XtrmBasePro: It’s with great honor that we bring you another outstanding artiste today, from the city of Jos, Nigeria. It is our culture to let artistes introduce themselves. This won’t be an exception.
Nenrit: Okay😊. My name is Nenrit Wikadason. From Pankshin LGA in Plateau state and Ngas by tribe . I’m a psychologist,singer, songwriter and a graphic designer.
XtrmBasePro: Graphics designer too? We rarely see female graphic designers these days. How was that passion stirred?
Nenrit: It just started. I have never nursed it in my heart to be one. It was a decision I made in just a second. Cos I needed design and the only question I asked was “is it difficult?” and of course, as long as you put your heart to a thing you’ll definitely get to it. So with questions about the basics and a lot of Youtube videos, boom! I started graphics designing 😂
Nenrit: 😂 😂 Ehen. I just remembered; I’m a studio engineer too. I work closely with Oluwadrumma, tracking vocals and a little of mixing too. The production part of me, I haven’t discovered yet 😂. I’m a producer by mouth though 😂
XtrmBasePro: Please tell us you play a musical instrument too, please!
Nenrit: 😂😂😂😂. Sadly I don’t 😩
XtrmBasePro: Welcome on board. We hope to enjoy this gist.
Nenrit : Thank you for having me.
XtrmBasePro: So let’s go to your art; singing, songwriting. For how long have you been on that?
Nenrit: Publicly,it would be two years now. But on a low key level I’d been singing since I was a child; age of 8 to be precise from Sunday school, then eventually became the youngest member of the church choir.
XtrmBasePro: I can imagine how small you were looking that time🙄
Nenrit: Very small. The voice was bigger than the owner 😂
XtrmBasePro: And how did that interest start?
Nenrit: I can’t point out for sure but I just really loved to sing. And my mum always bought us donut man cassettes at that time. I’ll sing along and then in Sunday school too singing all those kids songs. I didn’t even know what it meant to have a good voice I just sang but I knew I was always the lead singer and members of the church would be like “this child has a beautiful voice”, and I’m like “oh Okay. Before I grew up and understood what it meant.
XtrmBasePro: That’s beautiful.
So do you intend to do this for long? or you could find another drive somewhere along the line and switch?
For example, when you get married; would your focus shift to the responsibilities marriage would bring? How are you prepared for that?
Nenrit: Wow. Okay so I’ve been thinking about that a couple of times. I really do intend to do this for long, but of course I wouldn’t neglect my responsibilities in the home as a wife and mother. As for being prepared, honestly I won’t say I am so prepared but all would be well. Let me not begin to worry about tomorrow yet. Today is what counts when I get there I know it’ll work out fine.
XtrmBasePro: Okay, we really hope you’d find a balance for this. Most times it’s not easy. I have seen good singers who have allowed marriage to swallow that area of their lives. Then I wonder if they married someone who actually don’t believe in their abilities aside keeping the home.🤦🏾♂
Then I also have seen men who support the artistry part of their wives; they pay for studio sessions and even be her manager😁😁
Nenrit: Very true. Choice of partner is also a very important thing. Finding someone who supports and helps you grow is just a big blessing
XtrmBasePro: Unto the next one,before we turn your session into a seminar🙄🙄
So how would you describe your music?
Nenrit: Okay, I’d describe my music as soul lifting. All my songs are personal. They come straight from my heart and from the way I feel. And I know a lot of people that can relate to my kind of vibe and the lyrics too
XtrmBasePro: So how do you draw your inspiration?
Nenrit: From my experiences basically
So what experience have you had so far? What are some of the challenges you have encountered and how were you able to handle them?
Nenrit: That would be finance. Then another challenge was the fact I used to be very timid. So I’d get invited for ministrations and I’d begin to fear and think of how to face a large crowd of people 😂 but not anymore though, I’ve built my confidence over time with the help of God. And overcoming these challenges.
XtrmBasePro: What’s the best song you have recorded so far?
Nenrit: Soooo far it’ll be Akwa Abasi.
XtrmBasePro: You have done a cover of one of Jonathan McReynolds’ songs. And you gave it a feel of Naija👌🏾. Why did you pick that particular song?
Nenrit: Yea. So it was kr8radio’s burnout season1 and I heard the song play for the first time. I could totally relate to it. So I decided to do a cover while trying to come up with a way to so it I decided to add a feel of pidgin so that whoever listened would also be able to connect whether learnt or not. Most people in this part of the world can speak or at atleast understand. That’s why I chose to do it that way.
XtrmBasePro: Well, just so you know, you nailed it. You did a great job on that.
Now to the big question; how would you describe the music making process?
Nenrit: Okay! Music making comes quite easy for me. I can just begin to hum a tune and sometimes there are no words yet then I just record and save till I’m able to write. Other times there’s a beat and I just flow and connect to it and write and in some cases, the words and tune is just there. And then when I write, I try to write what people would be able to connect with; not just because I feel it sounds good in my head. I’ve trashed a lot of songs because I just felt not a lot of people would connect to it 😂.
XtrmBasePro: You trash??😔. I feel writers shouldn’t trash. You could recreate🤷🏿♂
Nenrit: Well some songs don’t just spark something in you. Yea, you wrote it but somewhere down the line you’re just not feeling any good vibe from it and before you know it just slips and you let go and you’re on to the next one.
XtrmBasePro: So you don’t ever go back to them?
Nenrit: I’ve never gone back to any.
XtrmBasePro: What is one thing you feel the church Is neglecting in the world today?
Nenrit: I think the church neglects the main point of why we’re in church. We’ve moved from teachings of the Word as it is and following the footsteps of Jesus to talks of prosperity and money. There’s no unity even amongst pastors and members. Sadly, a lot have gone wrong with the church. Mentioning them all would just not end soon. But I pray that we trace our steps and fall back on the right track.
XtrmBasePro: So what would you say is/are the footstep(s) of Jesus?
Nenrit: As much as He gave, He served. He was humble, He preached the Gospel, despite His status, He never bragged; taught the Word of Truth without sugar coating it to suit anyone because He wanted favors. He left His life to come and still die for all of us and to fulfill the scripture. He was just perfect!
XtrmBasePro: Well,I am very sure there are a whole lot of Christians who don’t sugar coat the gospel though. I get your point; we need to step up. Who are some of the people who influenced your art?
Nenrit: Oluwadrumma, My family and a few amazing friends.
XtrmBasePro: So many bad news fills the airwaves these days. What do you think gospel ministers called to influence the media are not doing properly?
Nenrit: Hmmmm. Well, I think there are a quite a number of things we’re not doing right. Like why are you into gospel music? does your life emulate what you preach, how is your relationship with others? A lot of things come to play and many people lack in these areas. Even amongst us, can we say that there’s a bond or unity?
XtrmBasePro: okay, thank you so much for your responses so far,
Nenrit: My pleasure. Thank you too sir for the opportunity 😊
XtrmBasePro: Nenrit, If you could change anything in the music industry, what would it be?
Nenrit: 🤔. It’ll be having to create a bond among Various Artists whether you’re up there or upcoming. Like having everybody under one umbrella where everyone gets to support one anothers art and also help younger one’s build up themselves.
XtrmBasePro: This is brilliant. But what would you say is the reason gospel singers cannot come to this point. To me, to an extent, the secular world has more bond than we do.
what would you advise?
Nenrit: That the “bigger artist” reach out to the good ones coming up. You have “upcoming artists” sometimes do covers of their songs and tag them but they never respond; that alone can crush a person’s feelings. So if they’re tagged or mentioned on post they should at least reach out or say something.
Then most importantly, practicing what we preach.
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