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In order to satisfy fans curiosity, the brand Bloom9ja has devised a way of connecting artistes and their fans together. This way is through interviews.

For the month of February, we have Toby Grey interviewed and here is the full interview.

Here are few basic things you should know about Toby Grey;

Her real name is Tobiloba Mariam Adeyemi, she is a Nigerian singer, song writer and performing artiste. She was born on January 29, 1994 in Osun state but is from the Ogun state part of Nigeria.

To the interview;

Bloom: Good Evening ma’am, we’ve been hearing of Toby Grey for a while now; who exactly is Toby Grey?

Toby Grey: Good evening. Toby Grey is a music artiste, a lover of music and an all round free spirited person.

Bloom: Nice, how was growing up like for you?

Toby Grey: Growing up was pretty chill for me to be honest. My sisters and I grew up in a household that was quite disciplined so, everything I know today and who I am is definitely as a result of the discipline instilled in me as a young girl. That’s not to say we didn’t have fun as I remember being the house entertainment lol. Everyone knew me as the child that wouldn’t stop dancing. Anyway long story short, growing up was chill.

Bloom: Growing up must have been a big fun.

What was education or schooling like for you? Fun or as they say these days Scam?

Toby Grey: Lol school was fun but I didn’t enjoy it that much as I kept switching schools. I can’t really say I’ve had very good experience with my early education years as Uni (undergrad) didn’t make up for that either cos I was busy shuffling music and school. However I’ve had a fab time completing my Masters degree so I’ll say on a scale of 1 – scam, 6/scam lol. Quick maths 🤣😭

Bloom: 😂😂😂

Talking about music now, if not music, what would you be doing?

Toby Grey: I don’t have an answer to that. I believe I was made for this (Music), so if not music there probably won’t be a Toby Grey, which means my mum and dad would not have met in the first place lol. I just pity my sisters…they wouldn’t have existed too 🤣🤣 so, let’s thank God for Toby Grey shall we?

Bloom: Thank God😌

Who or what inspired you to start music?

Toby Grey: The choir. I started off as a back up singer (cliché, I know 😏) , but my love for music and the discovery of my talent grew and I never looked back.

Bloom: Amazing, how would you describe your music style?

Toby Grey: It is a fusion of Afrobeat, house, rnb, pop and everything in between as the spirit leads! Rainbow music 😁

Bloom: I like the sound of Rainbow Music.

How do you create your music (Process)?

Toby Grey: Thank you. It pretty much changes, sometimes I write songs without instruments and just flow with whatever I’m feeling at that moment, sometimes I have to listen to a piano/keyboard being played before I can get in a creative mood (it truly inspires me), sometimes I hear the less obvious tunes in the most random places e.g in traffic, extremely noisy places or perfect silence or even in my sleep. It pretty much depends on what mood and environment I’m in.

Once my writing process is complete…I head for the studio and other times I get to the studio before actually writing

My process is very unpredictable.

Bloom: This means you are very versatile with your process.

Toby Grey: 💯

Bloom: In the Nigerian music industry presently, which artiste would you love to collaborate with?

Toby Grey: Davido

Bloom: Your track Gboju, was it just a reply to Woju or it was more than that? (What actually inspired it?)

Toby Grey: ‘Gboju’ is an unplanned cover to Kizz Daniel’s ‘Woju’ . Its a product of me goofing around in the studio with no expectation of the viral outcome. But in terms of inspiration, I’d say the original song inspired the cover.

Bloom: Nice choice

You made a cover to Kizz Daniel’s ‘Fvck You’ last year, he made a promise to collaborate with you. Should we expect a track from you guys?

Toby Grey: Possibly

Bloom: You dropped an EP last year, can you give your fans an insight on the EP? (Process, title and little details they seem not to know)

Toby Grey: So, the EP “Love in Lagos” portrays a variation of love songs which could be considered as atypical i.e. not the regular ‘boy meets girl’ story line. Also, one of the songs is dedicated to the ever vibrant and dynamic ‘Lagos state’ and transcends to the core aesthetics of the songs in terms of vibrancy, fun and creativity. It also presents a twist of traditional, alternative, trap, folklore, pop and comic vibes all produced, written and recorded in Lagos hence the title : LOVE IN LAGOS

Bloom: Listened to all and I can say it is a beautiful body of work.

Toby Grey: Thank You very much

Bloom: Are you by any chance signed to a label?

Toby Grey: No, I am an independent artiste

Bloom: Being an independent artiste, how do you go about your music promotions?

Toby Grey: I worked with a very small team and we do the best that we can in terms of promotion, its not easy but so far, so good!

Bloom: Do you play any musical instrument?

Toby Grey: I’m learning to play the Piano

Bloom: You have a name for your piano?

Toby Grey: Lol not yet.

Bloom: Which artistes have you had a feature with?

Toby Grey: Mz Kiss, 9ice, Small Doctor, Skales, Chinko Ekun, Terry Apala, Chidinma, Daphne, Okiemute, Dotman, and a couple others that I can’t mention for now.

Bloom: Quite a number of A list artistes.

You must have performed at some venues and events; can you give a quick mention of your least and favorite performance venues?

Toby Grey: It’s never about the venue for me, I go on stage to give my best and have a good time. I have had some embarrassing moments on stage but I can’t blame it on the venue lol.

Bloom: What’s your favorite song to perform?

Toby Grey: That’s a tough one to answer. I haven’t performed it yet. I recently recorded it 🤣

Bloom: Then we should be looking forward to another great track soon.

Toby Grey: Yes, surely.

Bloom: Which famous musician do you admire?

Toby Grey: Beyoncé

Bloom: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Toby Grey: Piracy as well as the general consumer behaviour. Buying music helps the artistes grow, it also helps the economy.

Bloom: What is the most trouble you’ve gotten into?

Toby Grey: Hmmm I can’t really think of an instance right now but trust me, I’ve gotten into trouble in the past especially growing up.

Bloom: Are there hidden meanings or feelings behind your music?(lyrics)

Toby Grey: I try as much as possible to communicate my feelings or messages as clear and simple as possible. There might be some metaphors that leave room for individual interpretations but as it stands, what you hear is pretty much what you get. That being said, its art! There’s always hidden meanings that kind of serve as the artiste’s signature, sometimes you don’t see it (or hear in this case) and other times you do! It’s all about perspective.

Bloom: What is your favorite part about this line of work? Why?

Toby Grey: The entire process is thrilling! Sometimes stressful but going through every step to finally come out with something that people connect to makes it completely worth it.

Bloom: For now you are not in Nigeira, when do you plan on coming back home?

Toby Grey: Sometime in April or June

Bloom: What should we expect from you this year?

Toby Grey: Amazing contents

Bloom: If you could date any musician or celebrity, who would it be and why?

Toby Grey: Tobi Bakre. He seems fun, and he works out 🤣. And he’s my namesake 🥰

Bloom: Do you think you could get any better as a musician? How do you plan on achieving that?

Toby Grey: Of course I can and will. I keep learning and honing my craft every day to understand the music business and get better at my artistry.

Bloom: What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Toby Grey: Don’t give up, WORK hard and build a reliable team!

Bloom: If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Toby Grey: Don’t give up on me ❤

Bloom: Thank You for your time ma’am.
It was really nice to have this interview with you.
Looking forward to more great and fantastic music from you soon.

Toby Grey: Thank you for having me

 

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