Today is the turn of Dike, another of our Emergent 2018 commissionees, to face our tricky questions…
Dike shares his love of the piano, Quincy Jones and a ‘Tutku’. Read on to find out what that is!
Name: Dike Okoh
Musical style(s): Various
Where did it all begin for you as a musician?
Music has always been a part of my life. For as long as I can remember I would always sing. But I think in terms of songwriting, making music began in Benin city, Nigeria. I lived there as a kid and we had a piano in the living room. I started writing my own pop songs at the age of 9.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Writing the book music and lyrics for (as well as producing) a musical play.
And what would you say has been your greatest triumph?
I’m not too sure what my greatest triumph is, I just try to keep improving.
What would your dream collaboration be?
Working with Quincy Jones, Susan Rodgers and Ian Kirkpatrick on a film score.
What’s coming up for you next?
Studying Audio Production, Synthesis Technology and Sound Design for music radio and film.
Also, writing and releasing new music and working to have my website up and running in the very near future.
And finally, if you were a biscuit, what would you be and why?
I’d be a Turkish biscuit called Tutku.
It’s amazing and delicious. The biscuit shell is made up of just the right amount of light buttery goodness that surrounds a cacao cream filling inside.
I also love the name… ‘Tutku’ means ‘passion’ in Turkish and I think it’s important to be passionate about things you love.