Behind The Board: Catch Up With Afrobeats Hitmaker Kel P In Nigera To Talk Music Production
From on location in Lagos, Nigeria, we sat down with Kel P, musician and producer who has worked with SolidStar, Burna Boy and more to hear about how he's become one of the hottest beatmakers and producers in the Afrobeats global movement.
"I'm not putting the beat first because I'm a producer, no," Kel P explained why the beat is the number one thing that makes a great record "I'm putting the beat first because the beat speaks for everything."
Kel P came from a strong musical upbringing and was a musician and an artist before venturing into producing. In 2017, he began to make his own beats, and recalls how nervous he was the first time he played his work for "One In A Million" singer SolidStar. Kel P was beyond nervous, shaking as he played his best beats for SolidStar, who was able to calm his nerves. Together, they recorded two songs that first day.
"Most of my sessions happen in a hotel room," Kel P says, revealing how many of the artists prefer to steer clear of a conventional studio. "You can make music anywhere."
Follow us to Lagos and find out what mentality Kel P takes into a session with him and the what he feels are the other three things that make a good record and more in the latest episode of Behind The Board above.