Daniel Strongman is an emerging independent recording artist who made his solo professional recording debut in 2022. His single, “On Me” introduced a multi-talented singer-songwriter with an international groove built on elements of afrobeats, hip-hop, and funk. Now the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter is back with a new single, and a brand new record label deal.
Originally from Nigeria, Daniel Strongman grew up in the entertainment industry. With his family behind him, the lifelong musician is taking his own career to the world stage. And now, he has a freshly signed deal with Luqman Olawin’s newly launched Royal House Entertainment.
“Big Brudda” is the second single from Daniel Strongman, released worldwide via all major streaming services on September 2, 2023. The track opens on a psychedelic vibe as ethereal vocals and a bit of Tijuana brass float on the edge of the mix. Daniel Strongman steps to the mic for an infectious rhythmic flow, as he introduces his hypnotic introspective rhyme. Soon the beat drops on a chill mid-tempo afrobeats funk, while subterranean bass tones rattle the floor.
Check out “Big Brudda” below. You can also hear the track on the Deep Dive : Hip-hop and R&B playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the chance to chat with Daniel Strongman. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist.
8 Questions with Daniel Strongman
Where are you from?
Born and Raised in Lagos, Nigeria but resides in Atlanta, GA.
How long have you been making music?
Started off my music career as a child drummer in my primary school days back in Lagos, Nigeria. Went to Junior high school and joined the choir in my first year playing the drums and discovering the talent in my vocals. I also became an integral part of the church choir at the age of 13. In high school, I was named the Best Rapper/Singer on my Prom night of graduation after giving stellar performances and organizing music events throughout my time in High School. I graduated from High School at the tender age of 14 before leaving for the States two years later to pursue higher education.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
Ariennati produced the beat and Zel X who is also an Afrobeats artist from Ghana was the engineer that mixed and mastered it
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I have a wide range of music influences but my biggest are M.I Abaga, Burnaboy, Fela, Kendrick Lamar, Rema and OdumoduBlvck.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
My family: I come from a family that has been in the entertainment industry where my dad is a Movie Producer and my mom is into Cosmetology. They understand the burden that music might put on me but they also understand that this is my purpose on earth.
My City: I’m always representing where I came from and where I reside. I will never forget. This is important for me chasing every dream that I have because there are people who are just like me and grew up just like me
What inspired you to create this project?
I wrote this song when I was trying to understand what I wanted out of my music. With me finally deciding to develop my music career, I had a lot of doubts about me really being an artist and really making the music that would have meaning. I wrote BIG BRUDDA in front of the mirror because I wanted to look within myself and create something that would inspire me to do more.
I never want to just make music just because I can, I always want to create something with substance and something that connects with me as an individual. I always want to play with words in my music as well and bring in lingo that Nigerians would understand but also the rest of the world would understand. Once I heard the beat, it connected with me and immediately I started writing, I was done before I knew it.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
I already have songs lined up just waiting to be released if they let me. If not I’ll find somebody to leak it, LOL. But musically, It’s about being consistent and making more music. To be fair, I’m always trying to come up with something new in the afrobeats space OR otherwise, who knows maybe I might create a genre or something but it’s important to keep developing your skills in every walk of life.
Also, it’s important for me to improve my network and fanbase so I’m hoping everyone that resonates with my music will rock with me till we break down every door. That’s what #BIGBRUDDA is all about. Going against all odds.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Furthermore, my biggest strength I believe is my ability to perform. The music already is contagious so I look forward to being a child again, when I am on stage.