Exclusive Interview with Nigeria’s Most Handsome Saxophonist, Oluwatunmise Ayeni (SamJazzreed)Iyiolastrings
Interview conducted by Gossipears Team (G.E.T.) on Monday, 25th February 2019.
G.E.T.: Who is Samjazzreed?
Samjazzreed: (Chuckles) Samjazzreed is Ayeni Oluwatunmise Samuel. I was born on the 11th of February in the 90s. Although I am an indigene of Ekiti State, I was born, bred and buttered in Ogun State, Abeokuta to be precise. I am a graduate of Music from Federal College of Education, Osiele. After which, I proceed to the University of Ibadan, where I am presently an undergraduate for my B.A. in Music.
G.E.T.: Which musical instrument(s) do you play?
Samjazzreed: I play the saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Soprano)
G.E.T.: When and why did you start playing the saxophone?
Samjazzreed: I started playing saxophone 2012. As to the reason why I play saxophone, the instrument is romantic and I soon realize that those who play the saxophone are both handsome and beautiful as the case may. And since I am one, I decided to join the party (small laugh).
G.E.T.: What was the first tune(s) you learned?
Samjazzreed: My first standard tune was “in the sentimental mood”
G.E.T.: Is your immediate family musically inclined or is it something hereditary?
Samjazzreed: My family can be liken to a ‘house of music’ because my dad can compose music on the spot (Chuckles.)
G.E.T.: Sorry to interfere, but can you describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
Samjazzreed: Of course, yes. My elder brother is a Sound Engineer and happen to be a music critic. My younger brother is also a musicologist like myself. My Dad like a said before is a song composer. He can compose within a short notice. So you see why I say, my family is a music house (Laughs)
G.E.T.: Whaoo! So, who, among the famous musicians do you admire and can pass for your role model? Can you also share why?
Samjazzreed: I admire Kirk Whalum. He inspires me and I have learnt a lot from him. I mean, a lot. (Smiles)
G.E.T: Who was your first teacher on the saxophone?
Samjazzreed: My first sax instructor was Sofola Kadupe Oyewale. He was my class mate during my NCE days
G.E.T.: Is saxophone the first musical instrument you played?
Samjazzreed: No! My first musical instrument was trumpet, which I started playing at the age of 10.
G.E.T.: What are your fondest musical moments?
Samjazzreed: I have a lot of fun playing my instruments. My best moments is always anytime I am playing my saxophone (laughs).
G.E.T.: What other instruments catches your fancy?
Samjazzreed: I play the guitar, piano and African percussion.
G.E.T.: Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Samjazzreed: My love for guitar was greatly influenced by King Sunny Ade (KSA) and his style of instrumentation.
G.E.T.: Do you engage in public performance like Concerts, radio, TV etc.?
Samjazzreed: I have been opportuned to perform in various events from wedding, dinner, cocktail to serenade, surprise events etc.?
G.E.T.: Do you get nervous before a performance?
Samjazzreed: Every human get nervous when they are about to take a big step, but we must learn how to handle it.
G.E.T.:: What would be your advice to beginners who are nervous or have stage fright?
Samjazzreed: It’s okay to be nervous. Don’t be too hard on yourself. The solution is to just start. Once you do, everything will sought itself.
G.E.T.: Do you attend sessions in studios? What do you think makes a good session?
Samjazzreed: Yes, I attend sessions. I will say that disciplined musicians and instrumentalists make a good session.
G.E.T.: ow often, and for how long do you rehearse ?
Samjazzreed: (Chuckles.) I practice every day.
G.E.T.: What do you rehearse? — exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
Samjazzreed: The only way an instrumentalist can get better is to practice very often, so I make sure I practice a lot, but one step at a time. Patterns, licks, phrases, approach and target
G.E.T.: Do you teach music?
SSamjazzreed: I teach music, theory and practical
G.E.T.: If you had not become a musicologist, what would have been your preferred career?
Samjazzreed: (Chuckles) Then I would be a lawyer
G.E.T.: Do you have a message for your fans?
Samjazzreed: To my fans, take life so simple. Consider your interest second and and think of others first. You own interest should not be the first thing you consider, try considering others too. Also, listen more than you talk.
G.E.T.: Thank you, Oluwatunmise Samuel Ayeni, a.k.a. Samjazzreed. It was a pleasure speaking with you. Hope you will oblige us the next time we need you?
Samjazzreed: You are welcome! Of course, yes. Anytime!
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