In a bid to keep the UK moving and grooving this summer, Jeremiah Asiamah joins an array of gifted musicians for track “Shaker”. An ode to carnival in its absence, the artist looks to the likes of Toddla T, Stefflon Don, S1mba, and Sweetie Irie to serve up infectious bars and shimmering beats on the masterfully collaborative track. With the song coming accompanied by dance-filled visuals set against a colourful urban setting, the party vibes continue to radiate from the summery project, as listeners can expect to be transported to the sun-soaked scenes of an August spent in the streets of Notting Hill upon the first note.
“Funny story, ‘Shaker’ was actually started two years ago, where Sweetie sent back vocals to one of my tracks,” explains the multi-faceted artist. “Two years later, I had a session with Toddla, we made a beat, but needed a vocal, so I thought we should try ‘Shaker’. It worked, and when Toddla had a session with S1mba he played him the song, S1mba did his thing, then Toddla called Steff and BOOM. We have ‘Shaker’.”
Upon the release of the star-studded track, the presenter-turned-musician sat down with Wonderland to discuss “Shaker”, exploring his creativity outside of radio and what his plans for the future hold. Head below to read our interview with Jeremiah Asiamah now…
Hey Jeremiah! How has this past year been for you? What have you been up to?
It’s been really good, despite having no live shows due to covid, being able to work on a lot more new music and doing my radio shows on Radio 1 & 1xtra. My show will move to Saturday nights on Radio 1 from September.
With everything that happened last year, was your creativity affected?
Yeah, but it was in a good way. I had a chance to focus on something completely different rather than just radio, I also found new ways to look after my mental health creatively.
How did you first start your musical journey? What is your earliest memory?
I remember my uncle from America brought me the album Roses by Outkast. I think from that moment I realised what music can do to somebody, and I wanted to have the same impact on others.
You’re from South London which has a huge music scene. Do you think growing up here impacted your sound?
100%. I went to a school that loved electronic music but grew up in an area that loved afrobeat and dancehall so merging all those elements to make my own dance records feels special to me.
You’ve just dropped your new single with Sweetie and Toddla T, how did this collaboration come about and how did you get Steff and S1mba involved?
Funny story, “Shaker” was actually started two years ago, where Sweetie sent back vocals to one of my tracks. Two years later, I had a session with Toddla, we made a beat, but needed a vocal, so I thought we should try “Shaker”. It worked, and when Toddla had a session with S1mba he played him the song, S1mba did his thing, then Toddla called Steff and BOOM. We have “Shaker”.
It has a real summer vibe and has an amazing video! What was filming like?
Such a good vibe, everyone was just great energy. And, Jesus definitely came through with the weather because prior it was 7 days of rain and then bang, sweet summer “Shaker” vibes.
What do you want people to take away from your sound?
It’s for everyone. It’s about making you feel good and it should make you want to dance.
Who would you cite as your inspirations?
Travis Scott for his fashion, stage designs and presence, Stormzy for his character and kind heart, and Major Lazer and Pete Tong for their success.
What’s next for you? What are you most excited for?
Loads more music, more live shows and loads more radio!