After supporting Fuse ODG and Wande Coal, Skinn embraces his own creativity with upcoming album ‘ Rêves’
Having come a long way chasing his art, Skinn has managed to break out of an educational cycle that made him struggle with his creative freedom. He has now reinvented himself by following his instincts and devoting his life to his art by creating some extremely captivating Afrobeat songs.
With his upcoming project ‘Rêves’ the first of a trilogy collection, Skinn is touching upon influences from Nigerian singer songwriters such as D’banj and Wizkid while ultimately making his own very unique Afrobeat sound. His song ‘The Year’ is underpinned by an enticing, as well as melancholic mood emphasised by a powerfully moving beat and reflective lyrics.
The video will be released soon but in the mean time take a listen to the upbeat track ‘Menu’ from the album.
Also on the album is track ‘Enemies’, a record that draws a lot upon Skinn’s feelings and his take on humanity. The singer explains: “My LP was hugely influenced by my emotions at the time. While I was recording the album I had a lot of high and low points. So my mood was really about the place I was in. Eventually, I found my rhythm and found the strength to show my creative side.” To Skinn, recording ‘Rêves’ turned out to be a healing process for his inner turbulences. The method he applied for recording was ultimately a mirror to him that reflected his life in general: “It made me find the balance as a human and as a creative. Allowing me to experiment with sounds in more than one way really showed me that there is an alternative in life.“
Still at the early stages of his career, Skinn’s music has already been well received among the Nigerian online community and “Menu” was premiered in radio stations in Nigeria like Beat FM. Skinn has already shared stages with well-known names in the Afro-beat scene ranging from Fuse ODG to Sean Tizzle and Wande Coal.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Skinn’s childhood was quite uncommon. He moved from Lagos to Abuja the Nigerian capital whilst attaining O’level education at a military school. Co-incidentally this was the same school that Afrobeat artist D’banj had attended in the past. Having an exceptionally hard time at the military school, Skinn remembers: “Whilst I was there I was bought my first music CD by Chamillionaire and that settled it. I decided to be an entertainer.” The singer eventually moved to South East England where he finally stepped into the zone of almost complete creative freedom…
It wasn’t as bad Skinn says “Before I started making music professionally. I would always stay up all night recording music off my phone and the next day I’ll get a noise caution from dad and that was it. Right now, although it’s hard for them take art as more than just leisure, they can understand and support me. I guess you can say I always tried to do what I wanted.”
He is now tirelessly working with RDP, the creative collective behind the project. His determination and work ethic has certainly helped him develop his sound and contributed to the fact that he has managed to perfect both his song writing and his creative process. Skinn will prove to be an all-rounder when it comes to the creation of great songs.
The Album ‘Reves’ is out on 22nd April 2016