Proxy whose real name is Mohamed A kanu is Sierra Leonean but based in Italy. He is known for his distinct style of music and fashion sense. In this interview, Proxy talks about his music , life in Italy and some other exciting stories. Enjoy!
How did you come up with the name Proxy?
Well to be honest with you, I got the name proxy from a dictionary. I and few friends were searching for AKA names to call each other. So i had to search for mine via dictionary. When i found the word proximity, I defined it my way and cut it short to proxy. So that’s how it started
What are your real names?
My real names are Mohamed A kanu
Take us through the journey. When did you start music professionally?
It all started when i was 16 years old or thereabout. I won a music competition. I was really happy and felt on top of the world. It was that moment i decided it is either music or nothing. it was a very easy decision for me.
How did music started for you?
It all started when i was in primary school.I performed at a school ceremony and the reaction was very good. That was how the whole journey started.
Did anyone influence your decision to do music?
Yes! Quite a number of them. People like Lil Wayne, Wizkid, Chris brown and Nega don one of sierra Leone’s best.
What genre of music do you do?
I do Afro soul,rap/trap music.
You are a Sierra Leonean but based in Italy. Would you say salone music and Africa music generally is acceptable over there too?
Of course! Every Italian that has listened to my songs, either they know me or not, their reactions are always good. Even though am not doing the genre they love most. And for African music to be 100% acceptable here, it has to be a gradual process and in fact, it’s happening already. We are almost there.
How would you describe doing music over there? Is it easy compared to back home in Sierra Leone?
Uncle Rahim, you know doing music is not an easy thing in any part of the world. Especially without any management or sponsors but i can say it’s a bit easy here compared to back home.
Take us through the process of making your music. Do you make your beats yourself?
(laughs!) I wish i can but no.All my beats are made by a Nigerian producer called prince Arbanj AKA Triggerboy.
How do you make your music? What are the process or steps you take in making your music?
Firstly, whenever i have an inspiration to make music, i record the melodies on my phone. When i hear a beat and have a concept to sing, that’s when i will write the right lyrics.
Do you smoke or drink for inspirations?
(Smiles!) No i don’t,i have them naturally in any mood.
What is your relationship with other salone artists? Most especially, those back at home.
I do have a very good relationship with most of them.
Do you have an album or EP?
Yes i have an EP titled new scene.
Are you signed to any record label?
I am presently working as an independent artist but I am ready and open to work with any label that will meet my needs.
As an exporter of African music, where do you see African music in the next 20 years?
African music will be all over the world 20 years to come or even less than that. In fact ,I will be part of that history.
Have you ever performed at any big event before?
Yes! I have done that many times. I have performed at major events in Italy here. I have as well been on the same stage with KCEE here in Italy.
Have you ever suffered stage fright before?
Few times yes.
How did you conquer stage fright?
I always fight it with the amount of trust and confidence I have over my contents.
Italy has a long history of racism abuse, have you ever suffered one before?
A lot of times,in fact it is an everyday thing but even though it’s hard to but am getting used to it.
Aside from music, what else do you do?
I do arts,i customize T-shirts,trousers,sneakers,and canvases,and as well a low-key street wear model.
On a final note, what would you like to tell your fans?
To keep supporting me and i will always use their support as arm force to deliver great contents for them. Lastly i love and appreciate all of them.