Good day Citizens!
Big shout out to our guest of the day, Femi Leye, Guitarist, Singer and Record Producer. with a couple of top industry performers,He has made a name for himself in the music industry and is working well to keep it. Get ready for his album that drops this year. Enjoy!
PRESH: Good day, let’s meet you please
FEMI LEYE: I am Femi Leye. Guitarist, Singer, Record Producer.
PRESH: Tell us about your early days
FEMI LEYE: I started playing different instruments when i was really young. Started with the drums and percussions, moved to the piano in ’96, then the guitar early 2000’s Its been beautiful ever since
PRESH: How did you discover your love for music in general
FEMI LEYE: My dad played a lot of records around the house, so grew up with good music. That was where the love sparked from basically.
PRESH: What were the challenges when you started out?
FEMI LEYE: Pretty much learning how to play the guitar, I am self taught so trying to figure it all out was challenging, but we are here now.
PRESH: Getting instruments to play with could be expensive. How did you cope?
FEMI LEYE: Well my Parents bought me my first 2 guitars, I just took off from there,as for the other instruments, I learnt in church.
PRESH: Did you play for the choir?
FEMI LEYE: Oh yes
PRESH: Tell us about your family background
FEMI LEYE: I’m from a family of 5, first of 3 kids,my parents are the absolute best, my siblings are incredible, they are my G’s
PRESH: Were your siblings also into music at one point or the other?
FEMI LEYE: Oh yes, I taught my brother how to play the bass guitar and we were in the choir together. My sister was also in the choir at one point.
PRESH: How was the experience going professional
FEMI LEYE: It was a bit challenging getting people to know that I have the skill set to take on genres of music and be in a band. But it all worked out well
PRESH: Were you in a band?
FEMI LEYE: A Lot of bands, Played with different gospel artistes at a point, Different pop artistes
PRESH: Can you list a few?
FEMI LEYE: Rooftop Mcs, Kenny Kore, BOUQUI, played with a lot of pop artistes like Dr Sid, Ice Prince, Tiwa Savage, Reekadobanks, Mocheedah, if you give a list I might remember all of them Lol
PRESH: Lol How was your educational background?
FEMI LEYE: My parents are teachers so I got the best education. Studied Food Science and Technology at the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro.
PRESH: How was school life? Besides, why did you decide not to study music?
FEMI LEYE: I love science so studying my course was really cool because I had to work in the lab with different chemicals, conducting different experiments. It never really occurred to me at the time to study music.
PRESH: Moving forward, have you taken any courses music related?
FEMI LEYE: None. I study with materials that I find available.
PRESH: Tell us about your latest release ‘Ojumo Ire’
FEMI LEYE: The song is very dear to my heart because its the declaration of Goodness in a new day. It’s a very important prayer. And I am very happy with the way it came out.
PRESH: You got married last year, has that changed anything?, and how have things been ever since?
FEMI LEYE: It has changed everything, my wife is an incredible person and she inspires me daily.
PRESH: You were awarded the Best Afrojazz Producer by beatz awards in 2016. How important is the recognition?
FEMI LEYE: It was very important, being recognised as a producer meant a lot to me because a lot of people did not know that i produce my music.
PRESH: So what’s the production process like?
FEMI LEYE: It differs, I have a chord progression and I write the melody, sometimes I have the lyrics before starting the production.
PRESH: You once mentioned King Sunny Ade is the reason you play the guitar which of the icon’s song do you love most?
FEMI LEYE: You can’t have a favourite Sunny Ade song, that’s impossible. E dide ke mujo is one of my favourites though
PRESH: You were named as part of Adekunle Gold’s band ‘the 79th element’ how has it been?
FEMI LEYE: Yes I was, it was an amazing experience working with AdekunleGold, He is incredibly talented.
PRESH: Newbies in the industry often need some motivation. Can you offer some in words?
FEMI LEYE: Be yourself, don’t conform. Originality is the best way to go, be the best version of YOU
PRESH: Please leave a short message for your fans on what to expect soon.
FEMI LEYE: My Album drops this year so get ready for some mind blowing music, thank you all for the love and support.
PRESH: Thank you so much for your time, we’ll be waiting on that album.
FEMI LEYE: Thank you so much
PRESH: Peace ✌
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