Dublin based Nigerian Celebrity Blogger, Primrose Obata Dodo’s very handsome son, TEVIN Francis Nwachukwu is set to release his first single titled, FOLLOW ME. The catchy chorus is easy to rhyme and dance to. I love the blend of it. In a recent interview with Peace Ben Williams, TEVIN speaks on his love for music, his source of inspiration and a lot more.
On meeting Tevin: My name is TEVIN, I am 22years old. I’m an Irish based Nigerian artist and I make afro music.
On coming into music: I fell in love with music from day one I’ll say it was due to my environment, at the earliest stages of my life I was living in Onitsha with my grandmother and anybody that knows the Onitsha culture will believe me when I say that music is part of the everyday make up of that society. I went out a lot with my Nan to festivals and other group/social functions e.g. The “Ofala” festival which involved a lot of cultural music and tribal dancing.
Then also growing up in Lagos/Dublin exposed me to a lot of new methods and vibes musically with a broader understanding of other Genres/sub Genres of music, I’ll say this two cities expanded my knowledge and love for music and the sounds I cultivated from all those surroundings brought me where I am today and it inspired the music I make. So to sum it up I would say I started music from being around other musicians and music lovers from a very young age.
On family musical: Yes we are very musical, starting from my late maternal Grandfather who was a musician all the way down to my little sister Yoma Dodo who has a single and a video out, so yes I’m from a very musical family
On musical influences locally and internationally: I don’t brand music based on region or brand an artist based on where they are from, so my influences will come in one package and in no particular other I’ll start by saying “Ikem Mazeli, Bright Chimezie, Cam’Ron, Jay Z, 2Pac & BIG, Femi Kuti, 2face Idibia, Damian Marley, Awilo, P-Square and lastly the Great D’Angelo.
On new single “follow me": Follow me is the first single from the upcoming project I’m working on, the song was produced by the talented Chris kabs and it was directed by myself. The theme of record is attraction with the quote on quote “love at first sight” with a cheeky twist to it, follow me was actually the second song I recorded for the project and one of the easiest to execute. I wanted the song to have a certain feel to it “an eastern Nigerian feel” so I hope people enjoy the record as much as we did while creating it thanks.
On his source of inspiration: To be honest with you ….Wanting to be the greatest African musical creative or at least be in that conversation, so yes I would say I draw my inspiration from my desires to create genius level art….that might not answer your question but that’s the truth.
On record labels: At the moment no, but I’ve got an independent umbrella that I’m under called Constant Records that allows me to create and bring you tracks like “follow me” so at the moment that’s the brand, but you never know for me it Is all about upping the levels, if a situation comes fourth and that situations enables me to reach a wider audience and also enables me with a big space to create then who knows.... But until then I’ll be making records constantly, no pun intended haha.
On collaborations: Yes I’m a big fan of “musicians” who embody the skills set required in the form art, songwriters, instrumentalist, dancers, visual artist, eg - Femi Kuti, Ty Bello, Yemi Sax, Eddy Kenzo, Fally Ipupa, 2face, Tinariwen Band from Mali, Black Coffee, Uhuru , Asa and the Soweto Choir.
On his take on the Nigerian music industry: No comment! I am new in the game so I can’t really say anything maybe 6month – 1 year’s time I will have something to say
On hobbies: I am a very simple guy…making music/listening to music/discovering new music…..I’m a big football fan like major! (Manchester city in and out) ...emm yeah that’s it pretty basic lol
On what to know about him: Well I’m very passionate about my music, I’m business driven, and I’m shy but bold. So yes that’s me generally.
Message to potential fans: Thank you very much for the interview VRH and to the people at home who might see and read this I’m thankful , I want you all to please support my single “follow me” and yes there will be more to come from Tevin and the constant crew amen. God bless you all.