Beginning his love affair with music from an early age, Bobii Lewis grew up listening to the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Bob Marley before, at 11 years old, he realised his gift for both singing and song writing. After years of honing his talents, he caught the attention of producer KZ.
The pair instantly connected and began developing Bobii’s sound for his debut album. After stand-out features on Wretch and Avelinos ‘Young Fire, Old Flame’ project and the Kojey Radical EP ’23 Winters’, Bobii has given fans a taste of what to expect with tracks from his EP including ‘Blind In The Summer’ ft. Haile, WSTRN, Stefflon Don and Wretch 32.
Following an incredible response to his live shows with Jerimih and Bibi Bourelly, it was BMG who finally managed to bag the talented North Londoner. With collaborations with brands such as New Balance, Wale Adeyemi and Puma, it seems that the mainstream is getting ready to meet this shining star of the underground. We sat down with the rising talent to talk musical influences, playing support for Craig David and Rita Ora, and what he’s got in the pipeline for next year.
How did you first get involved making music?
The first step to creating is being inspired to create – so I’d say hearing music at home was the start. Solo performances with choir from 10 years old to 15 gave me the confidence, and I remember spending lunch times in the music room at school with Ebenezer learning how to make beats and songs. From there, the sky was the limit.
Who are your main musical influences?
I actually mention some of my influences on my upcoming tape dropping soon. But I’m gonna use this as any opportunity to be a little more detailed. I could name loads of artists but here’s my long list; Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, T Pain, Chronixx, Kendrick Lamar, Boys 2 Men, ColdPlay, Young Thug.
How would you describe your sound to someone who had never heard it before?
I usually say it can be anything between Reggae and RnB but I’m quite humbled by the idea that my style and versatility was birthed out of the love of my influences and my honesty.
You’ve previously worked with Not3s and Kojey Radical, would you care to talk about that?
I think both artists are sick. It’s been amazing watching Kojey’s growth and I can’t wait til he has his moment with the masses because it’s authentic super talents like him that deserve it.
You’ve also supported Craig David and Rita Ora on their summer stadium tours, what was this experience like?
Supporting Craig and Rita was a dream. Walking out to thousands of music lovers that wanna have a great time as I give them vibes and spill my feelings out. Can’t beat that!
Additionally, you’ve played at the likes of Reading and Leeds and The Great Escape. What’s your favourite thing about performing live?
My favourite thing is catching a moment with fans saying my lyrics back to me. I write music to express my joy or for self therapy, and to know people are sharing those thoughts and feelings with me is amazing.
What have you got in the pipeline for the next year?
My album will be dropping and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it, and to go out and perform those songs. It’s gonna be a wave, I promise I won’t let you down!