Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jilex Anderson is an amazing soulful RnB/Hip hop artiste that has been on the rising for some time now but is now becoming a voice to reckon with in the Nigerian music industry with the release of his hit single "Afro Lover" .

The song is on the lips of almost everyone these days, the rhythm, melody and lyrics are breathe taking, you literally cannot help but fall in love with it, I had the utmost pleasure of interviewing him a little while ago and I had an amazing time learning about his life and how the music and sound we hear today has always been even before he ever entered a studio. It's such an amazing read, have a lovely read guys.

DVF: Tell me about yourself and background?

Jilex: Names are Emeka Jacob Anderson... I'm an Artist and a songwriter, I hail from delta state but born and raised in the northern part of Nigeria "kaduna state"

DVF: That's nice, can you speak hausa?

Jilex: Yeah, sure

DVF: So how long were you in kaduna and when did you leave?

Jilex: It always has been kaduna and abuja for me, I grew up in both cities

DVF: I see, that;s cool, so tell me when you discovered your love for music and officially started singing and writing songs? Was there a trigger or was the passion for it always in there somewhere?

Jilex: Well since when I was a kid I loved music "I mean everyone in my family loves music" ,  my Dad especially played RnB songs every morning so I just got caught up, I started writing songs in my junior secondary school.. But I never had the chance to get in the studio.

I recorded my first song when I was sixteen I guess, it was terrible! Believe that

DVF: Hahaha....what was the name of this song and what was it about?

Jilex: Lol it was a rap song, I used to rap though. I mean I still rap anyway and  nah...i'm not telling anybody the name of the song

DVF: Lol why?

Jilex: So you don't go and look for it 😂😂 Lol

DVF: Not fair...is it online?? It is definitely online for you to be worried i'd find it

Jilex: Yeah it is somewhere online

DVF: Lol okay, so then after the release of this secret song lol what came next?

Jilex: I was chasing girls in secondary school 😌😌

DVF: What about now?... Aren't you still chasing them? from your " Afro lover" song the ladies must already be feeling you

Jilex: Lol yeah.. but no I'm not chasing girls.. I'm way older now and have a lot of things I need to get to

DVF: Lol that' true, so anyways... Did you go on to write more songs and make more music?

Jilex: Yes, I was in group of four, we called our selves 'CCMC' means croc city music crew, we made a lot of music then but wasn't as serious as I am right now with it, I mean I made songs then to chase girls and I dated the hottest girl in my school.. hey! But I started making music professionally in 2015.

I released the song "SLide in" as my first single

DVF: Hahaha... well ladies love a guy that can sing so getting the hottest chicks is kind of inevitable, was it a rap group?

Jilex: Lmao... yes , it was a rap group

DVF: Is your first official single " Slide In" a Rap song?

Jilex: No it's an urban RnB hip hop song

DVF: That's nice, from the name though it sounds very sexual lol

Jilex: Yeah, it is a sexual song lol I won't say much just get the song it's out already, I mean it's been out and the video will be out too

DVF: Lol okay so who would you say has influenced you the most in music, in terms of finding your sound and getting inspiration

Jilex: Craig David, I grew up listening to Craig David, I still listen to his "born to do it" album and it was released around 2001/2002 I guess

DVF: How cool, what about in the rap genre?

Jilex: A lot of other artistes inspire me too..

Likes of drake, J.cole and down here in Nigeria Wizkid, Ice prince.. The list is long

DVF: Coming into the music scene you really have come with your own sound and vibe and obviously doing things in your way and direction.

A sound that many may consider very western and is always a fear that it will be tough to suceed with in the Nigerian music industry how did you decide to stay true to your style and not sway into the "Nigerian sound" ??


Jilex: Yes, now that's key. I won't call my sound "NEW" it's just refined from the old and the new..

DVF: Was it a fear for you that it might be tough to buy the hearts of Nigerians and create a fan base that will appreciate and welcome you

Jilex: Here is the thing I don't listen to the "main stream" music that is on tv and radio because I feel they are quite addictive.. I listen to basically what people generally won't want to listen to "LOL" and here is when the pressure sets in "when you listen to what everybody is listening to" you probably start to sound like them or want to make what everyone wants to listen to" .

So I don't get caught up in the pressure and yeah I got the feeling that it might be tough to buy the hearts of Nigerians, trust me "naija people that like to dance" I mean even I like to dance too 😭😭

DVF: Hahaha yeah we really love to dance, most Nigerians prefer the Timaya's and Terry G's lol

Jilex: But my music still makes you dance though.. so I'm good, I'm not pressured, we go still dance

DVF: Yeah, definitely I mean I dance to afrolover. How do you get inspired to write?

Jilex: Real life issues, I go about writing my songs with a subject first, first off I already know what I want it to sound like cause I produce sometimes then I play around with the sound and write but it depends on the work process though, sometimes the beat is so good it tells a story already

DVF: Yeah true, the beat can naturally birth life to a song, so you produce? that's nice!How did you get into production?

Jilex:Yeah I do, I never had enough money to pay for studio sessions so that inspired me to save money and get myself what I need to produce

DVF: That's dope, okay so i'm a little conflicted here, how did you go from not having enough money to pay for sessions to going abroad often and shooting a hit song in south africa?

Jilex: It's God. When I made SLIDE IN I uploaded it on my soundcloud page it was also on top Nigerian music blogs and I got recognition from industry heads, I mean I woke up one day and I saw MI ABAGA post my song on his instagram page

DVF: Wow.... awesome! Now I feel so dumb for not knowing about 'SLIDE IN'

Jilex: Lol it's okay

DVF: Are you under a record label now?

