Adeyera Opeyemi Samuel popularly known as MADSKILLZ is a fast growing music producer/beat maker/song writer/sound engineer.
MADSKILLZ is a music production brand in Nigeria you can go to if you are interested in making hits and beats. If you have been following Nigeria music, you must have heard the name ‘MADSKILLZ on the beat’ on several songs such as VoomVa by Skuki, SBWA Mixtape by Momentum, Power and by Dabat, Temi by Tosing, Season film by Lykkle Don, Give it to me by Uto, One more by Euro T and many more.
Below is an exclusive interview that will tell you more about the fast rising music producer.
Can you tell us about yourself?
They call me Madskillz. I’m a music producer, sound engineer and a song writer.
When and how did you start making beats?
I started making beats back in 2007 when I followed my friend to a producer’s house. The producer now known as Sarz is responsible for several hits in Nigeria. I saw him producing and I got inspired. Then I decided, instead of being a rapper, why not be a music producer.
The first hit song you produced?
My first music production that became a hit is VoomVa, Skuki ft Phyno.
How did you meet Skuki?
I uploaded my beats on soundcloud and tweeted about it. They saw the tweet, check out the beats and contacted me. They called on Phyno and blam, VoomVa was recorded.
Who is your mentor and who influence you musically (Producers and Artistes)?
Well, I grew up listening to foreign music like Micheal Jackson, Pink and the rest. I listen to Nigerian songs too. I listen to King Sunny Ade, Wasiu Ayinde also known as K1, Ebenezer Obey and other circular Nigerian music. I love hip-hop from American artistes like Eminem, 50 cent, Mobdeep, Obitrice and the rest back in my secondary school days. I love dancehall artistes like Sean Paul, Kelvin Little, Vybes, Kartel to mention few.
With due respect, I don’t think I have any Nigerian music producer mentor. However, I respect some music producer like Donjazzy, Maleekberry, Sarz and Gospel. Most producer I can call my mentor are foreign people, like Redone, Timbaland, Scott touch, Swidish house mafia, Dr.Dre and Swizzbeatz.
For the fact that I choose this people as mentors don’t mean I cannot produce Afro beats or Afro pop because I am African. I’m just wowed by the way they think. Shout out to Sly Monay, he’s been great.
If you are opportune to work with an international act, who would that be?
Justin Timbalake, don’t ask me why.. Lol
Which artist did you enjoyed working with the most?
I enjoy working with everybody. I love my job. As far as it is music, I’m good to go.
Do you make beats readily and artist come to work on it or they sing a song and you make a beat around it?
I do both. Sometimes, I just make beats and when artiste come around they buy it. Sometimes they just sing the song for me to make a beat around.
Voom Va with Skuki is a very popular song in Nigeria. Tell us your view on the song and did you think the song would have gone this far?
Voom Va topped so many music charts in Nigeria for weeks. It got to No 1 spot on the beat 99.9, Naija Fm 102.7, tooxclusive.com to mention few and No 2 on soundcity tv. It was also No 3 on MTVbase official Naija chart. The truth is that I’ve always known VoomVa was a good song so, I wasn’t surprised it went that far.
Tell us about other song syou have produced?
I have produced so many up and coming artists, I’ve done some other jobs with Skuki, Wifey Girl and Toletowa ft Olamide, I did one with Phrank Marshal ft Iyanya… still counting though.
What is your advice for upcoming producers?
Work hard and pray.
How can we contact Madskillz?
You can call:
Ayo on: 08034582402
Or visit the studio ‘Brainz Record’ Baale bus-stop, New garage, Gbagada, Lagos.
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Face book: http://facebook.com/madskillzonline