Romel

FRESH: ‘Do It’ – Romel

Romel says “Do It”!

In a year that’s seen him support the Diddy produced artist Burna Boy and top the Official UK Black Music Club Chart with his single “Mind Blown” (knocking off Drake and Tinie Tempah in the process), UK artist Romel now comes with his new single, “Do It”, out on Grafton Records – a seductive pop/dance groove that’s all set to spark up DJ sets across the internet as we climb out of lockdown.

As with Romel’s previous single, “Do It” is produced by Slic Vic (producer of Tinie Tempah and signed to Tinie’s Imhotep/Sony ATV label). With its summer flow and floor hugging beat, “Do It” was written and produced on the fly in a pirate studio – something that both Romel and Slic like to do, feeling that it keeps the spontaneity and feel in the recording. Romel says of the lyric: “Do It” refers to when we’re presented with an opportunity to go out, enjoy new life experiences and meet people, but instead miss out on it as we’re stuck inside doing things that could be left till later, come on people, no restrictions…just do it!”.

The track also features Portuguese actress Juliana Baros on backing vocals adding an infectious piece of ‘ear candy’ to the beat. As an actress, Juliana has featured in Portuguese adaptations of the Broadway musicals Grease, The Lion King, Mamma Mia and Aladdin, plus worked with Beyoncé as her fitting model!

Raised in London and of Nigerian descent, Romel started his musical journey rapping at various open-mics and studio sessions, until a producer heard his voice and suggested he sing instead, changing the course of his style completely. Taking inspiration from the likes of Khalid and Pharrell Williams, Romel eventually started working with Grafton Records and toured Nigeria with Grafton and MTV Base Africa alongside artists Mr 2Kay, Ill Bliss, Tha Suspect and Jaywon plus MTV Basepresenter Ehiz.

He’s also played to sold out clubs in Coventry and whooped up the crowds at Notting Hill Carnival in recent years. Otherwise Romel has also featured in videos for Davido’s hit song “If” (which won Best Pop Single and Song Of The Year at Nigeria’s Headies Awards), “Wondering” by Mo featuring. Chipplus Chicken Curry by Mr Eazi feat. Sneakbo and Just Sul. Outside of music, Romel appeared in Bengali movie ‘Bhaijaan Elo Re’, which was the fastest Benghali movie soundtrack to hit a million views in 24 hours. He’s also had cameo appearances in the short film Lucid, plus the BBC comedy show Famalam. The Covid19 crisis aside, 2020 has brought much opportunity to the ever optimistic Romel and continues to shape up to be breakthrough year for him – come on boy, just do it!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!