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BACKSTAGE PASS: KOJEY RADICAL

Photographer Joseph McDermott meets Kojey Radical.

In a unique access all areas series, south London based photographer Joseph McDermott goes behind the scenes with music’s finest. Ahead of his Jazz Café slot, McDermott sat down with Kojey Radical to talk music, inspo and the dream collab.

 So who are you and where are you from? 
 
I’m Kojey Radical, and I’m visual artist turned spoken word poet turned musician. I’m from Hoxton, east London; original Hoxton fella. 
 
How did you get into creating music? 
 
I knew music was always going to be an interest of mine but I wouldn’t have necessarily predicted that I would have got into it the way that it has turned out. I was into art first – I had an idea for a project and I was playing with poetry here and there – it just got to a point where I was like, I need to do this. And then it went from there with my first release “Dear Daisy” in 2014. 
 
And how would you describe your music? 
 
Powerful and passionate, and based on a lot on my own personal journey. 
 
If somebody hasn’t listened to Kojey Radical, where should they start?
 
“Footsteps”.
 
What’s the best show you’ve ever played and why was it the best?  
 
Every time I play a new show it becomes my favourite. Ireland is definitely a stand out. 

Your dream line-up, who’s on the bill?
 
Sade, Ray Blk, 808ink, Missy Elliot, Little Simz, Jesse James Solomon, and Juls.

And your favourite song right now? 
 
Tony Allen feat. Damon Albarn, “Go Back”.
 
Who’s your favourite artist right now? 
 
808 INK, Gaika and Gorillaz.
 
Who would you say are your biggest inspirations?  
 
André 3000, Fela Kuti and Jamie T.
  
And who would you like to collaborate with in terms of artists/producers?

Pharrell  
  
What can we expect next from Kojey Radical?
 
New music dropping very soon, an international tour and my own headline tour. And some interesting brand collabs. 
 
Any final comments? 
 
No. 

BACKSTAGE PASS: KOJEY RADICAL

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