We had the good fortune of connecting with BemiSoul and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi BemiSoul, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I initially wanted to become an artist when I realized I had a gift that needed to be shared. I‘ve been singing since the age of 6 and made music with friends as a hobby but it took a while for me to take that next step and start creating music for myself as more than a hobby. I am and without the fear of vulnerability, so I began making music as BemiSoul.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My name is BemiSoul. I am an independent artist from the DMV (DC, Maryland, VA) area residing in New York City.
I began singing at the age of 5 but decided to turn my passion for music into a career at the age of 19.
Growing up Nigerian-American, I was exposed to a variety of musical genres including R&B and Afrobeats. My love for the two sounds allowed me to organically find the perfect balance between the two while displaying the versatility and beauty of Afrobeats to those proudly of the diaspora like myself.
Three singles and an album in, I’ve been able to find my lane musically and I’m just getting started.
The most important thing I’ve learned on this journey is to remain true to myself and to never compromise what I believe in. People take many things in this world, especially from you as an artist, but one thing they can’t take is your identity in your craft. What’s for you is for you and when you believe that, everything that is meant to be will happen.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I moved to NYC the summer of 2019, a few months before Covid hit, so I haven’t had the chance to explore too much and get the full New York experience activity and location wise. But if I had a friend visiting for a weekend we would definitely be eating at Black Nile, a fire soul food seafood restaurant, Peaches Hothouse, Burger & Lobster in the city or Lagos NYC. Grabbing drinks at Claw Daddy for the culture is also a must.
We would go to Central park and have a nice relaxing picnic, shop in Soho, go bike riding in the city, late night bowling, hit a few night clubs and visit some studios out here, Most of my friends are creatives in some way, so we would be creating content through it all as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost I would like to give a shout-out to God who has placed me in the position and provided me with the opportunities needed to get where I am today.
I would also like to give a shout-out to my mother and father who have always supported my dreams. They are a major force behind my drive to keep going.
Lastly, I would like to say thank you to an amazing support system of people who have always believed in me and my dream even when I didn’t believe it myself: Papi Ojo, Mega Boi, Bizzle Osikoya, Sarah Amoyaw and Marianne Orunja.