Odunsi (The Engine)
Odunsi (The Engine) is a producer & artist out of Nigeria who has become a force in the Alté genre. His distinct sound, cult-like following, and global appeal are a few of the reasons we were excited to get the chance to chat with him about his career and experience with FL Studio.
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
I began as artist and producer Odunsi (The Engine) in high school with my friends. Our group of friends used to make songs in class. After a while, we’d go to the studio, but we couldn’t really afford studio time, so we’d just hang around there, but later, I started making beats. In 2016, I started producing and recording my own songs, but I used to make beats for other people before that.
Odunsi feat RAYE – Tipsy
Odunsi – Against The Clock
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
I started using FL Studio when a producer who was mentoring me introduced it to me at his studio. I think I was like 16 at the time, and that’s what I’ve been using till now. FL Studio means even more to me than just its impact on my productions: it’s been the tool I’ve used since I was a teenager to express the disorganisation that’s been in my mind by being able to organise sound and music. It’s been crazy — it’s helped me build a career and do so much.
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
I’ve worked with friends like Santi — I used to make beats for Santi before I started recording music for myself. I’ve worked with all kinds of artists. I dropped my first EP in 2016 and my first album in 2018. Then, I dropped two EP’s after that, including an EP with Nonso Amadi and my own EP from 2020.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
I don’t use much; I just use my laptop and studio monitors. Sometimes I use a MIDI controller, but not much lately. I use less hardware than software, but I want to get into hardware more now.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I’d love to see FL Studio collaborate more with Nigerian producers and producers from Sub-Saharan Africa because there’s a huge connection with FL with people from there. There are so many untold stories and untapped opportunities for these producers/sound designers: young people trying to create futures for themselves through music.
YouTube: Odunsi The Engine