EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FAST RISING MUSICAL ACT TONICODE



“Never have I had an interview with a man of such intellect who also happens to be a talented musician” – Precious.  In this interview with fast rising musical act “TONICODE”, you’re sure to be entertained and have your brain exercised as he elucidates on his career, personal life and the entertainment industry. Enjoy!!
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T.E: Your song has been on the lips of many people but they don’t know much about you as an individual, who is Adegbenro Oluwatoni?
T.C: **smiles** Toni is a cool, chilled, dude, who’s fun loving, loves meeting new people, and an ardent creator of anything I can understand.
T.E: How did you come about the name Tonicode? 
T.C: I’m rather considered to sometimes be a very conservative individual, so growing up my friends always considered me to be a “Coded” guy, **smiles** so they created the alias Tonicode.
T.E: What was growing up like for you?
T.C: Grew up in a family of 6, and being the only boy was rather exciting, my childhood was great.
T.E: What’s your educational background like?
T.C: I currently hold a B.Sc in Computer Science from Bowen University.
T.E: So how did you get into music?
T.C: My love for the arts, it was unavoidable for me.
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T.E: Did your family support you doing music? 
T.C: My parents support independence and don’t necessarily go by the societal stereotypes, we were all encouraged to tread our respective paths; my kid sister is also into music and a very good musician at that.
T.E: Who inspired you to start singing and when did you decide to do music?
T.C: I hit the studio as a kid on voice overs and jingles, I loved it! So it was just a matter of time, I had to find my way back, my brother in law “Uncle Gabriel” as referenced in contentment and STOBeats were a major factor to my ascension in music.
T.E: Do you play any musical instrument?
T.C: I play the piano on an average level, good enough to create my melodies and sample/resample my beats.
T.E: Which record label are you signed to?
T.C: I’m currently an independent artist.

T.E: What was your first song ever and did it create the buzz/awareness you needed?
T.C: “Believe” Did it back in the university, I dropped it and people loved it, it wasn’t well mixed, but then it was my first shot.
T.E: Which international act would you like to do collaboration with?
T.C: Kendrick Lamar, Jcole, Rapsody…They’re the new school revolution.
T.E: If you were not doing music what else would you be doing?
T.C: Programming/New school tech CEO.
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T.E: What can you say of the Nigerian music industry, do you think it’s getting better or otherwise? And do you think it’s accommodating?
T.C: Well its pretty one sided, and we all know that, it’s based on what people are demanding, we all have to understand that the industry is trying to create a genre and until all art-forms and individuals can accept this, we all, will be stuck on having a superior genre that is inferior and void of substance.
T.E: What makes you think you should be in the industry? And do you think you can cope with whatever the industry throws at you?
T.C: I’m pretty versatile and want to impact people with a message, I’m doing music because I believe I’ll give something they might want, which is a uniqueness that draws you to the deeper understanding of rhythm, poetry, vibe, beats, words and truth.
T.E: What’s the assurance you have that the world will listen to your songs?  
T.C: I can never be assured of listeners/audience, I can only hope that those who relate will be drawn deeper to my message and grow in value.
T.E: How do you handle/cope with your female admirers?
T.C: I’m rather principled and a lover, I only can deal with one lady at a time, and let’s not forget that music and art are my other lovers already taking a space in my heart.
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T.E: Talking about Love now, is there a flame in Toni’s heart at the moment?
T.C:  **smiles** there’s always a flame; the question is for who or for what?
T.E: What’s your definition of an ideal woman?
T.C: Intelligent, principled, educated, curvy, humorous, lover/friend, eloquent and must love music!
T.E: Which musicians inspire you?
T.C: M.I Abaga, Kendrick Lamar,  Jcole, Tay Iwar, Mystro.
T.E: What type of music do you do?
T.C: Alternative Hip Hop
T.E: How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends etc?
T.C: It’s hard, but I try my best to be available when they need me.
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T.E: Do you have any on-going project?
T.C: No ongoing project, but I’m working on producing beats for my next E.P
T.E: What’s next for Tonicode?  
T.C: I’m going to be dropping a wave of new music that is unique and message driven
T.E: How has social media been of help to your career?
T.C: Been responsible for 80% of my career growth, it’s been my major channel, as the world is currently online.
T.E: What do you think about TRENDSEXPRESS online digital magazine?
T.C: It’s an awesome medium, that’s adding value to the youth and gathering relevant information.
Facebook name:Tonicode

To follow him on IG click  @TONICODE
To follow him on Twitter handle? @tcode

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