September 19, 2015

Indomix- quit from singing because of his shyness

Iloyi Adebayo popularly known as Indomix tells Saturday Beats about his career as a music producer

Why did you quit music and delved into sound engineering?

I quit music because I hate facing the crowd. As a musician, you must face the crowd whether you like it or not. I was too shy to face the crowd.

Was that the only reason or the music industry was not favorable to you?

Sincerely, it was favourable but I was not very serious with the music career. While I was doing music, I discovered I could also do music production. I decided to develop myself in music production since I was too shy to become a musician. After I perfected my skills in the craft, I noticed that everybody in the industry wanted to have something to do with me as a sound engineer. I began to understand that people appreciated me more being a sound engineer than a musician.

Which of your works would you say made you popular?

People started to reckon with my trademark when I did the song titled Ole for Sound Sultan, even though I have worked as a sound engineer for other artistes. Another major one I did that had my trademark on it was also for Sultan featuring W4 and 2Face Idibia.

How did you come with the name Indomix?

The funny thing is that when people hear my name, they think I chose it because I love taking Indomie noodles. Actually, my friends called me Indomie because they felt that I am as skinny as the Indomie pasta. As time went on, the name stuck and I began to get used to it. Luckily for me when I met Faze, the first thing he told me was that since I mix songs, I should add the word ‘mix’ to my Indomie stage name and that was how I came about the name Indomix.

How lucrative is your profession?

As you can see, I am living fine and doing quite well as an average Nigerian who believes the Almighty can still do more favourable blessings. I will say my business has been moving so well because here in my studio, my equipment are worth millions of naira and all we can only pray for is for the enlargement of our coast.

What makes you different from other sound engineers in the industry?

Everything I do is unique because I have my own way of doing things and I am always very professional. I can’t praise myself; fans can only encourage us while God will crown it all.

Having worked with top A-list artistes in the industry; who do you find working with more comfortably?

You want to cause trouble here, I love working with virtually all of them because they are cool headed and fun to be with.

Among them all, who is the most thorough?

This is very serious but with all due respect, I will say Faze. He loves his jobs done in an orderly manner because by the time you are done with his job and he listens to it, there is always one correction or the other to make. But in all, he is a very amiable and nice brother in the industry. Another person is Olu Maintain.

How long did it take you to develop sound engineering skills?

It was a gradual process. I started with a small radio and computer while I was working in a computer business centre. Few clients would come around there, I would do their jobs and I got paid. The money was just coming in bits, so I could not afford a big studio then. But I can tell you that from that small business centre, I made several hit songs for some of the established entertainers now.

Funny enough, I did not study anything related to sound engineering but the fact that I developed interest in music at the age of five helped a lot. I was a chorister in church and I would take the lead most of the time during church service.

How would you describe your childhood?

My growing up was very rough but I had no choice than to just stand tall. It was not easy at all and that is the reason I help people on the street, most especially those that have talents. Getting to where I am today is just by the grace of God because some memories cannot be forgotten so soon. I would not want to delve into past experiences. It is best to keep being positive.

How did your parents react when you informed them of the kind of job you wanted to venture into?

My father died about 22 years ago and while growing up, I didn’t live with my mother but my eldest brother. My brother was in total support of my career and he paid for most of my studio fees while I was still doing music.
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