In a unique access all areas series, south London based photographer Joseph McDermott goes behind the scenes with music’s finest.
Amidst his KOKO Friday night residency, Joseph links up with rapper Ryan De La Cruz to talk origins, inspirations and pre-show rituals….
So who are you and where are you from?
I am Ryan De La Cruz, singer/songwriter from east London, originally from Kongo.
How did you get into making music?
I come from a very music orientated family, my dad was a pastor in the church so he put me in the choir, forced me to play drums and I’ve just always had the love. It’s in the blood.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my music as very soulful but very raw at the same time. It can get very energetic. Raw ting.
If somebody hasn’t listened to Ryan De La Cruz, what’s the first song or project you would recommend they check out?
First project will always be the first project, you need to see the evolution. So that’s going to be the “Pagans” EP but also you can check out “Don’t Know About Me”. That’s me, the whole way through.
What’s the best show you’ve ever done and why was it the best?
The Great Escape festival has been the highlight for me. The vibe was unbelievable.
Who’s on the line-up for your ultimate/dream show?
Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Missy Elliott and myself.
Who is your biggest inspiration, musically?
Michael Jackson. The GOAT. And Frank Ocean gets a shout out as well.