J APPIAH – ACOUSTIC SUNDAY SESSION
For our second instalment of the Acoustic Sunday Sessions… we bring you… J Appiah, performing a cover of The Script’s ‘The Man Who Can’t be Moved’. WE LOVE HIM! J Appiah not only has a talent for singing, but also plays many instruments from the saxophone to the guitar. He has worked with the likes of Scorcher, Propane, Fekky and Pepstar. He has also performed with Will Young, Labrinth and Blur, on major broadcasts such as The Brit Awards, X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. Check out his experience of being an artist so far through his eyes. Right here, Right now!
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Filmed at: Vault Studios, Shoreditch http://www.twitter.com/Vault_Studios
J. Appiah Interview
J. Appiah not only has a talent for singing but also plays many instruments from the saxophone to the guitar. He has worked with the likes of Scorcher, Pro Pain, Fekky and Pepstar. He has also performed with Will Young, Labrinth and Blur on major broadcasts such as The Brit Awards, X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. Check out his experiences so far, of being an artist through his own eyes. Right here, Right now!
Which track on your E.P “Studiocoustic” is your favourite and why?
“It would probably have to be ‘I Ain’t Rich Yet’, because when I wrote it, I was literally in the state I was referring to (broke), and it inspired me to write the song. So it was a song that came really naturally and that’s why it is my favourite.”
You have a degree in Social Anthropology, is this still a career path you want to pursue as well as music?
“This is difficult because I don’t think a person can pursue two different career paths at the same time, so if I’m going to be serious about my music, I need to give it 100% and put 100% into it. But my music and lyrics are heavily influenced by my degree and the books I read while studying. I think I’m always using my degree, if I’m honest, because it’s part of me. But I am focusing 100% on music.”
Out of all the instruments in the world, why did you choose the guitar to be your favourite?
“I don’t know, but when I was young, I just had a passion for the guitar and I had a passion for the saxophone as well, but my mum bought me a guitar. I was just drawn to it. I literally don’t know why, it’s just the instrument I had always thought was cool. I liked the way it looked, I liked the way rock guitarists would smash their guitars, I don’t do that in my own live shows, but I was just drawn to the guitar!”
Who has been your favourite artist to work with so far in your music career and why?
“Probably Blur when I was performing backing vocals. We did the Brit Awards last year and I was just mesmerised by the lead singer Damon Albarn, because I listened to a lot of his music when growing up. I was just in awe of him.
I remember that day – going back home and writing a track based on the fact that I had just met him that day. I was a fan, we haven’t written anything together and I doubt whether he remembers my name, but it was cool working with him that memorable day so I’d definitely say Blur!”
What are your aims for 2013?
“My aims for 2013 are: More music because it starts with music. I just want to write loads more and improve my catalogue of songs. More shows, more videos, more exposure, just more of more and more of music!”