London–born Obaro Ejimiwe aka Ghostpoet is one of the freshest UK MC’s to surface over the last year. Not content with flying the flag for the UK Hip Hop scene, Ghostpoet’s softly spoken, casual vocals mix seamlessly with an experimental electronic edge; creatively knocking out vibes of trip-hop, dub-step and beyond.
Having received deserved kudos from the likes of The Guardian, NME and new music pioneers Rob Da Bank and Huw Stevens over at Radio1 for his debut album ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’; he’s only gone and got the ultimate accolade of being nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize this year.
It’s a breath of fresh air to hear that his recent good tidings haven’t gone to his head, as I catch up with Mr Down to Earth himself, whilst he’s at his local laundrette…
Vic: Tell me about your festival circuit gigs this year, how many have you done?
Ghostpoet:I’ve done quite a few this year, too many to mention! I’ve done Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Great Escape, smaller ones, bigger ones, some in Europe…
V: Did you slum it in a tent?
GP: I did it once! The rest of the time I was fortunate enough to be transported by van and ended up staying in the van!
I love playing music and it’s a pleasure for anyone to turn up and play to them, it’s an enjoyable experience.
V: You’ve recently been described as “woozy brit-hop” by the Sunday Times, and Timeout said that you were an “an instantly loveable downbeat headworm.”…GP: (Laughs) very inventive words, I do really appreciate them all.