It’s always a special time when one of your favourite musicians drops new music on your birthday, and that’s exactly what I had the pleasure of xperiencing when DJ Spinnall released his newest project, Grace, on the 11th of December last year.
The album blends some interesting concepts together in both the composition and the lyrical storytelling and it served as an excellent release with which to usher in the new year.
This week we got to speak to the DJ to find out more about his 2021 plans and his vision for the album’s success.
A moment of Grace
Hello DJ Spinall, welcome to Moziak Magazine! How is 2021 treating you so far?
Thank you it’s been beautiful so far.
You dropped your latest album, Grace, on my Birthday! Thanks for giving us something to jam to haha. It’s been over a month since it released – how do you feel about the reception it has received so far?
Oh nice Happy birthday !!!
Every loves GRACE. The album is getting so much love. I have been retweeting and seeing all the love makes feel special. It’s a blessing to see all of my hard work being enjoyed. It’s a special feeling and I’m grateful.
It’s filled to the brim with some of the biggest talent on the continent – how was it recording Grace during lockdown?
It was tough. It was different & very insightful. In the end it was beautiful.
We’ve read about how you had to resist pressures from labels to change your sound. What’s the key to keeping Afrobeat authentic?
The key is staying Truthful. I grew up here. I know my culture, I know my sound. It doesn’t need to be diluted. It’s perfect & so beautiful. I live in that truth.
Before things slowed down, you were playing some of the biggest music festivals in the world! What do you miss about performing live?
I miss everything. I miss the sound checks, the joyful noise. I miss hear welcome on stage – The Top Boy DJ Spinall lol … I love my job so you can imagine.
How has the pandemic forced you to rethink your musical offerings?
I’m not too sure I understand that question but I have been adjusting to the pandemic just like everyone else and hoping for the best.
Which African artists are you keen to work with in the near future?
I look forward to working with anyone who is passionate and respects the music. Anyone new or been in the game. Anyone who is down to work with my humble self.
What are your feelings on the incoming Covid-19 Vaccine?
I trust science. I say Yes to vaccines that works.
Which big venue or festival do you want to play in the next few years
Madison Square Garden
Last but not least, do you have any words of wisdom to offer to all AFRICANS during a time when some (xenophobic people…) are trying to divide us?
All I can say is nothing will help Africa out of all her issues other than genuine love.