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Singer, songwriter, producer
West London based singer, songwriter and producer, Shakka, was first exposed to music as a young child through his father, an experienced musician that focused on the reggae genre, although it was only until 2009 did Shakka himself dip his toe into the music industry after releasing his first official EP, Foolishness, which was recorded at a local youth centre. However, since then the vocally-unique creative whose fans lose their voice trying to hit his impressive high notes has gone from strength to strength, most notably working with JME to create ‘Say Nada,’ a song that has racked up over 12,000,000 streams on Spotify, featuring in Wretch 32’s “Blackout” which became a Top 10 hit in the UK, working with Basement Jaxx, and releasing The Lost Boys, The Island and The Tribe, three EP’s that have all achieved impressive success.
Trousers – Napapijri, Trainers – Lacoste
What advice would you give to an up and coming London based artist who is trying to break out?
I’ll tell them to study music, the reason why a lot of people like Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley were so sick was because they studied music. Elton John worked in a record shop, Stevie Wonder listened to the radio all day and considering he was blind that’s a lot of what he did, and after just listening to pop music all the time they learnt how to make pop music naturally. So studying music and studying the craft, commercial music particularly is a big one. Another thing is to be your fucking self because there’s no one like you and everyone else is taken. Finally be as fearless as possible and love to fail because you can only learn by failing, if you try to look good all the time you ain’t going to get shit done. If there’s a line and your like “fuck it I won’t be able to do this” and you give it to someone else you’ll never know if you could have, so the only way to find out is to just try. My favourite quote, and I think it’s by Michael Jordan, sums it up, “you have to fail your way to the top.”
What can we expect from Shakka in 2018?
Bare tunes, like I play different songs to my team almost every other day because I’m always writing and always coming up with new songs so I’ve got so many songs to give to planet Earth it should be illegal. 2018 should be filled with Shakka!