Band Name: BlackDove
Person Interviewing: Akeem Raji
Tell us about yourself:
I am a Nigerian American musician raised in Atlanta Georgia. The music I created is influenced by a wide variety of artists from all genres Jay-z, Michael Jackson, outcast, Bob Marley, and Tupac just to name a few. I most admire Jay-z because he is not just an artist, he is also a businessman.
BlackDove started out doing plays as a child which introduced him to the arts. He was introduced to hip hop at 13 years of age where he started writing poetry and composition books full of songs. As the years went by BlackDove began to get better with formatting songs and embarked on starting his music career. BlackDove has recently started his own production company (Ultra-V Productions) and currently released his latest single “Walk My Way” currently playing in the states as well as overseas.
When did you know that this was the right path for you?
When I first performed in college, I felt how the crowd reacted to my music. It’s was an amazing feeling and at that point, I knew this is where I belong. Music became my home through anything.
Song name: Walk My Way
Music Genre: Afrobeat/pop/hip hop
This record describes a man who walks into the club and sees a woman who is very attractive. He proceeds to explain how he wants her to walk his way so he can get to know her more. They communicate the entire night through eye contact until she eventually comes over.
What do you like most about what you do?
I love the freedom of expression and the opportunity to be yourself with no consequences. There are always obstacles but music sees me through all of that. It’s a constant and if I’m there for it, it’s there for me always.
What do you most hope to accomplish with your music?
I would love to see my music bring change within my community and people around the world. I know that even on a small scale at first, it’s affecting people and that’s so important to me.
What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your career?
The biggest obstacle I would say is the financial aspect of maintaining and investing in my career. I overcame it by becoming resourceful in creating funds to push forward. You’ve got to give to get and you have to consider that you are building a business and investing in yourself.
What do you want people to remember most about you and your career? That he was humble and wanted everyone to win.