Nigerian singer Fireboy DML known for his incredible vocal techniques and creative singing style has explained what inspired him to create his critically acclaimed album Apollo.
He granted an interview with OkayAfrica where he explained that Apollo is a greek god of music and poetry which summarizes his persona and how he perceives himself.
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He was quizzed about how he came about Apollo just nine months after his debut .
He said: “Basically, it was like a collected chain of events. I got a deal off the joint venture between Empire and YBNL, making a project inevitable. I had thought about it hence my hiatus after LTG, so it just all blended. Unlike LTG, this took about two weeks because I’m in an entirely different mindspace. I knew that if I put out a LTG 2.0, it might be widely acclaimed and die off after a few months. I was in a god-mode mindspace which explains the title of the album. Apollo is a greek god of music and poetry which summarizes my persona and how I perceive myself. Ironically, it’s named after a god but most of the songs talk about humanity and flaws. “Airplane Mode” for instance talks about the price of fame, no matter how strong-willed you might be. For someone like myself who’s a loner, locks everyone out, and just puts my phone on Airplane mode—hence the title.”
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Which was the most challenging song to make off Apollo?
“24 (interlude).” It is the shortest and most personal song on the album. It’s so personal, nobody understands the meaning of the song and I can’t say what it’s about. It was so painful for me to express and most difficult to make that’s why I couldn’t let out so much hence its length.”
What do you aim to achieve with Apollo?
“I want people to realize that Afrobeats is beyond vibes, beats, instrumentals etc. Afrobeats is so much more. I want to show the world that Afrobeats can be deeper, personal, expressive etc. Also, that an Afrobeats album can be cohesive. I think I have succeeded in making that point, it might just take a while to digest, in that attention span is at an all-time low especially in a place like Nigeria. I bet they’ll eventually realize how beautiful and deep the album is.”