Interview with Smøke (@alldayni99a)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Well, I developed a passion for music production at the age of 15, basically making beats, and I started rapping in High school. Right after I graduated I took it further by becoming an artist in Ghana. Throughout the years I’ve worked with various Ghanaian artists and been on shows promoting my music. I’ve also been working actively in the Ghanaian scene as a music producer with various artists.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

During my first year in college, I made a song and sent it to one of my friends. Nobody really knew me because it was my first year in school. A week after there was a show organized by the school and I was in the crowd. My friend really wanted me to perform but I wasn’t prepared at all. He forced me and I went backstage and gave my song to the DJ. He told me I didn’t have a time slot but he’d try and fix me somewhere so I should be ready. Getting to the end of the program he started playing my song, he didn’t even know my name, but then, everybody in the crowd started singing along. I got goosebumps bumps. I didn’t know they knew the song, I went on stage from the crowd and performed and that was the highlight of the show. That is a night I will never forget.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I think every artist should be able to create the urgency to fuel their career with hard work. Networking and promotion should be consistent, and they should also take branding very seriously.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Well, my mother has been very supportive since I started making music. Financially and analytically. She has really helped me in building my self-confidence as an artist too, by continuously encouraging me any way she can. I wouldn’t be able to do this without her love and support.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I have recently started managing an upcoming artist I found on social media. I help him financially and with the knowledge, I have acquired about the industry. I have a group of street kids that I have given roles to in assisting his career. They are also his friends and share the same passion. I am planning on setting up a record label to find more artists from the streets and help them make their dreams come true.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Oh ye, of little faith” (from the Bible). This quote always reminds me that with faith, you can move mountains. It has been a source of energy for me in times of self-doubt. When I started as a beatmaker, I wasn’t that good. People didn’t want to use my beats for their songs. This motivated me to start rapping and I discovered that I am actually a good writer and artist. I learned more and more about music and built myself from the ground up.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

On Instagram my handle is @alldayni99a

On Twitter @productindemand

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