Gibrilville New Interview with Muzique Magazine
How did you come by your stage name?
My first stage name was Gibril the African. The more I evolved from a solo act to playing with bands, I wanted a name that included everybody on stage with me, and I needed to keep Gibril so my fans knew who it was. My ex-girlfriend used to tease me alot about always having a crew of friends with different personalities, and characters. She called us The Gibrilville crew. So I took Gibrilville and run with it and it stuck like Glue.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
In school, we would always rap during breaks, or skip a whole day and just sit in the dining hall freestyling. After my first few performances as a solo act in new jersey, I was not sure if I had the stomach for it. See what most people don’t know is I am a very shy guy. But I tell you, once I had my first rehearsal at the world-famous “Smash studio” Downtown Manhattan when I lived in new york city, I felt it. I discovered a different love for performance and live music. It was an ecstasy I did not know existed. Never look back since that day.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I am all original. I get inspired by fashion, but I love putting pieces together, or brainstorming with tailors, and coming up with new outfits. My friends think I may have a different calling in fashion. I have been living in Accra, Ghana for 2 years now. My sense of fashion has changed since I moved here. Another ex-girlfriend said to me once “I can totally wear your tops lol.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
Kilodey was originally written by me and Ayo on my first mixtape called ” The Foreign exchange Hustla vol 1″. It was a rap hook and freestyle we did together. I visited Lagos in 2020 to work on some music and wanted to do a song with a yoruba feel so I was playing around with the words to the freestyle and jay synths was like that’s a bar. or like he said ” that one nah lamba” so he started making the beat on the spot. An hour later it was done. Or even less sha….
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
I’m a workaholic. So sometimes I get in my own way. I work across a few industries and so I have plenty of distractions, which makes it hard to concentrate on one thing. In new jersey, I was a sales consultant for a company called Edison Nissan. Then I loved on to the finance department, whiles committing to my band full time. So it was hard. Now i have more time to plan around my releases and concentrate on my craft a bit more, but duty also calls when it comes to my late father’s estate and that also takes me away from the music. But I never give up and that’s an attribute I don’t take for granted.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
Wowww… you know last night I was listening to demo’s I cut in 2004 in Mississippi, I’m talking unreleased music going that far back. THEY DON’T MAKE EM LIKE GIBRIL NO MORE LOL. I am the best. And I am gettered Better everyday. Inshallah.
What are your plans for the near future?
In my new album titled “Good things manifest, Bad things defect” I’m really thinking about going into Agriculture and technology here in Africa, always recording and touring, finishing up my bachelor’s degree, and hopefully construction and hospitality.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout-outs?
Shout out to Gibrilville, my whole team across the globre, my big sister Ahmeda my complete force of gravity, my mother auntie Sarah, producers Coptic, Qc Funk, Farouk Abdala, and Jay synth, and Muzique Magazine for the opportunity for me to meet more music lovers.
How can fans find you?
@gibnrilville is my social media handle on Instagram, Twitter, and youtube, my page is called Foreign exchange records.
Instagram – @gibrilville
website – https://gibrilville.com/
TikTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@gibrilville
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
never give up, and always record a song as many times as possible. Remember it ain’t done until it’s released so get it right. Put God first and he will make the seconds in your life priceless.
Check out my latest single on youtube Titled “Kilodey” my first single with one of Africa’s best producers Jay synths from lagos. It’s a hot Afrobeats record about to be #1 on all charts by the end of the year! you heard it here first!