Thursday, 3 May 2018

Unboxed Sounds


I met Olumide during my National Service year in Abuja, many years ago. We were both assigned to the same community development project. One of the things that struck me about him was his love for music. He is one of the inspiring music makers who actually touch your soul with their pieces. It’s not just about listening to good music, there is something soothing and healing about his piano pieces. So, I nicknamed him Magic fingers. It gives me great joy today to know that after more than ten years, Magic fingers is still healing souls with his music. Allow me introduce to you someone who has inspired me through the years. I hope his music brings you as much joy as they have brought me.

How did you learn to play the piano?

I learnt to play the piano at a young age without much of a formal training. During our house fellowship meetings, I watched my mentor play the piano and I’ll go back to practice some of the things I saw or heard. I had a piano teacher for a few months but I enjoyed playing by ear and I developed that skill very quickly.

What would you consider a defining moment? What made you choose this path instead of picking up a regular job?

Interestingly, I have always had a regular job all my life but it never took away from my love and investment in music. I am not only passionate about it, but I also see it as a ministry and a call. I have seen God use my gift in diverse ways to bless people. Music creativity comes to me naturally and this is a special gift from God.

People often say that you need to connect to your pain to be able to touch others with your art. Is that the case with you? What inspires you?

My music is an expression of my appreciation for God and all that He does in my life as well as a reflection of some of my experiences in life. I am always amazed by the wonders of creation and how everything works together, beautifully orchestrated by the creator. We can literarily see and feel his splendor every day and I find ways to express the emotions that it brings through my music.

Who is your favorite artist? The person you wish you could be?

Yanni’s music has inspired me greatly over the years, since my childhood. I particularly love his creative infusion of electronic music and symphony orchestra.

Any new works or project in the making?

I have been working with different artistes over the last few months on various projects ranging from single song production to full album production. I will continue to produce instrumental piano piece and I’ll be working as the music director for an upcoming live concert. 

Tell me about your new piano pieces?

Since I enjoy spending time playing the piano while worshipping, praying or meditating, I decided to record some of my piano instrumental expressions and share on my YouTube channel.  These piano pieces are very soothing and calming and can be used for worship, prayer, medication, sleep and more.  Listen on my YouTube Channel:

If you had to give your younger self an advice, knowing what you know now, what will it be?

Be more daring and enjoy the process of becoming!
 

About Unboxed Sounds:

Olumide runs Unboxed Sounds specializes in Sound Engineering and Music Production. Our Audio production package includes: sound design, recording engineering, sound and acoustic consultation, soundtrack production, live mixing, mastering services, music consultancy services and song arrangement. https://www.facebook.com/unboxedsounds/



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