EXCLUSIVE: ‘I have had a crush on Sade Adu’ – 2face Idibia
He's already walking on the path of greatness with multiple awards, international recognition, and a vast catalog with numerous hits. Over the years, Innocent '2face' Idibia has become a yard stick for measuring success among entertainers.
The Hypertek boss spoke with NET in an exclusive interview as he took time off to rest after a series of rehearsals for his April 30th concert. He opens up about his family, his childhood, his timeless music and why he hasn't picked a wedding date with fiancée Annie Macaulay
How are preparations for your concert coming along?
So far everything has been running smoothly and I'm looking forward to a good show
It's been 2 years you dropped your last album, how come you've been laying low musically?
I have not really been on the low per se, because some of the videos to the songs I released just came out.
The anticipation level for your new album is high, do you feel nervous about it?
No no no, I look at them like my younger brothers. There's no competition. I even love their energy, but we are at different levels. If they were the people I started with, I'd understand.
Talking about those you started with, you have been able to make a transition from one generation to the other, but not only a few of your peers are still here. Why do you think that is?
I think it's the music. Every time I release an album, the music is still fresh, it's still relevant. Permit me to brag a little; I think I keep in touch with time, that's why I say I'm young at heart.
If you had the opportunity to meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
I'll choose one dead person and another who's still living. One person I would like to meet that has passed away would be Bob Marley. The other would have to be Sade Adu. I just love her person, she is deep, spiritual and she is beautiful. I have had a crush on her since (Laughs)
What comes to your mind when you put pen to paper during the songwriting process?
For me it comes in different forms; sometimes I'm at home and it might come to me in a poetic form, like someone is talking to me. I just keep writing down. At times I might just see a topic on TV, it triggers my mind and I might just write two or three pages. it might not join line by line but all the things are in line with the topic. And sometimes, it starts with the beat and I start freestyling from the beginning to the end of the song. Then I replay it and arrange the record so maybe all I have to do would be to just harmonize some parts of the verses, like I did with 'Only me'.
Some say you wrote 'Only me' for Mikel Obi
Nah (laughs). It's just some people who know how to spread rumours, I need to meet the person that started the rumour because it really travelled
If any of your kids wanted to be a musician what would u do?
I would definitely encourage them, because I've definitely been there and I'd be able to put them through.