Whilst growing up, listening to rock music was his release. Taking keen interest in literature, this improved his writing, as he began writing poems and short stories at an advanced level.
He acquired his first guitar in university; not having enough confidence to sing his own songs at first, he started writing songs for upcoming artists. However, after a confidence boost from a friend and mentor, he started holding stage performances at the university.
Moving back to Nigeria in 2011, he enquired about rock in the country and found that it was a genre loved and also uncharted. Africa loves the Afro-beat for its danceable rhythm. His first single, entitled ‘The Line,’was written as a soundtrack to a friend’s short movie.
The single received many approvals in Nigeria, but Simdie wanted more for his style of music, so he continued the research he had begun six years prior on the Afro-rock genre. He wanted a sound that would seem new but not so strange to Africa.
When he explained his vision, his producer said that it “sounded like dust, like earth.” Afro-rock has been experimented on in two of his songs: ‘Funmilayo’ and ‘Bamija (The Fight).’ Simdie’s team is currently working on refining both his sound and their publicity and promotions.
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