TEEJAY: Good evening Bwoi Maestro Miri May we know you?
BWOI MAESTRO: Good evening dear, its a pleasure being here and thanks to everyone for joining us, my Name is Hope Ponjul Miri , popularly Known as Bwoi Maestro .I’m a singer/songwriter from the city of Jos, i am Taroh by tribe and also a graduate of chemistry/biochemistry from the federal polytechnic Bauchi
TEEJAY: What first got you into music?
BWOI MAESTRO: well I’d have to say music has always been a passion of mine from a very young age, but i got a lot of encouragement from my family and friends to take it up seriously, and here we are today.
TEEJAY: Who or what inspired you to make music?
BWOI MAESTRO: my parents are my major source of inspiration, i also draw a lot of inspiration from everyday life experiences and occurrences .
TEEJAY: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
BWOI MAESTRO: my style of music is original music, i dont try to copy or sound like anybody. i try to make distinct sounds that will leave an impression on anybody that listens, but you can typically classify my sound as afro fusion, adding that African feel to every genre of music, that way i stay versatile.
TEEJAY: What is your creative process like?
BWOI MAESTRO: i don’t really have a particular way i create music, i might hear a beat and get inspired to write something , or just get some standalone ideas and end up creating something nice, i keep an open mind when creating music.
TEEJAY: Who would you like to collaborate with the most?
BWOI MAESTRO: a lot of people actually, but if i was to pick one person right now it would be Burna Boy, i absolutely love his sound and think we would flow so well together, i would also love to work with people like BOJ, Ladipoe, Nonso Amadi and Tems.
TEEJAY: Where are your favorite Venue?
BWOI MAESTRO: lol i don’t really have a favorite venue, i try to shut it down anywhere i get to perform.
TEEJAY: How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
BWOI MAESTRO: thank you so much for that question, the impact of the internet cannot be overstated in the music industry minus the few issues of piracy most artists face, the internet has enabled a lot of artiste get discovered by just putting their content online, you can easily put your music out to a very wide audience compared to the days of trying to sell CD’S, the internet has been massive.
TEEJAY: Which is your favorite song ?
BWOI MAESTRO: ahhh.. i only have one official single, so for now it has to be my favorite, but i absolutely love all the songs I’ve worked on and I’m presently working on.
TEEJAY: Which famous musicians do you admire?
BWOI MAESTRO: LANKS, Lana del rey, 6lack , the late fela kuti and bob marley, and a host of others.
TEEJAY: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given as it relates to music?
BWOI MAESTRO: a very important question, the best advice I’ve received is to stay grounded, believe in my self , never give up no matter what the situation might be, every body has his time, trust and wait on God for yours, I’ll treasure this advice for life.
TEEJAY: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
BWOI MAESTRO: hmm ,this is a very serious question, but if i could change anything it would definitely be to make it easier for upcoming talents to get a platform, and also to reduce the hate ,disunity and strive we are seeing so far, from a legal point of view, it would be to stop the piracy and copyright law violations.
TEEJAY: Have you ever dealt with performance Anxiety?
BWOI MAESTRO: hahaha this is a touchy question, well to tell the truth i have, and still do.. but i am working on that aspect to present the best version of myself.
TEEJAY: Tell me about your favorite performance
BWOI MAESTRO: well i just officially dropped my first single last month so I’ve not really had the opportunity of performing that much, but the few times ive had the opportunity to perform have been great, the love has been massive .
TEEJAY: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
BWOI MAESTRO: interesting question, well I’d like to see myself at the very top, but most importantly after five years I’d like to look back and say my music has touched lives and influenced people positively, with of course a few grammies hahahaha.
TEEJAY: What are some of the challenges you face as an independent Artist?
BWOI MAESTRO: well there have been quite a few challenges chief of which has been finance, but with the help of God and support from family and friends we’re getting there.
TEEJAY: Lastly, What advice do you have for upcoming artist looking up to you?
BWOI MAESTRO: my advice to anybody starting out will be to first of all believe in yourself and your craft, don’t ever give up no matter what you are told or how many times you get shunned, work hard and stay persistent your time will surely come. try and stay professionally at all times listen and learn from others especially those who are ahead of you trust God and he’ll never let you down