Samuel J got the chase to catch up with Nigeria’s up and coming artist L.A.X to discuss his roots, his relationship with Wizkid, and his plans for the future. We started off by winding back the story to the days before his name was a big one in the vibrant Nigerian music scene.
“What was your hustle like from the beginning before you got signed?” SJ asked. L.A.X shook he head, almost with disbelief: “It’s been crazy man, trust me. I started music in 2009, and just after I started school, so it’s been ups and downs but thank God I made it, with the support of my producer. He was the first person to give me a beat, because before I used to take beats from YouTube, and try and do freestyles and stuff, and he gave me my first beat and since then I’ve just been vibing” And it’s clear that this hustle has been paying off when SJ asks what’s coming up next. “Trust me, too much coming up! Before I dropped my previous albums I was still in school doing my Master’s, it wasn’t easy. But now I’m back in Nigeria, doing my thing. I dropped Fine Boy just like two months ago and everywhere in Nigeria it’s going viral. Everybody’s wearing my t-shirt in Nigeria now, so I’m just excited for my new stuff that I have coming out. I’m going to be dropping three singles before the end of the year, and three videos as well.
The support of Wizkid, who acted as a mentor to L.A.X is well known, but SJ wondered what their relationship is like now. “He’s like a senior brother to me, he’s a friend, he’s the boss.” L.A.X answers earnestly, and it’s instantly clear how much respect exists between the two men. “Working in the studio with him is crazy, he’s an amazingly talented artist so it’s cool working with Wizkid, and we talk from time to time. At the beginning when I signed, I used to go on tour with him everywhere, went to Dubai, went everywhere, but now I’m trying to do my own music.
But it’s all cool man.” So, it’s clear that with the support of his friends, and colleagues, L.A.X has developed into an independent star in his own right, leading us to ask him where he sees himself in the next 3 years. “Every time they ask me this question I’m always saying “where god puts me”, but right now I’m going to say I want to be on top man, so in 3 years I’ll be the baddest Nigerian, no African, global man.” He’s certainly an ambitious guy, and we wouldn’t bet against him. As the interview comes to a close he tells us that his Master’s degree is in Innovation Management and that he writes business plans for companies “on the side”, so if there’s anybody well-placed to make full use of their God-given talent, it’s this man right here: L.A.X.