By Aimone Sharif- Head of Editorial.
Hertfordshire University homes many different cultures, background, traditions and ways of life which means there is always someone for you to meet that has that special something extra!
Elomaina Mafeni, also known as Elo, is a third year joint honours studying Journalism, Media Cultures and Law. Think that’s long and windy? He will no doubt back you up on that, because his real passion is music. Elo has recently rekindled his love with music accompanied by several collaborations this summer in Nigeria. So how does he do it?! As we talk to him, his honest and undramatic answers will make it a tad too relatable!
Why did you decide to come to Hertfordshire?
I don’t really know how or why I landed in Hatfield honestly, but I’m glad I’m here.
Where did the passion for music come from?
Music has always been around me when I was growing up and I’ve always loved it! But I could never properly play an instrument; I didn’t have one particular one that I wanted to play, so instead I just played on everything and anything I could get my hands on. It was the beginning of random melodies and awful song writing!. The habit of playing just got stuck to me and became a slight second nature without me realising, and now I do it everyday. Lol. I also used to sing in the car on the way to school, and I was in the choir in Secondary School. I went to a Catholic Jesuit School in Nigeria. Fun times.
Who inspired you to be a musician?
Michael Jackson. He was the first. I just loved how amazing everything he did . His voice, the dancing… I wanted to be just like him. I used to dance too btw.
What is your favourite genre of music and artists?
Soul. Well really just melodic calm ethereal vibes that have a lot of soul in them. I like fusionists; Artists that combine. There are too many to even list. They change every day. Mick Jenkins is a fav at the moment.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Heard you are performing again; how does that feel?!
Yes! I have started performing again recently! Last one was back home in Nigeria over the summer; The Capital Movement Festival in Abuja. It was a good show. I think it taught me to stop second-guessing myself. I did that a lot before.
Do you feel there is enough guidance for aspiring young musicians now?
Oh yes definitely. The key is to look backwards for knowledge. Major Key
What would be your three big tips for aspiring musicians?
From what I’ve learned and experienced my main tips are to never doubt yourself. Learn about your craft and keep working on your aspirations. Most importantly never doubt yourself.
What does music mean to you? Is it just a hobby?
It’s been a good companion. Therapeutic. I use it to communicate thoughts I can’t always discuss with people face to face. I really enjoying writing and when I’m writing songs I’m combining my love for words with my love for sounds.
Own a media company. Like a film production branch, radio, TV, animation, events, music label… Mogul type aspirations. But steady steps.
Want to hear what AYLØ sounds like?! Check his sound cloud at: https://soundcloud.com/arkhonellz
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