Exclusive Interview With Up-And-Coming Female Rapper Abraham Damilola aka Dabest

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Her full name is Abraham Damilola (Dabest). She is a student of the prestigious University of Lagos, the University of First Choice and Nation’s pride. This young Female artist has proven to be of a multi talented personality in areas like singing and rapping. Her aspirations is to excel globally and become internationally known and to have more endorsements

How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?

DABEST: Well, I started taking music as a career in 2016, though I’ve been doing it for a while now, but then there were lots of distractions and different stuffs coming up with me.

Who were the first influences on your music and style?

DABEST: Justin Beiber was my very first influence, I wrote my first song after listening to his song titled “never say never”

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in Nigeria today and why?

DABEST: Well, I’d give that kudos to Wizkid (I’m gon overtake him soon tho☺). I see him as the most influential because he has successfully built his fan base home and abroad and he’s one of those taking Nigerian music industry to another level, and as for the streets we all know Olamide is that boss you can’t listen to any of his songs and not feel the vibe.

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

DABEST: According to response from fans I’d say it’s my lyrical flow..

Who have you always dreamt of working with and why?

DABEST: I’ve always dreamt of working with Wizkid right from day one, I just know that our collaboration is gone be that bomb, and internationally I’d like to work with Nicki and murder her on the beat, lol…she is still one of the best femcees to me. I’d like to work with Olamide, Reminisce, Seriki, and Davido too, I respect to them.

How would you go about accomplishing this?

DABEST: I believe it’s a matter of time though, but when I get to meet with any of them. I’m grabbing the opportunity straight up, that’s why I’m working on myself to get better.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

DABEST: Five years from now, I see myself as a household name home and abroad, and I see myself owning a successful record label, and achieving my current dreams.

What is your most Embarrassing movement as an Artist? 

DABEST: My most embarrassing moment on stage was when a fan tried rocking me on stage and pulled my skirt down in the process and the crowd was like wawu.

Which latest songs, videos or mixtapes releases are currently available to your fans and where can they be heard or downloaded?

DABEST: The latest song I dropped is titled “Raba” it can be gotten online and would be on radio stations.

Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your sound and style the way it is?

DABEST: I’d say it’s my passion.

Which emotion more than any other, currently dominates your music? Joy, sadness, anger or passion etc, and why?

DABEST: Passion and ambition because even when I’m disappointed and down, the passion still keeps me going, my ambition is my motivation.

What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most?

DABEST: Well, both recording and writing of songs have their exciting and discouraging moments, there are some lines that gives you tough times and others come easily to you.

How involved are you in the recording, producing, mastering, marketing, and other processes needed to make and sell your music, and do you outsource any part of these processes?

DABEST: I’m very much involved.

Do you think the advent of internet and all the new technology has helped your music and independent musicians in general, or do you think it just creates a mass of mediocre “copycats” who flood the web, making it difficult to distinguish yourself?

DABEST: The Internet has its advantages and disadvantages. In my opinion the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

In your experience thus far, what is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed? And one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

DABEST: Best advice I followed, “Don’t let people’s remarks weigh you down“.

Being an independent artist, which is the one factor, above all else, that you currently desire most (increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure, more club and live performances etc…)?

DABEST: Music distribution, I want my songs everywhere.

Where do you distribute and promote your music (Trendope, Naijaloaded, Wadupnaija, LindaIkejiblog, Your own Website, YouTube etc…) and why do you think this channel works best for you?

 DABEST: My songs are mostly distributed on different websites online, because I feel it can easily be available to my fans.

What in your opinion is the biggest barrier an artist like yourself, has to face and overcome, to gain any commercial success?

DABEST: Budgeting for promotion and marketing.  After looking at some promotional packages and marketing strategies, it gets expensive to keep your exposure trending. Everybody wants to get paid, which I totally understand. It’s just that sometimes the money isn’t there.

Tell us something about any projects and ideas you have in store or are already working on?

DABEST: Hmmm.., let’s just say it’s going to be that bomb, DaBest is gon blow minds, wait and see….

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