This week we’re getting to know Jeshi, the East London musician and creative found his love for music at an early age and used it to explore how he felt about the world around him, hoping to connect with listeners along the way.
His debut album “Universal Credit” released last month, takes listeners on an honest and emotional journey through his mind with a social commentary on the current political climate in the UK.
We’re loving the album and super excited to see what’s next for Jeshi!
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…
My name is Jeshi I'm a musician from Walthamstow, London just telling my story - the good, bad and ugly.
2. Who/what inspired you to start a career in music?
Hearing friends in school make music broke down the 4thwall and showed me it was something that was accessible and wasn't only for people on the TV.
3. Who are your biggest musical influences?
The streets, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Toro Y Moi - I just like people who go against the grain.
4. Tell us about the writing and recording process of your new release…
With writing this album, it was really about digging deep into my chest and giving parts of myself I never had before. When I listen to the artists I consider great it's like I'm sitting in their living room while they speak to me. I want to have that connection with people where they walk away really feeling like they know me.
5. What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Overcoming the fear artists have around the word album and diving in headfirst.
6. Who would you be your dream collaboration and why?
Would love to work with Radiohead. Just love how they've been able to bend their sound over the years and push boundaries. Kid A is a mind-blowing album.
7. Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
Can't say I have. I try just to see people as people, but me and Frank Ocean were pissing in urinals next to each other once which was pretty weird haha.
8. If you could only listen to one song on repeat for the rest of time what would it be and why?
Gil Scott-Heron - Did You Hear What They Said. Just think it's such a beautifully written song you always really feel what Gil is saying which I love. Would have loved to have met him.
9. What’s on your playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
Barbara Streisand is a big one!
10. What can we expect from your live shows?
An experience. It's pretty random to be honest my last show I was throwing beers out like Stone Cold Steve Austin.
11. When can we see you live this year?
Oslo Hackney June 2ndthen some European dates following. Anywhere people want me to be fair I love getting out and connecting with people it's the best part of all of this.
'Jeshi's debut album 'Universal Credit' is out now!'
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