Getting To Know... Audira

After recently returning with his stunning comeback single 'Tired Of These Games' in recent months, UK-based Nigerian artist Audira returns once again to deliver his shimmering new effort 'I Miss A Friend'.

Capturing more of that rich and illuminating aesthetic he is known for, 'I Miss A Friend' makes for a wonderfully warm and vibrant listen. With his glittering vocals layered across a compelling production from start to finish, he is returning to the fold with one of his most emotive outings to date.

So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

The first instrument I fell in love with was the keyboard. Growing up with a cousin who was into soundtracks and classical music sparked my interest. Even in the studio, I eagerly await producers to play keyboard strings. Unfortunately, despite buying one twice, I lacked the patience to learn and ended up giving it to a sibling after a few months.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

The adults around me influenced my taste in music. My parents, old heads, enjoyed pop and R&B from the '70s and '80s—artists like Abba, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, Michael Learns to Rock, and Dolly Parton. To this day, I revisit those tracks as they remind me of my childhood.

What was the first album you remember owning?

Wande Coal's "Mushin to Mohits" was the first album I bought with my own money. Every track on it is a no-skip experience. I consider him one of the best vocalists in the Nigerian music industry. Most of the tracks there were hits but “I Know You Like it” and “Se Na Like This” were my favourites.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Honestly, I don’t wish I wrote a specific track. Music is about inspiration and state of mind. It’s an art, and I admire artists for creating such amazing pieces.

Do you have any habits or rituals when trying to write new music?

When writing, I listen to top tracks on Billboard and the UK official charts to grasp what makes a track great. I then take a break from listening to any music for a while. I often create songs unconsciously, believing melodies can be developed. Interestingly, I find most inspiration when I'm in the shower!

Who are your favorite artists you find yourself listening to at the moment?

Currently, I’m enjoying Chris Brown's latest tracks, especially "Shooter." Doja Cat and Victony, with his smooth vocals, are also on my playlist.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

I'm open to any artist with energy in their music. Collaboration is key in this industry.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

The most rewarding part is doing what I love. As someone obsessed with how songs are made since childhood, creating and arranging melodies in ways that people love brings immense satisfaction.

What is the most frustrating part?

The most frustrating part is getting your songs out there, especially for introverts like me. It's challenging, especially when starting with no financial or team support. I’m persevering because I know my songs have potential; I just need to push hard enough to be heard.

What is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

One piece of advice that resonates with me is from a producer I bought a beat from. He said, "It doesn’t have to be perfect; just stay consistent." I also remind myself that imperfections I notice in my tracks might not be heard by the average listener—they hear "music."


Audira's new single 'I Miss A Friend' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.