Lagos, Thursday 4 March
Woke up early today @ 7.30 AM. I went to bed in time yesterday so I could wake up early, cause this is the big recording day. Today I’m going to work with Pitch. My first collabo with a Naija musician. Before going to the studio we went to get some good Naija food. I ate gary with egusi soup, yes my favorite! So I’m ready to go!
We took a taxi to Ikeja, Lagos meeting Jude at the Pitch’ studio. When Pitch and I met the chemistry was there immediately. He to is an Igbo man like I. When knowing this our bond grew even stronger immediately. I’m not saying this couldn’t happen with an Yoruba or Hausa Oga or Sista, cause we all are Nigerians.
Pitch already worked ahead and made some snippets of some beats. He made styles like hip hop and reggae. The styles I maintain. When hearing this I was immediately down with his sound. But I wanted to add something different on the Maintain Yourself EP. So we continued searching for another sound. I wanted to add that Naija flavor to my style. This is new to me and I’ve never done this. So I wanted to experiment with it. Pitch was surprised cause he thought I would go for the ‘easy’ way, and use a hip hop or reggae beat. We had an enormous time pressure so he asked me if I really wanted to continue without hip hop and reggae. I agreed and the big musical journey began. Suddenly he came with a Naija beat I really felt. From there on I sang a melody for him. He did his magic and a proper beat structure was there for I! It took me 1,5 hours to complete 3 verses and the hook/chorus. A complete song was born. I was like, ‘Wow, that went fast, I’m really in the zone o’. Show Boy, an artist who was listening and hanging around in the studio then gave me an advise. He truly felt the track, but advised me to simple vice the chorus for the Naija market. He explained to I that people like simple and short choruses they could sing a long. They don’t like deep going hooks. I agreed for 50%, cause I truly believe there are also people who like the opposite. But it felt right doing what he suggested. I then asked Pitch if he knew a female singer for the hook. He called up Shapera a singer he worked with several times.
1 hour later Shapera came and I was like wow. She’s a small fine looking woman with a great voice! She heard the track and bounced a long. She did a chorus which I liked, but she didn’t felt it. She removed it and asked me to do it myself. She felt this would have a bigger impact on the track. I then concentrated on the chorus, but couldn’t simple vice any lyric for the Naija market. My lyrics go deep and include spiritual messages. So it was hard for me to come up with a catchy hook. Suger Boy was also in the house and is a specialist in hooks/choruses for Naija market. Pitch called him to join us making this track. Suger Boy set with me and did some melodies with I. The chemistry that came down then was magical and spiritual. I felt him immediately and 20 minutes later we had a very catchy hook/chorus. We asked a great upcoming Yoruba singer Spine to come and add some native Yoruba flavor. When he did this, the track was totally locked down. I asked Shapera to do the bridge and she did. I felt goose bumps all over my body when she sang the bridge. Amazing artists they all are. I felt very blessed they just helped me out like that. Thanx my Ogas and Sistas!
It took us 8 hours completing the beat, the lyrics and finally the entire track. Soon to come my lovely people! One thing is sure for the artists whom participated on the track. It’s another Geoffy G hit! Igbo man in da houseJ
Moving Mountains Baby!