Bolaji Ojudoka also known as BOJ, has been a household name for many, we see him out and about in town and on our TV screens. The artist first emerged as a member of the DRB music group and later branched out as a solo artist. He featured in SCD’s Feel Alright in 2013 and of course his signature tune, Paper in 2014 got our attention.
BOJ’s deep smooth voice combined with contemporary Yoruba beats gives him a unique sound, which he delivers differently on every track. His most recent song Wait A Minute featuring Olamide is a taste of new flavour that has his fans asking for more. According to BOJ, “A body of work is definitely on the cards this year so look out guys it’s going to be very visual as well”.
The artist is scheduled to perform at the Gidi Culture Festival on the 15th of April and BOJ seems excited, he explains, “The crowd is usually very energetic and you actually get that feeling you get when you go for festivals abroad but what I like most about performing is the fact that its live!” Guardian Life caught up with the artist and we found out some interesting stuff about him.
How did you initially become interested in music? Was this the career path you planned?
Initially I had planned to be a footballer but somewhere along the way I got interested in music.
Give us a breakdown of your thought process when you come up with new music?
Most of the time my music is about my personal experiences or troubles I’m currently facing. I just like to sing about things that actually happen.
What’s most exciting about performing at Gidi Fest?
The crowd is usually very energetic and you actually get that feeling you get when you go for festivals abroad but what I like most about performing is the fact that it’s live! You know we aren’t so big on live music here in Nigeria.
Do your life experiences or background have anything to do with your work?
Hundred percent, like I said before I like to sing about my experiences so in that sense my life experiences have everything to do with my music. In terms of background I think it has something to do with the fan base I have.
Tell us about people you have worked with, who has been your favourite so far?
Wow! I have worked with a lot of people the list is endless. Efya, Seyi Shay, Wande Coal, Vanessa Mdee, Simi, Olamide, Falz and loads more but so far the person I’ve enjoyed working with the most is actually an artist from Ghana. Her name is Lady J, she is amazing. I’m sure you can tell I love working with females.
Who would you like to work with in the future and why?
It has been a lifetime goal to work with Asa, reason being I am her biggest fan. She is the only artist I have ever listened to religiously in my own time. There was a time when in my car, out of six CDs, four were Asa’s.
What should your fans look forward to this year? Any exciting stuff coming up?
A body of work is definitely on the cards this year so look out guys it’s going to be very visual as well!
What are some interesting facts about yourself?
I have never used a pen and paper to make music. I can produce as well, people don’t know that. Oh yes! and I’m quite shy.
If you could be one animal, what animal would you be and why?
I’ll be a bull because I’m a Taurus.