The emphasis that Moelogo places on his “spirituality” and ability to heal people with his music would make you think he walks around in some sort of special cleric robe. But nah, all of that is more expressed on records. From his verse on Jonas Blue’s “We could go back” to his collaboration with Adekunle Gold- not to mention his solid music catalog, Mohammed Animashaun’s art is quite familiar on both local and international frontiers. These notwithstanding, there’s something about his confidence and grace that hints that he has barely scratched the surface of all that he has to offer the Nigerian and global music industry.
Get familiar with him in this fun chat he had with Vibe below, and check out his amazing music if you haven’t already done so.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO MOVE BACK TO NIGERIA?
I just wanted to come back to Nigeria just to be part of the scene,to see how the culture is, and to see how it’s growing. I haven’t moved back yet. I’m still in the U.K (because) that’s where I reside. But it’s been amazing to be here, to see how the culture is and to see how everyone is doing so well and to be a part of it, it’s been such a blessing.
HOW DID THE NAME OF YOUR FIRST E.P COME ABOUT?
The name inspired the first E.P. It was like an introduction to the industry. Mohammed is my name and music is what a lot of people know me for, so I just kind of put two and two together like “moelogo” “omoologo”. It’s like a three way thing but people still find it hard to get but in the music, I kind of showcase it more so that they can understand it.
WHO IS MOHAMMED ANIMASHAUN?
Mohammed Animashaun is a young ambitious guy that is very cultural, he’s spiritual and loves everything about life and wants to kind off give his best to the world via music and via his personal life as well. I’m very full of life, I love life, I love to make music. I love to sing, I love to heal people through my music. I love to connect with my fans, I love Nigeria so much, it’s my home and I represent that well.
WHOSE MUSIC HAS GREATLY INFLUENCED YOU IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
First of all, I’d say myself, I feel like I inspire myself. Then the likes of King Sunny Ade, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye. The likes of R. Kelly, Adekunle Gold as well.. because of the type of music they make. It’s touching, you can feel what they are talking about and you can relate to it even if you don’t go through what they are going through. You can still understand where they are coming from so those types of people, I love listening to them.
“I’m just Moelogo,when you hear my music you will know it’s me”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR MUSIC, HOW DOES IT COME ABOUT?
All my songs come to life from just having a chit chat with producers, just talking about life or what I’m going through, or what they are growing through. I could just be like “how was your day”? And you could be like “it was stressful and you were in traffic” and you’re just trying to get to work and do something and from there, I write a song about it.Maybe not about me but 90% about me. I wouldn’t say it’s easy to come by but it’s natural there for me. The inspiration come through with what I go through and my surroundings and what I see on T.V or anything. So I like to just make sense where ever I’m going. So I feel like doing those type of music or having that type of energy around me helps me a lot.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT PEOPLE WOULD NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU?
I’m very spiritual, very spiritual. A lot of people doubt it but yeah I’m very spiritual, I’m very caring and if I love you, I love you.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PET PEEVES?
I used too, but not anymore because I feel like I’ve found happiness in what I do and in my family and friends around me so I don’t feel like I’m alone. I feel like I have a lot of people that understand me and so as long as I have that, I’m good.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST THING TO HAPPEN TO BOOST YOUR CAREER?
You would find this funny and hard to believe but I believe it’s my culture- that is the Yoruba language-and me embracing it from the start and accepting it in every way, shape and form.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR MUSIC DOMINATION IN 2018?
My plans are to just keep going and keep being the best of me and represent my country wherever I am regardless of where I am and just showcase Nigeria. Not just Nigeria but Africa and show everyone that we are beautiful people and make beautiful music and to keep healing souls, that’s my plan.
WHAT ARTISTS, NIGERIAN AND INTERNATIONAL, DO YOU WANT TO COLLABORATE WITH?
I don’t want to do that, I work more with energy. I work more with when I’m with people and how we are together but right now I feel like everyone is dong amazingly well. Everyone is doing their little bit to push their culture whether it’s pop music or rock. Everyone is playing their part to make everyone smile and that’s the most important thing. I feel like it takes away from your music. I work better when I’m with people and we kind of meet to naturally figure out something.
WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST RUMOUR YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT YOURSELF?
That I’m arrogant, yeah.
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION?
It’s funny, because I’m actually a confident person and I feel like sometimes it kind of rubs off on some people, like they can’t contain the energy, like “why is this guy so confident” “why do you believe in yourself so much” and I don’t do it to bring other people down or anything. When I do show confidence in myself, it’s just to inspire people to do it, never give up and just believe in yourself. It happens, people will see you in a different way or read you in a different way or hear your music and think otherwise.
HOW IS DOING MUSIC IN NIGERIA LIKE COMPARED TO THE U.K?
We (Nigerians) listen to music from the U.K and the music here, in the U.K, we listen to it… Everyone…name it, we listen to it. So I just feel like it’s just music. I don’t like to compare it because the environment is different but the music is the same, you still feel it.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR KIND OF MUSIC?
I’m just Moelogo, when you hear my music you will know it’s me, there’s something there for you, there’s something you feel that you can hold on to. So I feel like music is just how I feel.
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