Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with New Junior to find out more…
How did you come up with the name New Junior?
The name is kind of representative of what I produce... ‘New’ referring to the new style and new age of music we are all a part of, and the ‘Junior’ meaning that this music is still young. We don’t all know what it is we want to sound like yet, as this realisation comes with experience. New Junior is a project that has no intention to be static as a music style, and will instead develop with each release. There are a few other personal reasons, but that is the fundamental point of the name!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My listening habits have had three stages. When I was younger my life was dominated by folk music, and I loved the story-telling elements of it all. Moving on from there I started to become captured by a lot of electronic music ranging from house to ambient, and this also started to spark my early interest in sound design and production. Although, what carried though all of these phases, and is now where I take most inspiration from, is hip-hop music due to the mix of lyricism and beatmaking. Those two elements for me, is what music is all about. If I had to name a few current influences I’d say: De La Soul, Ebenezer, Xamvolo and Saba.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d say indie-jazz, or electro-jazz? It changes from song to song... I don’t want to try with alt-hip-hop cause the influences suggest it but I’m not sure the tracks scream ‘Hip-hop’.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
The latest single out is ‘Heard’. It features a friend of mine who’s now living south. He’s great, check him out. henryxgoodwin.
What’s your local music scene like?
Liverpool is on the up, and we got people around the city who want new electronic, rnb and hip hop artists to be heard. Although there’s a lot of association with indie music, we have some serious business happening behind it all. It’s just a matter of time.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
2019 I think will be only a few releases, but important ones. These ones are going to be massive.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There’s a bunch of people I’ve done music with in Liverpool, but there’s still so many more… Check out Kyami, she’s got crazy talent… Gazelle, great songwriting… Luna… Raheem Alameen… I can go on forever really.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I’m based in Liverpool, but I’m not in any way inspired by the Beatles.