Hailing from Leicester, this phenomenal rapper has been writing all his own material since he was 8 years old and has been recording since the age of 16. He was born in a multicultural family which embraced his diverse vision of music that runs through his veins.
Loaneski has been described as a 21st century poet, expressing his thoughts and passion through his rhymes. Lucky for us, we managed to catch up with the 23 year old to chat about his new EP ‘Black Thoughts’.
This guy has a bright future ahead of him, so watch this space!
You’ve been writing music since you were 8 years old, what made you start?
What made me start was when my mother was flickering through the TV channels and 2pac’s ‘I ain’t mad at cha’ music video was being played. I remember instantly falling in love with the melody of the track and also the piano motive. Even though I was very young at the time, I understood some of the wording out of 2pac’s lyrics.
From starting out really young, is there any advice you’d give to other young people trying to enter the music industry?
My first bit of advice would be to always believe in yourself no matter what happens, it’s tough when the journey that we all take in life has what I like to call ‘road blocks’. These road blocks will test your patience and belief system time and time again, you have to stay positive and keep on searching for the light at the end of the tunnel. My final bit of advice would be to start thinking about the image that you want people to associate yourself with and that’s really important because sometimes that make the decision of ‘should I stay underground? Or go commercial?’ much easier.
Who or what would you cite as your greatest influence on a personal or musical level?
On a personal level there are two people who have influenced so much into taking up music as a career, these two people are my mother and father. This would be due to the fact that they’ve always told me and my younger brother that there’s literally nothing that can stop us from achieving greatness, they didn’t try to wrap us up in cotton wool or try to cover our eyes and ears in order to create an illusion of what life is like. Instead, they taught us how to respect and love one another, and how to always think positive even when the odds are stacked against us. On a musically level I have 5 influences and these are Nas, 2pac, The Game, Crazy Titch who is a U.K Grime artist and Klashnekoff who is a U.K Hip-Hop artist.
If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would they be?
From the deceased artists I would have to pick 2pac because even though he is no more his music is still relevant till this day which shows just how talented he actually was and another reason why I’d pick him is because of the raw passion you can clearly hear when you listen to his lyrics. Another deceased artist who I would also want to collaborate with is Alliyah because she had soo much to offer still, it’s just unfortunate that she left at a very young age.
From all of the artists that are alive today I would have to pick Nas and Lauren Hill. I’d pick Nas because of the fact that he’s my favourite artist of all time and I’d pick Lauren Hill because she like Alliyah has so much to offer. I would also go as far as saying that I think upcoming female musicians should look at her as a role model because she’s not just someone who is obviously talented, she represents herself in a very humbling and respectful manner, she doesn’t use her appearance to attract attention.
As your debut single, ‘Black Thoughts’ is an incredibly passionate track, and you want it to help people overcome things – what’s been your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge that I have faced would be to trying to stay on the path of Islam. As many of you may or may not know, in Islam, music is forbidden because it’s been described as Satan’s bible due to the fact that music can alter your mood, your perception on everyday/problems, it can distract you from important objectives and a lot of other things. I understand that a lot of people have described my music as positive, really helpful and passionate but at the same time I’m committing a sin. One of the other reasons why it’s such a massive challenge is because some of my attributes such as being humble and patience are from the teachings of the prophets and the prophets companions in Islam.
You seem very passionate about helping others; tell us a bit about the Youth Education Project you work with in Leicester?
The Youth Education Project which is also known as YEP is an alternative education provider which focuses on providing a service to young people who may lack self esteem, behaviour issues or are mentally challenged. We offer English and Mathematics at GCSE level, Digital Music Production, Art & Design, Motor Vehicles, Childcare, I.T & PSD (Personal Social Development). Last year (2014) we were voted as the number one social enterprise in Leicester.
We think you’ve got a really bright career ahead of you, can you tell us any plans you have for the future?
Wow erm this may be a tricky question to answer because I have many plans. Music wise, I am currently working on my next EP which will be called Loane Wolf, this will once again be a very conscious EP with a few twists. I am hopefully going to release the project sometime in August or even early September. I am also working on an album however this is something I have been working on for almost 2/3 years now so I have no idea of when it will be released but to all Loaneski fans hang in there cause it will be out one day. I would like to open up my own record label after I’ve completed my BA (Hons) degree in Music, Technology & Performance which I am currently studying at De Monfort University.