A record producer as defined by Wikipedia is a personnel who gathers music ideas for s project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by artist/group, work with artists and help them improve their songs , lyrics or arrangement. We have an example of the above described personnel in the Base Room today he’s Chinedu Francis Nnakwuzie Popularly known as ‘Orbeat’ he’s one of Nigeria’s fast rising producer making waves and creating cool records. He has quite a number of monster hits under his belt already and according to him there’s more coming.
Can you tell us who Orbeat is?
Orbeat is an African music producer active since 2010, real names Chinedu Francis Nnakwuzie
Why Music production?
It’s what I enjoy doing, although I studied petroleum engineering as my father insisted I must complete my college education. Music has always been my first love; the feeling of being able to turn imagination into reality that has multiple effects on people is a wonderful feeling. It’s amazing actually.
How would you describe your style of production?
Originality. I listen to a lot of original musicians. And focus more on making original African music that can stand the test of time (evergreen)
Soke & Sanko is considered to be your best pieces yet can you tell us how the idea behind them came about most especially the production part?
Sanko was actually one take freestyle from Timaya on a beat I had made in 2013; we actually did the editing together. Timaya Is an amazing person and I learnt quite a lot about making commercial Nigerian music from him. Runtown heard soke beat first and told me to get burnaboy on that record. He said this beat is a burna boy hit. Song was done in less than an hour.
Do you get royalties for some of the records you produced?
Should we be expecting a personal project from you anytime soon?
Yeah, maybe, lol
Do you sing?
I do sing but I am not a recording artist.
Can you name the artists and songs you have worked on?
Timaya – sanko,
DJ exclusive – jam it ft Timaya and 2face
Timaya- dance ft rudeboy(psquare)
Mr 2kay- count it all joy
Sina Rambo x Davido- wabamilo
Too many to list and too many unreleased materials with artists I can’t mention. Its Confidential till it’s released.
Who inspires you?
A lot of musicians do inspire me, FELA kuti is the most original artist I listen to. He really is one of my biggest inspirations.
How can prospective clients reach you?
Same way you contacted me (social media)