Jilex: When I made AfroLover I already had contracts from different Nigerian labels that were interested in working with me (sign me) won't mention any names though but now yeah i'm signed to MOZAY ENTERTAINMENT, it's a new label with a new artist

DVF: Why did you pick mozay entertainment over the rest?

Jilex: They never wanted to infiltrate 'my sound' the company allows me to make music the way Jilex would want to make

DVF: That's cause they believe in you and that's everything we all hope for, that we find those that believe in us.  Is your music majorly RnB , hip hop and Rap or do you venture into other genres?

Jilex: Yeah I do dance hall and afro beat also I call my sound 'Afro soul'

DVF; Yeah I agree, definitely soulful. What about your family? do they support you going into music or are they like 'Hey Boy,school first' like most Nigerian parents generally do lol

Jilex: My family supports my music, my mum got me a usb midi keyboard when I decided to start producing

DVF: Wow... that is the sweetest thing ever, so cool of her, I love that. The support is essential

Jilex: I know right!

DVF: Yeah... so did you play a part in the production of Afro lover?

Jilex: Yeah, I was in the studio with my producer "DANJA" who fully produced slide In, when he already had the lead sound in Afro Lover I just thought we should have some arican drums with it instead of making it another moist RnB song mean, it's still moist but with an african vibe so we played around with other sounds until we got done

DVF:Yeah, it does have a strong african referral to it.  it's so dope I recall the first time I saw it come on trace I was going through music channels and found myself changing to the next with each song that came on then I got to trace and suddenly heard this sound, I didn't even think it was a Nigerian song till you got to the chorus and I heard "na you be my afro lover" and I just froze like.... what?? Lol it is such a good song ... really!!

Jilex:Lol thanks alot, still making music though so you will hear more songs and see more videos too.

DVF: Yeah... so the big question here lol, isthe afro lover song inspired by a real lady in your life or one that was?

Jilex: No, one that will be

DVF:Oh!... lol that will be... that's nice, are you a romantic?

DVF: I don't know i'm a lil gangster though, i'm the type of boyfriend that will send you flowers everyday, take you out on a date with a gun strapped at the back of my jeans

DVF: Hahaha that is kinda scary but if I were a girl and I had such a boyfriend who was doing it for my protection, I think it would make me feel safe as long as the gun was legally bought though lol

Jilex: Lmao yeah, so you do the math but I don't know if '' i'm a romantic''

DVF: Lol definitely romantic, flowers everyday seals that.Let's talk fashion though, what does fashion mean to you and how would you describe your personal style?Jilex: I dress simple everytime, you can check my instagram out, I love everything black but i'm not the fashion guy hey! I just get whatever I like at H&Ms and top man

DVF: What is the one thing you would never be caught wearing?

Jilex: Versace shirt, the one that has the big medusa head on it

DVF: Lol.. any specific reason why?

Jilex: The saturation was too much one time

DVF: Lol totally!! ...wayy too. So I saw some videos with you and Ice Prince performing together.. and you guys seem like really good friends.. how did this friendship come about?



Jilex: He likes my music and he's my idol so we relate, I made a cover of ice prince song aboki in 2012 and now we performing together in 2016. Dreams come through.. hey!

DVF: That's amazing, that's like a major dream come true moment

Jilex: Yeah but it's just the beginning

DVF: You mentioned how M.I also likes your music too earlier

Jilex: Yeah he does

DVF: Have you had the chance to meet him too?

Jilex: Yeah we met one time at a picnic in Abuja where I introduced myself and he was lost a lil but my name rang a bell but we didn't get into any deep conversation

DVF: That's so nice but I feel like more relations to him is almost inevitable because of the Ice Prince link, still on this should we maybe be expecting a collaboration from you and Ice?

Jilex: Well 🤔🤔 Probably ....

DVF: Okay, speaking about collaborations.. which artistes would you like to do some collabarative work with in the industry?

Jilex: Probably everybody lol cause for now I haven't really thought about it

DVF: Okay. When you're going on stage do you ever get nervous about how the performance will go and what the crowds reaction will be?

Jilex: Yes I'm always nervous,

See I'm a very shy isolated human being, I don't like showing off my face and my shii and it's becoming a problem with this lifestyle I chose

DVF: Lol how are you managing to cope with audiences and crowds because I see you doing really well on stage dancing, grooving and really interactive with the crowd

Jilex: I don't think I'm interactive with the crowd 😭 I'm shy asf (as f**k) but I try

DVF: Hahaha I noticed you use caps alot and put your face down often does that help you to avoid directly looking at the crowd?

Jilex: Yes it does oh, I will soon start wearing rayban shades and go into ghost mode

DVF: Hahaha like how many performances in total can you say you have done this year alone?

Jilex: Ermmm five

DVF: Well with the way AfroLover is going, you would not have a number soon enough

Jilex: Amen

DVF: And by then you would have spent so much time performing for crowds you would not even remember that you were shy

Jilex: Exactly. Lol I don't even like interviews, I mean audio interview and online chat interviews like we are doing now is fine

DVF: Well you should stick to whatever makes you comfortable, do you have any Nigerian designers whose work you think speaks to you as an artiste and would represent the Jilex Anderson brand well?

Jilex: Yes SanusiLagos (which is africa's first urban streetwear luxury brand ) the founder is a very dope designer and his brand represents me well

DVF: Okay.. that's very cool, I just checked him out he definitely represents you well. Thank you so very much for this interview

Jilex: Yeah... you're welcome






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