INTERVIEW: CGuk catch up with Prido
Manchester based, multi-talented artist of Zambian origin, Prido, is making a return to the scene with a fresh new single entitled 'WKD'. Following a short break to reinvent himself, Prido remains no stranger to the music scene. As an emerging UK artist, he has made waves, having worked with local music group MMRecords.
Prido is best known for his tracks such as "Take Time", "Layback" and "2011". These have all been recognised nationally and internationally from popular music platforms. We have seen him work with organisations such as, BBC Introducing, Channel AKA, Flava TV, Hypefresh Magazine, and Soundlooks.
Since leaving his old label early last year, Prido returns independently with 'WKD' and plans to release an EP very soon.
The #CGuk team took time to catch up with the man himself to learn a little bit more about the promising star. Check out what we found out below.
Sam Rasmin: So, give us a brief introduction. Let the people know you are, how old you are, where you are from and what it is you do?
Prido: My name is Prince Mitti, musically known as Prido. I'm Zambian by origin but living in Manchester at the moment. Music is my thing, so I guess you can say I'm a musician even though i prefer the term artist. I feel it broadens my skill set
Sam Rasmin: I always think it is good to share your journey so far in order to give a better insight into your music. So, when did you first discover your passion for music and ambition to pursue a career as an artist?
Prido: Funny you say that, I've known from an early age I would be making music. I used to be a Hip-Hop influenced breakdancer and I was actually quite, as you can work out you have to be very in touch with the sound. Anyway, fast forward a few years down the line, I go to college and there's a talent show. I obviously entered the competition and did my thing. Before the competition ends, a guy i vaguely knew approached me asking if I can back him up on stage due to his partner not turning up. Till this date, I have no idea why he approached me. It could potentially be because I was one of 4 black boys in the whole college. Anyway, I said yes and long story short I ended up wining the competition. Obviously, after that I couldn't stop thinking of the moment I was on stage "rapping". That then was when I realised I wanted to make music.
Sam Rasmin: So, when did you started to take your music career seriously?
Prido: I started taking my music career seriously when i was about 21 - 22. Before that it was more of a hobby, I went to university to study media and that sort of opened my eyes to the possibilities that would come out of music if i carried on.
Sam Rasmin: When did you discover the ability to write music?
Prido: When it comes to writing music, I've never had much of an issue, it just seems like words pop into my brain whenever I am feeling a beat. I try not to use to many complex words as i want people of all ages and backgrounds to be able to understand what I am saying, and what message I am portraying.
Sam Rasmin: When it comes to production, do you stick to one producer or work with several?
Prido: I like to work with different producers, mainly because my music is constantly changing, so new producers bring different fresh sounds to my ear.
Sam Rasmin: What sort of music did you grow up on and what do you believe influenced your sound?
Prido: My family is Christian, so growing up there was a lot of gospel and reggae being played around the house, African music too. My older cousins were into 2Pac, Nas and that sound so i heard bits of that but when i got a lil' older, I was into people like, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Kanye. I believe a combination of all those genres and era's influenced me.
Sam Rasmin: If you had to choose 3 artists to collaborate with, who would it be and why?
Prido: At this very moment, I would have to say, The Weeknd, Tory Lanez and maybe Drake. This list always changes though.
Sam Rasmin: What can we expect from Prido in the near future?
Prido: You can expert more good music and definitely more shows.
Sam Rasmin: So, are you in it for the long haul. Where do you see your music taking you in the next five years?
Prido: Right to the top, with every step I take I am making sure that I'm sharpening my skills and making better positive music that people can relate to.