31 Aug AYLØ – NEXT UP?
AYLØ talks music, recent projects, and a possible EP.
Elo ‘AYLØ’ Mafeni (born 30 September 1994) is a Nigerian Artist/Performer based in Hertfordshire,UK. Earlier this year, he releases a single titled “FUSION” and has been gaining recognition in and out of the country ever since.
Some days ago, we had an opportunity to interview him for our “Get-To-Know” section on our blog and this is what he had to say.
Lucid Lemons Music Editor ‘QUEUE’: What made you decide to pursue music as a career?
AYLØ: Well, it’s my first connection with purpose. Something I fell in love with early in life when I used to disturb my parents with my shower voice. Music is my solace during Hausa classes and time filler. It’s the only thing I ever saw myself doing full-time. Music is really therapeutic for me. I’m a very dark person sometimes or I’ve been through dark times rather and without the art of writing, I wouldn’t be here. Music gives me someone to talk to. That paper and pen relationship that you can’t have with your parents because they’d never get it. That relationship I could never have with friends because, how can you describe a feeling? you can tell someone how you feel but, you can never make them feel it by just telling them. Music tells all. It helps me say what’s on my mind and I am very honest with my thoughts when it comes to music. It’s my canvas. It’s my form of art.
QUEUE: So yesterday, I took some time out to check out your Soundcloud. Pretty neat stuff on there and Fusion is just badass.
AYLØ: Thank you, man.
QUEUE: You’re welcome.
QUEUE: What would you call your genre of music? Or rather what genre will you classify your sound? Or is it in a box of its own ?
AYLØ: Good vibes only. Lol, I don’t like the genre thing. I’m a fusionist and tomorrow, you just might hear a trap sounding vibe from me. I work on vibes. Good vibes only.
QUEUE: Alright, that’s cool. So tell us, what inspired your sound ? Or rather, has been your biggest influence ?
AYLØ: I’ve moved a bit, here and there. Met people, had experiences that have shaped my being. When it comes to music, I’m a real lover of the uneasily heard. So basically underground artists, SoundCloud type producers etc. Really just being inspired by the levels some of these people have taken the art of sound design to. I’m talking Soulection. I’m talking pyramid plaza. I’m talking Sango, IAMNOBODI. I’m talking Kendrick , Cole, Chance, Little Simz, Jhene Aiko. The list is endless.
It was after I really got into the music of Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Laury Hill, The Roots, etc that I got re-introduced home.
My Fela infatuation didn’t come early. Some of these people knew his discography and had a better sonic understanding of his work than I could have ever imagined.
I remember the first time I heard Coles ‘Let Nas Down’, I was stunned.I was so naive to have not realised the intent and growth of his work. I fell in love with his work shortly and that influenced the song “Fusion”.
QUEUE: Any future projects and possible collaborations
AYLØ: I mean, I’m working on a project right now called ‘Honest conversations’. It’s in the inception stages. I’m working with a lot of people on this. I don’t want to beat the gun and call any names but, Lord willing, it will be EPIC.
QUEUE: An EP?
AYLØ: Yup, an EP.
QUEUE: Well, It’s only right to grow, and develop your sound as you get older. We Can’t wait.
AYLØ: Bless Bro.
Performing at #TCMFestival in Abuja late July this year
QUEUE: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
AYLØ: Well, I have multiple interests Acting, directing, photography, fashion, etc. In five years, I should have been able to capitalise on my musical investments and created a network that allows me to create more than just music on a larger scale. I intend to be an artistic household name.
QUEUE: Are you signed to record label or a management team?
AYLØ: Not at the moment. Soon Maybe, If the right opportunity presents itself.
QUEUE: Thank you for your time, it was nice chatting with you. Keep doing what you do, we’ll be rooting for you.
AYLØ: You’re welcome. This means a lot.