Get To Know: BackRoad Gee
This week we get to know BackRoad Gee, the artist behind ‘Party Popper’; 2020’s breakout hit with over 2 million views online...
Born and raised in East London to Congolese parents, BackRoad Gee's musical influences came from home and his wider environment, so it’s no surprise that his music is a fusion of different sounds and styles. He avoids being boxed under any particular genre but his music is always unpredictable and full of energy.
BRG draws on his lived experiences in his lyrics, even peppering them with Lingala, French and Arabic for added effect. With a running list of collaborators including Burna Boy, NSG, Lethal Bizzle, Pa Salieu, Joy Orbison, JME and more, it’s clear he’s making waves in the music industry.
Whether it’s on a livestream or at a live show, he’s always guaranteed to bring the vibes and we can’t wait to see what he does next...
1. For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
I’m BackRoad Gee I am an international music artist born and bred in the United Kingdom.
2. Who/what inspired you to start a career in music?
Music has always been a part of my life through my parents, so I was always musically involved! In regards to pursuing a career my right hand man encouraged me and made me pursue the music career.
3. Who are your biggest musical influences?
Koffi Olomide, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Burna Boy.
4. Tell us about the writing and recording process of your new release…
The majority of my songs are not written... I write in my head and lay it down in the booth. It comes to my head as a vibe and energy!
5. What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Making a song with one of my biggest musical influences of today.
6. Who would you be your dream collaboration and why?
Beyoncé, imagine me making a song with Beyoncé, it’s mad and plus it’ll be the biggest banger!
7. Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
Lethal B, JME, Skepta, Chipmunk, Burna Boy, Stefflon Don, MIST and so much more... There has been so many occasions I have been starstruck and even 'til now I still can’t believe that I get these opportunities to meet my favourite artists and even make songs with them. I still feel like I’m dreaming at times!
8. If you could only listen to one song on repeat for the rest of time what would it be and why?
Wyclef Jean ft. Mary J. Blige - '911' - I feel like I’m Wyclef and I sang that song.
9. What’s on your playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
Adele - 'Rolling In The Deep'.
10. What can we expect from your live shows?
Greatness, the unthinkable, a one time experience filled with different emotional heights.
11. Have you got any fun livestreams/online events planned for this year? / When can we see you live?
Lock in to my Instagram, I don’t usually plan my live streams but if you catch me live you know it’s a vibe. @backroadgee
You can see me performing live at Reading & Leeds Festival on the 27th August 2021 and at my brother Pa Salieu's tour of the UK.