“Don’t let age stop you, if this is what you want. It is important to make sure what your priorities are.”
Check out the interview with Charity Ekeke exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Charity: Music has always been there. Although I did not take any music lessons growing up or had any musical instruments, I was in a choir in an Anglican Church in Nigeria. This brought joy to my soul. As a child, I used to get down close to the floor in an effort, to see into the turntable, wondering how they squeezed human beings to sing into the turntable. As a preteen and teenager, I saved my gift money to purchase Record Song Book every six months. Learning these songs, singing them, and making clothes for my dolls were how I spent my free time. While in the States, I made a demo in the eighties and met a producer in New York who said to me, “you have to move to New York.” My first thought was, what do I do with my children? While doing an MFA in cinema/television production, I wrote the soundtrack to some of my student films.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
You promote yourself anyway that you can. It is challenging to promote yourself when you are an independent singer/songwriter. Making being with a major label attractive. I am a newbie. Presently, I believe that I do not know enough to be dishing out advice. However, there is the internet, interacting with other musicians, and getting a good music promotion and marketing agency behind you.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
It is a challenge to be an independent singer/songwriter. The creative aspect of it is relatively easy. For me, the key challenge is promoting the music.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I have lived in different parts of the country. I very much appreciate the diversity in California and the accessibility of being within a 30 to 33 mile radius to ski, surf, or hike. The music scene specifically in Los Angeles is quite vibrant being the second to New York in size. Everybody wants to play in Los Angeles. Musicians travel from afar to play here. If anything, it is crowded. There are lots of talents here. I live in a somewhat quiet part of LA.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
You know, you never know what the future has in stock for you. We should just want to continue being present, involved, and enjoy every aspect of the process. Hopefully continue to create content. Although technology has democratized the ability to get your music out there, it is still a challenge.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t let age stop you, if this is what you want. It is important to make sure what your priorities are.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The inspiration that I will attribute to my music is varied but British recording artist of old like, The Beatles, Cliff Richard, Peter Gabriel, and some Americans will be up there. There is really no one source in particular that I look up to for inspiration. I came into this more mature than most do. It is really a blessing from God because the music comes to me. That is the only way for me to explain this. I did not study music. I am forever grateful to God for his many blessings. Some songs I wrote over 20 years ago.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Most of the time, the lyrics come with the music. Being an independent singer/songwriter suits my personality to eventually be a content creator.
What do you think makes a great song?
The passion that you place into it. I like a variety of music. The music of today is what it is. Things come and go in waves. Musicians are in-tune with the music that speaks to them. Once the music is out there, there is nothing you can do about it. Whether another musician likes it or not is irrelevant.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Website: www.charityekeke.com