Thursday 04 October 2018

Passionate about inspiring others, rising star Ebenezer produces emotionally tinged RnB. Telling his stories of the world, the London-born artist emerged onto the scene creating his own sound, demonstrating pure passion and talent.

Writing all his own music and producing 9 out of the 13 tracks on his latest debut album, 53 Sundays, provides clear testament of his ability. Ebenezer has already written and produced for some seriously big names in the industry, the likes of Craig David, Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign. We can’t wait to hear Ebenezer’s future projects, but for now we chat to him about how and why he got into music, and his future projects!

For those who don’t know you yet, tell us a bit about who you are and where you’re from… 

I am Ebenezer, born in Hackney, raised in both Hackney and Tottenham. I am a writer and producer – I’ve written and produced for people like Craig David, Ty Dolla $ign, and worked with Jeremih.

How was that experience, writing and producing for the likes of Craig David?

It was surreal to be working with people who I look up to and idealise. Getting the opportunity to create work that they appreciate is such an amazing feeling.

How does writing and producing for others differ from doing it for yourself?

For my music, I make stuff based on my own life experiences, I write about the things I’ve been through in my life – from when I was a kid up until now. When working for other people I take influence from my life experiences so people, and other artists, can relate to it. But, working for other artists is just a different process because they’re looking for a particular sound and style. Therefore, I just create a body of work that I think that they need.

Why and how did you get into music? 

I got into music because my brother used to play Nars, Kanye West and Jay-Z, and my mum used to play gospel in the house. I was inspired by other musicians, hearing about how they came from nothing and made a name for themselves. Me and my family were at a similar point, going through our own struggles where we had nothing, so I always thought that if others can make a name for themselves, why can’t I.

I was so in love with music and it was my only outlet, so I thought if I marry the two things together, I could have a happily ever after!

So, music is something you’ve always gravitated towards then?

Yes! But growing up in a West African household, music wasn’t necessarily the choice of occupation. Within my family it was like you’d go to school, graduate from uni and become a nurse or a doctor or an engineer, so it was difficult breaking it to my parents that I wasn’t going to do any of that.

And how have your family reacted to you going into music?

My parents are accepting it now because I have managed to show them that you can make a living out of music, especially because I’m always travelling and visiting different places. My brother and sister have always been supportive, my brother in particular has always championed me, so I owe it to him.

Your music is doing amazingly, how does it feel to have your music career taking off? 

It still feels surreal! I’m just so grateful because all I want to do is inspire, just how I have been inspired. I want to give enough motivation to someone who is struggling, I want to make them think if he can do it, so can I.

You recently released your debut album 53 Sundays, can you tell us a bit about the album and what inspired you to write it?

53 Sundays is my story of falling out of faith and love for religion, it’s about the struggles I’ve faced growing up. I’m vulnerable throughout the album, telling the honest truth, which is especially important in today’s society where everyone just talks about girls, cars, money and drugs. There is so much more to life than that, so I felt that I owed it to the people that don’t know me or my music to be honest and explain why I write music and why I care.

And do you have a favourite song on the album? 

It always changes! If I listen to the project top to bottom it will change. One minute it will be ‘Over My Dead Body’, and the next it’ll be ’53 Sundays’. I love the project, I’m so proud of it!

Do you have a ‘creative process’ per se?

I don’t necessarily have one. My mind is always active, so I’m basically always creating, even when I’m not in the studio. I once made a song on the aeroplane, the guy sitting next to me must’ve thought that I was crazy because I was singing into my phone! I made the instrumental on my laptop while on the plane, and when I got off it sounded like a good piece of work! So, my creative process always differs, and there’s not one set way I create music.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

It would have to be working with my friends. I have a group of friends who are amazing musicians, there are a bunch of 8 of us, and they’re all super talented.

You performed at Reading and Leeds festivals, what was that like?

It was crazy! The whole crowd were singing the hook of my songs from the second chorus. At first, the tent was pretty empty, and then people started coming in when they heard my music, which was heart-warming.

And finally, what have you got planned over the next year?

I have a mixtape coming out, which should be dropping at the beginning of next year. And then there’s another project coming out, called the ‘Ex-Project’, which is all about my exes!