Disposables & Drip | Mr.Eazi
Making the world a better and more accepting place isn’t so easy, unless you’re Mr.Eazi of course. With a fierce dedication to bringing his style of Afro-fusion music called Banku to the ears of all, Eazi’s fan base stretches its arms from Lagos to London to Los Angeles. After his performances at Coachella, it’s clear that it is not just talent but a vicious vibrant energy exerted by Eazi that cultivates conquest beyond your average crowd control. Not only did Eazi kill it with his sets, but he even jumped around the Do Lab as a special guest to Major Lazer’s surprise performance. As a fan of both Eazi and Major Lazer, seeing the gap between beat drops and international imprints being bridged before my eyes was an experience that I only hope was as influential on the rest of the crowd.
It was quite the honor to chat with Mr.Eazi about home, heart and multi-national high life. Check out the full interview here and be sure to follow Mr.Eazi in all his worldly endeavors.
Starting from the beginning, when did you realize that music would be your career and what you put your heart into?
2016. In July. July 22. I remember because I played 2 shows in London in the span of 5 days. One was a festival with 8,000 people and one was something that I headlined. When I came out, I was like, ‘Yo, this is crazy. All these people are singing my songs and this isn't even my city. This is all I’m going to do from now on.’
Can you explain what exactly Banku Music is?
Banku music is afro-fusion, but on the roots of it are influences from Ghanan high life and Nigerian chord progressions and energy. Then, I mix on top of it with dance hall reggae, dance, anything I’m feeling. I just make sure it has those roots so that it’s true to me. That’s all I can do. I can only do me.
How important is it to bring that style of music to everyones knowledge?
I think the goal of every creator is to not shelf it and make it go as far as possible. For me, its really important to spread the vibes and music, and while Im doing that Im bringing shining light to where Im from, my culture, my people.
Are you going to be seeing other shows today?
Yeah I want to specifically see J Balvin. I’m just going to hop around everywhere. Be a festival goer.
So what’s coming up for you?
I’m recording so much new music. On the drive here I discovered that I have 2 or 3 hours of music that I’m sitting on. It’s just different, Im working with artists from different genres like hip hop to reggaeton. I saw Black Pink yesterday and I want to work with them. Im just excited about the music I’m making and am about to make and excited just to see how they turn out. I see something, I like it, let’s go for it.
Do you have any advice for those starting to make music?
Just do you. Where the world is at and where music is at- there’s really no rules. Even me sometimes, I hear some new sound and I’m like, ‘what is this?’ Even if you don’t like it at first you may listen again and be like, ‘Oh, this is dope.’ If you believe in what you're doing keep doing it, there are no limits.
Photos and Interview by: Paulette Ely