Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in Ghana. Though I loved music and started singing when I was much much younger, I never saw myself becoming an artist till I met my pastor who enabled me see and walk in this light. So that’s when I decided to become an artist. I also realized music was one way I could make an impact in my generation and be remembered for years to come.
Exposed Vocals: How did you come up with that name? What was your inspiration behind it?
Gyidi:Â I was in Secondary School at the time and I just chose the name. My name Gyidi, is from the Akan language in Ghana, which means “believe” in English. So I chose that name because it makes me conscious that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.
Exposed Vocals: What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
Gyidi: Personally, I think online music sharing is a great platform
especially for new artistes to get their music out there to prospective fans and to connect with music lovers all around the world. Yes I do give away my music for free, sometimes anyway. I do that because sometimes that is the only way you can reach out to new people with your music. Someone who has never heard of you may not want to buy your music. To get that person to listen to you, it would have to be for free.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Gyidi: Sure. Firstly, believe in yourself. Work hard on your art. Develop it in every way possible. Whatever level of success you attain, look to go higher. Try to present the highest quality in whatever you do, don’t be mediocre. Once you get an opportunity, go all out!
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Gyidi: Hahaha… Yes I do. I do.Â Hahaha… You just move on. What you do after the mistake will tell people whether to focus on the mistake or not. So when you make a mistake during a performance, move on, and make sure the next thing you do takes the minds of the fans of it. So it is not the mistake that matters, but what you do after.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Gyidi: Yes I do. Yh sometimes on tour, in the bus we will be singing and you know, making noise, the whole crew. Other times too, almost everyone would be asleep in the bus and you’re left alone just staring outside the window or something.. Hahaha.
There was an unforgettable experience where our vehicle got stuck in the middle of “nowhere” a little past midnight. But we remained calm and with teamwork, we managed to fix the issue and continued our journey.
Exposed Vocals: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
Gyidi: I get my inspiration in different ways. Sometimes through things going on around me. I also write by putting myself in the shoes of others so it would come out as though I’m personally going through those things. I also write based on how I feel at the time. My songwriting process, initially, I used to write the lyrics at home before I get a rhythm for it at the studio or something. But at some point, I preferred getting a beat then I write to it. Now I do both.
Exposed Vocals: Do you have a band website? What online platforms do you use to share your music?
Gyidi: Currently we don’t have a band website. We use SoundCloud, Hulkshare, Facebook, Twitter to share music online.
Exposed Vocals: What are some really embarrassing songs that we might find on your mp3 player?
Gyidi: Hahaha.. I don’t think there are any.
Exposed Vocals: If you were given half a million dollars and a year off, what would you do? How would you spend it?Â
Gyidi: First of all I’d take out my tithe, that is, 10% of the total amount.Â I’d go into real estate development, a clothing line and also build and promote my own game.. Yhh.. I’d also invest on the stock market.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Gyidi:Â If you’re referring to the software I use currently, that’d be Cubase 5.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Gyidi:Â Organizing my own programs and going on tour.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?Â
Gyidi: In the U.S.A .With lecrae… I love his art and his energy when performing.
Exposed Vocals: So, whatâ€™s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
Gyidi: Yh currently released a new album with my band. Title of the album is “UNLABELLED” and I’d like everyone to get a copy of this album.
Exposed Vocals: If you werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t making music, what would you be doing?Â
Gyidi:I’d be a soccer player.
Exposed Vocals: Do you remember buying your first album? Who was it? What was going through your head?Â
Gyidi: Yhh my first album was Lecrae’s. I was really excited about it, blown away by his art and skill.
Exposed Vocals: How do you juggle the rest of your responsibilities while trying to stay ahead in your music life?
Gyidi: It is quite challenging. But I do delegate some of these responsibilities to others.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in 2016?Â
Gyidi: Massive improvement and great music.