18 Sep A perfect musical mix of Afrobeat and RnB by the Project Peters duo
Project Peters is the musical brainchild of Nigerian-Australian brothers Darlington and Joseph Peters.
The duo draws inspiration from the melodies and rhythms of their birthplace, mixing it with their favourite RnB and Soul influences, to create unique music that has listeners hooked from the moment they hit play.
“The experiences over there, like with anyone born in Africa, you would know that it never leaves you,” Darlington said on the influence of Nigerian culture on the duo’s music.
We’ve been making music together for at least ten years, so if you go all the way back, you can still hear it there.
“We’re not trying to follow a trend or anything, we love RnB, which is what we actually started with, but you always hear that afro influence in every single element of our music, instrumental-wise or in the melodies.”
In their move to Australia, both Joseph and Darlington were culturally shocked during their transition to the new country, with memories from their first few years having stuck with them.
“The first thing that stood out to me was the way people interacted with each other, because in Nigeria, it was very personal, you can be in each other’s spaces a lot, but not so much over here,” Joseph explained.
“I had a few encounters where I was shocked in the way people reacted to the way I was, and maybe I was a bit too upfront, or too in-their-face.”
Having now well and truly settled into Australia, their music plays a huge role in connecting them back to their homeland.
“Music is the only way we can relate back to Nigeria, right now,” Darlington said.
It’s one of the greatest ways we can still keep the culture alive within us and spread it to the world.
“I’m so glad we’re in Australia, I think it’s the best country in the world, and I’m also happy I was born in Nigeria and to be Nigerian, and I don’t think there could be a better combination.”
Drawing from the success of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, and their RnB and Soul heroes such as T-Pain, R Kelly and Michael Jackson, the Project Peters brothers’ ultimate goal is to win a Grammy within the next ten years.
For now, however, they are just focusing on perfecting their music, with their first EP on track for release in early 2019.
“It’s more of a storytelling type thing, when you listen to it from the top to the bottom, you will see a cohesive message as to what we’re about,” Darlington said.
“It has been ready for a while now, but we just have to keep tweaking and changing things, replacing songs, changing verses, and trying to make it perfect.
We’re in no rush; it’s not a sprint, it’s a long game, so that’s what we’re here for.
The brothers will also be releasing two more singles before the end of 2018.