Liberian-American popular artist DeeTweh recently shared “Rotate”, a hot track with hundreds of thousands of plays. A collaboration with another famous Afrobeats creator Selebobo, “Rotate” is one of the coolest tracks trending right now! We’ve had the opportunity to interview D12 about music and other topics, so get to know the artist as you read on!
Congrats on releasing “Rotate”! What a hot track! Tell us a little bit about its creation and your collaboration with Selebobo. Who worked on the music video?
Thank you! I am grateful for the opportunity and excited to share with you my experience through this process. Before I met Selebobo I’ve been following him and been a fan of his work. From his Hit songs to his productions for artist Hit artist like Tekno,, Nyanya ,Yemi Alade, Flavor, P square, to name a few, He’s also had mixed, mastered and produced some of Afrobeat biggest songs from artist like Burnaboy, Davido, Wizkid, Flavor etc.
I always wanted to link up and work with him and as God would have it, I met him and Tekno together through a mutual friend at the club. We linked from there, vibe together a couple of times listening to unreleased music. I played “Rotate” for him when I was still working on it, he heard it and was like send me that. I was like cool! I sent it and he jumped on it. We linked in the studio and finished it up. It was a great experience. The video was shot and edited by both H. Hardy and myself.
It’s been rumored that you’ll be dropping an album soon. Is that true? When can fans expect to hear it and what’s the major theme of this collection?
Yes, it’s true I am dropping an album soon titled ‘Overtime’. Featuring some of Afrobeat biggest stars like Tekno, Selebobo, Flavour, and Harmonize. It drops around the end of February.
Tell us a bit about your childhood and adolescence years and how you began singing, performing and writing music.
Growing up as a child I’ve always loved to be around music. Both my parents were music lovers. My Dad would always play loud music around the house and my mom sang in the church choir when she was pregnant with me. I was always attracted to musical instruments and the sounds. When my parents took me to church I would leave from my seat and go to where the musician was and start to mess around with the drums, piano and guitars when no one was paying attention lol. I eventually joined the children’s choir when I was a little older and grew more interested in music.
How did the Civil war in Liberia affect you personally and your dreams of being a musician?
It was a terrible experience that affected my childhood. During the war we had to run and seek refuge for our lives. Family got scattered. My dad and other family members were taken away by the rebels. My mom had to take care of me and my siblings by herself, which was devastating. We suffered starvation for a period. I had to grow up fast to be able to help my mom and other siblings to provide our daily necessities. The war caused a lot of delay and setbacks but overall by the grace of God we prevail.
Where do you get your inspiration to create music? Do you typically start with writing down the melody?
It all depends. There is not a fixed way that I used to start my music creation process. Sometimes I observe stuff that’s going on around me, or maybe by humming a melody or maybe a dope line or quote that makes sense. Sometimes it just depends on how I feel at the moment.
As a producer, what intrigues you most about making music? How did you get into that at first?
I enjoyed the process of putting together different unique sounds and instruments to make a masterpiece. When I first learned how to play the keyboard, I realized that it had a lot of functions and other instruments as well. I taught myself how to lay tracks and put beautiful sound and rhythm together. From there, I saw it was amazing so researched and got a computer and started experimenting at home, that’s how I got into production.
Afrobeats music is currently booming with lots of talented artists out there and millions of fans. Do you think the trend will continue or do you predict a different future for this genre?
I am a hundred percent convinced that afrobeat is here to stay and not just stay but will be the world’s leading music genre. Thank you!