Bobii Lewis | 5 Minutes With

by Megan Wallace


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Music October 4, 2018

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!

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