Fisayo Check in an online Interview with
Can we Meet you?
My name is Olufisayo Odebode, known as Fisayo Check. I’m a musician and entrepreneur. Worship Leader at DaystarNG and Initiator of Check Teens’ Summit.
How did you come up with the name Fisayo Check?
I started a counseling program for teenagers called “Check Counsel” while on campus (OAU). It means to try/check the option of counseling maybe individuals would make better choices. I just wanted to be associated with the name which has now grown into CHECK HOUSE today; Hence, Fisayo CHECK
Where did you grow up?
Lagos, Nigeria. Secondary School Boarding House and Uni in Osun State though.
What were your best/worst subjects in school?
Best Subjects were Home Management, and English. Worst Subjects were Biology (I slept most of the classes and was punished over and again 🙈) and Mathematics.
What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done?
Beat a girl tirelessly and mercilessly for repeating what he said in an English class. He was teaching phonetics I think, and talked about his Adam’s apple. He said “I have it, you don’t have it”
She repeated it by saying “okay, you have it, I don’t have it” and the flogging started! We really dunno what went through his mind. 😭
Were you bullied as a kid?
I was quite a bold kid but I can recollect a senior bullied me for a bit in JSS1 (boarding school of course). I was the smallest the school had ever seen.
What was your favorite game?
I wasn’t a game person growing up but I loved snooker (although not so good at it) because we had it in my compound and Ayo olopon.. lool
What did you enjoy doing with your friends?
Gisting, sharing, praying, hanging out. I’m a talker!
What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory?
I had been going for karate lessons and harassing everyone around. Even terrorized my sister and the guys in the neighborhood. My sister decided to teach me a lesson and I almost lost consciousness to a dirty slap in the presence of so many people.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Lawyer/Counsellor, but that change shortly before I got admission to study Education English in OAU. I discovered my passion to help students and more so I delved into Education. I still do a lot of quasi counselling through Check House…
Were your parents strict?
Oh Yes! Especially my dad.
What was your favourite toy?
Can’t remember having toys as a child. I played with my dad’s turn table, headphones and talked endlessly. Maybe mum can help answer that question. 😂
Where you ever Abused as a child?
Hmmnnn…this takes me to a dark place. As a child, I was molested but I’ll spare the readers the gory details as I don’t want to give the perpetrators any sense of accomplishment. I am in a better place now, thank God for grace, loved ones, support of my mom and sister.
What do you have to say to Child Abuse?
It’s a Crime! A detestable crime with no place for perpetrators in society. The full weight of the law should come down hard on them (ofcourse I know it will be a case of an adult vs a kid, and our society gives more credence to what an adult says). We can still find ways to prosecute these evil deeds.
What got you into music?
Love, Life, God. Music is the one thing I never excused.
Who inspires you?
Sam and Nike Adeyemi.
How would you describe your sound?
Intentional. It’s mostly a mix of my many influences. Soul, American gospel, a bit of jazz and soft rock but I try to be deliberate with how I want to tell my story per time.
What is your creative process like?
Most of my songs were birth from prayer and burdens of societal issues. I critic the words after writing, flesh it up after research/study on the message I’m trying to convey. I do most study and critic midnights. I’m usually awake half the night so I create well at night.
For the purpose of this interview; I’d say PRAYER – RESEARCH/STUDY – EDITING – MUSIC COMPOSITION
Who would you like to collaborate with?
So many.. lol.
Nathaniel Bassey, Taya Smith, TY Bello, Travis Greene, Adekunle Gold, Darrel Walls, Vashawn Mitchell… there’s more 🤩
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Many times. We go with the anxiety, but much more than that is Grace, Love, acceptance, anointing. So we go dey alright las las.
What are your favorite venues to perform in?
I guess I’d figure that out after performing on stages across the country and beyond our shores. Except you want me to mention the ones I saw in my dream 🤩 However, I love to sing at Christian Gatherings and I love it at Daystar Christian Centre.
Do you sing in the shower?
If you are given 300 trillion to leave music, Will you?
300 trillion what please? Lol. Maybe I’ll do music in another way. Set up a platform to help those who don’t have enough to make their music/promote them. Biko gimme the money fesst, vision yapa!
What do you have to say to your FANs and those that are coming up ?
Thank you for trusting me on this journey. Thank you for the love you’ve shown me on my debut album so far… and thank you for listening to/buying my music. I can only hope that achieving this will inspire you to pursue your own goals also. They are absolutely achievable! Take it line upon line, step by step and you’d be amazed by how far you you’d go. Enjoy the journey and the mistakes, it will definitely make you better. THANK YOU!