Not many can study law and build a music career at the same time.
SK isn’t your average artist, your average artist couldn’t develop a music career while studying law at university, playing shows on the weekend and turning up to lectures on the Monday. However, hard work pays off and it’s evidential as the young creative has already racked up millions of streams with some notable tracks such as Ose and Life is Gucci being irresistible dance songs. We caught up with him before he took to the stage at PAUSE Yard, here is what he had to say.
Tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m based in South London and have just come out of uni, Canterbury Christ Church in Kent.
What did you study?
How did you go from law to music?
Music has always been a part of me, the law aspect was just so I could have a good educational background to my name despite my upbringing. That’s it literally, I’m just going hard into music right now.
So when did you start the music?
The first day of college that was 2014/2015, then yeah I progressed from SFX, the college I went to in Clapham South, the fan base grew and people liked me there so I thought why not cause I liked the energy that everyone was showing me so I thought I’d take it to uni. I was recording in my dorms when I had spare time, I would go to the studio when I was in London and I was going to shows just still keeping up the appearances.
What do you think about Afrobeat music in the UK now that it’s growing fast and how does it feel to get so much love from your City?
I think it’s a big turn, it’s great to be an Afrobeat artist in the UK and I think it’s still growing and more and more artists are coming out. I just feel like the more push there are from artists, the more recognition we get. I think we should just keep going and just keep going hard because for me it’s like making Africa cool. When you were younger people often thought that they didn’t want to go to Africa, whereas now people are talking about the language, the food and the culture in a really positive way.
What advice would you give to someone who was in your position now that you’re 21 and reaching success?
I think the number one rule is just to be yourself, someone asked me if they thought I was the best musician in the world and I was saying no I don’t say anything like that as I’m still growing. The best thing to do is to just be yourself because once you be yourself you can start collecting different energies because people start seeing you as unique from the outside world. Keep pushing and people will accept you for who you are, stay hungry because you’re never going to wake up and have it all, you need to stay patient, keep going and be yourself.
What’s next for SK?
Very soon we will be dropping my new EP, Sounds of Skiddy, which will be on all platforms. Make sure you check that out because it’s got mad production and some interesting features.