Interview with Emmanuel Daraloye: Exploring the World of Music Journalism.


Otogo Jeremiah Ashik...

May 1, 2024

Daraloye's dedication to capturing the authenticity of the industry shines through as he shares his inspiration for going into music journalism.

Interviewer: What inspired you to pursue a career in music journalism?

Emmanuel Daraloye: I felt there was a need to properly document the Nigerian music industry, particularly albums. I grew tired of the superficiality of showbiz news and believed that the true essence of the industry needed to be captured for posterity.

Interviewer: Can you share a bit about your background and journey into the field of music journalism?

Emmanuel Daraloye: My journey spans nearly a decade, from discussing music on radio stations to crafting in-depth album reviews. It's been an enjoyable ride thus far.

Interviewer: What do you find most exciting about covering music and musicians?

Emmanuel Daraloye: For me, it's all about the albums. I find joy in immersing myself in music rather than attending live shows.

Interviewer: How do you stay up-to-date with the latest trends and news in the music industry?

Emmanuel Daraloye: I receive updates from artist management via email and keep a close watch on online sources for industry news.

Interviewer: What qualities do you think make a great music journalist?

Emmanuel Daraloye: A keen ear for music and strong writing skills are essential.

Interviewer: Can you describe your typical day as a music journalist?

Emmanuel Daraloye: My days are filled with listening to music and crafting reviews, as well as corresponding with musicians and their teams via email.

Interviewer: What's the most memorable interview or article you've worked on?

Emmanuel Daraloye: Pheelz stands out as a memorable interview, and Adekunle Gold's penultimate album was particularly memorable to review.

Interviewer: How do you approach interviewing musicians and artists to get the best stories?

Emmanuel Daraloye: I typically approach them through their management, finding it streamlines the process.

Interviewer: What challenges do you face as a music journalist, and how do you overcome them?

Emmanuel Daraloye: The lack of financial rewards from media houses can be challenging, so I juggle multiple jobs to make ends meet.

Interviewer: How do you balance objectivity and subjectivity when writing about music?

Emmanuel Daraloye: It's simple: I listen attentively and write honestly.

Interviewer: Are there any particular genres or artists you enjoy covering the most?

Emmanuel Daraloye: Afrobeats is a genre I particularly enjoy covering.

Interviewer:How do you discover new music and emerging talents?

Emmanuel Daraloye: I rely on recommendations from social media connections and occasionally receive submissions directly from underground artists.

Interviewer: What role do you think music journalism plays in shaping the music industry?

Emmanuel Daraloye: Music journalists play a crucial role in documenting the industry's evolution and contributing to its narrative.

Interviewer: Have you ever faced backlash or criticism for your music journalism work? How do you handle it?

Emmanuel Daraloye: Criticism is inevitable in this field, but I'm prepared for it and often choose not to engage with it.

Interviewer: What advice would you give to someone aspiring to become a music journalist?

Emmanuel Daraloye: Stay well-read and explore a variety of musical genres to develop your expertise.

Interviewer: What are your future goals and aspirations in the field of music journalism?

Emmanuel Daraloye: I aspire to establish my own media outlet and PR firm in the future.

Interviewer: What are your social media handles?

Emmanuel Daraloye: You can find me on all platforms as Emmanuel Daraloye.

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