Popularly known with his stage moniker, “Cupid”, Faud Ado-Ibrahim is a young Nigerian musical artist who has been making his mark since he emerged as one of the budding entertainment talents from the University of Lagos; where he has performed at various shows within and outside the campus. With his new single ‘Always On My Mind’ getting buzz online and subsequent records to follow, Cupid is set to carve a niche for himself in the Nigerian music industry. 360NobBS had an interview with him and here, the young talent gives an insight into his personal life and his music career. Cupid is currently signed to SBM Entertainment.
360NobBS: Tell us about yourself and your background in music
CUPID: I am Cupid and I am a musician. I’m a cool guy who tries to imbibe love in all I do especially in my music. My real name is Fuad Ado-Ibrahim. I am very passionate about the arts although, I am an undergraduate of the University of Lagos studying Cell Biology & Genetics. Music has always been a huge interest for me since my early school years. I listened to a lot of music growing up. So, its only natural that I end up creating my own music. The dream started to become a reality from the first day I stepped into a studio, so fast forward and today you meet Cupid.
360Nobs: Performing on stage or recording in the studio?
CUPID: Performing and Recording is a major part of the career and I enjoy it. Being able to perform the music I create to people is accomplishing to me. Recording to me comes easy when i’m in tune with the producer, I like producers that can interpret my ideas and I always like keeping positive minded people around, this makes my sessions productive.
360NobBS: Who are your role models in the Nigerian music industry?
CUPID: Dem plenty small ooooo.. LOL. We have a lot of successful acts in the Nigerian industry right now and I can say they all inspire me one way or the other. We have the likes of 2face, Darey , Banky W and D’banj for example.
360NobBS: Who do you look forward to collaborating with?
CUPID: A collaboration with 2face will come out lovely. My music can blend with his quite easily and I like his person and all he stands for. One love!
360NobBS: How many records/singles have you released so far?
CUPID: There has been a lot of unofficial music that I have dropped in the past , but since my record deal I have dropped a cover of Mark Morrison’s “Return of the mack” which I Called “Son of the mack” . You can watch the video on youtube (so u can call me Mack Jnr lol). And now I have an official single out called “Always On My Mind” produced by Dj Coublon.
360NobBS: What’s the reception of your music with your Unilag fans been like?
CUPID: The love has been amazing from my year one, I’m in my final year now. The support has been great and I appreciate everything.
360NobBS: What inspires you to make music?
CUPID: Love inspires my music . Love for the fans , love for humanity, love for the ladies. Just going out randomly and seeing things can trigger a theme to me. I could make a club jam to show love to the youth. Most times i’m amazed at what can inspire me so I always keep an open mind to life.
360NobBS: You’ve been tagged “the future of Nigeria’s hip hop/r&b ” by some producers, how well are you ready to launch yourself into the mainstream in the music industry?
CUPID: Wow, I appreciate the acknowledgements. Its been a long time coming and I have done a lot over the years , so yes I am prepared by the grace of God.
360NobBS: What is your perception of the Nigerian music industry as it relates to your songs?
CUPID: The industry has really grown and is still growing, so I’m excited to be a part of it. I’m impressed with the way corporate brands identify with our artistes and I’m sure I have things to offer in that aspect and in terms of being a good role model to the public. Plus speaking of my songs and the way I brand them around love I see relativity in my music and the growth of the music industry of the country.
360NobBS: Have you worked with any of the top producers?
CUPID: I have worked with the likes of Ex-o who has produced for top artistes like Wizkid; And Dj Coublon, he produced my single “Always on my mind” he also has produced for Iyanya.
360NobBS: Which top producers do you intend to work with?
CUPID: I’d like to work with Don jazzy , TYmix and Shizzi to mention a few.
360NobBS: How do you balance your schedule between studying and making music?
CUPID: Its been a struggle I have to admit!.. They both require a lot of attention and dedication. But I always try my best to keep both well attended to.
If you haven’t heard the his current single ‘Always On My Mind’, check it out below
You can also download Cupid – ‘Always On My Mind’ below
Cupid - Always On My Mind (2.4 MiB, 750 hits)
Interview by Victor Owolabi for 360 PR