Some artists are a flash in the pan, gone just as quickly as they appeared. But not Shakka. Having grown up in a house filled with music, one of his earliest brushes with fame came when his choir performed with Rod Stewart at Wembley Stadium in 2007. Fast forward almost a decade and he has co-written and appeared on Wretch 32’s Top 10 single ‘Blackout’, been on tour with Basement Jaxx after featuring on their track ‘Rock This Road’ and won the MOBO for Best R&B/Soul Artist in 2015.
His latest EP ‘The Lost Boys’ finds Shakka imagining a dystopian world where “women are banned, music is banned and a serum exists to suppress everyone’s hunger for what humans normally yearn for.” It certainly isn’t your everyday EP. But Shakka isn’t your everyday artist.
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“There is no blueprint for me,” he says, when explaining what makes him unique. “The skill set I’ve been given isn’t the same as everyone else.” He’s more self-effacing when explaining how he works. “I’m not as cool as I sound in my songs. I literally copy many different musicians and producers and then put them together, whack my name on it and sing in my own accent.”
He names The Neptunes, Timbaland, Kanye West, Quincy Jones and Outkast as influences and says that his two older siblings introduced him to “classic hip hop albums… stuff by Kate Bush and UK garage” when he was growing up.
As for his aims for the future? “I’d like to reach 85, look at my Instagram and laugh my arse off,” he deadpans. In the nearer future he says that he wants to sell out Shepherd’s Bush Empire and “play tambourine on Skepta’s next mixtape.” In Shakka’s world, both options seem very possible.
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Listen to Shakka’s exclusive Deezer playlist below.
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