It’s not very often that a music producer perfectly doubles as a music artiste. The creative divide between the two disciplines can oftentimes be worlds apart, but Ronehi is a good example of how to be both without coming off as contrived.
A student of music from an early age, Ronehi took his time, harnessing his skills until he was good and ready to launch his professional music production skill about four years ago; a direct result of all those years of tinkering with various kinds of music paraphernalia.
“I feel like music was always in me; I’ve always been curious about sounds, I tried different instruments growing up – piano, guitar, but I settled for drums. In secondary school I even joined the school band. I never stopped being curious about music.
I started making music while I was schooling in the UK. I was already close friends with some artistes cause I went to school with them both in Nigeria and in the UK so the connection was organic. I realized the potential I had in producing music and the fact that making music in itself was a joy, naturally prompted me to take a shot at it for real, because why not?” he explains.
The warri-born, Lagos-stained music creator has gone on to produce arguably some of the hottest tracks by budding Afrobeats artistes around the space. His production discography includes MOJO’s “Chop Life Crew” featuring Pretty Boy DO, Tim Lyre’s “Senpai” and “Jobele” featuring MOJO, CLC step by Choplifecrew and his own song, “Autopilot” featuring Obz and MOJO.
Ronehi’s musical influences are varied and functionally eccentric, with names like The Alchemist, Sarz, ScHoolboy Q, 808 Mafia, Fela Kuti and Thievery Corporation on the list, and his collaborative interests are widespread with a feel for the neo-modern.
“Reminisce! Wizkid – I’d love to work with him. ScHoolboy Q would be a dream, Curren$y as well. I want to work with Koffee as well. I’d loooove sessions with Kenny Beats. There are so many people to be honest. Too many great minds,” he adds.
Ronehi’s productions favour a touch of minimalism and his creative predilection is to experiment with sounds and genres. He describes it as an attempt to, “convey some mood with the sounds I create.”
On what music he’s currently feeling at the moment, Ronehi is unsurprisingly patriotic.
“Been listening to the new Burna, Omah Lay, Reminisce dropped fire as well.”
One thing people don’t know about Ronehi is the fact that the funky-sounding name he goes by is actually his real name, undoctored by any form of social alchemy, and even though the world is hunkered down as a result of a global health crisis, Ronehi is on an unhindered trajectory to creating new music.
“More sounds coming to your ears! In the coming weeks you should be expecting some more of my productions,” he offers. Ronehi’s single ‘Autopilot’ is a definite vibe but scores no point for family friendly content.
“Autopilot was made for the shawarma lovers. MOJO, OBZ and I wanted to describe a feeling we mutually share when we have our meal, haha.”
In about half a decade, the Nigerian music industry would have taken giant strides into other unexplored areas of music that the industry is currently not playing in, and Ronehi plans to be around for the revolution. In his words, when that industry overhaul finally arrives, “we will be everywhere.”
This article was written by Henri ‘Yire; connect on Instagram with him here