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TBHB Fave: Seyi Ogunnaike

Hi, my name is Seyi, I’m a multi-instrumentalist, producer & arranger. I have been playing for about 11 years. I started off in church playing keys. I started working professionally in music last year when I played with Mr Eazi at his London concert which made him the first artist I worked with. Since then, I’ve become more recognised in the music scene and have been doing more. I’m endorsed to Roland UK who are responsible in the UK and Ireland for electronic musical instruments; they make keyboards, drums and the like.

So what does your endorsement actually mean for you in terms of your responsibilities?

It means that I promote them in either my videos or posts on social media or promote them when I do shows. I tend to tag them in my posts and they share the posts. Essentially, we promote each other on our platforms

That’s really great, how did that come about?

Like I said earlier, my first big show was my performance with Mr Eazi. I used their keyboard during that and I had gotten a lot of attention from the show. I decided to contact them and showcase what I had done. As a black female in the UK on that sort of level, I felt I had nothing to lose by going for it. They saw my work and noticed I had a decent followership and were willing to have me on board. This happened in January of this year.

You mentioned the Mr Eazi concert…how was that?

It was amazing! I never expected to work with him. We got connected on twitter- I posted a twenty-second video of me playing keys over Skin Tight and he saw it and DM’d me. He asked me to play in his UK show. Two months later, we performed in Leicester at a Ghanaian Independence event. Three months later, he had his headline show in O2, Kentish town. I really didn’t expect that; the whole thing was a bit surreal and took me a while to take in. It was fun, people loved me- you know, a girl on the keys. I met a lot of people and people recognised me from there, even people from Nigeria, Ghana and all around the world.

 

How have you maintained your femininity in a male-dominated industry?

I’ve got a secret weapon: my sister. Her name is Bukola B. She is a hairstylist and makeup artist. She’s been doing my hair and makeup since we were kids. As I’ve gotten bigger in the industry, she’s taken on a bigger role- she picks out my outfits when I perform, picks out my hairstyles – she’s the secret behind my whole new look.

 

We’ve seen you with different hairstyles lately. You’re rocking a pixie cut today, you had a long bob at your first Mr Eazi’s concert and back to pixie again recently. What’s your favourite look?

I love both, my favourite is the short pixie cut. It’s actually a wig made by someone I met on Instagram. I like it because it makes my face stand out more and it’s not in the way. I do like the way the bob swings when I’m on the keys though.

You mentioned your sister is your stylist, but do you have any favourite salons?

I haven’t been to many- the last time I went was in year 11 for Prom. My sister has been doing my hair for the past 7 years. She’s the only one who does my hair. Now that my sister is busy, I go to a woman in east London- Ms Williams. She specializes in wigs, so I got to her for those.

What three hair products you couldn’t live without?

I am transitioning my hair, I started at the beginning of the year. I haven’t used that many products since the chop. I only use coconut oil at the moment

Do you ever have your hair out?

Ha-ha, only at home

Why did you transition?

My relaxed hair was breaking. When I would do leave-outs, the front would be shorter than the back which was not a good look. I thought I’d cut it and start again. After I cut it, I felt like a new woman, like a brand-new person with no hair distractions.

Where can we follow you?

You can follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat: Seyiogunnaike

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