Who is Aaron London?
I’m an urban music artist whose lyrical content reflects the events that have occurred in my life so far. Sometimes I stray away from that and create songs that are more comical and lighter.
” Overall I would say I’m a creative young rapper/songwriter/producer who likes to make good music that people can relate to.”
What got you into writing rhymes? How did it start?
I was 9 years old when I first wrote / stole a rap song (50 Cent’s “Candy Shop”) and changed the words to create a parody. Later I went on to perform this parody in front of my whole school! It was supposed to be more light-hearted comedy than serious.
Til this day I still remember the fun I had performing that in front of a large crowd without a care in the world! Wearing my back-to-front ‘Fake’ New Era cap and a white best with a homemade graffiti and glitter design!
What got me into writing serious rhymes was that fact that everyone I was around were making better music than I was and their lyrics contained punchlines and deeper meanings with totally original flows. The day I realised that fact was probably the day I made it somewhere. I think my competitive nature is what made me become the artist I am today, otherwise I could have ended up as the UK version of “Lil B”.
Who or what influences you in your work?
“Coffee. Once i’ve had a cup of coffee “Aaron London” is gone and the coffee makes the music!”
It’s really a weird question for me, because I try to be 100% original in the music I make, but part of the process of creating an original piece involves experimenting, which could either end up being brilliant or completely rubbish. To prevent this I try to listen to what’s hot right now and use key aspects of that in my experimental music, which I can always fall back on.
”I’d call my own music experimental rap with a pop culture influence.”
You’ve worked with a number of female vocalists and even produced some tracks yourself, which do you prefer?
I love working with other vocalists cause they have different views and ideas that sometimes I lose track of when off on a mission to create something spectacular and different. It’s good to work with other artists as they will give an honest opinion to improve the song you’re working on (seeing as they’re on the song too). I produce nearly all of my tracks, since relying on producers can really slow down any artists work-rate. I also love to have full control when it comes down to my music, that way I can change/fit it to my liking.
How does the UK music scene compare to what’s going on in the US? Can British artists compete on an international stage?
Rap/grime is defiantly on the come up in the UK because when i was growing up i remember that the only people that used to listen to UK rap/grime were other rappers or MCs, now it’s much more mainstream and labels are yearning for rappers. As for the US i think Tinie’s paving the route for the rest of us. Singers like Adele & Taio Cruz already conquered the nation barrier that has been holding back UK music.
Where do you see you and your music being in 5 years time?
I’m hoping to chart next year with the songs i have lined-up.
In 5 years time i hope to have a deal with a label that would give me the creative freedom to make anything so i can keep bringing out new weird and creative sounds into the charts.
What’s been the biggest landmark in your musical career so far?
Meeting and talking with Jay Sean. Shout out to Wiley, Pro Green & Labrinth recommending my music to their fans
Kieron Boothe (@Kieron_Boothe): My Brother In Music, Talented Lyricist & Artist
LozzaMusic : A Blog That Has Always Supported Me (good friend and affiliate of www.suchatune.co.uk)
My Manager Rick : Who Is Setting Everything From Features To Tv & Radioplay For My Biggest Year To Come