- Words Liam Cattermole
SamRecks takes us through his musical firsts, from overcoming rejection to what inspires him the most.
All the best artists build worlds and place their listeners within them. It’s a practice that everyone from Tyler, The Creator to FKA Twigs have done so whimsically over the years, and SamRecks is beginning to do the same. Vibrant and vivid, the nostalgic tones in his music and visuals throw us back to our adolescence, helping us to realise the journey that we’ve all been on. “BACK PACK”, the south London native’s latest single, sticks to this formula, as he analyses the moment when he realised music was the deeper calling.
SamRecks has been making waves on his own terms. Polishing an unmistakably London sound, the wordsmith’s developed a dedicated network of listeners who thrive on his cheeky chappy punchlines. The Nigerian-born artist continues to go from strength to strength, mixing lo-fi textures with skittering 808s whilst staying true to his experimental mantra.
Filled with languid lyricism, “BACK PACK” sees SamRecks harking back to simpler times. Unwilling to be confined to music, the 22-year-old directed, edited and styled the visuals, which sit handsomely on over 100,000 views. “This guy is coming up fast” reads one of the comments, and it’s hard to disagree.
Catching him in a rare creative rest, we spoke with SamRecks about his musical firsts, from overcoming rejection to what inspires him the most.
First time you faced an obstacle in your career?