Ten minutes with ‘mesh’ star Kof

Posted on 27 August 2009
By Mike Fleming
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Born in Liverpool raised in London, Kof’s music is a “mesh” of different influences incorporating hip hop, soul and R&B using ideas and inspirations from a wide spectrum of music.

His career has had many milestones along the way including co-founding Urbeatz with his cousin by handing out mixtapes and expanding it into a cornerstone of Liverpool’s underground urban scene.

Kof admits he loves playing to crowds of all sizes from the intimacy of the smaller gigs to the energy of the big festivals and is currently looking at embarking on another schools tour.

While most hpi-hop artists stick with a DJ Kof loves to play with a live band.

Kof said: “The bassist and the drummer are really animated when they play.

“It really brings the energy up.”

But playing with a live band has its downfalls, he explains: “it’s a double-edged sword really it’s hard sometimes to get everyone together because there are more people, there are more commitments to consider.”

Kof enjoys listening to an array of musical styles and says he would try to hide the fact he was starstuck if in the presence of Kayne West or Jay-Z, both big influences in his music along with Earth Wind And Fire and James Brown.

Recently, Kof has been listening to Calvin Harris, and loves his new album Ready For The Weekend and secretly wants to work along side the Electro Man.

The rapper said: “There’s one track called “Flashback” and it always sends shivers down my spine, I cant seem to get past it.

“I try and listen to the rest but find that I have to go back and listen to it again and again. It usually goes on repeat.”

The future for Kof looks bright as he works to make his music stand out from the crowd with powerful performances and holding true to his “meshy” sound of using inspiration from everywhere.

He said: “I don’t really try to sound different but I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t write the music I do.

“There’s a lot of competition out there so you do need to be unique. It’s a very good time for urban music.”

His latest single “Famous” will be released on 28th September and features the 80s Bross sample “When Will I Be Famous.”

Kof explains that the single is based on the idea that ‘you have to sell your soul to be famous’ and some people will do anything to be someone but it’s not all glitz and glam.

The album follows in July next year and is a classic “mesh” of styles true to Kof’s music philosophies.

He said: “The album is a real mix of different styles.

“I’d like to think that it’s an album that can be enjoyed as a piece of work rather than just tunes.”

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