We had the good fortune of connecting with Amadi ‘Akilah’ Oubichon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amadi ‘Akilah’, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Well I feel like risk is a major key if you will. I have always been a fan of taking risks as I am a bit of a thrill seeker, but I also think the idea that the best things in life often come from taking risks is very true and I’ve taken some MAJOR risks this past year. In February 2020 I made the move to LA with my boyfriend Cory, at this time we had only actually spent time together a few times over the course of about a month in LA (2019), then I went back home to Albuquerque. I was dealing with the pretty sudden passing of my father due to cancer and had a very rough couple months after returning home. After that Cory and I reconnected, did the long distance thing for about 3 months before he invited me to move into his studio apartment in Los Angeles. This was a huge risk, we really barely knew each other but I knew LA was my next move and it just felt right. Trust your instincts, always. At the time I had been working as a dance teacher in Albuquerque and had 2 very successful weekly classes. I loved my students and I have to thank them and my peers who trusted my skills as a teacher because together we grew immensely. It was hard for me to leave them, my family and best friends but I could no longer remain comfortable where I was. I was itching to grow in ways I could no longer grow in Albuquerque. So I made the move!

Not even a month after my move the pandemic hit, but we stuck it out and made it out on the other side, through the horrors of being quarantined in a pandemic… in a studio apartment. Its crazy to think back on that time, but with all that said; if i didn’t take those risks I would not have started making music and exploring expressing myself though something other than dance. With the help of Cory (Cory Adam Payne), his song writing skills and independent label Golden Rose Records, here I am, two singles and a music video later ( https://youtu.be/xRPWAKj6Otc ) and Ive met so many people who are now in my corner. I also booked for my first big dance job in LA, the BET awards with Jazmine Sullivan (Thanks to my agency Bloc, and Rhapsody James Program ‘Motivating Excellence’ where I made amazing connections with people such as Tia Rivera). And above all finding Cory has been an absolute blessing, he is my rock and that has been the best risk of them all.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I express myself artistically in many ways. My whole life my main focus has been dance. I am trained in Ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, heels ect., that is my background. I’ve always known I wanted to do more but never really gave myself time away from dance to even explore. In 2020 I was finally granted that time! Music is both new and very familiar to me, my father was a musician and a phenomenal drummer so Ive always been in that world, but to actually get behind a mic and express myself vocally is something very new and something I’m still working on getting comfortable with. As an artist I think what will set me apart is my performance and how I captivate an audience. I feel like there is a space in the
music industry for the next, Janet, Beyoncé or Ciara and that’s the direction I plan on going. I am proud of myself for finally taking some time to step into music and I am extremely excited for all the hard work and artist development to come.
Getting to where I am now was far from easy but I am very grateful for the road blocks I had to find my way around because I feel like they only made me more hungry. I overcame my challenges because I had no other choice. I don’t come from a home where I could just remain comfortable. My family is extremely supportive and for that I am so blessed, but if were speaking financially, its a ‘do it myself’ type of thing haha. I’ve learned lots of lessons along the way but the one that I really live by is to ALWAYS believe in yourself, even if no one else does, or if no one else gets your vision, keep going. Trust your path and Gods plan. I want the world to know that this is just the beginning.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
okay okay, well post pandemic I’m still trying to find my favorite spots again but some things I like to do and places you’ll find me definitely include the beach; being from the southwest going to the beach will NEVER get old to me. You can find me in Malibu, at Santa Monica or Hermosa. My favorite thing to do is pack up a picnic and spend the whole day just relaxing and laying out. Some of my favorite restaurants include Orleans & York Deli (shrimp po’boy all day), Nic’s on Beverly is also a favorite spot for amazing vegan food and signature cocktails. Annnnnd yeah other than that you can catch me at the pool or a park, anything outside really just enjoying music with my friends.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
You might have seen this coming from my discussion question answer, I would like to shout out Cory Adam Payne @coryadampayne on IG. He is a songwriter and producer (in the traditional sense) and a man with a vision. currently seeking representation from a publisher he is deserving of this shout out without a doubt.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akilah111/

Youtube: https://youtu.be/xRPWAKj6Otc

Other: find all my music and socials here: https://ffm.bio/47n5ypx

Image Credits: Malik Daniels and @marcoaroman

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