M33’s new recruit @Achdoz_ (somehow) caught up with Trip City’s finest, SUKIYAKI for an exclusive interview, where he talks about his childhood, his songs, inspirations, etc. In fact ehn …
Achdoz_: We all know you as Sukiyaki, could you introduce yourself?
Sukiyaki: My name is Sukanmi Kehinde. 22 yrs. Born in the UK, bred in Lagos and an Ogun state indigene.
Achdoz_: How was life growing up in Lagos like for you?
Sukiyaki: I grew up in Ojodu, and my family was not poor and was brought up well so I’ll say I had a very wonderful childhood.
Achdoz_: Your early music life?
Sukiyaki: The music just grew in me cos I used to memorize songs with ease at a very young age and always wondered what it’ll be like to sing. So I started learning how to write raps, then I joined the choir in church and learnt how to write songs and also learnt to play the piano.
Achdoz_: So you are part of the ppl that left their church choir to go into music proper?
Sukiyaki: Lol. Well if you say so. But the church will always be a big part of my music because it helped me carve a niche for my music.
Achdoz_: We know you as a rapper, do you delve into other genres?
Sukiyaki: Yes I rap, sing and try to be versatile and I thank God for my ability to spread my tentacles to different genres of music because I think it makes my music flexible and not just a one-way traffic. But most of all, it’s a lot fun fusing differ styles of music together.
Achdoz_: Who inspires you or who do you look up to?
Sukiyaki: I’m inspired by legends like Fela, Bob Marley, and 2Face. Not just by their music, but by making timeless music effortlessly.
Achdoz_: Your songs “I Dey Para Gan” and “The Way You Do” are currently having valuable air play since you’re a young artiste. How do rate personally and tell us a bit about them?
Sukiyaki: Well I’m not in a place to rate my songs. I’ll let the fans rate the songs but if I don’t really think the songs are awesome myself, I don’t think I would even release the songs. “The Way You Do” was more of a studio freestyle that turned into a song of its own and “I Dey Para Gan” is what I’d call my own Naija version or cover of “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown.
Achdoz_: You are currently signed to a record label known as Trip City. Tell us a bit about them.
Sukiyaki: Trip City is a group of young people with a vision towards making a major mark in the Nigerian Entertainment Industry. We want to show young ppl that you don’t have to sit down and wait for your dreams to come true that as youths, we are capable and agile and we should stand up and make things happen.
Achdoz_: You are normally seen with DJ Zeez. Tell us a bit abt ur friendship with him. Were you also close to the late Da Grin?
Sukiyaki: DJ Zeez is a very good singer/ producer. I haven’t met him before though. I met the late Da Grin some months b4 he passed on. May his soul rest in peace.
Achdoz_: Are you currently nominated for any award?
Sukiyaki: I haven’t been nominated for any award yet but I believe that very soon and by the Grace of God, I’’ be carting away many awards.
Achdoz_: Are we expecting any new song from you soon?
Sukiyaki: Be expecting a few videos and songs. They are coming very soon.
Achdoz_: O.K. Where do we see Sukiyaki of Trip City in the next couple of years?
Sukiyaki: As a mainstream international artiste from Nigeria.
Achdoz_: Can you give a piece of advice for the Nigerian youths who may want to look up to you as a source of inspiration?
Sukiyaki: I’ll tell them “If you want your dreams to come true, you have to stand and make things happen and don’t waste your God given talent and keep on doing what you love doing and keep at it cos soon u would be getting paid to do what you love doing”.
Achdoz_: Any shout-out (Maybe for us? Lol)?
Sukiyaki: Shouts out to everybody that has been supporting me and not under-estimating my small beginning and I won’t let y’all down.