Violinist Ezinma on Beyoncé, success and adversity

Ezinma, aka Classical Bae, started to play the violin when she was three years old. Her music is a blend of virtuosic melodies and orchestral soundscapes with hard-hitting beats. This fusion, this juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated worlds, allows Ezinma to connect with diverse audiences and communicate her passion in a way that is uniquely her own. She has collaborated with jazz, R&B, pop, hip-hop, and electronic artists such as Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Mac Miller, and Clean Bandit. Watch her interview in the video below.

What are you most proud of?

Ezinma: Definitely my resilience. I’ve had a lot of wins. I’ve also had a lot of losses and rejections. At the end of the day, that’s information and that’s data. So you can do better the next time around.

Can you describe being on stage with Beyoncé at Coachella in three words?

So inspiring. I was so proud. Proud to be black at that moment, you know, where they were celebrating historically black colleges and universities, an all-black cast. It was just incredible. A lot of fun like we had our swag and our surf on. It was so fun. Yeah.

Ezinma on stage during Beyoncé 2018 Coachella performance “Beychella”

What is your definition of success?

For me, I know I am successful when I’m on this journey pursuing what I love with my friends, with my family. You know, that for me is “success”. And that’s what I’m doing every day. I’m on this journey working away.

Who would you love to have lunch with?

Well, I would love to have lunch with Beethoven because I am actually releasing a single called “Beethoven Pleads The Fifth”. It’s a classical fusion between his iconic Fifth Symphony and like trap and hip hop and all these really cool modern genres. And I would love to just play it for him over lunch.

Any advice for people facing adversity?

You know, if you’re facing rejection or adversity, I would say just keep doing it. You know, it’s a really, really, really, really, really tough road, especially when you’re starting out and there’s a lot of resistance and it just takes consistency. It just takes putting in that continued effort every single moment.

Biggest surprise ever received?

Being invited to write a string arrangement for All The Stars for the Black Panther movie. That was crazy. It happened all in one day and it was just an incredible moment being in the studio with Kendrick Lamar writing. It wasn’t so much I was there to play strings, I was there to write an arrangement. That was a massive surprise.

Who should we interview next?

So you should definitely interview my friend Starley next. She’s amazing. She’s an Australian singer-songwriter, popstar, extraordinary. You’ve definitely heard her song Call On Me. It was like a crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy hit, you should definitely interview her next, I love her so much.

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