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 singer Oggie to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born and bred in South East London, I‘ve lived there all my life, my mum had me in Dulwich Hospital, we laugh because I hate the snow, she told me when she left the hospital it was snowing very badly, maybe that's the reason lol. Deptford/New Cross is home and its roots are in music and the arts. From my Primary School Grinling Gibbons to my secondary School Deptford Green, they were very heavy on performing arts.
I got into music because of my Dad, both my parents love music but my Dad especially, he would go to concerts all the time, he had seen Marvin Gaye, The Jacksons, James Brown etc. His favourites were Aretha Franklin and Marvin, he has the best record collection, he listens to everything, Toyah Wilcox, Bee Gees, and my mother loved country too Dolly Parton, Everly Brothers so from childhood I had eclectic influences.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Were Michael and Janet Jackson. The Off The Wall album was the first album I fell in love with and Control from Janet was a game changer, The Velvet Rope is a masterpiece. I also loved Prince, Madonna, George Michael, many 90s R&B/Hip Hop artists TLC, Jodeci, SWV, Salt-N-Pepa, the list is too long lol. In terms of new artists right now, I love H.E.R., Frank Ocean, Coldplay, SZA, Solange, Daniel Caeser and James Blake.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say my sound is eclectic. Essentially R&B Pop, that has waves of different genres throughout, from House, Garage, Drum N Bass etc.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is called Throwback Season, it’s my second album and it’s a celebration of all the music I was inspired by growing up. It’s a very nostalgic album, it will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the summer of 2002 lol. It’s a great summer vibe, light hearted but with a lot of depth creatively and lyrically. My best friends inspired this project, conversations down memory lane and even helping me pick the songs that made the final cut.
What’s your local music scene like?
Home is and has always been New Cross/Deptford and the local music scene here is BANGIN! On New Cross Road alone there are 4 pubs/venues that are all live music venues, The Midi Music Company is based in Deptford, I’m founding member of the company they run brilliant music Programmes and Classes, such as CICAS which is careers advice for artist, musicians and anyone that wants to get into the business, The Albany Theatre is a big reason why the area is so rooted in music and entertainment. Acts like Dire Straits to Omar, Noisettes have played there and Blur got together in Goldsmiths College which is down the road.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I’m really excited about the next 12 months as there are many new things on the cards, I’ve just finished touring with The House & Garage Orchestra, and I'll be pushing the Throwback Season album with some live shows. I have a couple of festival slots, Nostalgia Fest in Bromley on August 3rd, and I’m hosting and performing the Camberwell Fair on the 31st of August. I’m gonna start recording for my next project and the most exciting thing is that I’ll also be touring as a backing vocalist for THE JACKSONS! I’m over the moon, excited, nervous and filled with happiness as if not for The Jackson Family I would not be doing music, so this is like coming full circle for me and will be the biggest achievement of my music career so far.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Yes, Frank Ocean he's so sick, Blonded is an incredible body of work, his best work to date, I love his whole vibe.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Lol, I used to be in Thriller Live the MJ Tribute show, we were doing 8 shows a week and you become like a family it could be intense. One time me and one of the dancers who is a good friend, we got into a fight by the side of the stage, and the audience could hear us and we nearly went through the curtains lmao! So dramatic, when we got pulled up about we both denied it lol. We saw each other on the escalators on the way home later that day and both started laughing, lmao.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Hmmm... Good question. I would like them to know that I genuinely love music. I think it’s the most powerful form of healing and communication on earth and that's the essence of why I love being a part of it and it plays a major factor in my life. I don’t care much for the music industry, it destroys peoples' passion for the craft and makes them become obsessed with accolade, fame and superficiality. Me, if I could be in the studio writing songs, creating music that really touched people along with great visuals and then tour and live good, that's me all over happy days, I’m about the music.