Hi Slicko, thanks for joining us today bud.

What made you decide to become a soloist?

When I first got into music, I was part of a rap group from my local town and it was truly a great experience and what helped me realise this is what I wanted to pursue in life. However, as I began to want to grow as an artist and become more than I was, I soon realised being part of an already established machine with its own ideology, vision and principles would mean I would only ever be able to play that part. I craved to explore creativity to it’s depths and I wanted to do that on my own terms, to play by my own rules and define what art means to me. 

Introduce us all to you and your musical history?

Music began for me early in life, in primary school I was involved in choirs and orchestras from the get go purely for the fun of it. I was always hyper creative as a kid, making things, drawing, I remember I went through this one phase I was obsessed with making characters and scenarios with coloured plasticine over actual toys. 

I was introduced to rap early on, artists like lil wayne, eminem and 50 cent were some of my first proper listens where I paid attention and from there I got absorbed into music as a listener. Throughout high school I flirted with a little bit of writing but nothing would ever stick and even had a short-lived band at one point. 

It wasn’t until I finished my GCSE’s and I had a lot of free time at 16 that I decided I want to actually give rapping and music a go after I found I enjoyed freestyling, from watching youtube videos like Childish Gambino on sway in the morning to just messing around in my bedroom. I had no idea about music or how to go about actually creating it at the time so I reached out to a friend of mine who I knew was a dope rapper and he invited me along to the studio where I eventually joined the group MTID. 

We rocked together for a good 3 years, making tracks, uploading them to SoundCloud and doing a couple shows here and there and it was fantastic.I eventually came to a crossroads after my second attempt at college/sixth form where I decided that it had to be music or nothing because nothing else made me feel the same amount of passion as this does. This was around 2019 where I had already been doing a year and half of singing lessons, which I was prompted to do when I realised I wanted to be an artist in every sense of the word; fully being able to express myself in any form I wanted to.  At the time I had also reconnected with my childhood best friend and Hi-So co-founder BLKGLAM, who had done a couple of features on my first EP 22. He helped push me to the decision to move to London where we would both go to study, develop as artists, and lay the seeds to our movement. Naturally, I chose to study music so I can focus more on developing my craft and I love the fact that when you look at the 22 EP and Cosmic Highway in comparison you can hear and feel my development and growth. 

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

Anything that’s mundane and small-talky, like for real, ask me something that’ll get the gears in my head churning haha!

Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories? 

See, now this is a good question. Of course, I’m sure everybody at one point believed in the youtube Illuminati conspiracies and all of that! My favorite one has to be the matrix conspiracy. I’m a major fan of the films and the possibility that we could be living in a simulation proposes a lot of interesting philosophical questions on purpose, morality, etc. I wouldn’t say this is my die-hard belief but there are times and situations in life that make you pause and think, Woah wait a minute. 

What support is out there for new artists in London?

London is the place to be purely for the networking opportunities alone. One brilliant source of support is @brightmgmtuk on Instagram, they host these “Bright Nights” in which artists of any level and genre get the chance to play in cosy intimate settings, a couple of my friends have played there and I have a gig there coming up next year! It’s definitely a great way to break into getting on stage and performing if you’re a new artist trying to get that experience.

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the London grassroots scene?

Recently I’ve been following an artist Nix Northwest @youthful.wizadry on IG. It’s inspiring to see someone come up over the pandemic period with such a well-executed sound and a really great live performance!

What useless party trick /talent do you have/? 

I learned that I can speak with my mouth closed over lockdown after seeing it on a viral TikTok, it keeps me entertained I suppose haha

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Probably one of my early shows with MTID, we hosted a new years event and the local area really came through! It was so much fun just bouncing off of the energy of the crew and everybody there.

What was the worst experience on stage?

My friend invited me to a small uni gig in my first year and I remember me and GLAM were bouncing on stage really getting in the zone! The problem was I neglected that they had these really low hanging lights and I ended up hitting my head on the side of its casing, too embarrassing.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?

I tend to have a bit of an extreme sense of humour, often making jokes I shouldn’t be or I will just say the most leftfield thing for fun. I’m not sure when this developed but I’ve accepted it as an integral part of who I am haha. I’m also really good at saying a lot of these things with a straight face, which sometimes alarms even GLAM but I find it way too amusing haha. 

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

One time me and GLAM had smoked way too much before a gig back in Doncaster to which we both gave each other a synchronised look of “yeah we done messed up” haha we had 20 minutes and decided we needed to eat to sober up and so we went to the kebab shop around the corner. By the time I was face deep in my kebab wrap somebody had come to tell us the show had been shut down, which was disappointing but also a sigh of relief as I wouldn’t be able to face the embarrassment of fumbling!

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)

Lead singer- Stevie Nicks, her voice has always been like magic to me 

Guitarist – Johnny Mar, absolutely love everything he did on The Smiths records

Drummer – Phil Collins 

Bass- Thundercat, simply because you know, Thundercat

If you could play any music festival, which would it be?

The ultimate dream is to play at Coachella. I’ve heard and seen and read about it all my life so that would be such a dream come true. 

Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing? 

