For 22-year-old Ibadan-born afro hip-hop sensation, Aboriomoh Raymond Femi Abeke (otherwise known as Dremo), 2016 has been one hell of a year. He is co-signed to APPE Music Ent. (APG) and Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), his latest single "Fela" is enjoying massive airplay on radio stations and he is in a good place with his music. We caught up with charismatic Dremo as he talks us through exclusive events pertaining to his life and music career.

Who is Dremo?

My real name is Aboriomoh Raymond Femi Abeke. I am a 22-year-old music artiste co-signed to APPE Music Ent. (APG) and Davido Music Worldwide (DMW). I was born and bred here in Ibadan. I went to Richmab for my elementary school, then George and Duke for my Secondary Education. Currently, I’m presently in the National Open University studying the English Language.

How did music start for you?

Professionally, music started for me in 2013 when I got signed to A.P.P.E music which is an acronym for Absolute Passion Powers Everything. However, I first got interested in music through my cousin. He used to play me songs from DMX and co. then one day, he asked me to write a song. I managed to come up with something even though I was sure that what I wrote was whack but it was the moment I started writing songs.

Your dad is a pastor. Is he supportive of your music?

He is really cool with it and he has supported me since day one.

How difficult was it breaking into the Nigerian music industry?

At first, I thought it was going to be something difficult until God intervened. I’ve been doing music professionally for 3 years now. I slept in the studio for over one and a half years trying to get my sound right. Back then, nobody wants to call you for shows if you weren't popular enough. When I got to Lagos last year, my first major connection was Davido. He heard my songs and liked what he heard and now I’m signed to his team. For the number one artist in Africa to listen to your song, be impressed and then sign you on; that is a major boost for your career.

"Normal Levelz" announced you to the world. What is the story behind the song?

I was on my way to church one Sunday when the car I was in broke down and so I had to resort to taking a bike. After church service, I went to the studio and met my producer making a new beat. I got into the flow of things and started incorporating things that had happened earlier in the day into the lyrics. After that, I made the hook to the song before dropping my verse. Ichaba (my label mate and featured guest on the track) heard the track and decided to drop some bars on it too and that was how we came about that single.

What made you shoot the visuals to the song here in Ibadan…? (Cuts in)

....we didn’t want to shoot the video anywhere else but Ibadan. We had to look for a perfect location and we decided that the Trans Amusement park and Pleasure Summit Hotel will be the perfect fit. At the end of the day, one has to be a king in the village first before taking hold of a nation.

How is your relationship with your other APPE Gang mates, Flo and Ichaba?

Our bond is very strong. From my publicists to my manager, we are all like one big family.

Which do you like better? Stage performances or studio recordings?

That’s a difficult one. Studio recordings have to do with creating the songs from scratch while for live performances, you already have the song. I prefer studio recordings because of the creative process involved.

You are quite the lively performer, where do you get your stage energy from?

It is God! I have the strength in me and I love to turn up, which is why they call me Oluwababanlaturnup(…laughs).

What’s the biggest stage you’ve performed?

That would be MTV”s All White party.

Is there anything you do apart from music?

Music is my life. That is my hustle and it’s what pays my bills. In the future, I hope to own a clothing line but that is later down the line.

Tell us about your latest single ‘Fela’?

The song is a tribute to the legend and it was inspired by a picture of Fela Anikulapo Kuti that I had seen earlier. We were at Davido's house and I was playing about with his laptop. Before I knew it, I had downloaded the beat and recorded the song right there.

What are some of the things people don’t know about you?

I love watching cartoons and I sleep with my eyes open.

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