In this exclusive interview, VIPER had the pleasure of sitting down with Seyi Vibez, the sensational Nigerian singer and songwriter who’s been making waves in the music industry. Hailing from the vibrant city of Lagos, Seyi Vibez has captured the hearts of fans with his soulful melodies and poignant lyrics. As he continues to rise to fame, we delved into his musical journey, creative process and the experiences that have shaped his artistry.
First up. Who is Seyi Vibez and what influenced the name?
My government name is Afolabi Oluwaloseyi Balogun. Growing up I used to be a kid with a different view on things and just wanted different. So every time with my pals, I just always try to share and keep everyone on the same frequency as me, so they started calling me “Seyi with the vibe.”
What are your earliest memories of music?
My earliest memories of music my father and elder brothers listened to, the music playing on the streets at barbershops and bars and stuff.
If you could describe your sound in three words, what would they be?
Unique, evergreen and honest.
Jacket: TRAPSTAR, Jeans: JAIDEN GASTON
What lessons did you get from growing up in Lagos state?
The hustle spirit. You have to get up and go get it; on your feet, can’t be lazing around.
Where does African music, especially Afrobeats, in the landscape of global music today?
African music, especially Afrobeats is number one and that’s how I see the ranking in the world today.
In the past, you’ve mentioned that you’ve taken inspiration from the greats such as Davido and Wizkid. How have you found the process of inspiring others and where do you draw inspiration from as an artist today?
Davido and Wizkid, big love and respect. I try to give back what I have been given, hence the reason I started Vibez Inc. To give [a chance to] great acts like me who didn’t have a chance to become superstars. I get inspired by the little things, the big things as well in my everyday life. My surroundings are a big source of inspiration for my music, it comes from the Lord, it’s spiritual.
You don’t often feature many artists on your albums but seem to be one of the first names on the lips of artists who want you to feature on their tracks. Who’s been your favourite artist to work with and who would you love to work with?
Favourite artist to work with is Odogwu, “Odogwu you do all” like I said on Apala interlude. I would love to work with big Wiz, A$AP Rocky.
How did Vibez Inc. come to fruition and what was the vision for it?
The vision was to give back and also have myself glued to the music as it’s what I love.
Since No Seyi, No Vibez you’ve released a lot of music over the last two years. From ‘Billion Dollars Baby’ to ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. How would you say your music has evolved since then?
My music keeps evolving, it’s just like I sang, I would keep coming with a different pattern.
What career move are you most proud of?
The move I made to partner with Dapper Music and the impact of Chance Naham.
When it’s all said and done, what do you want the world to say about Seyi Vibez?
That he used his gift, shared his gift and passed it on cause in the end you are remembered for the legacy you leave behind.
What vibes can we expect from Seyi in the near future?
I’m coming full throttle, never dulling, more music, more projects, more endeavours.
Photography & Creative Direction: Eddie Cheaba, Interview: Victor Davies, Creative Producer: Kay Thomas, Styling: Drew Streete-Porter, Location: Blankbox Studio.