I went to see the 1975 in 2015 with one of my best friends since highschool, this was just before they had released their second album and when they debuted “She’s American” and a few others, it was just an ultimate vibe. I remember the lights went off and then their signature black and white at the time was swapped out of this crazy neon pink and I just thought it was amazing. Everybody in the audience was on such a good vibe and the way Matty Healy worked the crowd made it a show to remember for sure.

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?

Knowledge is power for sure. The more you learn about what you do, how you do it and also how it fits into the wider narrative enables you to begin to illustrate the map of your journey. Don’t be afraid to take risks, they often come with a bigger reward and absolutely go for the opportunities that you feel are right for you with both hands. Most importantly, be patient with yourself, be patient with your art and don’t focus too much on being anything other than being the artist that you want to be first and foremost. 

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

Due to the pandemic, I haven’t had a chance to play live in a while but I’m extremely excited to perform a lot of the songs from Cosmic Highway next year at gigs. Songs like WAR!, Won’t Rest Can’t Rest, MOB Fanatic and a few others have such high energy I just want to rage out on stage and get the crowd involved.

So the albums out, what can you tell us about it?

Cosmic Highway is the first tape that I’ve produced, written, arranged, mixed and mastered wholly by myself.I took this as an opportunity to develop as a producer and an artist, taking in from these inspirations and adding my own flavour to see just how far I can take it. I spent a lot of time looking at artists such as Young Thug, Future, Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi and studying their catalogue of work, which  led me diving deeper into the Atlanta trap scene as I found so much interest within the production, melodic flows and depictions of life. Around a third way through working on this release I got introduced to psychedelics and the title is actually taken from a quote I said during a trip, something like “we’re all just drifting along a cosmic highway”; to which my partner at the time reminded me and I thought it fit just right. As a result some of the later made tracks such as “Trance” are inspired by rave sounds and trippy aesthetics. 

To me Cosmic Highway is raw energy, it’s the rage and the love with no filter. I felt myself grow and develop as an artist with each song I made for this project, so along the way it kind of became the embodiment of my journey. Whilst on a trip with some friends, I said something like “we’re all just drifting along a cosmic highway “ Which is how the name came to be what it is. The project features my longtime collaborator and bro BLKGLAM and new Hi-So member Warren Artist

Talk me through the thought process of the album?

So the version that you’re hearing now is essentially the third and a half version of the tape. Initially, the project was going to sound mostly like my tracks “The Flipside” and “Ain’t Felt L.ve” but as I got more and more into the production I started experimenting more with trap sounds, synths and leads and eventually psychedelic elements. The overarching idea stayed the same though, I wanted to focus primarily on how the project sounds and feels over the lyrical content opting to capture whatever it was that I felt at the time of writing or making the beats with very few edits apart from swapping one song for another in the progress of the tracklist. Like I said I spent a lot of time-consuming inspiration from artists I hadn’t delved too far into before such as Young Thug and learning the way artists like him use a sort of linguistics and then applying that in my own way. My M.O is experimentation and I feel that this project embodies that.

What was the recording process like?

I opted to forgo taking any of the songs to professional studios and recorded everything between my student flat and my family home in Doncaster. My main reasoning for this is because I wanted absolute control in the sound and aesthetic and stuff like the room you record in really can change how a record sounds. It was intense all the way through, songs like won’t rest I produced in a day and the wrote and recorded the lyrics the next and have a near finished mix and master by the end of the week, whilst some songs like fire and desire took me weeks to finish writing the lyrical idea then nailing the feeling I had originally within the recording of the vocals. THEN there are songs like MOB FANATIC which me and GLAM did in about 3 hours;I made the beat, GLAM spat his bars and then I freestyled the chorus and verse on it. I loved just how much of a living project it felt, growing and changing with me. 

Why record an album? A lot of artists are going down the road of regular singles, just interested in your thoughts on committing to an album right now.?

The long answer is that I grew up in the mixtape era and saw its way out so to me it’s an ode to the culture. During my time with MTID all we did was blast out singles and as I grew as an artist I wanted to see just what I was fully capable of, I wanted to see how I would hold up on crafting something that’s meant to be consumed wholly but also test the waters and see how the wider audience would receive me. The short answer? I just really wanted to do it. So I did. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?

I think by far I learned a lot about production and the nuances that make songs work. First diving into it, you initially hear music as the finished piece and so I had to understand what pieces I needed to work in a certain way to produce the results I wanted. This again meant studying the producers behind Future, Playboi Carti etc and learning things like Oh this producer uses this 808 pattern because it creates bounce in the track or if I want the track to feel euphoric I need to make the chords in this kind of pattern. You know what I mean? The little intricacies. 

Would you change anything now that it’s finished?

I think if I had set out to finish the tape with a different mindset, I would redo some of the vocal lines and some of the production behind NightCity. I feel as it was one of the earlier tracks I created towards this project that there were things such as the drum patterns that I could improve to really hit the nail on the head

What are your plans for the year ahead? 

My main focus for the next year is getting gigs in, hopefully events and such stay open as I am icking to perform! I am also in the process of developing and gaining traction for my Hi-So collective as there are so many dope artists,photographers and producers etc that are part of it that deserve all the recognition in the world. The next year is about solidifying what I’ve started here and taking it even further beyond. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Keep your eye out for more Slicko and very exciting things from High-Society as a whole. All Love.

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.