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It is rare to come accross a true Producer/Composer (Singer & Rapper) who thinks outside the box and delivers those thoughts sonically. Parker is one of the rare gifted ones who can sit down and create sound with whatever instrument on a quality artistic level that will truly move you. As a composer, he is as versatile as they come.
While hanging with Parker and his manager, Efe Ogbeni (Red One, Akon Lady Gaga Enrique Enrique Iglesias, Quincy Jones) I had a chance to listen to some of his music and it truly blew me away; his attention to detail comes accross in his production which sounds nothing like what is out there. He is the future of music and he is Nigerian
When Parker Ibrahim Ighile was 17, he produced his first UK Platinum hit on Chipmunk’s first single and has since produced songs for Jessie J and Angel and is currently working on new amazing music for many USA artists who have also fallen inlove with his production.
As an artist, he can switch across different genres a deliver on a seasoned level.
Check out the Interview I did with Septemper 2012’s NotjustOk Hype
So how’s it going Parker?
Everything’s going great, I’m just back home in London working on some new material and experimenting with some new sounds and musicians.
I am tempted to ask you what musicians, but lets get to that later. So it’s obvious you are from the UK, but for many folks out there who may not know, please state your full name and background (where your from and your parents are from).
Well firstly, my name is Parker Ibrahim Ighile…born in London, and both of my parents are Nigerian. My dad is from Benin and my mother is from Kaduna. I’ve been back home many times and I love it, I try my best to always keep that African feeling in my music.
O yeah? So your paying attention to the afrobeat crase out in the Uk right now. Going back to your background, how was your experiencience growing up in the UK and being raised by Nigerian parents?
I feel like I’ve had a very unique upbringing, the UK is full of so much culture and art, but most people are blind to it. My mum has always encouraged me and made it possible for me to express myself. She constantly prays for me and she kept me and my sister in the church for most of my youth where I picked up a few instruments at and I’ve been creating ever since.
So do you speak any Naija language (Pidgin English is considered a Naija language too)?
Yes pidgin and a little hausa – I’m never home so I rarely get to practice Hausa with my mum and there is no Rosetta Stone for that. I plan to live in Nigeria for a few years so I guess i’ll polish my talk then!
Im sure you will. So you mentioned picking up a few instruments at church, is that where the interest in music started for you?
Honestly, yes. The church was very musical and there was so much talent amongst the people. a lot of the people invested a lot of time into me and the years I spent going there were amazing. I studied music in college and in univeristy too, but in school i learnt the stuff from the books, church was more hands on. We wanted to be christian rappers so we started a rap group, nobody would make us beats, I guess we were like 11, so my best friend got his parents to get him a laptop and we started making beats on it.
So that’s where the production started, So What was your first official production credit?
My first production credit is a song called Oopsy Daisy by an artist called Chipmunk. He’s a rapper from the UK, thats gone on to do great things since then and that was his first number one single
Yeah I am familiar with Chipmunk. How did you get that first gig?
Me and chip were good friends during our teens and we had worked together before he signed to Sony. When he got his deal I was one of the people he asked to work on the album.
Wow Nice! So How was the experience working on that project?
We did most of it in a very rough studio in kilburn, north London and at the time the British music scene was going through such a speedy transition. We tried to capture that as best possible on the album.
And Chip went on to achieve good success and even won a BET International award 3 years ago. After Chip who else in the UK scene have you produced for?
In the UK, I’ve produced for Jessie J, Angel, Connor Mayanard, N-Dubz, Sugababes
Ok I see. Jessie is arguably the biggest UK female artist presently. How did that come about?
Me and Jessie were managed by the same company for a while and we bumped into each other on a few occasions, I loved her vibe. So as soon as I got the opportunity to work with her I jumped at it.
Which of her songs did you produce, just for the record 🙂
I co-produced Do it like a Dude and Who’s Laughing Now.
Do it like a dude was huge track 62,114,430 views on Youtube. You recently spent some time in the states, are you working on crossing over to the North American market?
Well as an artist I have no identity neither in the states nor the UK so I plan on approaching the whole world at the same time.
Nice. I am glad you said that; because I heard some of your joints and they are pretty versatile. Seems you are influenced by a wide range of genres.
My mum used to play all sorts of music, my grandma was into bollywood movies, my sister was into R&B, my cousins were all into rap and my friends all loved dance and garage. I was in the middle of all of that so I learnt to like a wide range of music. My philosphy is that the wider your knowledge and taste in music is, the more innovative and outstanding your own music becomes.
Dude and outstanding your music is; can’t wait for the world to here it. So any label or management deals out here in the states?
Not involved with any labels at the minute, I’m managed by a very close friend of mine; my big bro Efe Ogbeni. I want labels to come on board and amplify what I create. At the moment my music hasnt reached as many people as I want it to so until it does I’m gonna hold out.
Nice! So Parker I hear you are working with some heavyweight artists at the moment do you care to share the names of one or two artists you recently worked with?
I don’t really like to say who I’m working with, I’d rather surprise you when you hear the record and also maintain some privacy, but I can ensure you that you will not be dissappointed
Ha 9ice! that’s kind of how I operate too. So let’s pick this track you recorded titled So Beautiful and share with the audience is that kool? Just a taste of what is to come
So Beautiful[audio: https://www.notjustok.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/SoBeautifulDrumsnjok.mp3]
With all these records you recently completed, do you have any plans to drop an EP or mixtape shortly?
Yes, I’m working on my debut mixtape and I’m going to release it witihin the next few weeks, im gonna start another one after that.
Perfect! So what artists are you feeling in the Nigerian music scene right now?
I like Davido, Wizkid is pretty cool as well but my favourite is D’banj. I think those 3 stand out to me and are key to the future of the nigerian scene.
Would you like to share anything with the audience that I probably forgot to ask?
Follow me on instagram and on twitter @parkerighile