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Adewolf has teamed up with 604 Records and Light Organ Records
Vancouver, BC-based Nigerian artist, Adewolf with 604 Records and Light Organ Records (604LO) has launched of the first release of their 604 Sessions series with 2SME featuring “Feel Alive!” ft. Fionn and “Nutella Kisses.”
2SME (pronounced “twosome”) is a double single that explores two sides of love. “Feel Alive!” co-written with 604 duo Fionn and producer Jared Manierka, speaks on the love of one’s self, while “Nutella Kisses,” co-written and produced by Schwey’s Isiah Dobbs, touches on being in love.
On the dual release, Adewolf shares:
“Feel Alive! touches on the importance of stepping away from bad vibes and into self-love. Saving your energy and staying away from negative moments and people so I can focus on myself and the things that matter more – all the cheesy stuff. It’s a song about reclaiming your energy and spending more time on doing the things that make you feel more lit and happy.”
“Nutella Kisses talks about a strong, romantic love with a ride or die partner who is as sweet as Nutella but has the resilience of Amina, a 15th century Nigerian warrior princess. Isaiah who is member Schwey sent over this beat with bunch of other ones and this stood out to me and I had no idea it would be a love song till I started to freestyle melodies. We met up at the 604 studios for the song writing session and it was fun! We were playing around with objects and surfaces in the room to make percussion feels and we did some beatboxing at the very end of the song, totally inspired by Timbaland and his Missy Elliott era style of production.”
The songs are a product of the inaugural 604 Sessions song camp, created to foster an atmosphere of creativity and opportunity for unsigned artists and offer creative services to the greater community. Along with today’s release, 604LO are opening applications for the 2022/2023 program, artists can apply here.
Listen to 2SME below, and find out more about Adewolf via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Yoooo! I’m Adewolf aka “Ade double” aka “Dosh” aka “Oshi Doshi” aka “Tasti Dosh”… ok I’m out of aka’s. “Ade” means “crown/king” in Yoruba, my native language in Nigeria, where I was born and raised, and the “wolf” in my name represents my spirit animal, don’t ask me why *shrug. I’m also Canadian and based in Vancouver. It’s been my home for five years; I was in Toronto before then. My style of music is what I call Afrohop; it’s an alchemy of Hip hop and Afrobeats with sprinkles of R&B, Dancehall, and my emotions at the moment.
Tell us a bit about your most recent release?
2SME is pronounced “twosome.” It’s a 2-song project that explores two sides of love, “Feel Alive!” speaks on the love of self, and “Nutella Kisses” touches on being in love with a romantic partner. Oh! I also almost called it 2SOME, but all my google searches were NSFW, so I decided to take out the “O.”
The songs were made in the 604 sessions by 604 records; it was an all-around incredible learning experience. I got to work with Isaiah, a multi-instrumentalist and super talented producer/musician from Schewy, the band on “Nutella Kisses.” We started four songs in that session but ended up with “Nutella Kisses.” We just wanted to make something that sounded soulful and sweet. “Amina,” I mention in the song, is pretty much the real Xena Princess Warrior, she was a 15th-century Nigerian heroine, and I love the dynamic of having a partner who is both sweet and badass. It was a fun time in the studio, and we played with objects to find interesting percussive sounds. We also channeled our inner Timbaland at the end of the song, where you can catch me doing a bit of beatboxing.
On “Feel Alive!” I was in the studio with Jared Manierka and Fionn, and I wasn’t sure what to expect because we make different styles of music, but it’s incredible what you create when you open yourself to new songwriting styles. Brianne and Alanna were very poetic with lyrics and have amazing voices. It was a dope learning experience working on this track together. Jared was the glue that made it all work. We wrote this song in 2021 when we were coming out of the second COVID-19 wave, and public health orders were loosening up again. We felt like we were all being pulled in different directions and back to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, which was pretty much the main inspiration for this song.
Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?
My inspiration comes from the internet and living, observing life around me trying to be present in the smallest conversation because people are like books and have so many amazing stories and lessons they can share.
Do you have any upcoming shows or festivals you’d like to tell us about?
I’m so grateful to be back performing and I’m pumped for shows in the summer. Here is a list of my upcoming shows, please come through!
June 3rd – Black Music Month Festival at The Beaumont Studios
June 16th – Opening for Vox Rea’s Album launch at the Hollywood Theater
July 1 – Surrey Canada Day 2022
July 9 – Khatsahlano Street Party 2022
July 16 – African Descent Festival 2022
July 23rd & 24th – Summerville Street party
What’s your goal for 2022?
My goals for 2022 are to release my EP titled Lostalgia in the project. It’s about getting lost in my memories of growing up in Lagos and giving it a sick rollout plan. Be a more courageous artist, keep working on growing on my craft every day, and gives more value to the world and everyone around me.