Just like most female entertainers who find it hard to strive in a mostly male-dominated industry, Simi talks about her struggles since she ventured into music.
The singer who doubles as a sound engineer revealed some of the challenges she has had to battle since making her entry in the entertainment circles. According to her, she realised she had to work twice as hard as a woman to make the same impact her male counterparts are making in the music scene.
Simi, who was first into gospel music, released her debut album eight years ago. The album didn’t cut across to everyone. However, she reinforced and came back through another channel thus her big break.
Simi has become one of the music industry’s brightest stars with releases such as ‘Tiff’, ‘Jamb Question’, ‘Soldier’ and ‘Love Don’t Care’. Raised by a single parent since the age of nine, Simi said her music reflects ‘real-life scenarios that are relatable inspire me. In a chat with Punch, the petite singer reveals her challenges so far.
“It’s very difficult for an artiste to succeed independently before he or she is signed on with a label. This is because having a successful music career is capital-intensive. The ability to keep my head straight at times when it seems as though I am wasting time, is no walk in the park,” she said.
“There are so many talented artistes competing for the top spot, so keeping faith alive is hard. Coming and breaking into mainstream music is also hard. I recently realised that I have to work harder as a woman because I can’t afford to make any excuses.
“With regards to one of my recent songs, Love don’t care, I was trying to express how carefree love is; it’s not a respecter of persons or situations.”