“All of my inspiration comes from God. Whatever wave I catch or rhythm I feel came into being as a result of my ability to be alive. God did that!”
Who would have thought the doctors sing? And damn, they sing so well! Here is the case…dr. Chigbundu Obinna, born and raised in Nigeria, educated in Romania and with the voice, legacy from…Gods, started to sing till his voice was heard. His debut in the Romanian music industry brought two songs with video attached in only one month. And this is just the beginning.
You seem to be the new temptation in the Romanian music. In one month only you have two songs and videos on YouTube. How come you have this explosive start?
I don’t know. I’m just thankful to God, had some help from friends and fellow artists like me inspiring me daily and in more ways than one. But it also took a lot of time because of my main profession as a doctor. Shout out to Cat Music Romania for the opportunity. And I invite you all to check on my featuring with Theo Rose – Go Loca and my latest, with Excentric – F.D.R.
You write your own songs. Where come the inspiration from and how long does it take to get a good song?
All of my inspiration comes from God. Whatever wave I catch or rhythm I feel came into being as a result of my ability to be alive. God did that! Sometimes I don’t write it all down, it just comes straight from my soul and I record immediately. Anything from 5 minutes to an overnight writing session but by Gods grace, never more time needed than that cause I now have a slightly huge demand as a ghostwriter and clients depend on me, so I keep it consistent.
The rhythm of your songs is a fresh and distinct one in the Romanian music. How did you choose it?
I really don’t. I follow whatever I feel and most times I might co-produce with certain other people following a certain trend but I always keep my input as an individual and my next move as unpredictable to me as it could to the next person. I hate to project or over plan!
How many hours on a day do you in spend in the studio?
Maybe one or two hours maximum. Sometimes, in the weekend, a little more but, since I have a day job, I don’t do more than a couple of hours in the studio. And as God will have it, most times, I don’t need to.
What other featuring are you preparing?
Can’t disclose but only because it’s happening soon. What I will say is that recently have stumbled upon some of the most talented individuals in the game right now. They might not be the most famous, but my next few releases will show a certain authenticity. That can’t be bought or sold, just enjoyed and savored! I can also say will be releasing a lot more singles than features from now on.
Do you consider that your Nigerian roots and the fact that you are a black guy will make you stand out form the crown and be appreciated easier?
No, quite the opposite, actually. Not one to over state but down to the songs I write, I try to fight compromise at every stop. Most ‘industry people’ will want to trade in my skills, but with a different face or style or outlook. I love my black voice and African influences, but I didn’t start singing to be appreciated so if I don’t get that, I settle for being heard and understood. Yes it does set me apart and my uniqueness will always be a part of my delivery…hopefully, people love it too.
Which names from the black music inspire you most?
Mostly the older generation of artists: Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Prince, N.W.A, Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, some Nigerian artists I’ve been following for a very long time, Bet Awards 2016 winner for (best new intl. act) and Nigerian rapper and visual artist, Falz. And some others: Olamide, Wizkid, Praiz, also Nigerian and Miguel and Anderson .Paak .
Do you have a message for the Romanian audience?
I love Romanians ALOT! But they should really be more open to change and not only to us foreign influenced artists but to more upcoming artists in general. The music industry here is a not a fully multi cultural melting pot yet, but some of the most incredible artists I know are not the most famous. Incredible voices, better take on sound, quality, inspiration.. and since quality has taken a turn for the worst in recent times (on radios, in general, with artists too celebratory, no new concepts, no more mystique in records, everything so dumbed down and watery and ‘spelled out’ for consumers), I feel we need more diversity. And only the viable, and forgive me, but ‘younger at heart’ more diverse and music loving Romanians can help make this change. Lastly, to my fans.. no matter how few, I just started.. and I won’t stop, stay tuned!