- Words Cal McIntyre
We catch up with the boy wonder of Nigerian pop, JOEBOY, on Zoom to catch up with how he is staying creative, inspired and positive in isolation.
Since the beginning of 2019, JOEBOY has had an exceptional year. From recording covers in his college dorm to becoming crowned as the new prince of Nigerian pop, JOEBOY keeps elevating to greater heights with his feel-good brand of music.
Topping the charts from Nigeria to Uganda, the 22-year-old enchanter has captivated his audiences with his storytelling around youthful freedom, first love and heartbreak, JOEBOY has soon become the voice of his generation.
A trailblazer, to say the least, there’s a certain kind of energy that is exuded from JOEBOY’s work that is hard to be replicated anywhere else. Infectious, uplifting and cinematic – JOEBOY is merely only getting started and has his sights set on higher planes with his dazzling and emotive body of music.
The fine artist leaves no stone unturned – his visuals, style and character all intertwine with his music creating the JOEBOY effect. Bold, colourful and radiant – you know a JOEBOY track when you hear one.
We caught up with the new prince of pop to find out how he is staying his usual positive self amidst the craziness of the world today and what’s next for the talented JOEBOY.
Hi JOEBOY, how are you staying positive with everything going on at the minute?
It has been difficult staying at home, but I’m experimenting with my sound and music which, being creative, has made me happy.
Has your creative process changed a lot?
Yeah, it really has. There’s only really myself working on stuff, but actually being on social media has helped and getting different opinions from there.
How would you describe the journey you have been on so far?
It’s been really amazing, I have learned a lot, I have grown a lot. I’m really grateful for everything and I am just looking forward to the future.
What’s one of the highlights of your career so far?
There have been so many highlights… I don’t think I could name one. There are too many. I’d have to say travelling is always going to be one of the biggest highlights.
What are you most looking forward to?
Probably seeing all my friends and family again!
How would you describe your sound?
Generally, I guess I’d say it’s happy and feel-good music!
Is that the type of energy you like to give off when you perform live?
Yeah, yeah! I just want people to be happy, especially when they are at my shows. Jumping into the crowd and dancing, I definitely encourage that.
What inspires your visuals and fashion sense?
I’m always trying to be more confident and adventurous. I love putting all the different colours of my culture together.
What’s your ideal day off?
Definitely playing video games! I love putting my phone aside and reading a book and playing a lot of video games.