Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Good Afternoon guys... how are you today? Hope all is well.
Yerins Abraham is a rap/hip hop artiste who first caught my attention about a year ago through his unique style of photography only to find out that he is a doctor in the making as well as a Rap artist, I had an amazing time interviewing him about his music and got to find out the many layers and talented sides to him.
This is a really good read and I hope you guys enjoy it. Happy Viewing.
DVF: So tell me about yourself and background?

Yerins: Well, I'm from Nigeria, Both Bayelsa and delta state. Full name is Yerinmene Abraham, I'm the firstborn, with four siblings, I grew up in Bayelsa state, I love sketching, fashion, and learning new stuff.  
I have a passion for music, art, and medicine, I'm currently a medical student in Ukraine and I'm in my fourth year

 DVF: When did you realize your love for music and how did you get into it?

Yerins: Music is my everything, I love rap music so much and I always try to inspire as many people as I can with my music. I don't just sing or rap just for the fun of it, I try to make sure that behind every melody, there is a message.
Music is life, It gives joy to people and it feels great doing that

DVF: Wow nice, what kind of music do you do?

Yerins: Rap/Hip Hop, music is my everything. I love rap music so much and I always try to inspire as many people I can with my music... I don't just sing or rap anyhow... I try to make sure behind every melody, there is a message.
Music is life. It gives joy to people and it feels great doing that

DVF: Yes I love that, that's one major thing the Nigerian music industry lacks in
 DVF: Do you sing at all or just rap basically?

Yerins: Yes I sing too, music that actually has a meaningful message

DVF: So when you started back at just sixteen (16), who were your musical mentors, those that inspired you?

Yerins: J. Cole, Nas, Andre 3000...
DVF: That's a nice group of talented guys, how do you joggle music and medicine though?

Yerins: It's all going well, there is time for everything. I make sure I don't let one interfere with the other and I make sure I give a hundred percent (100%) in both
DVF: That right there is determination, so let's talk about your sketching how did it all begin for you, and how far into it are you because I saw a Snapchat video where you sketched a photo of yourself on a computer and it went from just a sketch to an amazing art piece
 Yerins: Yeah... I have been sketching with a pencil right from nursery school. I get better and better as I grow... As for computer illustrations. I started that five years ago I just love art and I try to make it any way I can

DVF: Did you train yourself in it? I mean computer illustrations?

Yerins: Yeah I taught myself

 DVF: You have a beautiful sense of photography too though is it because of your artsy side?

Yerins: Yeah. Plus I'm a perfectionist In whatever I do, whether art, photos, medicine, movies, sketches or fashion or any other thing I try to make it one hundred percent (100%) good and not ninety-nine percent (99)

DVF: It's obvious, let's talk about fashion, you seem to really love fashion were you always a lover of fashion or did your love for it grows with time?

Yerins: Yeah... It kinda grew.. I don't think I cared when I was much younger so I think my love for it grew

DVF: How would you describe your style?

 Yerins: Well, I try to look as simple as I can and at the same time look good. I realize most people are afraid of going into fashion cause they feel it's expensive so what I do is, I combine cool hats and clothes together that don't require much money and make a good look. Generally, I try to be creative with clothes

 DVF: Yeah you definitely are creative with clothes, do you have any style icons?

Yerins: Not really..I just do things my own way
DVF: Okay that's cool, let's go back to music, you told me about your musical mentors back then but what about now? Or are is it still the same group?

 Yerins: Yeah, still the same

 DVF: What was the most difficulty you experienced when you started rapping?

Yerins: It's just my genre, especially in Nigeria, people don't really get my music.. they prefer the songs that are noisy and loud but it's getting better now and I'm getting a larger fan base and my music has inspired people

DVF: Yeah, thankfully the music industry is growing in Nigeria, and Nigerians taste for good music has improved a lot, so good music is vastly appreciated now too as well, how many songs have you written so far?

Yerins: Eleven (11), I think!

DVF: That's awesome, good songs take a lot to write and people don't really know that... which amongst them will you say is your best though?

Yerins: I don't really know, I allow people to pick...It's hard for me too, (laughs)

DVF: Okay.... let's do it this way, which of your songs do you listen to the most?

Yerins: Poverty's Paradise

DVF: Why can't you stop listening to it?
Yerins: It reminds me of my surrounding when I was growing up, It's about children being deprived of the simple necessities while growing up to the extent that they get used to living the way there are happily

DVF: I just rushed to go listen to it, it sounds so good

Yerins: (Laughs) Thanks

DVF: Aside from music, art, and medicine what other hidden talents do you have that people generally don't know about?

 Yerins: I make music beats, I play table tennis (I have won three gold medals in a competition held here)... I direct and edit music videos and some other creative little stuff

DVF: You're kidding me! Three gold medals.. wow
Yerins: Yeah (laughs)

DVF: How cool, I can't just deal with how cool you are though

Yerins: Thank you 🙏🏽

DVF: You're welcome but seriously though, tell me about the video editing and how you got into it?

Yerins: I got into that here, a year ago, I taught myself. Already good at it now

DVF: Self-taught and you are already good in just a year
 *drops mic* I'm done!

Yerins: (Laughs)

DVF: What about your family though?... are they in support of the music and everything else you doing or are they like "Boy, best focus on medicine"? (laughs)

 Yerins: My family supports my music, they know it's not affecting my studies and so they are all supportive

 DVF: That's awesome, how do you write your songs< like what is your process cause your words are always so heartbreakingly beautiful that's literally the only way I can describe it, how do you get inspirations to write and where is your mindset at to get such lyrics?

 Yerins: It just comes naturally, I just sit down and I write then everything comes out, I don't really think too much

 DVF: I sing too and write have not yet gone professional though like you have but my point is it is really hard to write a good song and for it to carry such deep meaning, It is a gift

Yerins: Yeah, thanks

 DVF: What goes into a performance for you.. like how do you get your self ready for one and what you most want your audience to get out of every performance you do?

Yerins: Performance is when I relate with my fans and people who love good music... I always want to get inspired and not just listen to the music but get one or two lessons out of it

 DVF: That's so nice where do you see your brand and music headed and what should we be expecting next from you?

Yerins: Well, I'm working on big stuff by God's grace... I just got signed to a record label and I will be announcing the details next month. I'm currently working on two music videos for my new songs yet to be released also on a signature clothing line... Yeah

DVF: Congratulations, all amazing stuff, I am so happy to hear about the clothing line you can finally share your fashion with the world so I can't even get a little info on the label signing? (laughs)

Yerins: Haha, no!

DVF: Haha I had to try so will you be bringing your talented self back to Nigeria when you're done with school?

Yerins: Yeah... I will be in Nigeria soon

DVF: Alright, cool. Thank you so much for your time and doing this I had the best time

Yerins: Thank you too. Its been a pleasure
Listen to Yerins Abraham's Full E.P tracklist on SoundCloud on the link below

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