On the first episode of Up ‘n’ coming, we meet Okhiria Daabo Ayodele, popularly referred to as ESBEE THE SONGWRITER. Although referred to as a “songwriter”, he is a man of many talents and experiences. He shares these experiences with us alongside his musical inspiration. Esbee is quickly becoming a recognised writer and producer in the country. At such a young age, he has tasted the different flavours in the industry that many “old-timers” have not savoured.
Read on to know more about Esbee
Please do a brief introduction of yourself
My name is Okhiria Daabo Ayodele, better known as Esbee the Songwriter. I am a singer-songwriter, rapper , record producer, sound engineer and music executive.
Tell us about your professional background
I made my professional debut in 2017 with “The Heartache” (an 8 tracked music project about love and depression) and headlined my first concert in the same year with the same title. After I emerged first runner up for songwriting in a music reality TV show called Stardom Nigeria 2019, I cut my hair to grow it again from scratch and rebranded as “the songwriter”. I have since written and produced music for film (“Okiripoto”, 2020), dance (“Queen Mother” by Angela Okolo, “Shap Shap: A Dance Documentary” by David “Snipes” Amaechina), music artistes (Waye, Tboiz, 2baba, Femi Broadway) as well as companies and multi nationals (Opera Norway, Afrinolly).
When did you become your journey as a musician?
I discovered myself musically in secondary school with three of my friends at about 2010. We formed a music group called R.B.C then but we split in 2013. I still make music with one of them , Femi Broadway.
What inspired you to begin making music?
It was exciting to create and it gave me a sense of purpose.
What genre of music are you into?
I’m not into any genre per say, I just like to create whatever sounds good. I like to keep an open mind.
Singer, producer or writer?
Can I pick all three? It gets boring doing one thing for a long time. I enjoy being able to shuffle the three.
How long have you been in the music industry?
Professionally, 4 years.
Is there anyone in the industry that inspires you?
Yes! Donjazzy, Peedi Picasso, 2baba, Skales, Olamide . These people have a never die attitude towards their dreams. I admire that.
What inspires your music?
Anything from as small and insignificant as a hair pin; to as large and in-depth as the purpose of life.
What part of being a musician do you enjoy the most?
The joy of seeing your work coming out on release day.
Are you currently signed to any label?
No, I have recently partnered with my longtime friend Femi Broadway to float our independent label: “Blackbird Entertainment” as well as a music supergroup called “Blackbird H.Q”
What label do you dream of getting signed into?
I have always dreamt of signing myself. I’d like for my label to be signed as an imprint though.
What is your long term goal in the industry?
To Discover and groom talents. I love working with mew artistes and pushing them as far as I can.
Who would you like to do a collabo with?
Tems, Rema, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Fela Kuti.
What is it in the industry that you hate the most?
People with no experience who have the most opinions.
Which of your songs was very personal to you and what inspired that song?
“Counting Demons” , I was in a very dark place. I remember writing the chorus and feeling overwhelmed.
What challenges do you face in the industry?
Is music your forever plan? Or do you have your eyes set on other things?
I love music but I’m curious about many things: acting, photography, film making.
What say you about musicians that do not write their own music?
They’re musicians all the same.
Davido or Wizkid?
Both of them. But help me tell Wizkid FC to tell their oga to unblock me please
What are your social media handles? I am sure you have created fans here that would love to keep up with you.
Well, you can follow me on Instagram: @esbeethesongwriter, on Twitter: @therealesbee and on Facebook: Esbee the Songwriter. If you want to listen to my audio, the link is right here.
Alright then. Thank you for joining us on this
It was my pleasure.