We catchup with the hottest sensation, Raheem Bakaré…
Hi Raheem! If you only had one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
**reaches for dictionary** – Esemplastic. Lol no I’d say versatile.
How would you describe your sound to someone that’s never heard your music before?
As I like to experiment with a number of genres in the creative process id say that my sound is pretty much my voice everything else is a variable. To some my music may be deemed R&B and to others, Alternative.
What was the first record you purchased and what was the last?
The first record I purchased was Ruff Endz – No Pigeons. I bought this from hmv on cassette tape for sale price of £1.50 I was sooo gassed.
Talk us through ‘Forever You’ and its progression since your huge ‘AWOL EP’ debut.
Well ‘Forever You’ is the first instalment of another project I am releasing later on in the year. I wrote it with my ex in mind; it was coincidental that a couple of friends were going through similar breakups so I also took from their experiences as my muse. Forever you is a vulnerably soft song that hits hard when the chorus drops.
What’s your favourite part of being a musician – writing, performing live or creating in the studio?
I love every aspect of being a musician but if I had to choose, I would definitely say performing is what I love the most. I could churn out melody for melody or go from session to session, but there is no greater feeling than pouring raw emotive expression out while facing a crowd of people; especially if they know every lyric.
If you could collaborate with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
I think it would be interesting to collab with James Brown. He had so much energy and soul and was certainly someone who felt the music running through his veins
What’s your karaoke jam?
My Karaoke jam is Mario – “Let Me Love You” I used to rinse that song when I was a young buck so the lyrics are a part of my dna now. (Don’t judge me)
If you had supreme power over the whole world for one day, what would you ban?
I would ban clothes
And what would you make compulsory?
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Will Smith once told me to dream big. I been doing so ever since!
And finally, what’s the dream you’re aiming towards?
Ultimately, I dream that myself, my family and close friends will all be comfortable in life. I would love to progress into becoming one of the pioneers of the new creative world; marrying music and film. I don’t really care for fame or riches beyond measure; I prefer balance and the opportunity to travel the world.