INSPIRED BY THE GUITARIST ANDY McKEE
Kenyan guitar player Peter Njihia has already been living in Ireland for 20 years, but he admits that his roots are the essence of his being.
Ambitious musician discovered his passion and started playing guitar during his second year of high school.
“I got lessons for a year on the basics, and then I found Andy McKee on YouTube, and that opened up things I had never seen being done on a guitar before. And that was it. He was the first but allowed me to find others like Don Ross, Antoine Dufour, Craig D’andrea, and more on the Candyrat YouTube channel,” says Peter.
Peter reveals that he chose guitar as the main musical instrument after seeing all the creative possibilities and how many different sounds it could make.
He believes that the three qualities that make a professional guitarist are as follows: creativity, curiosity, and emotional attachment.
“MUSIC IS THE MOST FREEING FORM OF EXPRESSION”
“Music has been at the core of my life since I was a child. It’s the most freeing form of expression. A way to vent,” says Kenyan musician.
As a musician, he enjoys being free to create whatever he wants, but he hates not having pushed further at some points. “Lesson learned,” says Peter.
He admires famous artists such as 2pac, Bob Marley, Rage against the machine, Jon Gomm, amongst many more. In other words, he admires anyone committed to their beliefs and willing to inspire people to something bigger than themselves regardless of what anyone has to say about it.
“I AM ALWAYS ME, NOTHING ELSE ”
When we asked what his motto was, Peter answered: “BBQ sauce on my titties.” This saying came from the well-known “Netflix” show “Orange is the new black” and got the attention of other famous artists.
Mysterious Peter doesn’t want to talk about his future goals yet and creates a small intrigue instead: “The world will know soon.”
“I am always me. Nothing else,” says Peter. Being such a good example, he also encourages us to believe in ourselves and stay committed to being a better version of ourselves in every way every day.