Interview with CtrlT (@ctrltoby)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Well my love for music dates way back to my very early years. I remember my uncle who was diagnosed with lung cancer and was given about 3 months to live would play Bob Marley songs all the time. He had a whole collection of cassette tapes back when cassette tapes were still a thing, and I guess the feeling I watched music deliver to his heart subconsciously made me fall in love. I also remember getting my first MP3 player it was a “creative” my cousins loaded it up with famous songs at the time. Rihanna’s Umbrella was a big one back then. I could go on but I would say the bottom-line is music has been a part of my life ever since I can remember and at the moment I’m grateful to say that I’ve found a passion for creating it because not a lot of people find their passions.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting thing that’s happened to me so far would be the day I got to meet a famous Spanish artist, Rels B and his team. He was touring the US and happened to come through Atlanta. He came from humble beginnings and I got to hear his story first hand. Gave me a new fire and belief..
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
I would say if you truly believe this is what you wanna do, not just what makes you happy but what makes life worth it for you, then don’t you dare quit. However, taking breaks is the most healthy thing you can do for your mental health and your creativity.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I’ll be honest from the moment I started my music career, it’s been hard to find people who genuinely believe in my dream not even family sometimes but there have been people who saw my vision and believed in me, my former manager, Edirin Tadaferua, my current manager Elsa Bankole, and my sound engineer Skimzea. Skimzea has been with me from the very start.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
In my country, Nigeria there are a lot of hard working talented people who just need opportunities. So I make it a priority to find these people and work with them specifically. For instance, my producers are Nigerian, my sound engineer Skimzea who mixes and masters my songs is also Nigerian and so are my managers, both former and current.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
So many quotes come to mind but one that has kept me going is as simple as can be “never quit”. I remember when I first started out, my music was nowhere close to presentable and I reached out to a musician I considered a friend. He had recording equipment in his apartment and he was gonna charge me but I couldn’t afford to pay at the time, I don’t know why I thought we were just exchanging favors. Long story short he kicked me out and said some mean things that cut really deep and brought tears to my eyes as I sat in my car in his parking lot. Everything in my mind and the situation I was in told me “this music business is too expensive, you can’t afford it, you’re broke” but some how I decided it was music or nothing and I just kept going and “where there’s a desire, there’s always a way”. I guess that’s two quotes haha.
.How can our readers follow you on social media?
My username on all social media platforms is Ctrltoby. You can also search for CtrlT to find me on Spotify, Apple Music or any stream platforms
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Saying thanks to people who supported me & Always try to help others. I’m an afrofusion artist born and raised in Lagos Nigeria currently based in Atlanta, GA.