I know, it’s been a fair while and you have all missed me terribly. Often wondered how you would continue? Well, fear not friends, I have returned with another beloved Beneath The Surface feature and my oh my, this one is a goody! Deffo worth the wait I’d say 😉 So grab a bev of choice on this Autumnal Friday afternoon and lets get stuck in!
What would you say first sparked your interest in music/who inspired you to make music?
Well, I was raised in a really musical household and was surrounded by music from different generations all my life. Whether it was old Ugandan music from my parents growing up, Dancehall and Garage from my uncle and older cousins or the music I discovered myself watching TV, all these sounds influenced the music I make today.
After seeing musicians like Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk on TV, I realised very early that that was what I wanted to do in life and that music would provide me with the opportunity to fully be myself and let out all these creative ideas that I had in my head.
How would you describe the music you are creating?
I would say that the music that I make is the soundtrack for escapism. Whether your form of escapism is chilling at home, partying with your friends, hitting the gym: my music gives people the opportunity to escape the world’s madness and just enjoy life. That’s always what I’ve wanted to represent as an artist and I’m grateful that people are really relating with that.
What does your creative process look like?
It varies all the time and it really depends on where I’m at in life, what I’m experiencing and where my headspace is. With my latest release, Brag and Boast, my creative process was a little out of my comfort zone because it just started as a random freestyle that I put online after the beat from Kaelin Ellis popped up on my timeline. After the freestyle started to really get people excited, we decided to release it as a full record and so I went back to the drawing board to build the freestyle into a full song.
I’m not used to creating like that usually but I’m glad I did this time because people are really feeling the record!
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Off the top of my head… I would have to say Kendrick Lamar. I’ve always been a fan of how his albums and mixtapes have allowed me to go on a journey from start to finish, but I can also enjoy each song on his albums individually. That may sound simple but it takes a lot of work to do it as well as he does it. Plus, I just think that we would be able to create music that stands the test of time.
What is the one message you would like to send out to your fans?
The one message I would give to anyone that supports me is be your most authentic self in the most unapologetic way. It’s so easy to give in to what the world wants you to be or the lane they think is best for you, but life is way more fun and colourful when you tap into who you are and live that out fully.
What’s your top tip to rejuvenate your creativity/get over a writer’s block?
Really and truly, whenever I have a creative block I just go out and experience life. Try new things, have conversations about life with the people around me, watch new documentaries and question everything. There’s beauty in being present, especially when it comes to creating art.
What’s next for you, what do we have to look forward to/what are you currently working on?
I’m really excited to just begin putting out music again and expressing some of the things that I’ve experienced and seen. I took a break for a while just to live life and take everything, but now I’m ready to release and Brag and Boast is just the start.
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