The suburbs of Western Sydney is a melting pot of creatives and none have managed to break the mould like Kwame has in 2018. But first. Some history.
A chance meeting with A$AP Ferg two years ago confirmed the path he now treads and set the young hip-hop prodigy on a quest to empower others through music, just as he has been before. Piquing the early interest of industry with debut EP Lesson Learned and lead single ‘Friends’, Kwame’s first release saw him become one of the most played artists on triple j Unearthed.
A one year gap between releases allowed the young producer to refine his DIY production and prepare a mighty follow up. Bursting into 2018, Kwame returned with summer hip-hop anthem ‘WOW’ from his latest EP Endless Conversations. Written and produced by Kwame, the release propelled him into a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist spot, triple j rotation, multiple Spotify playlists and supports alongside heavyweights Migos, 6lack, AJ Tracey, Bliss n Eso and a national spot on the recent Peking Duk ‘Wasted’ tour.
Just as his ‘WOW’ lyrics attest “I don’t drink or ever smoke” the completely straight edge Kwame has strong convictions and big intentions. At just 20 years old, the Western Sydney-based writer, artist and producer is a triple threat. Now with over 1.6 million Spotify plays on ‘WOW’ in just a few months and a legion of growing fans, Kwame isn’t slowing down. He’s just taken out the winning spot on triple j’s Splendour in the Grass competition where he’ll perform on his biggest stage yet and has a few more surprises to announce before the year ends.
Meet the artist making some seriously clever and next level hip hop, Kwame. He's this week's Feature Artist on triple j Unearthed.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I feel like my music takes listeners on a journey through the many experiences that I've been and continue to go through. I'm always experimenting with the type of music that I'm making and a part of my sound development has come through my production. When I started making music I told myself that if I had to learn production. And that was because I had all these ideas in my head that only I would be able to translate.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Man, I'm only inspired by anything and everything, sometimes I'll be walking down the street and I'm hearing birds chirp and for someone reason that is so dope that I have to hop into the studio get on my laptop and just make a beat from that, haha. At our studio, I'm surrounded by a lot of like-minded creatives from different fields within the creative arts and we're always bouncing around ideas which generates a lot of inspiration and creativity. It's a must to surround yourself with people that motivate and push you to be your best every day.
What can punters expect from a KWAME live show?
Fans can always expect nothing but energy at my shows! Through my setlist, I like to take fans on a journey of emotions through the music to create an experience, a story, something for them to take and walk away with.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I was given was from my brother Domba. He said, "the only reward you receive from conforming is everyone liking you, but yourself."
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Raj Mahal with 'It's Fine'. When I'm feeling down I like to listening to that song as it helps be reassure that things really will be fine and to never let negativity get the best of you.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Phil Fresh with 'Don't Let Me Go'. Honestly his EP 'Excursions of Love' takes you through such an amazing
journey. The title speaks for itself.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Woah, okay cool. The party is pumping everyone's jumping, I'm scrolling through Serato looking for a track to take this party to the next level and yep, there it is, Touch Sensitive with 'Lay Down'.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local gig I attended was Midas. Gold's at The Chippo Hotel, it was a nice intimate gig! It was the day 'WOW' came out and he brought me up on stage to perform it, shout out Midas!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Artists such as Mel Bailey, Kymie, Phil Fresh and Raj Mahal inspire me the most in Sydney! They're all so different and bring something unique towards the Sydney music community which stands out the most for me!
What are your plans for 2018?
More music, more shows, more content, more videos, more designs honestly everything we going in this year!
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