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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Abstraktt Discusses, Childhood, Style & More In New Interview

Out of these 'New Age' artists, the name Abstraktt has been spreading quickly. Bursting into our eye-line with a crazy freestyle on City FM, as well as some stand-out singles, he’s steadily growing to be known as one of the most talented of the new era. We sat down with the amazing talent to find out more about his path.    

What's your background?
I was born into a family of 5 kids. 

What’s your birth given name?
Isaac Afogie Ferdinand

How did you come up with your artist name? What does it mean to you?
Abstraktt really defines everything I'm artistically involved in. It’s like a representation of my whole lifestyle in one word. 

Did you set out to become a musician?
Well yeah, I’d say that. 

What moment made music the way forward for you?
When I realized I could put out words to rhyme and make a lot of meaning. Also, realizing I had a lot of stories and experiences to talk about. 

What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out? 
How difficult the actual “music business” is...

What is music to you?
I know it sounds clichĂ© but actually, music is everything, every single thing. 

Are you an Independent artiste?
Yeah I'm indie. 
How would you categorically describe your kind of music and how do you separate yourself from other artist?
As much as I'm trying to carve a niche for myself, and entertain people, I'm also trying to pass a message with every music I put out. 

Who has been your biggest influence?
Well, MI Abaga has been of great influence to the lyrical and business part of my music.

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
If it’s international, it has to be Kendrick Lamar. He executes his lyricism with the best deliveries and he tried to communicate with every project he releases, letting these young black and brown people become conscious of how it’s been in the past and how it should be right now if we’re trying to make a difference. 

Let’s talk about your new single, 'Allow Me To Rap'
Well, it’s available on all streaming platforms, I implore everyone to try and listen. There’s so much word on it. 

What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?
As a great artiste, I think everything should be able to inspire you; especially the community you find yourself. 

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or the lyrical flow and content?
My ability to prove my dexterity on any type of beat should has to be. So it’s gotta be the lyrical flow and content. Because it tends to distract the listeners on how dope the beat is. 

Your favourite behind the camera people, directors/ producers?      
Has to be my producers and sound engineers. they do half of the work i do on a track. 
Abstraktt, the hitman, composer, model, rapper and singer. Which would you say you do best?
Haha, definitely the rapper part. 

3 Artistes you’d want to work with?
MI Abaga, Vector & Santi 

In closing, tell us something about any projects and ideas you have in store or are already working on?
Well, I’ll let you on a little secret; 2019 is the year of the album. Completed one and working on the second one already.


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