Versatile, creative, and determined; Fedora Mylos, the fast-rising Nigerian singer, is a talent to behold. The singer, whose real name is Abiola Afonja, has continued to pull the weight of fame in the music industry with back-to-back hits.
The graduate of International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun state, recently came through with ‘Good Friday’, his extended play (EP).
In this interview with CrispNG, he talks about his music career, ‘Good Friday’ EP, and future plans.
CrispNG : Please, tell us about your new song and what inspired it.
Fedora Mylos: My new project ‘Good Friday’ (EP) is actually a pop fusion afrobeats sound that was inspired in general by my love life, hustles, struggles and challenges on my way to becoming who I’m wired to be.
CrispNG: Tell us about your musical career and how it started
Fedora Mylos: My career started at a very tender age, then I started with playing traditional drums and percussions in church by the virtue of my mom of-blessed memory, being the choir mistress at that time. After I finished secondary school I started writing songs for my friends, then I knew I could sing. So, I started learning other instruments like piano and guitar, and In my second year at the University, I recorded my first single and the rest is history.
CrispNG: What genre of music do you subscribe to?
Fedora Mylos: I can’t categorically say I do a particular genre, because I touch almost every genres. But as an African I would say I do Afro-fusion (fusion of afrobeats, RnB and pop music).
CrispNG: What’s your creative process like?
Fedora Mylos: Music is spiritual and I love to follow the spirit each time I’m in the studio. Most times I love recording myself, I think I tap in to the core of my creativity when I’m alone in my thought; guess it’s because I believe in coherence in lyrics structure.
CrispNG: What course did you study in school and what informed your career switch?
Fedora Mylos: I studied international relations at the University and I graduated with a relatively good grade. So, I wouldn’t say there was a switch at any point in time because I never got to practice what I studied, and music has been a great part of me.
CrispNG: What are the challenges in your career path?
Fedora Mylos: One of the challenges for me is that I think music saturation, people just want to sing once they have the money to throw around. So, it has made music quite expensive for an average independent artiste to thrive in the industry.
CrispNG: Which artistes do you look up to and why?
Fedora Mylos: I look up to great artistes that have passed the test of time and have made their names known, the likes of Wizkid, Olamide, Davido and Burna Boy. You just have to give it to them regardless because they’ve paid the price.
CrispNG: Which artiste (s) do you look forward to collaborating with and why?
Fedora Mylos: I would love work with every great singer that I know he/she resonates with my sound. Because in as much as I would love to work with all the artistes, there are factors to be considered and being in the same headspace is quite important.
CrispNG: What contributions do you intend to make in the music industry, and where do you see yourself in five years?
Fedora Mylos: I make music to inspire people and affect lives with good lyrics and melodies and I think that alone is a huge contribution and my little sacrifice for my race. In the next five years, I know my name will be in the mouth of every living person and I would have gotten my Grammys awards. How many? That’s what I can’t say.
CrispNG: What do you think should be in the industry in order to help up and coming artists thrive?
Fedora Mylos: I think almost everything is in place, at least those that I know of. The other thing is music business awareness and that one is gaining ground too with the Music Business Africa in play.
CrispNG: If you can change anything about the industry what would it be?
Fedora Mylos: I would love to ‘unsaturate’ the music industry and make it as professional as possible. Because there is no other way we can look at it, music is meant for the professionals. There are lots of business you can do with your money other than to sing.
CrispNG: What’s the best advice you’ve been given music-wise?
Fedora Mylos: The best advice and which I’ve yielded to is to keep dropping songs and not to hoard them, then you shake of any iota of mediocrity and widen your creativity effortlessly and in all sincerity, it works.
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