Kwoli Black

Share your life story with us. 

Raised in Hackney before moving to Essex. I found my talent for music in university at a student jam night. From there I started doing open mic and slowly transitioned into music where I felt I was ready to release my first project. I really just had fun with the process, and the more I made music the more I felt as though I had a purpose.

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List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them. 
So many to name but –
STRNGS my producer and best friend.

Ore Olukoga, manager and best friend.

Every member of my collective/band ThePack.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring. 

Studio time is really the time I feel the most free. I tend to have either just me and STRNGS or whoever else I’m working with and we just vibe. We have fun. Music is fun, it’s expression and we definitely express ourselves when we record.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process. 
It’s never planned. Most of the time I’m sitting on the toilet and a song just comes to me, then I find a beat that matches the rhythm in my head and it grows and develops from there.

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Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.

2018 -Project 2. We are going bigger and better, my sound has evolved. I’m hoping to make some really dope music and continue this journey.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base. 
Actively not much, I kinda let the music speak. But I’m doing live shows and radio interviews so hopefully it continues to grow.

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Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career. 

Never ever felt like giving up. Music saved me. It wouldn’t feel right to give up.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody. 

In the studio I tend to phonetically explain the sound I want or the melody or rhythm, and then STRNGS works his magic and reproduces it. Often better than I could explain.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

Ensures the creators of the music are compensated when their music is used.

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Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media. 

Hit me up on Instagram or Twitter @kwoliblack

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Give us the links to your various stores. 
All streaming sites:

https://t.co/Seniuvcsdp

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Tell us your favourite genre of music. 

Hip Hop.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.
FREEDOM.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song. 

“Falling” is a true story about a friend who lost his way. There are a lot of references to Peter Pan with the Wendy mentions because Neverland represented to me an escape but not a true solution to the struggles of life.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming. 

I think it’s amazing. It gives independent artists a platform to make their way through the industry and control their music.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue. 

Music videos, live shows, sync deals.

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Tell us your thought on self-training and going to educational institution to study music. 
I believe if it works for you then it’s good. I’m not necessarily sure if going to an institute gives you a leg up but self-training is important. Everyone involved in music has to learn the craft and everything about it.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song. 
When I write one I’ll let you know haha.

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Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio. 
I’d have to let STRNGS supervise. He knows the names of all the toys but a full professional set up would be the aim.

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Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live.
You got to connect. If the music is good it will translate but you must be present. If the gig is intimate; make eye contact, if it’s large; bring the energy and the vibes. Show them who you are not just what your music is.

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List your five favourite songwriters. 
Kendrick Lamar

Noname

Chance the Rapper

Kojey Radical

J.Cole
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List your five favourite music producers.

Metro Booming

STRNGS

Kanye West

J Dilla

Pharrel Williams

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Describe in details how you feel when you hear your song on the radio. 

Incredible proud, it’s surreal at times. It’s that realization that your song will be heard by so many people. That’s really dope.

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Describe your best mood to write a song. 

It depends on the song but usually just relaxed.

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