Soul smiter is an afro-pop, electro pop and RnB artist based in LIBERIA. He also represented Liberia at the first MTN Project fFame West Africa 2008. Ever since then he has been trying to get his music out there. He is scheduled to release two brand new songs on June 6th, 2017. We caught up with the artist for an exclusive interview. Check it out below!
1.Tell us about the man behind the music.
My name is Wilmot Troy Banmore known widely as soul smiter. I’m a singer and songwriter for the most part of my creative career.
2. Of all career field, why did you choose music?
I choose this line of work because it felt like an inborn tendency. My life as an individual sits on this very premise. Creating sounds and writing words that contribute to healing the world and people within it matters to me.
3. How do you work?
Basically, I see how ups and downs of life. From sorrows to happiness. I’m inspired by these opposing emotions. I pick up my pen in consideration of the growing emotional rifts and energies around me.
4. What’s your background?
Well, I started singing at a very early age in Sunday choir and later move on to senior choir levels but I didn’t feel coming through for me anymore. I played basketball for doing my junior high and senior high school yrs and like I said earlier it’s like an inborn tendency, music located me again and I’ve since been committed to singing. Throughout college, I focused more and more on my persona and in 2008, I became the first MTN project fame west Africa aAcademyrepresentative from Liberia, after many weeks of auditioning in Lagos, Nigeria. I didn’t win it because it all comes down to how much votes you get from your country. Liberia had 3.5m and Nigeria was over 150m. Inyanya was our winner that year. I later became the lead vocalist for the United Nations Missions in Liberia Band and eventually got the opportunity to manage the UN’s Star is Born music Academy had delivered great vocalist such as Moses Swaray, Nicholas Boyougar etc..
5. What’s integral to the work of an artist?
Being an artist, you have a major responsibility to interpret day to day challenges people go through in the best possible creative way which identifies with their situation in a positive way. Giving them reasons to wanna be happy.
6. What role does the artist have in society?
We are the voices of the majority and minority in that we speak consciousness to our leaders and to individuals being mindful that future generations are paying attention to our actions.
7. How has your practice changed over time?
I think I’ve matured. I see things from a different perspective and it enhances my growth by adding values to my practice.
8. Can we know a little about your label?
Sure. Hahaha. .I’m a member of Nebo Records Australia. I signed up last year December becoming the first Liberian based artist to sign to a foreign label since the 1980s. I got to meet those wonderful people through the help Jerrison A. Kromah aka Angel Michael a very talented young Liberian comedian. Through his efforts, Mr. Markis Nebo the CEO then, reached to me with his platform and the rest is history …I’ve made some friends at the label amongst artists and management.
9. What are the expectations like the label?
Well, we’re all professionals guided by a mutual agreement in a contract. We respect each other very and follow our responsibilities on paper.
10. What themes do you pursue?
I have a targeted audience and whatever affects them become my story.
11. What’s your scariest experience?
Yes. When auditioning for MTN Project Fame, the judges give me a scare and it really worked well. lol
12. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Being caught on camera doing something bad.
13. What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I’ve been a humanitarian all my life. I served under Doc. Joel Jones malaria control unit as the PRO for Artists United Against Diseases, Worked as a civic educator to our fewer privilege people in the hinterlands in Liberia, also as a voluntary youth campaigning under the family planning banner teaching sexual and reproductive health Sciences for our teenage sisters. I currently represent the Liberian Artists Together for Advancement ( LATA, a group of the musician known widely from the Ebola hope song project as program manager. I’m also one of the music ambassadors of Action Aid Liberia.
13. What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Most of my memories of the works I’ve been trying to do over the years are pleasant. I say this because I love service to humanity.
14. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
It can be at times. But I’ve got a busy mind, so I don’t worry that much.
15. What do you dislike about the art world?
Everything is in a rush, just like in the Hollywood movies.
16. What do you dislike about your line of work?
Nothing so far.
17. What do you like about your work?
Writing, being in the studio, traveling etc..
18. Should art be funded in Liberia?
Yea.. the art industry is a highly grossing industry with so many areas to tap.
19. What makes you angry?
Being lied to by someone or people I trust.
20. If you would have any power, what superpower would you have and why?
I wish I could be invisible. Why? that’s personal. Lol
21. Name something you love, and why.
I love music. You already know.
22. Name something you don’t love, and why.
I hate fake people. .you know why.
23. What is your dream project?
I wanna establish a marketing structure for members of the creative arts industry in Liberia.
24. Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
I wanna remain myself even though I love a few.
25. Favorite or most inspirational place?
I haven’t seen one yet for this reason. I know it’s funny.
26. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
27. Professionally, what’s your goal?
I wanna reach the height of my career. That is winning prestigious awards and creating a platform for others to develop their talents.
28. What wouldn’t you do without?
29. Any last words for the fans who look up to you as an inspiration?
Sure. To the fans, thank you for everything you’ve done for my career and we still got more to do together. My singles are coming up June 6th. Please follow our pages, Nebo records and official Soul Smiter on Facebook for updates. And don’t forget to click like. To the kids, stay in school and say no to drugs.
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