Lemzi Reveals Debut Album "Leki"
East-London born Hip-Hop Creative, Lemzi, has been creating a huge buzz in the independent artist scene around the U.K. Following performances across the country, namely in Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and most consistently in his home of London, Lemzi has pushed the sonics of jazz and soul influenced Hip-Hop music.
It is more than the sound of the music that distinguishes Lemzi from his peers. It is his substance. The very meticulous nature of his prose and lyrics are what captivate and maintain his steadily growing audience.
Following his critically acclaimed EP of 2016, autumnal aura, Lemzi went on to perform in the V&A Museum, Jazz Café, Camden assembly and many other notable venues across the capital. Going into the new year there is great potential for Lemzi to be a focal point of U.K. Music, representing a sound that has for too long taken a back seat in our scene.
Lemzi’s debut album, “Leki”, is now available on all digital platforms via his website and he will be performing the album in it’s entirety on Friday 11th January for his headline show in RIchmix, Shoreditch, London along with prodigious support acts.
Below Lemzi discusses “Leki”, when he first got into music and his inspirations:
When did you first get into music?
I first got into music when I was only about 8 or 9, where I started trying to learn the piano. I say trying to learn because I gave up after reaching grade 1, it just wan't for me! Subsequent to that, I tried to learn the guitar with the same out come at about 12 years old. During this time though, I found a real passion for hip-hop/rap through Eminem, Dr Dre and 50 Cent, and by the time I was 12, grime was the main sound of young London, particularly east, so I became completely absorbed in this.
What has influenced you and your sound?
So I grew up with some wild musical influences, such as Eminem, Dizzee Rascal and Jill Scott. I found a lot of interest and a great way to release energy through their music and even developed my own techniques from listening to them (as I still do now to some extent) but my life experiences weren't necessarily the same. The main thing about hip-hop that I found is the authenticity but also the artistic licence you get. It's all down to you, whatever you want to project, but only the real survive. So that made me focus on always trying to use personal experiences and my own perspectives to create. Leki, my debut album, exhibits that more than anything I've done previously as I touch things such as politics, relationships, spirituality and a lot more. Anything I feel is important gets a mention at some point.
What was the inspiration behind 'Leki' and where does the name from?
Going into this year, I was screaming that it would be phenomenal. I had no idea what shape that would take but I just felt that myself or people around me could put ourselves in great positions, or even make great personal strides, as long as stuck with what we believe and work HARD. For me, all of the work and effort and prayers manifested itself into an album. It is an assortment of my thoughts and experiences from the last year and half or 2. I felt everything on there had to also come out before the end of the year, set myself up properly going into the new year. The name's meaning is revealed on the album, go and get your copies!
What is your favourite track on the album and why?
Hard to say, every song on here has it's place and specific reason for being. "Curious Kids When They Wanna Stare" stemmed from a time when I couldn't write and life felt like it kept handing out Ls. "W.O.D.A.T." is the pick me up, a true celebratory tune for all of my people. "B.O.T.S." is the singalong, "That's the Code" is dope to perform. "Hear In the Race" arguably has the most interesting beat, "No Stress [Calm]" is for everyone's gym playlist! "Asphyxia" is sensual and "Way More" & "Figure 8 Flipped" are both relaxed yet powerful vibes. Even the bonus tracks have their own spot, storytelling and commercial sounds. So as you can tell, depends what mood I'm in!
Who are your musical inspirations?
Anyone that's good, you know. From creating & performing for years as well as holding my own events, Hidden Gems LIVE, I just appreciate artists that actually care about their craft and music.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Always more music, tours hopefully and the ultimate goal of maintaining my music as free expression.
LEKI IS OUT NOW, Headline show in @richmixlondon on Friday January 11th. The show has great support artists and starts at just £5 - www.lemzi.com/leki