YOURS. OR MINE.
If a critic called them the next big thing, most artists would probably run for the studio and get that debut out quickly. Not so much Kwesi Darko, an easy-going but uncompromising electronic musician from North London. The praise came after his first single, Space Ex, in 2009. Since then he's produced a few EPs until an album, The Sunday Gift, finally arrived in 2011. Once again there were glowing reviews. His response was... another EP in 2012.
Kwesi doesn't club much. "The club thing isn't timeless," he says. That might be why the beat is usually just part of his mixes and not the foundation. His tracks are like hazy daydreams, recollections and emotions swirling around the edges of the subconscious.
In an interview with FactMag he explained what he aimed for with his album: "It wasn't me trying to be something I am not or trying to create a sound that would fit in with today's expectation of beat scene producers... It's all soul and emotion from me, it's giving you an insight into my mind, my world. I don't plan when I make music, its just a matter of being in a zone, I just let my spirit run free and let the musical realm take over."
His novel approach is to work with carefully picked vocalists rather than building tracks on a bass line or beat. "I like the idea of manipulating voices and treating them in unthinkable ways,"he said. For a man whose music some find disturbing and unsettling he sounds chatty and cheerful in the Factmag talk, especially as he describes how he met the key singers on his album. "I'm making music for the long run. In ten years I still want people to be able to listen to it," he says.
If he keeps going his own way, that dream might well come true.
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Op soek na nuwe liedjies of lirieke? Hier is vyf wat nog nêrens opgeneem is nie. Laat weet as jy van hulle wil gebruik en ek stuur jou die volle demo. Bekyk my lirieke om te sien wat ek dalk vir jou kan doen.
Ek het Voëlvry geskryf en gesing. Laurika Rauch sing een van myne, Nuwe Aarde, op die album Die Gang. Verder het ek lirieke geskryf vir Our Heritage, die Braaidag-liedjie deur Die Heuwels Fantasties. Meer onlangs het ek vir Pick n Pay agtergrondmusiek gemaak wat hulle aanlyn vir video's gebruik.