Adneli Francois Kondia-Yema aka “Man Like Nells” is a producer and artist who got into music as a kid, learning the piano and guitar at ‘The Conservatoire de Paris’.
He graduated in “Commercial Music” with a 1st from the University of Westminster in 2016. Nells finds his inspiration through his appreciation of life and forward thinking positive attitude. Nell’s message conveys one of unity, love and understanding.
At only 17, he performed at the O2 arena in 2013 supporting Olly Murs, and in 2015 at Pacha Victoria supporting Wretch 32. Later on that year he won the “iSessions” Battle Of The Bands with a uni mate. Later on that year they went on to win ‘Best student band in the country’ receiving national press coverage.
Man Like Nells also featured on the MOBO awards website prior to his gap year travels.
In 2018 the producer landed his first syncing deal, the record “Sinner” from his album “Sound For The Soul” was featured on Netflix in the British film “Been So Long”.
Man Like Nells was able to transfer some of artistic skills to delve into events as well as being a consultant for artists. A true all rounder in the creative sense!
How would you describe your style?
The Man Like Nells’ style is an alternative way of making urban music. My outlook on the creation of music is one that believes in versatility. Genres such as: Hiphop, French Rap, Afrobeats. Uk Garage, House, Neo soul & Jazz have all been explored.
Why do you do what you do?
The journey of mixing genres and the creative surprises that arise from this, whilst fusing my sound with poetry has forged my love for my profession . The ability to connect people via music is, of course, deeply satisfying.
Ambition or talent: which matters more to you?
I believe that ambition will take you further than talent. Opportunities are everywhere for anyone who is motivated, passionate and willing to put in enough hard work to achieve what they set out to do.
What inspires you to create music?
Appreciating life, taking nothing for granted and seeing the results of a positive mindset.The constant love and support I receive from my family, friends and fans is also a great source of inspiration.
How did you find the scouting process in Rehegoo?
The scouting process at Rehegoo has been very straight forward and professional in the way they approach the artist.
How did you feel when signing a contract with Rehegoo?
It has been a pleasant experience, from signing the contract, to meeting and staying in contact with the whole team.
What is the greatest achievement of your career so far?
Performing in front of 10,000 people was a very moving experience for me. But I think getting over 870,000 views on Youtube is the crowning moment!
What has been the biggest obstacle?
The inability to predict the dynamic my career was going to take. By that I mean that they’ll be times where a lot of attention would be placed on me and what I was doing and they’ll be times where people won’t really acknowledge my efforts. I overcame it by understanding that I can only apply myself and be patient enough to wait for results to speak for themselves.
What is the best and worst gig you have ever played?
I don’t see gigs as the best or worst. Naturally, some of them outweigh others in terms of enjoyment but each has been unique to getting to know how the live music operates. After each one you feel immense gratitude for having had the chance to show the world what you can do regardless of the supposed out come.
What is your worst and best fan moment?
My best fan moment was when for the 1st time the whole crowd was rapping a verse of my song. The worst fan moment was when I got booed on stage in Manchester, but fortunately I ended up winning the competition I was involved in!
What is your favorite song of yours?
My favorite record is “Welcome To My World”. This song was when I realized that my music could make it really big. I’d seen its growth from my bedroom to studios all over England, Switzerland and even Russia. Getting close to 1 million views on YouTube, you start to see that you are doing something special. The fans always remind me how catchy they find the song and it really motivates me to produce more music.
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