Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated collaboration with Phyno, ELK Records signee, Ifex G has expressed confidence he’s in the right profession.
“Music is my destiny and I believe I’m here for a special purpose,” He said in an exclusive chat with The Guardian.
The Anambra State born rising star also shared his experience working with one of his idols in the game – Phyno
Tell us about yourself‽
My name is Ifechukwu Greg Eze. I’m from Mbosi, in Ihiala LGA of Anambra State. I grew up in Onitsha.
What made you want to become a music artist?
I believe that I was always destined to be a musical artiste. I started rapping while I was in secondary school, where I used to engage in rap battles. I made it to recording studios as soon as I was done with secondary school, and essentially began my professional journey in music then. I strongly believe that this is my calling as I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than making music that people can relate with.
How would you rate your journey so far?
It’s not been easy, but if it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing. There have been many ups and downs along the way, but I have been very fortunate to have met a strong supporter that believes in my talent and has worked tirelessly with me over the past couple of years. I am putting in the work to make sure that my music style continues to develop within the dynamic industry and hope that I will continue to create great music that will appeal to a vast demographic.
Tell us about this next song?
My latest release is the remix of my already commercially successful song, ỌFỌ. I have Phyno on the remix and it’s set to drop on Sunday, June 26, 2022. The title is so spiritual to me because it encapsulates the entire journey. “I have clean hands and a clean heart” therefore “ejim ọfọ”, and this is a major part of why things are working out well for me. The song is also meant to encourage people to do the same – no matter the challenges you’re facing in your life, maintain clean hands and a clean heart in dealing with your fellow man and eventually everything will work out well for you.
How was it working with Phyno?
It was great. It was my first ever studio section with Phyno but it felt like we had previously worked together. The chemistry and the flow of creativity was on point. Phyno is a very talented artiste and he put in his heart into this collaboration. I really cannot wait to share with the world the magic we made together.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
I play football. It’s a shame that I’m not playing professionally, but I can’t trade music for anything else.
Do you have a favourite instrument, one and why?
I don’t have one favourite instrument. I love all the instruments and that’s why my songs always feature a little bit of everything.
What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
I consider music to be therapeutic. I spend my quiet time writing lyrics and recording. Whenever I detect any negative energy, rather than being bothered, I would channel all the energy into creating new sounds. I am the happiest whenever I’m creating music and that’s why I am so passionate about it.
Apart from Phyno, may we know your other ideal artiste to collaborate with and why?
There are so many of them that I would like to work with so I wouldn’t like to name names. I can tell you however, that in the coming months, a few of the songs that I collaborated with other artistes would be dropping.
Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?
There are several. To mention a few: Phyno, Flavour, Sarkodie. I also like Don Jazzy, Davido, Wizkid, Burna. There are so many others, Nigerian and foreigners. I draw inspiration from all my favorite artists.
What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next five to 10 years?
I see myself taking afrobeats to a higher level of acceptability. Especially the indigenous rap, I want to make it more appealing than it currently is globally.
What’s your advice for the upcoming one?
Work hard. Believe in yourself. Don’t rush, your time will come. Take your time to always improve your craft with each project. Jide ofo!
Are there some things in the pipeline you would want your fans to know about?
Like I said before, we have several solo exciting songs that are ready to be released. My fans are the best and the way to pay them back is to give them enough content.
Ọfọ, the remix with Phyno will be released on June 26, 2022.