In a unique access all areas series, south London based photographer Joseph McDermott goes behind the scenes to learn more about the most exciting and emerging acts in music today.
Just before he took to the stage at the RMBA: Syd & Friends show in London, McDermott got to sit down with the Compton MC and frequent Kaytranada collaborator, Buddy.
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Buddy, I’m from Compton, California, Los Angeles.
How did you get into making music?
I was acting at first, I was in a conservatory called AGC, we did theatre plays, and we did a fashion show to raise money for stage production and costumes and they threw me in a rap group – I never stopped rapping.
How would you describe your sound?
I don’t know, super tight? I kinda just go have a bunch of fun making songs and like, let people decide what it sounds like and classify it ya know? I don’t like to box myself in really, I just kinda create.
If somebody hasn’t listened to Buddy, where should they start?
I say just shuffle, Russian Roulette it. All the songs are tight, wherever you wanna start. All my songs show a different side of me.