We had the good fortune of connecting with Ekemini Sam and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ekemini, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Ever since I could remember, being creative was always a part of me. Whether that was me trying to be the avatar on Windows Video Editor or trying (and failing) to create my own beats on my cousin’s laptop, I was always trying to create. It wasn’t always on my mind to pursue being an artist until somewhat recently though. Thinking back on it, it seems as if it would be a no brainer to try and be an artist or some type of creative because of the natural affinity I had with the work. Falling in love with something I’ve created will always be one of the best feelings and biggest motivating factors that continue to drive my work.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an Afrobeats musical artist. The vibe that comes from listening to the beats in my genre is unmatched to the point that even if you don’t understand what the artist is saying, the flow, rhythm, and vibe of the song will have you hooked. That’s ultimately my favorite thing about my music and many others, is the undeniable vibe you get from listening. It’s almost guaranteed that if you put on an Afrobeats playlist you won’t have to press skip for the entirety of the time listening. Me specifically, my voice carries a slower and airier cadence than a lot of artists I listen to. When I compare my songs/ voice to people I look up to like Burna boy, Wizkid, or Tekno it’s a clear difference in the way we sing. Me understanding this led me to try and experiment with rnb music/ beats which is what I spent a majority of quarantine fine tuning. So this is what I think sets me apart from some of the other artists in my same genre, is that I believe I can switch off in between two genres pretty proficiently, which I think will bear fruit later down the line. Right now I’m excited to start releasing much more music. Like I said, I was fine tuning the rnb side of things, but now I have a good amount of songs saved up and I’m ready to release them into the world. As we speak, I have a poll running on my Instagram to see whether I will continue to drop singles or drop a tape within these next coming months. After that, I’m planning on dropping nothing but Afrobeats songs until the end of the year and couple them with music videos.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a big exercise guy, so I would definitely take them to Runyon Canyon early in the morning just to breath in the La air and look at the skyline. After that, we’ll going shopping, because retail therapy is real (learned that over quarantine). Then we’ll head to the beach because who comes to LA and doesn’t go to the beach. I’ve been here all my life so I definitely take it for granted but I know that’s something everyone wants to do when they come out. Getting Ice cream at “Bae” is something I end the day with. If I’m being completely honest, I’d be the last person to plan a “week long” vacation, because I’d have one full day planned for you and after that you better have things you want to do or we will be inside. Amusement parks are also opening back up so if we wanted, we could go to one everyday. (I know it sounds hectic but it’d be a trip worth remembering)

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s actually a couple of people that inspired me to actually try and pursue my passion in being a creative. From family to friends to role models I haven’t even met yet. It’s much easier to give up or never try to do something because of the fear of failure than it is to actually make an attempt. One day I’ll come back and give a more expansive list for my inspirations and motivators for my. success, but for now I’ll keep it simple and thank my friends and family for continuing to lend their ears to me whenever I need someone to judge my creations. They’re the. main factors that decide whether a song comes out and ultimately will be the reason I succeed.

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