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Voyce: Profile + Interview

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Voyce : Interview

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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Sacrifice

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I am he who is born on the Moon, but was raised on Mars, only to now find himself stuck on Earth, yet relentlessly reaching for the Stars.

Why do you do what you do?

There was a time when I simply would have said “because I love music”, but life has molded that answer to mean something much more real, something much more tangible, something much more. I do what I do because it keeps me alive, that iss the honest truth. The words in my songs, the melodies that carry them and the emotions that drive them are reflections of the life I lead, have led and may lead. It is my therapy, my coping mechanism. But in my search for my own sanity, I stumbled upon something bigger still, a way of connecting with others. I learned that that pain could serve as a message to those who now feel what I once felt, a simple understanding that they are never alone.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I’ve always known that music had a place in my destiny, albeit I didn’t know to what extent, but it was always a force much stronger than me. Even when I’d ignore it, it always found a way to recapture my attention and hold it hostage. In many ways it’s been my constant friend and at the same time, my eternal tormentor. I know how that sounds but it’s the only way to explain my lifelong companion. In the beginning it chose me but I barely held its hand, but after my mum passed it became my only lifeline, that is when I chose to grab hold and welcome it in.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

I always feel weird talking about my mum’s passing, especially in interviews, because it feels like I am turning that story into a marketing ploy. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. I tell the story because I have to be honest and that honesty keeps me grounded, by reminding of what made me… me. When she passed, all that remained in me was a bitter cold and drowning darkness. I fell into that feeling for what now feels like centuries; I allowed myself to tarnish her memory with my actions. I don’t know how or why, but one day that pain urged me to release it and music was the only outlet. And the rest is an uphill battle.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

My mum will always be my greatest inspiration. She had such strength about her, one I hope to honor. She was loved by everyone who met her, even those who spent but a fraction of a moment with her. She sacrificed so much to see her children happy; she smiled even when she felt pain. She made me believe that dreams could become true; she made me feel unique when others called me different. I don’t think I’ll ever be as great as she was, as she is forever in my heart, but I’ll never stop trying to be.

 

But life is what life is and my journey led me to new inspiration, a talented artist by the name of Jess Abran. She reminds me in many ways of myself. Now is that a good thing or a bad thing? I wouldn’t really know. But I do know this, her perseverance, drive and talent is inspiring. Her uniqueness deserves to be witnessed.

 

About me inspiring others, I’d like to believe I have, but honestly all I can do is move forward and be true to myself. I think that in itself is a motto worth having credence in.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

I don’t think it’s possible to pinpoint one particular mistake when my entire journey has been riddled with them. But no matter how many times I fall or far I stray, there is one thing I’ve learned, that everything has a purpose, even failure. Sometimes you need to lose your way so you can stumble unto a better path.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I’ve spoken about my upcoming projects in other interviews so I’ll refrain from doing so in this one. Instead I’ll talk about my plans and goals for my music from a generalist point of view. All I want is to share my story, and that can sound selfish and yes there was a time when the reasoning may have been. But now, now I want to share it, not just for myself, but so others can draw from it. So others can feel that somewhere near or far is a person feeling like they are and by that truth, we are connected.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

The only person that can truly stop you from being you is you. Sometimes you need to get out of your own way to see what you’ve blinding yourself from seeing.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

One morning I woke up from a dream and in that dream I had told myself “A wise man learns from his mistakes, a wiser man learns from yours”…

 

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Voyce : Profile

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Full name

Voyce*

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Where you live now? (city, country)

Montreal, Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Port Harcourt, Nigeria (Dad) / Montreal, Canada (Mum)

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Singer, songwriter, producer

How long have you been doing it?

Professionally since 2008, Officially since 2010

Fav Song

Whatever Happens, Michael Jackson

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Michael Jackson

Fav Movie

Gladiator

Fav Actor/Actress

Leonardo DiCaprio

Fav Clothing brand

Zara

Fav Artist (in any art form)

Michael Jackson

Fav Sport to play

Boxing

 

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