The reason why I admire this guy so much – and is forever welcomed on this blog – because he’s fearless, always coming with something different every single time.
His previous projects ‘Snapchat’ and ‘One Six’ is a mix bag of electro dance with Latin flair, spiced up banishment and smooth after hours jams. On the other side of the spectrum, his recent collaboration with Cellar Door Moon Crow sees the Sheffield hip-hop contender step up to the plate and rip through the sporadic rock chords.
Now J.KAS turn his hands to something completely different with latest project, ‘Dreamlife’. Named after a London producer who produced some of his past materials – including ‘Cali Dreaming’ and ‘To The Top’ (from One Six EP) – the four-track set possess a strong of presence hazy golden hip-hop/boombap, where this BBC introducing artist’s smooth delivery rapidly slides through the bars of each track.
Never the one to sit back and relax, J.KAS took his latest set on tour – named after the EP- across Europe, visiting Belgium, Paris, Porto and Lisbon where he encouraged the locals of each city to get involved in the creative process of the music videos.
Here’s your chance to check out the visuals for first single from the EP‘Overtime’released today…and expect a whole load of visuals from this guy in the near future.
In the meantime, hit the play button on ‘Dreamlife’ below:
Following the release of mellow/melancholic track, ‘Day Dream’ back in December, OTIS MENSAH delivers another moody yet toe-curling piece, taken in shape of ‘Oh Jane.’
His collaboration with Berlin-based producer, The Intern definitely paid off as the two-and-a-half minute release oozes a hazy experimentation hip-hop and Jazz. Produced by Grit Multimedia, Otis Mensah and Raluca de Soleil, the accompanied visual sees the Sheffield wordsmith poetically vents on the issue of depression, isolation, materialisation and love loss.
This one’s too good to pass up! Check out the video to ‘Oh Jane
If you’re a regular visitor of NEW LEASE MUSIC, then you’ll definitely know Javan Wright – aka J. KAS. He’s sitting pretty in the interview seat this month as his music video for fiery single, ‘Rio’ was the most viewed production on the blog in October. It’s time to get to know Sheffield’s most consistent emcee and his extensive plans for the rest of this year and beyond.
NLM: First of all, thank you for agreeing to do an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC
JKAS: Thank you for your time and efforts and I’m grateful to New Lease Music for their endless support.
NLM: When did you have that ‘eureka moment’ of becoming an artist?
JKAS: I’ve always enjoyed singing and dancing from an early age as I’d always be entertaining my family and my peers at school, so I guess it was a natural thing to become a performing artist.
NLM: Lately you’ve released a string of music videos – more recently for the single RIO – what’s the public’s reception on the production so far?
JKAS: I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with different people in order to produce the latest video’s and we have many more which are yet to be released.
‘Rio’ is one of my favourite tracks, it’s vibrant, full of energy and good vibes. When you watch the video it makes you wanna just dance, and the reception we’ve received for it has been extremely positive. I believe it will grow bigger in popularity over time.
NLM: You have an extensive (and pretty dope) discography. What’s your proudest track and why?
JKAS: As for my proudest track that’s very difficult to say. But If I had to choose one I would say ‘I Will Not Lose” taken from my EP “The ‘MVP’ Project” as that was the beginning of J. Kas music.
NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?
JKAS: My sound varies from project to project. I’ve gone from dark rap like on The ‘MVP’ Project to more upbeat and conscious #Hometown and then onto commercial sounding vibes of One Six & Snapchat EP. So I’m very versatile, whilst keeping it clean-cut and fresh throughout. You could say my sound is universal.
NLM: If you had to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist who would it be?
JKAS: That would have to Kanye West. Many people have said that would be a likely collaboration. It’s like we are the same but different.
NLM: If you had three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?
JKAS: I wouldn’t change anything. It is what it is.
NLM: So what are your plans for the rest of 2017 and 2018?
JKAS: I’ve just done a collaboration with Sheffield band Cellar Door Moon Crow for a track called ‘East To The West’ which is a single taken from their forthcoming album which was released at the end of last month. They recently dropped a video to accompany the track.
We have a performance for Google in Sheffield in December which were looking forward to. Hopefully a trip to Germany by the end of the year for on another musical venture. We recently travelled to France & Belgium for my ‘Dreamlife’ tour which was to film videos to tracks taken from my forthcoming EP ‘Dreamlife’ which will be out January 2018. Whilst out in Belgium we also caught up with my brother 87Buj and recorded a freestyle video which is doing well on social media.
2018, we plan to continue to be consistent, make as much noise as possible and collaborate with more artist domestically and foreign. Enjoy life and do what we do best.
I have a quite a back catalogue of music ready to go and 2018 looks set to be a pretty noisy and busy year.
Also myself and my man Ruell have a collaboration EP arriving in 2018, which is sounding large – so look out for that!!!
NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?
JKAS: All my social media handles including Snapchat is JKASMUSIC apart from YouTube which is MUSICJKAS
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.
NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what would you do?