Music king, Adekunle Kosoko, more popularly known as Adekunle Gold is definitely in his 79th Element as he covers the August issue of Vibe Magazine.
Styled by Donald Unltd, the singer takes Cynthia Atagbuzia of Vibe.ng through his journey into music, his big break, his relationship with Simi and his dream to make his music timeless.
On his struggle before the fame:
“I went to so many auditions and I got so many NOs to the point that I was like ‘I’m done; I’m not doing these reality shows again. Let me focus on my own reality…See that line yeah?’ he pumps his index finger, nodding and smiling at his poetic usage of the word “reality”.”
On being the popular king of photoshop, he said
“It started out as fun, you know. One Saturday morning, I was in my house and I saw one particular photo of Tiwa Savage. I thought, I would love to take a picture with this lady, ‘cause I really love Tiwa Savage. Then I thought, you know, I can. So I told my friend to take my picture. He thought I was crazy. And I did as if I was holding her from behind and then I did the photoshop and people really liked it.
I was struggling for people to hear my music so I thought, if I can be popular for this one, I might as well. It might find its way to the people I really want to work with as a musician. I went on to do pictures with Toolz and Tontoh Dikeh and it became a sensation. They started saying King of Photoshop. So, when I released a song, they didn’t take me seriously at first. This Photoshop guy, what can he sing?”
On the choice of his name as Gold, Adekunle believes his, is a stuff of divine christening. He had conceived what he wanted himself and his music to be but according to him, he wanted a name that would resonate and align with the ‘Dekunle that millions of fans have now come to genuinely love for the relatability and positive nature of his music.
“I was in a sermon and this guy said, “You can’t substitute brass for Gold.” He said it like three times and I just knew there and then that this was my name. Ever since then, man’s been classic.”
He assured without any doubt in his tone or on his face that his music, will stand the brutal test of time as long as he sticks to his simple formula of nonconformity.
Read full interview here.
See more photos from his shoot below:
Cover Story: Cynthia Atagbuzia
Photography: August Udoh
Styling: Donald Unltd
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