Influences: Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Duke, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, Prince.
Much of the musical experiences which I've been fortunate enough to attain, have came about as a result of my lifelong passion of anything music related; a passion which could be dated as far back as my years of being a toddler, where I could credit my immediate family for exposing me to an eclectic range of music. My first personal connection with a musical instrument occurred when I was 8 years old and had been undertaking compulsory violin lessons, which turned in to two years worth of private violin lessons thereafter. I was later re-kindled with my passion for playing musical instruments in secondary school, where I had access to the music facilities and practice rooms. It was here, that I would spend hours upon end after school experimenting with a wide variety of instruments to see which would be an adequate fit for me to play and incorporating different stylistic influences and genres to enhance my playing abilities, later settling for the drums and piano/keyboards as my main instruments. Since then, I had been fortunate enough to be a part of a school band of like-minded individuals who would go on to win a battle-of-the-bands competition against the whole school and be shortlisted in a London borough-wide band competition, playing keyboards. Although our public performances were covers of chart-topping pop songs, it seemed as though our audience(s) gave us a chance because we incorporated different elements from all genres of music to hone our own sound; from gospel, to funk, to jazz and afrobeats, we aimed to push the envelope as to what can be achieved with not only live bands, but contemporary music. This attitude to music was inspired by one of my biggest musical influences, Quincy Jones, who doesn't think or determine music by genre, but more so by the quality of the recording/performance and its significance as a form of expression. Henceforth, I don't adduce music by genre; I am open to any opportunity to work and collaborate with a variety of musicians from different disciplines of it.