Nigerian singer and rapper, Akitoye Balogun popularly known as Ajebutter22, narrated how he went through depression while cooking up his recent album.
The singer, Ajebutter22 who unveiled his beautiful piece of songs he titled ‘Soundtrack to good life” a few months ago, explained how much he struggled before getting his album finished.
While speaking with presenter Chude Jideonwo on his show ‘WithJude’ Ajebutter22 explained that sometimes he doubts if his music is good enough but just decided to release the project as an “opportunity to escape.”
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“EP is less pressure, it is a freeing experience, you just have fun and make the music. For me, an album feels like pressure, for me to make an album I must go through depression,” he said.
“There is self-doubt, ‘is this good enough?’. There is so much overthinking. But all that doesn’t matter, because, for all the questions you ask yourself, you will still not know the answer.
“The best thing to do is release it, it is better to fail fast, if you are going to fail, you are going to fail. I am trying to give us an opportunity to escape. It is an opportunity to japa.
“But you don’t have to physically japa, you can do it in your mind. The album is the ‘Soundtrack to the Goodlife’ from Butter Nation. Butter Nation is not just my fan base, it is a place I invented.”
Ajebutter22 also revealed how he overcame the temptation to switch to a different music genre.
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“I have other options; I didn’t think that music was the end. I went to look for job, although I was still making music. But then, what worked for me in music, was me and my own style,” Ajebutter22 said.
“So, I won’t go and try something else. As a musician, you will always go back to what works for you. If the first time I made a hit there were 20 people in the room, anytime I am recording I will want 20 people in the room.
“So, I just went back to what worked for me. Even at the time when music wasn’t working, I was looking for jobs, I applied to Oando, Total, I even failed a personality test.”