Could you tell us a bit about your background? What inspired you to begin creating and performing music in the first place? What is the significance of your stage name?
“I’m from Toronto, Ontario and began writing poetry when I moved to Canada in 2006. I started recording in 2009, was discovered on WorldStarHipHop in 2011, and just released a new mixtape called “Liberty”. I (became) inspired when I (saw) the reach music can (give), and I felt I had a story to tell the world; to motivate them to chase their dreams, and music was the platform I needed to use to (showcase) my voice. I also saw it as a way of channeling all the struggles I was going through at the time. My stage name signifies the approach I bring to my music and life. I feel like to achieve anything requires a high level of belief in yourself, and this belief later leads to confidence and having confidence in yourself is a necessity in achieving your goals.”
You were born in Nigeria but now live in Canada, correct? What inspired this major change? What are the major differences between the two countries?
“Yes, I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Canada in 2006. My parents (saw) Canada as a big opportunity for my siblings and I to live a better life and get a higher level of education than what Nigeria provided. I left Nigeria when I was really young and haven’t been back so I can’t give a vivid description of the differences between both countries; the first thing is the weather, and the roads and houses are different.”
What is the music scene of Toronto like?
“Toronto has a lot of undiscovered talent that needs to be heard. We have a big hip-hop culture up there and our music has its own sound, (directly) influenced by the multicultural society.”
What life experiences and events led to the writing and recording of your latest release “Liberty”? What has reception towards the album been like? What message do you hope is relayed to listeners through this mixtape?
“After leaving home mid 2013, I began living in an area called Liberty Village. I lived there for a year and the whole environment changed my perspective on life. I was dealing with a lot in my personal life and when I (moved there) it felt like my escape from the world where I began writing down everything I was dealing with. I decided to name the project “Liberty” (meaning freedom); (the project is) me channeling all the problems I was dealing with and using that to escape from my reality. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback since the release of the project: I’ve heard that it’s my best work to date and I’ve also gotten a lot of constructive criticism on it which I took note of while working on my new singles to be released (in the near future).”
What can you tell us about the album’s lead single ‘Everything I Wanted’? What went into the making of the music video for this track?
“(The single) ‘Everything I Wanted’ really speaks for itself; I got to a point in life where I looked back and realized that I’d really gotten the majority of the things I’d wanted, so I spoke about it in the song. The video was basically a day in the life of KonFiiDent; waking up in a condo, getting a call to host a party, and then turning it up with my friends when I arrive.”
Who are your biggest musical influences? Why do these particular artists or producers inspire you?
“I’m influenced by anyone that’s successfully making good music and spreading a positive message. My influences range from country musicians to African musicians, but I’m really influenced by Birdman, Sean Combs, Jay Z, Meek Mill and Rick Ross. The biggest thing that has inspired me with these artists is that (at one point) they were all like me; a young guy with a musical dream, and they’ve all amounted to indescribable levels of success via music and have used that platform to create new opportunities.”
What can you tell us about your involvement with BangKok Records? You’ve been working with them since 2011, and you’re traveling to Florida to work with the label, correct? What about your involvement with Global Power Music Group?
“BangKok Records was a label that discovered me and gave me an opportunity to get my voice heard, and I thank them for that opportunity. Yes, BangKok was based out of Tampa, Florida. As the label and I parted ways I continued working with JG and became one of the artists he signed to Global Power Music Group earlier this year.”
What is your favorite social media platform? Why?
“I really like Instagram; besides music, one of my other passions is photography. Being able to take pictures and use that to connect with my fans; it doesn’t get better than that.”
What do the remaining months of 2014 hold in store for KonFiiDent? Do you have any upcoming performance dates already booked?
“We have a lot planned for the last quarter of the year; I’m about to release a new music video called ‘Lights Off’. I’m also releasing a new single which is going to feature a surprise artist, and then I’m traveling across the United States to promote that through radio station and venue performances. Definitely expect a tour from me by the first quarter of next year.”