael, I was Born and raised in Rivers State, Nigeria. I have been cultivating and building my music repertoire since I was 14, writing songs and performing in local concerts from such a young age, and when I was 16, me and my team created the popular Nigerian teen talent concert series ‘XPOSURE’.

In the past four years since my official debut single ‘KitKat’ was released, I have dropped 2 major EPS “Sipping Remy and Desire” and many other singles.

What was life like for you before music?

Life for me before music was meaningless, music made it more meaningful although I was really into sports like football, swimming and basketball

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

I liked many other songs but “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown definitely steered me into a music path.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry 

I have been singing and building myself for the past 5 years. Also, I have dropped two EPs. Currently, I’m focused on my forthcoming projects and feel I’m at the edge of my breakthrough to becoming an A-list artist.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

I’ve learned many things like perseverance, how to carry myself, and most importantly discipline. Those three things are very important to an artist.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you. 

Sure, here are three statements. Can you guess which one is the lie?

1. I’ve performed on stage on three different continents.

2. I can play five musical instruments fluently.

3. I once collaborated with one of the biggest Ghanaian artists on a song 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

If I could wish for one thing to aid my music career, I would wish for widespread exposure and recognition which could be incredibly beneficial. This would help me reach a larger audience, connect with more listeners, and open up opportunities for collaboration and growth in the industry 

Do you ever worry about people taking things wrong or cancel culture? Discuss 

Worrying about how my actions or words might be interpreted or the possibility of facing backlash from cancel culture is a common concern in today’s interconnected world. It’s important to strike a balance between expressing yourself authentically and being mindful of potential consequences.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not

No, I don’t subscribe to or endorse any conspiracy theories. I believe in information based on factual and reliable sources, and I don’t hold personal beliefs or opinions 

What was the worst experience on stage?

One day I was on stage and some fan kissed me on stage which was quite uncomfortable because my ex-girlfriend was backstage.

Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.

 I prefer to have nights in with friends rather than going out and having fun outside.

What makes you stand out as a band/artist

What makes me stand out as an artist is my unique perspective, distinctive style of expression, and my ability to evoke strong emotions through my work.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?

Yeah, I have new music, my new song is called “Black Girl Magic”. “Black Girl Magic” is an empowering and celebratory song that highlights the strength, resilience, and beauty of Black women. This is the first song off my debut album “Hot Boy”.  I’m here to take Afrobeat to the next level, so I start by embracing my own

“My skin, my pride”

What was the recording process like?

We made black girl magic in Lagos and the producer played a beat when I went to visit a friend, the song was even a freestyle and wasn’t really planned.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes? 

The biggest learning curve in writing the new songs was experimenting with different song structures and arrangements. Exploring new ways to structure verses, choruses, and bridges while maintaining a cohesive flow challenged me to push the boundaries of my songwriting. This process helped me discover fresh ways to tell my stories and convey emotions through music.

Would you change anything now that it’s finished?

No, I wouldn’t. I love it like that.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

As an artist, I have the opportunity to share my unique perspective, emotions, and experiences through my creative work. My art can inspire, provoke thought, evoke emotions, and provide an escape from everyday life.

Also, It’s a chance to connect with others, spark conversations, and contribute to the cultural landscape. Finally, I want the world to remember, that my voice and vision are what make my art meaningful and impactful to the world.

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