Joey Ofori is Smooth4Lyfe, an artist who puts as much energy in his music as he has in his personality. Born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, he always had a passion for all styles of music. He first created his first electronic album at 14 with a small DJ mixer set on a PC, and from that day on, he knew he had calling in this industry. His music ranges from house, to techno, to club, and even hip hop and r&b, with sounds and beats similar to those of David Guetta, Black Eyed Peas, Kaskade, Tiesto, and Diplo. Smooth4Lyfe is also a gamer, and uses his talents to create remixes of video game music upon request for his fans. He has created remixes of video game music from Sonic the Hedgehog, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, and others. His favorite video game icon is Sonic the Hedgehog, Smooth4Lyfe has had his music played all around the world, and has had many nominations for his songs, including one for the L.A. Music Awards Hip Hop Song of the Year in 2008, and top placement in the Billboard Music Awards. He has also been featured on 3 full pages of Acid Jazz magazine. Smooth4Lyfe currently has many albums released, including his “Hip Hop & RnB Instrumentals” volume series and “Video Game Music Remixes” volumes. Though his earlier releases came from a “non-serious” approach, he began taking his music more seriously. Even though he currently chooses not to perform and tour seriously at the moment, his passion for music and the energy of his fans will keep him alive, putting more music for his fans to enjoy.
Q: What's it like growing up in Mpls? Does the city have interesting stories about Prince? A: I only lived in Minneapolis until I was three, but I have fond memories of it. Even now that I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, I still feel like I'm a part of Minneapolis. I think a lot of Minnesotans have "Minneapolis Pride", even if they don't live in Minneapolis. Minneapolis has so many fun things to see and do, and the arts are very important here, with so many theaters and live shows. Prince put us on the map for music. I hear Prince stories everywhere I go in Minnesota. I've met so many people who were associated with Prince, including one of his dancers, and even a former Paisley Park employee working as a cashier at the local grocery store, so I've heard many Prince stories. I wish I could've been a Chanhassen resident when Prince was still alive, because I know that many Chanhassen residents saw him casually riding his bike around