Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London rapper Alis Rowe to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from South West London. I have been listening to hip hop music since I was a teenager. I used to write lyrics and rap along to my favourite songs. I used to just do it for fun though.
In December 2018 I started learning how to rap properly and I’ve been taking it very seriously.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My musical influences now and then are the same. I like American hip hop and gangsta rap. The artists who have most influenced me are:
• 50 Cent
• Young Buck
• Lloyd Banks
• Jay Z
I have also been influenced by RnB artists:
• Beyonce and Destiny’s Child
• Jennifer Lopez
• R Kelly
• Mariah Carey
• Christina Aguilera
• Jason Derulo
• Chris Brown
How would you describe your sound?
It is the ‘conscious rap’ genre, which means my music educates people and has messages in it. I think I have a very unusual and distinctive style and I wouldn’t say there were any female rappers similar to me.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Rap Star. It is a song about not giving up on your dreams. I always wanted to make rap songs but never proceeded with that dream until now!
What's your local music scene like?
I have no idea as I am not a part of it. I do my music independently.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have autism and social anxiety and I would never want to perform live, so no festivals!
My album is called ‘The fool is the precursor to the genius’ and describes how everyone starts as a beginner but can end up mastering their chosen activity if they work hard. In my case, it was all about learning how to rap.
I’m releasing one song every month ongoing and I will collate some of the songs into the album.
Is there anyone you'd love to collaborate with?
Maybe one day I can have an awesome singer on my hooks, so I don’t have to struggle so much hitting the notes, lol.
In seriousness, not really, I like the independence that I have and I like to think I can hit a few notes for my hooks. I’m still so much of a beginner that there is an enormous amount for me to learn and get used to, before I’d feel comfortable collaborating.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I run a social enterprise that supports people on the autistic spectrum www.thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk