Oguntade Adewale Damola also known as Ajimovoix drums is a Nigerian recording producer. He has produced for several artistes including 9ice, Naira Marley, Zlatan, Patoranking, Cblack.
His production hits include “Baby kinsway” Naira Marley x Cblack, “Lagos Scatter dance beat ” by Himself x Terrypro, “Focus dance beat” by Himself, “Tear rubber” by Cblack x Naira Marley, and most recently, Donda dance Beat.
In this interview, he speaks about his music sojourn.
So how long did it take you to start your own career as a music producer ?
I think I started in 2011 but it was not until 2014 that I felt I was good enough to start sending my music out. Before then, I was doing a lot of crash recordings with my guys in school so I would say it took me 4 years before I went professional.
Who is the biggest artiste you have worked with?
I’ll say through a friend and artiste of mine named Bravo G the crooner of that big sound that year EKO OJINA FESESHALO. He introduced my to Naira Marley and Naira introduced me to Lil Kesh and we made bangers together that year but for me actually I don’t really believe in working with big names.
Can you describe briefly how you work with theses artistes on a project ?
Well, there is no straight cut pattern on how we work. Sometimes, it is the beat that comes first. Sometimes, I might play a beat and sometimes the artiste has a song. Sometimes, the artiste and I come together and write a song then we produce but 70% of the time, I have to come up wit the beat first for instance when we are looking for a party song. I have to come up with something fresh and trendy first.
You seem very passionate about what you do, how much time on the average does it take you to come up with a beat for a song?
It’s not fixed; at times when the inspiration bar is full, it can take 20mins or 30 mins to produce a beat. Other times, it’s a process . It comes in bit. Sometimes when I’m making a beat, I just cant go further at a point. So, I stop; I don’t listen to it ( it’s not intentional, it’s a process).
What would you say stands you out from other music producers ?
Respect yeah respect! For myself, I give respect to my craft a lot. Imagine making multiple sounds that go viral without having any artiste on them. You should also know you don’t sell to a client what you cannot provide.
Do you have an idea of how many beats you have created ?
If I can just randomly pick that up , I can just say have made over 20,000 beats in my career.
Do you have any favourite artistes you have worked with?
I think working with Naira Marley has been one of my favorites but I don’t actually think I have got one for now, cause all focused on myself.
Do you have anyone you wish to work with?
I would love to work with BURNA BOY, also DRAKE and Adekunle Gold; he is one of my favourite artistes. I have not worked with him yet and I look forward to doing so. He is a very talented and grounded musician.
Any message for upcoming music producers?
I will say carve your style; don’t imitate anybody. It may take a while to get your own style instead of looking for what is reigning or what is trending . It is very easy to copy a beat style but even when you are doing that, always have your identity because without that there is no longevity in the industry. When a new style comes out, you will jump to the new style . People who really love music will know… So you have to have your own special juice , make sure it’s really dope before you come out. For me, it took me 3-4 years to get my own style – coming for someone with a music background that plays multiple instruments and everyday, I am still learning the craft each time.