Nottingham's rising musician speaks on the release of his debut EP 'Hey', his transition from rapping to singing and the Nottingham based artists you should have on your radar.
What was the process of creating your latest single ‘Shitfaced’?
When I wrote this song, I had a pretty laidback attitude and I just went into the session not really knowing what would happen. It was my first in-person session since lockdown and I didn't expect it to go so well - I was out of practice of being in the studio but I knew exactly what I wanted to write about, and that’s why I feel like it came out so naturally. We originally only wrote one verse and then finished the song a few weeks later.
How do you feel that each of your releases are showing a different side to your sound?
I have always wanted to be a bit genre fluid, bringing things from different worlds and putting them together, so I just feel like the difference in sound in each song reflects this. I'm influenced by so many different types of music so this is my way of paying homage to all those different styles.
What was the inspiration for your debut ‘Pick Me Up’ and how was the response to the track?
This song was about me and a past lover; we tried to fix each other and make each other whole. We both deeply cared for each other and we still do, but we just couldn't see that we were making it worse by not facing our problems and hiding from them together. The song is my apology letter for not being able to be there for her in the way she wanted me to be – I’m basically saying that maybe if we got away from the place we were in, then it could have worked. I was really humbled by the response to the track as a lot of people didn’t know what to expect from my first release.
"It was a weird process as I couldn't sit in the studio with my team and discuss things musically..."
What were the influences that went into your single ‘Hey’?
You know when you message that person that you know you shouldn't message, but you're drunk and feeling a certain way? That’s what ‘Hey’ is about. I felt that it was something that everyone could relate to, young and old, as we have all needed comfort in the form of texting someone we care about.
When did you first get into music and what made you start taking it more seriously?
I think 2-3 years ago I started to notice what I wanted to do with my life. I tried everything and nothing seemed to work, but music did. It was the only thing I started and wanted to stick at.
What are you currently working towards and what can we expect?
I’ve been working on my debut EP during lockdown, which I’ve now finished. It was a weird process as I couldn't sit in the studio with my team and discuss things musically - it was all over Zoom which was strange and hard but we got there in the end.
"There are so many talented artists from in and around Notts."
How have you been staying creative during lockdown?
100% - my team have made sure I’ve been staying creative, getting me on Zoom sessions and even making music videos at home. For the most part I’ve actually enjoyed lockdown as it has introduced me to a different way of working.
What inspired you to move from rapping to singing?
I think it was influenced by the music I started listening to at the time - I was trying to find my sound and I think it just felt more natural when I sung.
How does being a rapper aid your writing process/style?
I think it makes me write differently, as I focus more on the lyrics so they make me feel something and dig deeper. I always try to better myself.
"... they translate the story in a different way and give a different perspective than the music alone does. "
How was shooting the visuals for ‘Hey’ and how important a role do visuals play in your music?
Shooting the vid for ‘Hey’ was so fun. I brought my best friend Sam with me - who doesn't want to have their best friend in a video? He ended up being an extra and having his own cameo which was great. I think in general visuals are just a different way to communicate my work – they translate the story in a different way and give a different perspective than the music alone does.
Being from Nottingham, are there any local artists you would recommend?
Which artists first inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring you today?
J. Cole is the artist that made me want to start making music. I just loved how conscious his lyrics are and how relatable they were - like he made a whole song about folding clothes haha!
If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would they be?
What’s coming up for the rest of 2020?
The release of my EP in November, then more music videos, live videos and writing sessions. Who knows what else is going to happen! 2020 has been the weirdest year of my life – it’s been so good but so strange.