Musician Tobi Adekanmbi looks back to his elementary school days as what really sparked his love for performing.
“This had to have been like the second or third grade. I had this music teacher who brought her guitar and had the kids sit around in circles and she just played music for us,” recalled Adekanmbi. “That was a spark for me because then a couple of weeks after that is when I discovered Linkin Park and changed my life.”
Adekanmbi remembers singing a Linkin Park song for his friend’s birthday in front of the class as his first taste of performing for a crowd, and the spark has never left him.
“I still remember the feeling as a kid that was like how amazing that was. Everyone liked it, even the teacher liked it,” said Adekanmbi. “That joy, that rush really stuck with me and that kind of started my path with music.”
Adekanmbi would later go on to explore many avenues of music, including playing the alto saxophone and joining bands all through high school. When he was in tenth grade, Adekanmbi moved to a new high school where he met a new friend named Rodrick, who would later teach him about music-producing software. The two eventually started a duo called “We Are Improv” and would create music on the spot.