2018 is Odie‘s time. The multitalented Toronto-by-way-of-Tracy artist has been cooking his debut “Analogue” for the past three years and it’s finally simmered long enough for its big reveal. Working tightly with produer Yaqob, Odie’s sound spectrum treks across rhythms and styles: Humming along to melancholy guitars on “North Face” before jumping into Afrobeat “Faith”— and that’s just a precursor to the syrupy deep dive into “Little Lies.”

Speaking with Odie unveils an old soul. Born to Nigerian parents, Odie questions himself as much as his surroundings on the record, but luckily, he was able to provide some answers for us.

The Bay Bridged: When did you realize you wanted to do music professionally?

Odie: I always had a passion for creating things. I had already written a couple songs (after high school) and my best friend, who is now my manager, thought it was really good. We put the song out and the response was really great. That feeling of putting something out and people are able to connect with it and feel the same way I felt when I was expressing myself…That was really important to me. And it meant a lot, so I thought might as well make more music and make this the thing I do.

TBB: Your early years were spent in Toronto, but you moved to Tracy. How did your upbringing and relationship with the Bay Area influence your music?

O: I think the energy that the Bay Area has is so unapologetic and it’s just so live that just translated so well to my sound. Coming from Toronto, it’s sort of on the same hype and really synonymous because Toronto is a really multicultural area — when you go around, everyone is always of a different culture and they embrace that fact. It was almost the exact same in the Bay, just in a different facet. The Bay Area is just so open — regardless of where you are or where you’re from, everybody can come together and still be hyphy, they can still enjoy themselves together. That was main thing I really want to promote in my music.

TBB: The main thing that sticks out about your music is its versatility — I don’t want to tie you down to a genre, but there’s a distinct way of how you express yourself musically.

O: Everything usually comes naturally, at least when I’m in my most prime music mode. That’s part of the reason why I tend to jump from sound to sound, or my sound in general is very versatile. I I believe since we’re all human, we feel a whole different bunch of feelings: One day I might feel super depressed, the next I might feel really energetic. I think there’s different facets, so when I express it and make it into music, there’s a whole spectrum of how it comes out, there isn’t a specific category. I believe is that people are always constantly growing and we’re always experiencing new things so I’m never going to be the same person I was yesterday, or the same I was a minute ago. I’m always changing so I think that’s why the music always evolves at the same time.

TBB: Does the title “Analogue” have any particular meaning? A lot of the songs come from a personal place, what are you hoping listeners learn about you as an artist?

O: I started working on it when I was 18 years old and front to back, it chronicles all the roller-coaster emotions and feelings everyone feels from age 18 to 21 when you’re still trying to understand yourself and figure out your place. At this point in time, I had an idea of who I wanted to be and I somehow decided I wasn’t ready to reach that stage yet. I think everyone goes through that, from 18 to 21, where you sort of feel like you’re in purgatory: You want to be something but there are still things holding you back, you’re just trying to figure things out. “North Face” was about a place I didn’t want to be; “Little Lies” was me questioning myself and reality and the point of life and what I really want to do, told through this sphere of a relationship. It’s really a bundle of emotions and me just trying to understand myself from the last three years.

TBB: Three years went into this project and now it’s out. So, what’s next?

O: This is the first time I’m ever putting out a project, so I really see this as my coming-out party. I really want to express myself creatively because I spent a lot of time in the past few years behind closed doors trying to develop everything. Hopefully I want to be able to do a tour by the end of the year because the music is so sporadic and it goes in a lot of different spaces and areas, I really want to communicate that via show. I think this year is really about releasing more content, it’s about expressing Odie for the first and giving people the content to understand who he is.