I am Connie Constance.
I’ve been making music since my first heartbreak.
Sonically I’m influenced by Britpop, indie rock and jazz.
This year I’ve become more solo.
The biggest learning curve was instinct is everything.
Right now I’m writing about love and other drugs.
Storytelling in music is the whole point of a song. to transport, to relate, to dream.
my latest track was written from a conversation I had with a friend, James. some of the lyrics are directly from the text message. it was an epiphany.
Authenticity in music is everything. it’s the honey playing live feels like you’re a superhero in your own Wakanda.
No gig has topped Glastonbury 2019. I played a set on Thursday during the sunset. felt like I was setting the mood for the weekend.
My favourite gig I’ve been to is between Erykah Badu and The Streets.
Meet Connie Constance, Bossy LDN, Jeshi, JVCK JAMES and JGrrey: the artists setting a new agenda in London’s music scene, curated in collaboration with CLARKS ORIGINALS.
I am Connie Constance.
We are BOSSY LDN, a DJ and producer duo.
What we do is play music, make music, throw events, work with the community, uplift voices, fight for equality, be the change!
We want to make people feel included, free to be who they are, the best version of themselves.
The best part of our job is everyday we get to face every new opportunity together. we’re constantly learning and evolving.
The best party we’ve ever thrown was Megan Thee Stallion LDN hot girl party for sure. also, Smokepurpp!
Song we’re arriving at the party to Snoop Dogg – “Sexual Eruption”.
Our proudest moment this year has been locking massive plans into place!
The biggest curve was understanding our value.
Being a creative in london is challenging, exciting and rewarding.
If we could play one song to the whole city in this moment, it would be mavado – “on my mind” right now, you should be listening to PA SALIEU & Shenseea.
We look up to RiRi – look at the empire she has built!
We’re looking forward to releasing music and throwing the biggest event yet.
The music industry needs to change by being more inclusive, bringing equal opportunities and not capitalising off talented young creators.
Authenticity in music is all of it, creating history and making people enjoy life through music.
We stay true to ourselves by not taking anyone’s BS our legacy will be bossy.
I am JESHI.
I started making music because I was bored.
This year i’ve released an EP I done a while back, called “Bad Taste”, it’s a collection of songs about a lack of serotonin.
I hope it makes people wake up and listen.
Sonically I’m influenced by the sound of London streets, and the things I want to hear but don’t exist yet this year I’ve released.
Visually I’m inspired by movies and memories an EP I done a while back, called “Bad Taste”.
My dream music video concept is Busta Rhymes’ “Gimme Some More” video. So good.
A song I’ll never forget is Gil Scott-Heron – “did you hear what they said?”
If I could tell my young self anything it would be keep doing exactly what you’re doing, and don’t listen to anybody.
Right now I’m working on a load of music, thinking about an album.
If I could play one song to the whole of london right now it would be “The Guns Of Brixton” by The Clash.
Genre in 2020 is more blurred than ever.
Rap in 2020 is uninspiring, most of the time.
I’m proud of always making the shit I want to.
My stand out live set is Solange, she is a God .
I am JVCK JAMES. born in London. 90s baby. R&B ninja. Introverted. Space kid. High. Living in the future, past and present unapologetically a nonchalant, introverted, perfectly imperfect child of God
London has shaped the way I talk. The way I dress. East London has a very unique kind of energy that I’m glad to be a part of the humility, the slang, the sarcasm, boujiness, quirkiness. I’m just a product of my environment.
My biggest influences are performers like James Brown, Beyoncé, Prince… D’Angelo, Brandy, Jodeci, Mary J Blige, Pharrell, Kendrick, B.I.G. to Kirk Franklin all inspire me in different ways. the 90s era is golden to me. Hype Williams. Tarantino.
Bring back love. Life pre-cell phones. Life pre-Limewire. The Soulquarians. The 90s. R&B takeover. Baggy leather sweats.
My latest track is about drowning in love.
I hope it makes people feel …as long as they feel moved, that’s my work done vulnerability in music is the key to connection. It’s the most natural way to evoke emotion.
Lyrically I’m inspired by real life. Real experiences give the best fuel for creativity. Relationships, travelling, detours, drama, problems, trauma, heartbreak all seem to inspire the best songs.
Right now I’m writing about lockdown. I hate being in one spot for too long, let alone three months. For the amount of travelling I’m gonna do, post-lockdown’s gonna be inspiration overload!
The music industry should step up and stand up for quality — people that are only interested in pushing quality music. equality — I wanna see more female bosses, female producers. Black CEOs. people that look like me in high positions.
If I could play one track to the whole of London right now it would have to be something off the new project. any song is a go. find a hat, we’ll let someone take a lucky dip.
Performing live feels like a luxury. a sober high, the highest. It’s probably my favourite part of it all a lesson I’ll never forget is slow and steady wins the race. Trust the process.
I want to stand for Peace. Love. Justice. Light. R&B… UK R&B. Black people. Dreamers. Visionaries.
My legacy will be my voice. My work on earth. My music. love — love is the only thing that lives forever. I just wanna be a helping hand to someone.
I am JGRREY.
Music is my purpose.
I want to make people feel that’s it.
London has influenced my entire life. Everything ever. It’s my home; it’s where I grew up and is so unapologetically itself, sometimes to its own detriment. I’ve massively carried that around with me.
Bring back the year 2000.
My favourite gig has been opening for Billie [Eilish].
The track I’m most proud of is I guess “Ain’t So”, my latest song, but I’m just proud I’m doing shit I love.
It’s meant for anyone who’s falling apart at the seams at the moment… the first line of the track is about one of my fans who really struggles massively with her mental health.
My most surreal career moment was in the smoking area at an event and my manager introduced me to Stormzy — but before he could say my name, Stormzy interrupted him and said, ‘yeah I know you, you’re JGRREY…’
Visually I’m inspired by Kendrick Lamar’s music videos, but also massively by old school cartoons, old music videos by N.W.A., Wu-Tang, Cypress Hill and Black Sabbath. I’m also inspired by artists such as Alex Gamsu Jenkins, by series’ like The Sopranos or anything directed by Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino.
My sound is evolving massively. I’ve just realised that I can make whatever the fuck sort of music I want to.
If I had a never-ending budget, my dream video concept is… OMG. I can’t tell you the answer to this, because one day I’m going to do it. I can’t tell you, but it’s sick.
Don’t label me Anything. Please don’t compare me to any other singers, because for someone like myself — who had no intention of making music, but has now found their lane in music and is trying so hard to grow and create a path which I didn’t even think was possible for me — when someone comes up and says, ‘oh, you sound like that other singer’, I think… I just spent three months of sleepless nights, two weeks back-to-back just on the mastering. Like, do I really just sound like them?
I won’t compromise on my emotions. I used to compromise on a lot and now I’m starting to not want to compromise on anything. I’ve been speaking to a friend, and that friend reminded me that no one is entitled to your life and that you shouldn’t have to compromise. I realise you have to sometimes, but my whole life I have. So I’m trying to unlearn that habit.
Look out for my album. When people hear I’m working towards an album, people assume I’m just about to release one. it won’t be out this year, maybe not even next year. Time is a construct…