We had the good fortune of connecting with Oluwaseyi Mafi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Oluwaseyi, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am originally from Lagos, Nigeria. I was born there and lived the greater part of my childhood in Nigeria. While I was much younger, I was introduced to a music course, which for some reason, I developed lots of interests in. At the time as well, I had a teacher who taught myself and my older brother how to play the piano and how to read sheet music. As I grew older, I developed more interests in music, and as a result, took it more seriously in school. Luckily, my affinity for music remained even unto my late teenage years. When I got into college and was able to afford a thing or two for myself, I saved up some money and bought a keyboard which really opened me up to music production. From then on, I invested time and resources into learning professional music production while also cultivating relationships with key players who have helped shape my ideologies and expertise in the art of music creation and production.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a producer, sound engineer, musician, and song writer. I compose music and handle the back end of production which includes creating instrumentals, tracking vocals, mixing, and mastering. I am most proud of my growth and development both personally and musically. I have always challenged myself to find ways to be better and more efficient with my music. There’s always been challenges along the way. Firstly, I did not have the right tools to start of the process of production, with the keyboard being the most vital. But I tried to save from time to time to purchase a gear or two to help with my production. As I progressed, I also had to learn the valuable skills in order to use these tools effectively. It’s been painstaking and watching hours upon hours of tutorials on YouTube definitely was not fun, but I just had to stick my head in for the long haul. Self-motivation and good healthy feedback from my friends and people who heard my music motivated me to keep pressing forward to improving my skills. The biggest lessons I’ve learn so far is investing in yourself is priceless. Building relationships oftentimes is better than a temporary compensation. I want anyone that comes in contact with my brand, music, and production to love the experience and feel happy while listening to the music I have created or collaborated on! It will give me joy!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spots in Dallas would be Happiest Hour in Uptown. It’s a real chill spot with nice vibes. I’ll definitely take my best friend there. We might also check out some comedy hours in North Dallas. I am also a competitive person, so we could also visit Top Golf or go-karting. On a bright Sunday, we will head out for brunch in an open patio, preferably roof top bar setting area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A big shoutout to my Mr. Niyi! I first learned how to play the piano from him! Big shoutout to my older brother, G. Mafi! We share lots of ideas together. Big shoutout Ife love music for always willing to share nuggets of priceless information! Big shoutout to my brother from another mother, Kace “Soundhouse9ja”! He is a dope individual and producer. Shoutout to J’ray! We’re family, homie! Can’t go without giving a shoutout to my mum and dad! They are the real MVPs!