It’s an absolute privilege to bring you this quickfire interview with talented Nigerian wunderkid and certified Afropop icon Skales.
Garnering over 150 million cumulative streams to date, this multi-award winning star has collaborated with the likes of Major Lazer, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido and East African artiste Harmonize. His music has captured fans around the globe, including in the UK where he performed at the iconic Wembley Arena.
With the release of new single ‘Nobody 2 Somebody’ and the announcement of his highly anticipated forthcoming project dropping later this month, Skales took the time to answer some questions that offer us an insight into the mind of one of Africa’s biggest music heavyweights.
You recently released your new single ‘Nobody 2 Somebody’ – can you tell us what the song is about?
‘Nobody 2 Somebody’ is simply just myself reflecting about times I did not have and all I had on my side was hope, believe and time.
You are also about to drop your ‘Sweet Distractions’ album in February. Give us a lowdown of what we can expect?
Everyone should expect musical excellence with different genres infused together to gas you up because I got some of my faves featured on some of the records and also the productions on there was mostly my idea but it’s more comforting that everyone who worked on this album with me was as flexible as I am . In the end I believe and I know that this is my best work yet.
Who have your biggest inspirations been when writing music?
My biggest inspirations gotta be the people that listen to my music and also when writing music, I always imagine their faces with different expressions but yes life experiences in general gotta be the icing on the cake.
As someone who frequently creates hits with other artists, who would your ultimate dream collaboration be with, and why?
My ultimate dream collaboration has to be with Kanye West and honestly because he has been my musical hero for a long time now and it’s quite obvious that he is a musical genius.
In your opinion, which emerging artists from Africa should we keep an eye out for?
There’s Alota special artiste emerging from Africa but for I’ll say keep an eye on Jody he is coming for everything.
What do you have planned for the year ahead?
For the rest of the year I’m definitely touring the world and I’ll be putting out for music for sure.