March 15, 2018 11:44:47 AM EAT / by Muthoni Njoki
IV-Reign is a Kenyan Urban and RnB acoustics boy band that is taking over the music industry one song at a time. One of the band members, Moses Ndegwa is a Music Production student here at ADMI. We caught up with him to learn more about the band, what they are up to and their plans.
When did you develop your love for music?
MN: I have always loved music, and it wasn’t until I was in class 6, about 14 years ago, that I started singing and rapping. I decided to take it seriously when I joined high school and met Eugene and Davis.
How was IV-Reign conceptualized?
MN: We met while in high school, Nairobi School. We became friends and soon discovered that we loved music and wanted to pursue it professionally. We formed the band in 2013, wrote a couple of songs and saved up to shoot our first video, Chakacha, in 2016. In addition to this, our parents didn’t take us seriously, therefore we received minimal support from them. They came around when we shared the plans to shoot our 3rd video, Make It Work. They supported us financially and we now have a professionally produced video.
What made you choose ADMI?
MN: I was in the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) pursuing a degree in Music. However, I didn’t like the course since it was very theoretical. I missed a couple of classes and when I went back, I was told that I had to repeat the first semester. This didn’t sit well with me.
Around the same time, I’d met Cookie, an ADMI student, who told me all about ADMI and it sounded like a place that I would enjoy learning from. I was looking for something more hands-on, more practical. I visited the campus and they had state of the art equipment, beautiful labs and the staff was friendly. I knew that I had made the right choice.
How has your ADMI experience been so far?
MN: I love the classes, the lecturers are industry professionals who enjoy teaching us. I have learnt a lot about studio work. I can record, mix, edit and even create beats. We also have career launchpad classes that have equipped me with crucial 21st century skills such as negotiation, timekeeping and professionalism. For our mid-term exams, we had to produce and present a song. We are now planning to shoot and launch the video.
What are your plans for the next 6 months?
MN: We want to grow our fan base in Mombasa and Nairobi thus we will split our time between both cities. We want to continue promoting, Make It Work. At the moment, we are on a campus tour around Nairobi. We were in USIU earlier in the week and the reception was amazing. You can check out the rest of the tour dates on our Facebook page, IV-Reign.
What is the big dream for Moses and IV-Reign?
MN: I want to provide a good life for my family through music. As IV-Reign, we want to be the largest music export from the African continent and we can only do this if we consistently churn out excellent music. I am excited over the endless possibilities.
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