Ebisan (Bukola Damola) is an upcoming soul singer and songwriter. She started out her music career as a gospel singer in the UK.
In Nigeria, she is better known for having penned three songs, Suru, Jowo, and Dance with Me, for the award winning soundtrack of the 2010 movie Tango With Me. Her debut single was titled Love Story. Read the full interview about Ebisan and her Journey to win a Grammy.
- You are Bukola Damola; Ebisan is your itsekiri name. Why did you opt for Ebisan as your stage name?On my birth certificate, the first name written is "Ebisan". A lot of people don't know this. I love the way it sounds, it's a beautiful name and it's not very common.
- Would you like to tell us about your Family Background?
-At what point did you decide that you wanted to pursue a career in Music?
-How did your folks react to your eventual music career?
-If your parents weren’t in support of your music career, would you have gone ahead with it without their blessings?
they were not in support of my decision, they would eventually have accepted it in the future.
-How would you describe Ebisan's style of music?
-Do you consider yourself a prolific songwriter now?
-What Kind of music appeals to you the most?
|Ebisan at 2012 Hennessy Artisty Video premiere|
-Your attention to details not only reflects in your songwriting but also in your videos, did you ever get a formal training for this?
-Songwriting, Vocalism and Performance (on and off stage) are factors that shape one's artistic value in the music industry. Which do you consider your greatest strength?
- As a Soulful artiste, have you got a target audience? Or do you think your kind of music can be accepted by any kind of listener?
- The first time I heard any of your materials was on Beazy's "Up In Tha Building" & "I hear your voice". And even though it was pretty decent, you still didn't generate enough buzz. Whose fault would that be? Yours? Beazy's? or it just wasn't your time?
- As an artiste who pays attention to Songwriting, have you ever considered compromising your standards to suit the average Nigerian music listener?
-You're aware of the stiff competition female artiste’s face against their male counterparts. So what makes you think you're going to thrive in the music industry?
-Many female artistes (in Nigeria) find it difficult to gain attention without a recognised record label and some level of eccentricity or raunchiness. I believe you've got a record label/management team, so do you see yourself going for the latter anytime soon?
- Have you got standards you adhere strictly to as an artiste?
- So at what point would you consider yourself a successful and accomplished music artiste?
- Musical Influences? (Within and outside Nigeria)
- Have you ever ghost written for any artiste?
- If after a while you still aren't getting the desired results from music, would you give it up for the Business Management you studied for?
- If No; what exactly will make you give up on music completely?
- You've got an Educational background in Business Management. So when making music, do you consider it a business venture or just an avenue to express your artistic value?
- Since you became a professional, have you ever made money off music?
- If yes; the least you've ever received was how much?
- Right now, a sustainable relationship with your fan base is inevitable. How do you handle the attention you get even when you aren’t interested?
- The Nigerian music audience could be frustrating when it comes to the reception of one's art. So how do you handle criticism from fans & Colleagues?
- The most awkward music collaboration of yourself you've ever dreamt of is with?
Sade's Cherish The Day.
- What do you want to be remembered for as an artiste?
- Speaking of music production. Why do you think females hardly venture into music production?
- Who is your favorite Nigerian Producer?
- So is “Love story” a personal record?
- If No, when are we gonna be told about yours?
- What Nigerian songs have you got on your playlist right now?
- Tell us what you think we don’t know about you