Nigerian Afrobeat singer songwriter Skinn is releasing debut LP ‘Rêves’ on March 25th.
Having come a long way chasing the arts, Skinn has managed to break out of an educational cycle that made him struggle with his creative freedom. He has now reinvented himself by following his instincts and devoting his life to his art by creating some extremely captivating Afrobeat songs.
With his upcoming project ‘Rêves’, Skinn is touching upon influences from Nigerian singer songwriters such as D’banj and Wizkid while ultimately making his own very unique Afrobeat sound. His song ‘The Year’ is underpinned by an enticing, as well as melancholic mood emphasised by a powerfully moving beat and reflective lyrics.
The Cover Art titled ‘The dreams of peace’ was shot and photographed in Nigeria by Nigerian Photographer and Entrepreneur, Lubee Abubakar ; whose work has featured on VOGUE Italia and Published on various magazines frequently in the previous years. Working with Lubee on the Cover was special, Skinn explains; “she understood what had to be done and she did it.” The Dream of Peace photo series can be viewed here – http://revesdepaix.tumblr.com/
Still at the early stages of his career, Skinn’s music has already been well received among the Nigerian online community and radio stations in Nigeria. Skinn has already shared stages with well-known names in the Afro-beat scene ranging from Fuse ODG to Sean Tizzle and Wande Coal.
The artist explains: “My LP was hugely influenced by my emotions at the time. While I was recording the album I had a lot of high and low points. My mood was really about the place I was in. Eventually, I found my rhythm and found the strength to show my creative side.” To Skinn, recording ‘Rêves’ turned out to be a unique learning curve. The method he applied for recording was ultimately a mirror to him that reflected his life in general: “It made me find the balance as a human and as a creative. Allowing me to experiment with sounds in more than one way really showed me that there is an alternative in life. I dislike the notion that there can only be one way to achieve a goal & I am the type to constantly look for the odd way out. “
The Album ‘Reves’ is out on 25th March 2016