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Ready – Patmax

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Patrick Edozie, also known as Patmax, is an upcoming artiste, songwriter and producer. He started recording music & creating instrumentals at the age of 16, and has since been making a name for himself ever since. Patmax’s sound and music style over the years has been influenced by PND, Drake, Popcaan, Raury & Davido. He gains inspiration from listening to music and he enjoys breaking musical rules and experimenting with his sound to try and create the best results.

He recently released his debut single which he produced himself titled Ready, which is a fusion of Afro beats & Soul. As usual, Patmax was trying to create a different sound and that’s how this single came about. The song tells a tale of a young confident man who is trying to prove himself and his worth to a lady, and is worth a listen.

Listen below and check out his previous releases as well:

 

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#Let’sTalkFaith with @angelokwuosa

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1. What is your faith & why do you consider your belief valid?

My faith is Christianity; I believe that Jesus is the son of God and died for my sins. I consider my belief valid because of the peace that comes with it. I’ve seen how it has changed people’s lives and it’s so inspirational to me. 

 

2. What’s the point of religion?

I think the point to religion is to provide pathway to God; it’s a system that helps you connect with a higher being. Religion gives you a set of rules, a little bit of history, a little bit of wahala…but it’s generally meant to improve your lifestyle and perception of others and yourself.

 

3. Is it all right to be spiritual without being religious?

Definitely! Yes please! I would rather be spiritual than religious, because that’s really what my religion preaches about. Being religious is tiresome, fear-inducing and puts so much guilt on you that you can never truly be free. But I think spirituality shows a true, intimate relationship between man and God, you know? It helps you get in tune and gives you hope and stuff.

 

4. Do you believe one can be agnostic (Agnosticism is the view that the existence of God is impossible to be known or proven)?

I don’t know how to be honest! I see agnosticism as being on some sort of spiritual fence. It must be hell; as a passionate person I’d rather pick one side and shout it from the rooftops with my lifestyle. The existence of God is not something I’d like to discover on the other side of life lol.

 

5. Christianity is about God’s love, but some people would say some Christians they have have encountered are intolerant. What do you think about this?

Hmm…

I think that’s just a side effect of being human and not getting the whole concept of God. Like, it’s okay not to like things, but you have to be openminded. Before, I was a bit closeminded, so I know what it’s like to be on the other side. Up till now I have my moments. But when you start to see everyone as a person and not just a body, you start to have sympathy, and possibly empathy. So your ‘intolerance’ turns into something else; something more accepting, more beautiful. One thing that I dislike so much is lack of understanding. If you understood where the person was coming from, you wouldn’t even have the guts to look down or be intolerant. Easier said than done though.

 

6. Advice to those struggling with their faith?

Well…It’s a struggle. I’m actually going through “rehab”; or better yet, I’m starting all over again. For years, I had accepted other people’s definitions of God. So I fell away from not only their definition, but the true definition; the one meant for me. So I would suggest taking it one day at a time and remembering that you are not perfect and can never be. There’s this verse that keeps me going; “For He remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14). So look for a support group and vent out. Remind yourself that he loves you, flaws and all. And that you’re doing this for peace, not to get into heaven. Once you do that, and do so sincerely, I’m confident that you’ll get to a place of rest and peace.

 

7. Do you go to church? Why or why not?

In Nigeria, I go to church by force every Sunday. I enjoy the church, so it’s not a problem (wouldn’t make much of a difference). But while I’m in school, I go occasionally. It’s not a matter of time or laziness (okay, sometimes, it is), but it’s because I find it very hard to connect with church folk. I find it hard to really get settled in a church, and with what I see in church sometimes, it seems useless. Sometimes it feels as if the members are talking to me just so that I’ll come back next Sunday. I hate it when I feel like people have a religious agenda, you know? And some of the messages the pastor preaches on…dear gawd.

But then again, maybe it’s the rebel in me that hates certain institutions.

Regardless, I go to church because it’s a nice place to be fed, and you never know what you’ll learn or who you meet. I’ve met some nice people in church.

 

8. Do you think spiritual leaders have a positive/negative influence on the spiritual wellbeing of their followers, especially in Nigeria?

I have a bone to pick with spiritual leaders in Nigeria. I think it’s because of them that I have a general suspicion for them.

There are good spiritual leaders out there, people who care about their sheep. But the bad ones are so influential, so cunning that their darkness almost overcomes the light.

Let’s even forget about the corrupt ones that act like our politicians, using tithes to buy private jets and property whilst their members barely have food to eat.

I’d rather focus on the ones that spit doctrinal shit.

In my secondary school, they brought in people to preach to us. Sometimes it was if they brought them in just to scare us. Instead of relating to the audience, giving us practical tips and stuff, all my twelve-year old ears would hear was, “Rapture” and “fire and brimstone”. 

Yes, don’t sugarcoat, but also don’t use fear as a way to get people to come up for altar call.

This hinders people from truly knowing who God is until it’s almost too late. It provides quite the negative influence on their spiritual life, leaking into their physical life. Next time you wonder why someone is particularly judgmental, just ask them who their pastor is.

But, just to reiterate, there are some spiritual leaders who are so loving and understanding. You can tell that they are human because they admit it, and they are so open. People respond well to realness, and this has a positive effect on their spiritual life.

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