Starboy’s L.A.X To Perform At London’s Olympic Park
L.A.X returns to the UK with a live performance at AfroBeach on the 27th of August.
Becoming the first artist signed to Wizkid’s Starboy label back in 2013, accompanied with the release of two of the biggest anthems to come of the record company (Caro and Ginger) propelled 23 year old L.A.X into the Afrobeats music scene. Having lived and studied in London, he returns to the UK with a live performance at AfroBeach on the 27th of August.
“I came back to London for AfroBeach and to perform for my fans. I’m excited to be back in my favourite city, this will be my first performance here this year and I’m really looking forward to tearing up the stage Naija style. I know the crowd won’t be disappointed”
Held at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Private Beach East), the event boasts a carnival pre party with giant games, 7 DJ line up and summer themed food and drinks.
With the event falling on carnival weekend, biggest street party in Europe, the 'Ginger' singer is excited to be a part of the activities.
“I used to live in London and did my degree and masters in Manchester so carnival is a big part of my summer agenda and last year, it was amazing. I love to have fun so AfroBeach and Carnival are perfect summer events for me to connect with my UK fans.
With a new single ‘Gimme Dat’ and an album in the works, he tells the Wrap Up about the mission to globalise his music.
“Right now, we’re trying to do the global sound so I’m not putting myself in a box as an Afrobeats artist. Most of my songs will be fused with different sounds and genre influences. From Reggae, to RnB to Pop as well as local African sounds so I’m a very diverse artist and my album will speak that for itself.”
Starting right here in London, we can all expect features from some of our most prominent home grown talent.
“I love Grime and UK music in general. Jhus is one of my favourites. 'Friendly' is a banger… I like my Fanta with no ice! I love the video because it’s simply made yet effective. Sexy girls with big bums! Ha! I’d love to work with Jhus, Tinie Tempah and Moelogo. Me and my UK management team are currently working on it. I’m about to start my own movement called Rasaki and my album is in the making.
Wizkid and Drake’s 'One Dance' took over the charts globally this year and Rasaki is hoping to follow suit with the same success. I’m aspiring to do more collaborations worldwide. Kendrick Lamar is an artist I really want to work with. He has been on my mind for a long time! Tory Lanez as well…”
A private person and a low-key artist who doesn’t brag or engage in the ratchet lifestyle that predominantly accompanies musicians, he prefers to shy away from it all.
“I like to enjoy life secretly so that people don’t start looking for me! I like to work in silence, letting the results speak for me. I think it’s my family background and my upbringing. I have always been taught to be humble respectful and calm and that’s what I have maintained. The music industry can be like that but for me, I come from a very big family on both sides and I have 7 brothers and one sister.
Fans have long awaited a Starboy Compilation album, so when can we expect it?
“We already started recording it and Wiz just put that on pause because he’s busy recording his EP but trust me when the album is done, you guys will know.
L.A.X’s recent single Gimme Dat, was produced by Starboy label mates Legendury Beats who he seems to have a special connection with.
“Every producer I’ve worked with has been beneficial. There’s no producer I’ve been to the studio with and we haven’t created something amazing but for me and Legendury beats, we’re more friends than just work. Apart from the music, we’re like family so we vibe of each other. They tell me when they don’t like the vibe so we’re genuine with each other that’s why we work well together. We don’t lie to each other like some other people… They will tell an artist what they’re making is fire but behind their back they’ll be saying it’s whack. Some producers don’t like what an artist is doing on their beat but they won’t tell you and that’ not fair.”
With the new Rasaki global movement under way, L.A.X is keen to work with more producers outside of Africa. One Africa Fest held at New York’s famous Barclay’s Centre this year was the first major African concert outside of the continent to attract a crowd of that capacity. Inspired by the historical moment this has brought about, “King Rasaki” is planning his first headlined UK concert.
“I’ve actually got a team in London now so I’m very excited about that. They’re working really hard and hopefully we’re making it possible for us to do the show beginning of next year so you’ll be seeing L.A.X Live In London for my own headline show by God’s grace but for now, come to AfroBeach and we turn up for carnival!”
For AfroBeach tickets, go here.
Words: Fanta Jarjussy
Online Edit: Ra'ed Khan