London based musician Sakima might not be on your radar just yet and to be quite honest, he's pretty happy with that. Describing his music as "left field pop", Sakima is fully aware that his music might not appeal to everyone's tastes, especially the more mainstream pop lovers. However, there is one person who is most certainly a fan - BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, who premiered his debut track 'Energy' on Radio 1 as his "Next Hype" back in August.

'Energy' is probably best described as a "moody pop ballad" that fans of someone like James Blake would eat up like a bowl of soup in winter. For all its moodiness, its added claps and bangs bring an additional lineage to the track, which arguably makes it that little bit more accessible. His deep, soul-wrenching vocals (I mean that in a positive way of course) weave in-between creating something that's really special and excitingly different to what you'd hear on Radio 1 on a day-to-day basis.

Since then, much hasn't changed. Sakima is still quietly creating music in his own time and is keep to let things work at its own pace. "I'm one of those artists who takes each step with caution but not in a negative way; I think things through and also let things take their own course." Thanks to Twitter, he's been lucky enough to work with both Cyril Hahn and Canada's Ryan Hemsworth on music for possible future releases. In the meantime, on a cold autumn day in London ("I'm in Golden Square. All the cafes are really busy!") Sakima talks about his music and influences, as well as his future plans and collaborations...

How did 'Energy' come together?

It was weird; I moved to London some time ago and felt a bit like the standard... "What am I going to do with my life?" I'd just left uni and I'd just gone through a break up and all that crap so it was essentially a break up song. I'd just kind of left it... you know how a lot of artists just tend to have tracks just gathering dust? Well, it was just a dust grabber for ages. I then started working with Jakwob and he said "Oh, I really like this track. Would you let me work on it for a bit?" and I said sure! It kind of turned into this more epic track; it was really subtle before; it was literally just ambient singing with a beat and he mixed it together with more drums. We'd spend a lot of time in the studio just banging on drums and making it sound a little bit Disney. [Laughs] But it just evolved like that. It took about a year for it to evolve into the single bit I think that works best when you let a track just evolve naturally rather than be like "Oh, I write this track two days ago, let's get it out straight away!" I'm one of those artists who takes each step with caution but not in a negative way; I think things through and also let things take their own course.

You mentioned moving to London just then. Where are you from originally?

Well, I don't sound like it but I'm originally from Newcastle. My parents took no mercy on me and we moved to Milton Keynes. I grew up there where I got this dodge accent but then I moved back to Newcastle when I was older. I guess I've lived all over in various places - by blood I'm a Geordie though.

Zane Lowe premiered 'Energy' and picked it as his "Next Hype." How did you feel about that?

It was really exciting. I didn't expect to bag any Zane Lowe, Radio 1 plays or anything like that. Obviously working with Jakwob and his new label Boom Ting was huge compared to who I am and what my work is about. Getting my work onto Radio 1, in my head was always a huge hurdle and then Jakwob came along and just did it. It was weird; it was really exciting and I wasn't expecting to cross that bridge at this point, so soon.

What is your earliest musical memory?

When I was a child, my parents, especially my dad, he was really into classical music. I was always oversaturated in classical music as a child and that's where I started to feel really passionate about music. When I was about 8 or 9 years old, we got a piano from a family friend up north. I got into the back of the lorry and started playing the piano; that was the first time I looked at a piano and thought I want to write, I want to make music. I went into the back of the van and wrote a little song too. That's when it kind of clicked and I said "I really want to do this!"

I didn't sing at that point, I was in the choir though. When I first started to realise I could sing as a solo artist, I was locked out of the bathroom, I was playing 'When The Saints Go Marching In' on the keyboard. I started to sing along and my mother came into my bedroom and I was like "Oh, listen to this!" That was the first moment I was interested in singing and it clicked a little bit more. I thought "Oh, I really enjoyed sharing that, I enjoyed sharing my interpretation of that with someone." From there it just developed and grew; I started doing gigs, getting more expressive in music. My taste for classical music grew into popular culture; I got really into pop and R&B but also into electronic music like Aphex Twin and Antony and the Johnsons... all these things just came together.

How did you end up working with Jakwob?

I was working with this guy called Ardie Farhadieh. He's a manager based in America from Chicago. I think his company is called Wick Management. He also manages Tom Aspaul. Ardie set me up with Jakwob ages ago. It was literally like that; he just pulled in a few favours. I was this random artist who didn't know anyone, then is guy Ardie from America found me online and was like "I'd love to be involved in what you're doing, it sounds great, it should be heard by more people!" So I said "Ok, cool!" He kind of ended up just going out there, pulling in some favours and the first one he got in was Jakwob, which was great. Ardie and I don't work together anymore because the stage I'm at right now as an artist. I want to try to keep it local, working with people from the UK. My management now with Empire, they're UK based and in London. I felt like that was more appropriate for me as an artist but Ardie is amazing. He's such an amazing character and person. It was him that started the whole 'Energy' thing and working with Jakwob, that was all him. Ardie's a great guy.

Have you and Tom Aspaul had a chance to work together yet? Is that something that's in the pipeline?

