How To Write A Song With Victor Ndigwe
Learn to write anywhere
"I write songs during castings and waiting to get on set [laughs]. Why not write a song or do something else rather than just wait? I misplaced my last notebook so I gave up on writing things down and I use my phone instead - I'll never misplace my phone! I just record things on my phone, it means I won’t forget it."
Be you, everyone else is taken
"Inspiration comes from anything really, what I see, feel and hear. I pick what I can relate to then make a song out of it. For example, I come from a place where there's so much going on, good and bad things alike, but in the midst of all the suffering you still see people laughing and trying to have fun. I see things like that everyday and it inspires me to write a song which these people can relate to when they hear it. That's how I get inspiration from anything."
Find your hook, and run with it
"The way I write songs differ, sometimes I could be beat boxing or making up a tune in my head then I just fit in words that will go with the tune or it could be that I have the lyrics then I work on the tune later on. I started out as a drummer - I played in a percussion band at school but I left the band in 2012. I’m also learning guitar."
Keep an open mind
"I'm listening to a lot of things from Afro pop to rap, R’n’B to rock. A good song to me is something that I can relate to, something that makes sense to me, regardless of what genre the song is. If it doesn't make sense to me then I have to be able to dance to it. I have so many favourite artists: The Fugees, Fela Kuti, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Asa, Burna Boy, J.Cole, Wale, Sia, Chris Brown, Wiz Kid, to name a few. They're all phenomenal, their sound gives me life."
The revolution will be digitised
"I go online to download free instrumentals and beats, and then, I take them to the studio and record them. I work with some Nigerian producers - like Doc-Side, Ab-Joes or Gentle. We listen to the beat then I tell them how I want to sing on the beat. They advise and gives their ideas on how they think it should go before we start recording. I want to release my music but the truth is I'm scared to! I don't know how people will accept it because it's quite a different sound. But I will probably release something regardless!"