Infecta is a self proclaimed spiritually aligned creative humanitarian who believes in people being individuals and reaching their full potential. He has shown continued progression throughout his music career, and there’s much more to come !
What motivated you to start making music and what motivates you to keep it up now?
I was motivated to start making music when I was being bullied for my accent in secondary school since I’d recently come to London from Lagos. My brother & sister started showing me artist like Daft Punk, OutKast, Missy Elliot and more. I was particularly drawn to Missy and in 2008 when Grime was born and the bluetooth/infa-red era began people will spit bars in the playground. I’d listen to Nas, Missy Elliot & OutKast and get gassed so one day I decided to write my own lyrics over Missy Elliot — Funky Fresh and the next day I shared it in one of the playground cyphers and the reaction was insane; the people that bullied me started rating me and kids that didn’t know me where repeating my words. That feeling was special. I held on to it. What motivates me to keep making music now is primarily not letting anyone down. I don’t want to be that guy you bump into and ask “how’s your creative career?” Only for them to tell you something like “I quit” never.
What do you do to give back to the community ?
Since secondary school after a friend of mine passing away and me being told by an adventure playground worker at the time to “get used to it” (which I refuse to do) I started youth working and volunteering 1st with the Catch 22: KickStart youth club; based in Rockingham, behind my school Globe Academy (Geoffrey Chaucer Technology College then) then with Prince’s Trust as a young ambassador where I got to perform in front of HRH The Queen, speak to Prince Charles and many more dignitaries representing young, black, males from middle class/deprived areas. Eventually working with BBC 21cc to teach young people from Primary right up to University Media Skills and finally working with St Christopher’s Fellowship helping homeless young people, runaways & those in foster care.
Alongside your music, you also design clothing and write. How do you find balance ?
I guess the balance comes from the primary fact that Music is the key. It is the priority and the source where all other creations come from — in my case. So I’ll write or record a song then sketch something which I cam then make into a design or I’ll take a break from all those by simply listening to music by other artist within UK (I’m big on supporting my own I think we need to support our local.) and during that time I’ll write a short story based entirely on fiction.
What do you want your legacy to be ?
I want my legacy to be that I achieved everything through God.
How has your depression in the past, influenced you’re music today?
My past has influenced my present by a landslide, in a positive manner. My music is more mature, clean, simple, in delivery and creation and the end result is now atmospheric, ambient and alternative but still Rap (rhythm and poetry). Before it used to be loud, very pop-friendly and always happy. But now it has layers, texture to it …I take time with it, I don’t rush for nothing. It has to be done properly not just done. At first coming out of hospital I was worried that I’m not doing it the same but now I understand that I’m doing it better. It is also something I use to influence others now I recently did a BBC documentary with Stephen Fry — The Not So Secret Life of A Manic Depressive; 10 Years On.
What motivates you to get up in the morning?
My Blessings, those that I already have and those that are waiting for me to go out and claim. That’s what motivates me each day.
Where has been your best live performance, and what made it so special to you ?
TEDxEastEnd Talk. The Oval Space. 2015. Everything about it, just watch it online and you’ll see why. For me it felt like that moment: a star is born. It was their 1st TED Talk in London and they had asked me to be one of the headlines along side people like Chase & Status/Basment Jaxx can’t remeber exactly but as I said just see for yourself. It was special.
If you could give a piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Hmmm… To my younger self; “finish your electrical engineering” that’s the only thing.
If you could do a feature with any artist in the world, which one would you pick?
For more info on Infecta visit http://www.infecta.net/
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