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Inspiring Conversations with Philip Atuonwu of FGM

Today we’d like to introduce you to Philip Atuonwu.

Hi Philip, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
It started when I was in Spanish class just singing just to be loud and funny for the fun of it. A few of the people heard past all the ruckus and told me that I should actually start making music for real. I didn’t take it seriously at first until more and more people were telling me to do so. That is how it all started off. When I started off, I didn’t have any money to pay for stu time so I was always making music on one of my phones. Some of my best songs out right now were probably made on an iPhone 6s. I worked up enough money to be able to invest in a Mac, mic, and some headphones so I can at least make music with a more professional sound and have it mixed by an engineer.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Nah, it hasn’t been smooth at all. When we first moved to America, my parents were doing their best to make ends meet. We were living in a one bedroom apartment. I owe it to them to taking us out of that struggle and putting me in a better environment every time we moved houses. Then recently, there was a stretch in time where I wasn’t dropping music because everything that I was recording was too sad and depressing. A lot was going on in my life at that time and it was taking a toll on my music quality. I took a break from the music so I could clear my head and get back to what I loved doing.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I feel like I’ve done it all. I did photography, I had a clothing line, and now I took music seriously. I feel like anyone can listen to my music because I feel like I have created a song that can appeal to almost anyone with reasonable music taste.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
First and foremost, God. Laila Evans, she was the person who pushed me to start making music and to then upload my music for the world. Abass, Ife, James, Henry, Jairo, Emmanuel, Daniel, Josh, Caliboys Ent., Sirya, Sanaia, Deovana, Elize, Kayla, etc. They have and continue to push me to be the best artist I could possibly be.

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