I don't know, to be honest. I love his music. I think he's such a great artist and a really talented person but his music is slightly misaligned to mine. Obviously that can work and create some cool results but I've been doing a lot of collaborations, doing a lot of features and I'm now looking back at my collaborations and I'm just a bit worried they don't fit in with me as an artist. They fit in as collaboration but I need to make sure that I'm doing work that collates good, artistic songs for me as an artist rather than just a bunch of collaborations that actually don't create a good brand image. I'd love to work with him, like... even just for the experience. I think were quite similar people as well in terms of our inspirations, so it'd be great to work with Tom Aspaul, but we are quite different. I'm quite ambient and abstract and very left field. He's still left field but more so in the middle lane than I am.

I know you've previously worked with Ryan Hemsworth, who I recently spoke to also. How did you come to meet each other?

Through the magic of Twitter actually. I can't remember if he tweeted me or I tweeted him, it was quite a while ago but we got chatting. We sent each other our emails. I gave him some tracks and one in particular that isn't out at the moment. He just really tuned into it. It's a really strong track and I'm really excited to get out there but that's more for the future. He's really easy to work with. A lot of my collaborations have been online; I've been working with Cyril Hahn and someone called OBESØN. A lot of my collaborations are from Canada for some reason, I don't know why. Through online collaborations, it can be really hit and miss, I think it can be hard to tune into each other and you can enjoy a track that someone sends you that they really want you to work on together but because you're never face to face; you're never in the same room you can't really bounce in the same way. But Ryan Hemsworth is someone who just got it. He just got it straight away. He is, as everyone knows an outstanding producer and really versatile anyway but we just kind of clicked musically. I'm waiting to get to the point where I can get in the studio with him physically so we can spend a few days on the run with music which should be fun.

What do you have planned now that 'Energy' is out? Are you working towards a more full length project?

My management, Empire, are really good because they kind of let me just do whatever I want which is very good because some people don't. I think I want to do another single and keep introducing myself to people, letting people know what I'm about. I'm now going into EP territory but it's all up for grabs really. I like to let thing evolve and I know where I want to be and where I want to go but the in between I'm quite easy with. I want to be a wholesome artist, I don't want to be like "this is my game plan and I won't move from it." If you're not open to interpretations and other ideas, you can't really be the entire artist you could be. It's all up for grabs but I'm definitely going to do another single quite soon. I'm just going to keep working with people. I'm doing a lot of work with Alpines at the moment and they're really cool to work with. Katherine from Alpines has been opening my eyes a lot with my writing, lyric wise, how to keep in context with what I'm singing about and not getting too abstracted. There's lot of good work coming out of different collaborations and I think it's going to be a single then an EP I think is what I want to do. Not too far off at all, the next single should be out pretty soon. I think it's going to be quite different to 'Energy'; that's quite ambient and slow moving. I want to be able to show people I'm not just another ambient singer/songwriter because it's quite over saturated at the moment. Someone who's inspired me a lot at the moment is FKA twigs; she's been a huge inspiration just with her career moves and also her writing so you can expect more of a forward-thinking electronic vibe coming from the new music soon.

What do you listen to in your down time?

At the moment I've been listening to a lot of FKA twigs in both my downtime and work time. I'm really into ODESZA. It's a duo and their music is so cool. It's quite ambient but they have these beautiful beats and how they sample music is really interesting. Banks as well. I listen to a lot of Banks in my downtime, especially her track 'Brain'. What I tend to do when I want inspiration or I'm on a commute, I'll go on Spotify and I'll pick a track I listen to a lot and hit the start radio option and find loads of new music that way and I quite like getting this rolling jukebox of new music when you're on the bus and favouriting new artists as they come up. My most favourite person at the moment and the person I'm most excited about who is not, in my opinion, releasing enough music is Ghost Loft. He's only got two tracks out in about a year, which is really annoying because his music is so good! I'm desperate to work with Ghost Loft and... my other top producer at the moment is Atu. I emailed Atu like "Do you want to work together?" and I never got a response. [Laughs]

Have you started doing any live shows yet?

I've gigged a lot and when I was at uni I did lots of little headline shows around Cornwall; just me and a guitarist. I came to London a little lost. The 'Energy' track came from that. Then I met my current management and they were really keen for me to write and just develop my sound, so that's what I've been doing. I've only done one gig since I came to London which was really fun. It was the first time I stepped away from a piano and just sang my produced music with a DJ. That was another "clicked" moment where I was like "Oh, my God, I'm free, I can move around, I can convey more messages when I'm on stage rather than just sit at a piano!" After that experience I'm now working on a live show with some musicians from around Brockley. I think I'm going to do some live shows after Christmas. It's going to be very interesting. It's hard to say what expect but if I had to put it in a nutshell, it'd be left field electronic music, that's quite abstract with guitars reminiscent of The Smiths. It's definitely not trying to be pretentious but I feel as an artist it's very fresh and new. It should be really fun.

What would you like your legacy to be when you're ready to stop making music?

I'd like my legacy to be someone who introduced change into the industry; someone who challenged people's perceptions of what's achievable and what's obtainable. I think at the moment, I feel like there are issues in the music industry in terms of... not fads but these "chapters" in music genres and them becoming... Well, one of the problems I faced recently is writing music, not releasing it but writing it, then I get a year down the line, everything I've been writing that I thought was fresh and new that's become oversaturated. Then you have to find the next new thing. We do live in a consumer society where it is about the next new thing and within six months that new thing is old. We are lacking timeless music in terms of what is widely accessible to people. I want to be able to look back and say I contributed to helping music be more timeless or stand the test of time and be forward thinking. I just want to challenge; I want to challenge, change and look back and say that I've done that.

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