It certainly feels like a lot of popular music these days is loaded with predictability, a manufactured sound that is anything but raw. As a result, when you do discover those hidden gems, finding a way to describe their music is, well, though.
So how’s this for emerging star Chris Akinyemi…
At 21 years-of-age, Akinyemi is finding a way to balance music with school while he gains notoriety on impressive outlets like MTVu “Freshman of the Week” campaign. Over the past months, Chris has also performed across the country in states like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
His new single, “Radio”, is receiving some tremendous love across the web and rightfully so. The refreshing (there is that word again) track takes a few swipes at the music industry’s predictability of late yet also provides an solution — more of Chris Akinyemi’s individualistic sound.
Recently, TeenChive had an opportunity to chat with the New Jersey native.
He responded when we asked about how artists can get back to their grassroots with more originality, “I think the reason artists think its risky to be different is because when they hear a certain type of record go big, they want the same exposure so they make a carbon copy of the exact same thing which kills music. Artists can be more creative by starting to do their own thing and not following trends.”
We asked if he thought the individual artist or record executives are more to blame…
“Both the artists and the executives could be blamed because they are not going about the business in a ethical way, Artists will do anything to survive in the industry and record execs do not want to lose their job so they just keep on putting out the same old stuff regardless if its garbage.”
Chris describes his music as an eclectic combination of “hip-hop, pop, R&B, rock and indie”. Do you agree?
Check back at the end of the week as Chris explains the concept for the “Radio” music video as well as how he manages a fledging music career while still going to school.