Damilola Afolabi popularly known as L.A.X, is the son of business mogul, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, while L.A.X fits into the stereotype of the disrespectful rich kid, he is anything but. He is a polite, amiable and suave gentleman.
Formerly signed to Wizkid’s Starboy Entertainment label, with hit songs like ‘Caro’, ‘Ginger’, ‘Morenike’ among other, the singer and producer in a chat with Joke Onitolo for Happenings.com.ng, talked about his career highs and lows and the challenges he had encountered in the course of his music journey.
When asked how satisfied he was with the current state of his career, he answered with such confidence in his voice “I thank God for what I have achieved so far, this year has been good. I dropped three hit songs back to back, all thanks to God. You cannot be satisfied, even the biggest artiste in the world can’t be satisfied with where they are; everybody wants to be bigger than they were. So I thank God for where I am today, I am on a moving train”
See interview below:
When did you start music?
I started music professionally in 2009. I have always been a music person. I started music, with 3 of my friends then, our stage name was fly boys. We would be at the studio everyday, after we were done with WASSCE exams, this was how I found music and fell in love with it.
When is LAX getting married and how do you intend to balance matrimony with your career?
Marriage is an institution on its own, and it requires plenty of time and attention. Many believe managing a marriage, music and business is a herculean task, in my opinion it isn’t. I am a very homely person, I don’t work a 9-5, therefore I think my future wife, will be very excited, because I will skillful balance it all. When I did my masters in the UK, I combined and balanced schooling and music. Now I am back in Nigeria, I run my own business and I combine that with music. Certainly I can combine marriage, music and business, it all just comes down to proper time management and planning.
Please tell us about your childhood experiences?
Growing up was fun for me because I was guided by a lot of people, you see I came from a large family. If I went the wrong way or treaded the wrong path, I had a lot of people who would put me back on the straight and narrow. I would say that was a good thing for me.
What has distinguished you from your contemporaries?
I believe my voices distinguishes me, when I started my musical journey this was not the voice I had. I built my voice after a series of voice training in my university days. I have nurtured my voice this far and I want it to get better.
What are you working on currently?
At the moment, I am working on my album, I have recorded many songs and I may create an extended play (EP), because I have sufficient materials. While I was in the UK, I had many international shows, it was a little difficult combining school and my shows. I did plenty of travelling around Dubai and America. Right now it is my decision to focus on Africa.
In what ways has social media helped your career?
For me it is a blessing and it is quite beneficial, especially when I check my iTunes sales and YouTube. iTunes has started streaming, thus people do not have to buy your songs before you can make money, by just having fans stream your song, you can make money.
If you had an opportunity to change anything in the music industry, what would that be?
I would love to change the way royalties are being paid, so even artiste who don’t play at shows can actually make money because their music is good. These days you see artistes who started with making good music, begin to make ‘pangolo’ music, because they need to go for shows and make money. In countries Like America, Adele doesn’t really need to go for shows to make money, she makes money off her records.
What artiste influenced your music career?
I grew up listening to a lot of Fuji music, because of my grandma; I also listened to Micheal Jackson and Usher because of my mother and my sisters listened to urban music. These music genres and artistes influenced my music.
What is your take on Awards in Nigeria?
Personally I love awards, having something to show for my hard work feels good. I think the criteria for award nominations and selection must be non biased. Thus every backdoor selection must be shut.