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Raheem Bakaré is ready to heat up the Lovebox stage

SOUL: Raheem Bakaré

Q:Tell me more about yourself and how you got into music?

RB: I’ve always enjoyed listening to music and between school and college, I was in a boyband with friends and we built up a little bit of a name for ourselves. After that, I was just going to a lot of my friends houses, going to their home studios and working endlessly finishing tracks and it just came to a time where I was showing my work to lots of people and one of my good friends picked up some stuff and I just decided to give it a shot.

Q: Do you come from a musical or creative family?

RB: My mum sings in church and my older brother sang a bit, and he kind of inspired me to want to sing as well.

Q: Who are your musical influences?

RB: They range from Andre 3000, Music Soulchild – that’s when I really started to get into the idea of telling stories through your songs – Michael Jackson, Kanye West production-wise, Drake.

Q: Would you say growing up in south London influenced your style – whether that’s through music, fashion or other?

RB: Growing up in south London I would say that the arts, music and photography helped me to get away from a lot of the stuff in my area, because a lot of my friends were in gangs and dying around me. So I would like to say south London has definitely inspired the person I am, but musically I wouldn’t say that there was anyone that I looked up to there at a young age – other than Omar and Estelle.

Q: Your latest project Lucid Soul Dream was released in March. What was the concept behind the album title?

RB: The concept was the outer body experience of a relationship. People write songs about love because they can relate to it, but I wanted it to have a darker vibe to it and with love being similar to a drug and the acronym being LSD – it all played a role and came together.

Q: Tell me more about the production process for that EP and how it compared to your first project

RB: I felt like this project was a lot more organic, whereas my first EP Awol, I felt like I was pulling scraps of other songs. So this time around it was just really good vibes and I realised I definitely prefer working in groups when it comes to writing. There’s only so much you can say in your words and sometimes you need other perspectives to give you a broader reach in what you’re trying to communicate

Q: What has been the most pivotal moment in your career so far?

RB: I’m yet to do it, but I feel like Lovebox will be a very pivotal moment. I’m looking forward to being on the same stage as Solange, Frank Ocean because I’m a fan of their music.

Q: Which part of the process to you prefer and why: recording songs in the studio or performing them on stage?

RB: That’s a hard one! I don’t know if I prefer one more than the other, but I can tell you that I like performing because I’m bringing the songs to live and you can look into people’s eyes and tell if they know the lyrics, if they’re feeling the tune, and it’s really transparent. What I like about being in the studio is that anything is possible.

Q: What should we expect from your set at Lovebox?

RB: Expect soul, there’s a cover I’m doing that I love a lot and I don’t think this is going to be like any show I’ve done before. I feel like it’s going to be dope, and there’s going to be soul and just good vibes.

Q: And lastly, what are your plans for the rest of the year?

RB: I want to gig a lot more, work on some cool visuals for some of the songs on the EP and a part from that, more music, more gigs and more everything.

See Raheem Bakaré perform at Lovebox Festival 2017 on Friday 14 July on the Noisey stage at 1pm.

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