BN Bytes: Catching Up With Aramide! Trybe Records’ First Lady dishes on her Music, Style Transformation & Future Plans

Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 7:31 PM

By Adeola Adeyemo

As a teenager, she discovered her delight in singing and writing songs. After secondary school, she learnt to play the saxophone and guitar, two instruments she is quite passionate about. Today, Aramide is thrilling listeners across the world with good music.

She got her first break into the music industry while still studying Political Science in the University of Jos after she signed up for and participated in Star Quest, a Reality TV Show. Afterward, Aramide left the band  she had been a part of during the competition and began to pursue a solo career, recording and writing in earnest.

In July 2011 her single “It’s Over” was released online and revealed her as a unique artiste with an original, creative approach to her art.

Just yesterday, and after quite a long wait, Aramide released a new single “I Don’t Mind” which has already been getting good reviews. BellaNaija.com’Adeola Adeyemo tried to catch up with Aramide to get some scoop on her journey into music and find out what she has been up to lately.

Tell me about your journey to the start of your music career. 
I discovered I could sing at quite a young age. I started first as a song writer and as time went on I gained confidence to sing my own songs. Singing and writing and making melodies was something I was really passionate about. To further pursue my passion in music I entered for the Star Quest competition and that was were the journey began.

Getting signed on Trybe Records must have been a big deal for you. How did it come about?
I found out Trybe Records was searching for and interested in signing a female artist via Twitter, so I sent my demo and surprisingly I got a reply from eLDee indicating interest in my music and wanting me to send more. We had a meeting and things took off from there.

How would you describe your kind of music?
My style of music is Afro soul, blues, jazz, folk and swing.

What is the inspiration behind the lyrics of your songs?
I like writing about life in general and I am inspired by personal experiences as well as people’s lives and relationships. Things like freedom, love, betrayal, friendship and women’s lives as well.

When would you be releasing your first musical video and what should we expect? 
The first thing we’re doing now is pushing the singles, then we can decide which to shoot a video for. In the meantime, I have the viral video for my cover of ‘Today Today”.

You play the guitar quite well. Where did you learn how to play this and are there any other musical instruments you play?
Yes, the guitar is one musical instrument I’m really passionate about. I learnt how to play while I was in the University. It really helps with my songwriting. I also play the Saxophone a little.

Tell me more about your recent single, “I Don’t Mind”. What is the message behind the song and who produced it?
My song ‘I Don’t Mind’ was produced by the very talented SizzlePro. Its a love song about two lovers whose love is not approved by the conventions of the society and I think anyone who has been through this can relate. Be it age, financial status, or anything people attach importance to, whatever it is society doesn’t approve of, this song talks about. And how the couple decide to stay together inspite of all this.

I notice that your fashion style is evolving. From the ‘good girl’ look you started off with, you are becoming more adventurous with your fashion. Tell me about this transition?
My style reflects who I am, as a person but also as an artiste. I don’t think it’s a transition though. I’m just being Aramide.

What heights do you hope to attain in your music career?
I would like to write great music, work with great artistes, and hopefully, touch lives. By God’s Grace, I will make a difference with my gift.

Your most embarrassing moment was… There was one time I went to a salon and didn’t see the sign that said ‘push’ and there I was ‘pulling’. I did that for a while before someone came to show me the sign!

You are happiest when… I’m with family and friends that show genuine love, honesty, and concern.

The most uncomfortable thing about fame is… Oh, I don’t know yet.

The most interesting thing about fame is… Making connections with people.

You’d someday love to perform with…. Corinne Bailey Rae

If you had a million dollars.. I’ll donate a large portion of it to charity and invest the rest.

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  • 33 Comments on “BN Bytes: Catching Up With Aramide! Trybe Records’ First Lady dishes on her Music, Style Transformation & Future Plans”

    Comments
    • i no send November 27, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      hmmmmmm….

    • faith November 27, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Don’t like her weave in d first n last pic….I wish her well shaaa…

    • dee November 27, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      this gurl doesn’t need heavy make-up… nude wud do good on her! that fringe style is nt just for her

    • @ganxe November 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      nice, love the Neo soul/jazz feel to the songs. Hope the Nigerian Market will accept it. I would not have imagined Trybe with a production like this….much respect

    • Bey November 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      Ok na let’s see wt u can do!!! Hope u don’t get dished out soon by Trybe Records

      • partyrider November 28, 2012 at 12:35 AM

        why must you add that last bit..smh

    • @ajiriavae November 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      I love her look. I haven’t heard her music yet, so I’m looking forward to hearing it.
      http://ajiristyle.blogspot.com/

    • femmelounge November 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      she’s got a great voice. i wish her all the best.

    • Maryam November 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      She has a beutiful voice. Its so fresh! Good luck

    • abined November 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      This is nice and distinct. Its a long journey , since u started you will excel . Bravo.

    • Chee November 27, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      I love her photoshopper………ok bye!

    • abined November 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      This is nice and distinct. Its a long journey , since u started you will excel . Bravo

    • Trendysturvs November 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      i wish her all the best.

    • ona November 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      She sounds really different

    • Adenike November 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      wow great interview, I love her already

    • ify November 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      pretty..super talented and very creative,d sky is your starting point

    • chichi November 27, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      yesss!!!..im feeling her..especially i dont mind..she is fiyahh

    • Bey November 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      @jade I Gotta make it Stop.. Don’t lyk d pix period nd I’m not Hating!!!

      • T November 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        I am sorry, is this post abt the picture or the song? have you actually listened to song?

    • Brown November 27, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      Great voice i love that, ‘ll you marry me?

    • iamfascinating November 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      am partial to trybe records artistes.Eldee does a good job of recognising talent. All the best, Aramide!

    • partyrider November 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      she sounds like someone with no stress at all..i wish her all the best,looking forward to more music

    • Jedi November 28, 2012 at 1:44 AM

      Jisos! that wig ehn?

    • konnie November 28, 2012 at 3:11 AM

      Issues with the hair. Good luck with you career. Nice songs

    • Titi Loyolade November 28, 2012 at 5:49 AM

      Lovely music. Hopefully, she will go far!

    • Sombody's Pikin November 28, 2012 at 7:16 AM

      Make-up (too much) and hair (both styles!!!)—>Both off! That fringe should not have been straight cut! Guess they wanted us to see her eyes by force! Mtchww for her hair stylist! On a better note, the babe has got a good physique o (hope its not photoshop shaa).

      Sincerely…..

    • Simi November 28, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      Ever green. Lovely pictures and great song. 1st Nigerian Grammy goes to Aramide.
      fingers crossed

    • alice November 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Corinne Bailey Rae —-love her tooo

    • Teris November 28, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      eyyaaa.

    • huh? November 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      I like her song,but she won’t really hit it big in naija,not a party song and not as sensational as Asa or Nneka..but I like

      • Mrs.Lynxxx November 29, 2012 at 1:08 AM

        We reject that it in Jesus Name…She will Make it big in Nigeria and all over the world…..She is more than senstational :))

      • T November 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        and since when did you become an authority on who makes it big in Naija or not? seriously? it’s actually a good thing to think before typing/posting comments, no disrespect.

    • Tosin February 17, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      She’s really exciting. I want more!