Where are you from? I am originally from Ghana, West Africa by way of London, England.
What do you do? I am an artist. I make music. I like to express myself mostly within the genre of rap/hip-hop. I also write and produced for other local artists in and around the Glasgow area and overseas.
What have you done in the past? I have released two albums and three mixtapes independently in the past. My first album was called ‘Unsigned & Hungry‘ under my then moniker Jae P. It received very credible reviews in press and online magazines such as Hip-Hop Connection, The Skinny, The List, The Source and more. The single ‘You Don’t Even Know My Name‘ also received support from radio stations including BBC Radio 1 Regional and 1Xtra.
My second album ‘Green Green Grasses’ was released in July 2011 after I changed my performing name to Kobi Onyame a few years before. The album charted at Number 29 on the iTunes UK Hip-Hop Albums chart – a highlight for me as an independent artist. I have since gone onto release three singles from the album – ‘He Said, She Said‘ featuring Sway, ‘Inner City Lights‘ featuring Saukrates and Alistair Merrick and ‘Protect Myself‘ featuring G of the group Young Fathers.
My biggest record to date at radio has been ‘Protect Myself’ which was play listed on Radio 1 on 12 March 2012 – again, another highlight for me as an independent artist. In between albums I released a couple of free download mixtapes. First mixtape with DJ A-Jai from Northern Ireland and second with DJ Illyus from Glasgow called ‘The Best & The Worst’. The mixtape went on to receive over 10, 000 downloads.
I have played the live circuit across the UK to increase my awareness as an artist and brand. I love playing live! In the past I have been blessed with the opportunity to open in concert for artists including Kanye West, Akon, Slum Village, De La Soul, Wu Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Tinchy Stryder, Chiddy Bang, Wiley, Sway and more. I have also been blessed with opportunities to play the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival, the T Break Stage at T in the Park, Wickerman and RockNess festivals and had my first headline show at O2 ABC2 in July 2011.
What have you got lined up for 2012? I plan to go on the road and gig a lot more in support of the current album and also release an EP called ‘Greener Pastures’. I will also start recording my third album towards the end of the year, which is as yet untitled. I want to experiment with a lot more live instrumentation for my next album.
Forthcoming gigs: Madhatter’s, Inverness, Fri 30 Mar
Fury’s, Ayr, Sat 14 Apr
TBC, Liverpool, Sat 21 Apr
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, Sun 29 Apr
Tunnels, Aberdeen Fri 11 Apr