Bloody Civilian is outworking the haters 

Bloody Civilian is outworking the haters 

by Ollie Cox
4 min

Bloody Civilian has just released her first project of 2024, “Head Start,” an Afro-dance track addressing her “enemies” with punchy drums, deep bass lines and her signature powerful vocals. Existing outside of genre boxes, it draws on hip-hop, R&B, and Amapiano influences to create an effortlessly catchy bop just in time for summer. 

The self-assured confidence presented in “Head Start” is not just a response to the haters but the product of a string of high-profile achievements, including soundtracking Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the recent Bob Marley: One Love biopic, an achievement reflective of her own self-determination, which she describes as a “surreal experience” that she entered into with her fingers crossed. 

This year, Bloody Civilian was recognised by Amazon music as a breakthrough artist and placed amongst the Billboard “15 hip-hop & R&B Artists to Watch in 2024.” With this in mind, we caught up with Bloody Civilian to talk about haters, “Head Start,” and growing up in Lagos. 

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Hey, what have you been up to today? 

I spend the morning drinking chai tea, taking a walk in my area, and working. 

Where are you in the world right now? 

Currently, I’m in Lagos, Nigeria.

You’ve just released your new single, “Head Start.” That’s got to feel pretty good, right? 

Honestly, it just feels amazing.

What is an early memory of music that you still think about today?

An early memory of music I still think about today is my dad playing his guitar and my entire family singing along.

If you had to sum up working on your latest project with one food choice, what would it be? 

I would want it to be some sort of salad, but it’s definitely going to be fried rice.

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You soundtracked Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and have recently had your music featured in the Bob Marley: One Love biopic. We’ve got to talk about that. How was the experience of working on such mega movie projects? 

It was quite surreal because these two projects are pretty prestigious to be a part of. And I wasn’t guaranteed the slot. I just went for the opportunity and had my fingers crossed, so I’m just glad that I made it through.

“Head Start” feels like an expression of your own mental strength, and dealing with negative people. What is the best way to deal with haters?

The best way to deal with haters is to outwork them.

What are the best studio snacks? I know you’ve previously said plantain cures depression. 

Honestly, I’m not a fan of studio snacks. I would prefer drinks, like tea. I shouldn’t be doing this, but sometimes I take stuff with ice in it. But I try to just take tea, something warm or room-temperature water that works for me because the snacks will kind of grain your throat, and it makes the singing a little bit, pasty.

How has growing up in Lagos influenced your work? 

I feel like my lack of urgency and my authenticity comes from growing up in Abuja. I create music without the fear of trying something that could potentially fail. And this is definitely deeply rooted in the environment I grew up in in Abuja where it wasn’t competitive. Everyone is kind of a hippie there.

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What does the future look like for Bloody Civilian? 

Honestly, I have a bunch of goals I’ve set out to achieve, and I don’t mind detours. I don’t mind exploring new things, new routes, new ventures. Obviously, there’s going to be more music. I’m going to be travelling a lot. I’m gonna be touring for the first time, so I’m just excited for the future. I can’t wait to see what the future unfolds.

Cover image courtesy of @bloody_civilian

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