After emerging winner of the Maisha Superstar competition, the petite but big voiced Phy won a recording deal and hit the ground running. In a record two and a half months she is already dropping an album. Find out more about her journey to Phylosophy.
- So, Phylosophy. Tell us more about it.
I’ve always had the name Phylosophy for a while because first, I thought it to be a cool pun for my name. Second, it matches philosophy, I am into writing a lot including poetry and the like. Tim “timwork” Rimbui, Jaaz Odongo, and St P helped me produce and write all the songs in my album as well; I am blessed to have the best working on my album. It has ten songs, which include quite a few collaborations with Khaligraph and Rabbit. It is about my relatable life experiences and those of others because I made it a point to speak for other people.
- You came into the music scene officially a few months ago and you are already launching an album, how long have you been working on it?
I officially started working on the album two and half months ago after I got the recording deal. There was quite a number of pre-written songs from my entire lifetime before the competition because you have to live it to write it, which made it easy for us to bring them life. It also goes back to the blessing of having a recording label which means I do not have to worry about where the money to record and do videos will come from. Working on the album has been my greatest blessing yet. The dream come true for a girl born in a tiny Village in Sotik! Proving anything is possible is put your mind to it. I have given my raw authentic self to this and I believe my world will collide with that of the listener creating a magical experience.
- When it come to your music, your style is quite different, how would you define your genre?
I was going for the new cool kid swagged up vibe, I think afro-funk would be the name. I consider myself to be quite creative and artsy. Apart from the fact that I am a singer, I am into fashion, dancing, I am an instrumentalist and I also write. I like a lot of fresh out of the box ideas which translates to how I put my music together, it is a mixture of pop, soul, RnB, hip-hop.
- How would you say being on Airtel Trace Music and Maisha Superstar have helped your music career?
This year has been explosive for me because for a long time, I was a struggling artist which got my very supportive folks and myself wondering why it wasn’t paying off after all the time I put into it including going to music school. I was almost giving up when Airtel Trace Music happened which was a confirmation for me that this is what I was meant to do. It opened doors and more people got to know about me, especially when I did the Jaguar- Kipepeo rendition which I think caught quite the attention. Maisha Superstar got me into the music and gave me the networks and friendships and gave me the opportunity and the platform to showcase my art.
- What are some of the key lessons you took from both competitions and more so what you are learning on the job?
Before all I wanted to do was sing but you get to learn so many other things. First, I got to understand showbiz as an industry where there is a market therefore there’s demand from the fans and you have to supply the music. Second, work ethic: wake up every day with the purpose to perfect your art, show up on time and be professional in handling other businesses around music inclusive of investors and all. Third I am learning on how to incorporate longevity into the plan, being specific with my music and planning on the release including choosing and singing for my target audience.
- Your fashion comes out as well curated, is this the case?
I am quite the OCD type and it takes me a while to get ready. I wear something if it is not how I envisioned it, I start all over again until it is perfect. Actually, one of my favorite pastimes is shopping and I shop for the seriousness of how I much I love to shop, I draw inspiration from blogs and other fashion icons. But I also have those days when I am all about t-shirt, jeans and a hoodie.
- You’ve heard of international acts pushing their release dates because they don’t want to go head to head with Adele. Are you not afraid it will affect yours?
(Laughs) I do not think her release would affect mine all the way here in any way but I respect her work and would love to get to the point where other big acts are pushing their release dates because yours is coming out. For the moment let Adele and I take it on.
- Once the music is released where can your fans find it?
Online we will have the whole album available for download on Itunes , Waabeh and Skiza tunes.
Physical copies will also be available for purchase.