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Music Is the Only Thing That Makes Me Serious – Morello

The artiste known as Morello says there are times he’s not allowed to perform at shows because they don’t know who he is or because the other artistes on the bill are more prominent than him.

Temitope Ojudu AkA Morello
Temitope Ojudu AkA Morello

Temitope Ojudu, who goes by the stage name Morello, is the first son of journalist-cum-politician, Senator Babafemi Ojudu. He recently flew in from Abuja to Lagos to have the video premiere of his song ‘System’ at Lekki House Party. The Interview chats with the 24-year-old musician whose eyes are set on the stars:

How would you describe your kind of music?

Actually, I tap into all kinds of music; maybe you’ll call it Afro swing. It is a blend of Afrobeat, Jamaican music and RnB.

What’s the story behind your passion for music?

I started playing keyboard at the age of seven. My father bought it for me. He has been very supportive. A calm person. Then I began to learn how to play other music instruments like the saxophone. I started producing music at the age of 15.

Didn’t he object to your choice to be a musician?

I’m a lawyer and I think I am matured enough to know what I want to do in life

Did you study law before you ventured into music?

I did music before law. Along the line, I went back to music.

In the beginning, my father wasn’t too sure that I was sure of my interest in music. But I think I have proved to him that this is what I want to do. I’m taking music very serious now

Was it a condition by your parents if you were to pursue music headlong?

Yes. When they told me that I needed to study something else apart from music, it made sense to me. In the beginning, my father wasn’t too sure that I was sure of my interest in music.

But I think I have proved to him that this is what I want to do. I’m taking music very serious now. Music is the only thing that makes me serious.

Every other thing is like a joke to me. Even back in secondary school, I wasn’t too serious with my studies, all I wanted to do was just music.

Are you the only musician in your family?

My younger brother has a liking to music. He plays the sax as well. But my father is a big fan of music. He used to listen to songs particularly songs by Daddy Showkey. You know he is a journalist; he is friends with many artistes.

Has it been smooth sailing for you?

Not necessarily. Like any other upcoming artistes, it takes a while before people starts noticing you. There are times I will go to a show and I will not be allowed to perform because they don’t know who I am.

Or maybe they will turn you down because the other artistes on the bill are more prominent and bigger than you.

My father is a big fan of music. He used to listen to songs particularly songs by Daddy Showkey. You know he is a journalist; he is friends with many artistes

So, your father’s name never opened doors for you?

No. he is not really a loud person and I want to create a name for myself, not relying on my father’s name.

Why do you produce your own songs?

I think it is better to learn how to do things yourself than waiting for someone to do it for you.

That’s why I learnt how to produce my songs because I know exactly what I want. That however doesn’t stop me from working with other producers. For instance, I can’t wait to work with Don Jazzy.

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