With only two weeks to go till the launch of Queendom, Musicvein caught up with another one of the amazing artists to be featured on the album.
This week rap artist Lekky talks about her musical journey, changes she’d like to see in the industry and the Queendom project.
Musicvein: Lekky! Thanks for taking time out of your schedule for a quick chat. First things first, tell me about your journey as an artist.
Lekky: “I’ve been creating music now since I was around 11 years old, I’m 28 now so it’s been a very long journey! It all started when I was at secondary school and started off with me writing down bars and rapping. My brother was an MC at the time so helped me write my first bars. From there I went on to be involved in talent shows and community projects – basically anything where I could showcase my passion.
I’m originally from Birmingham but moved to London to study Theatre at University, it was whilst there that I got involved in Open Mics and began to make a name for myself on the scene. I spent a lot of time networking and immersing myself in the culture and art. It helped that I had a lot of creatives around me, they not only helped to shape who I became but helped me to find myself musically.
On returning to Birmingham after Uni, I met my then manager Baby J – who was from Derby – and from that point my career really took off. I had radio plays, loads of interviews and went touring the UK! It was and always has been a fun process, travelling and connecting with audiences, some of whom know my music and others who don’t.”
Musicvein: As you’ve been in the industry for some time, how do you perceive women in the industry at the minute?
Lekky: “The way I see it, is that there’s a lot of talented women out there and it’s hard to get pushed as a female artist. However women are supporting each other and it’s nice to see. I think it’s a generational thing and comes with age – the supporting each other and giving compliments. There was a time where women were in competition with each other but things are changing. Projects like this highlight how far we’ve come along and I’m really happy to be a part of Queendom.”
Musicvein: So as a female in the industry have you come across any obstacles?
Lekky: “I wouldn’t say obstacles but there have been instances where being a female has caused issues of blurred lines, particularly around the interests of Producers and Engineers. I’ve had to deal with instances where I’ve entered a work-space – and I’m naturally a very kind person, bubbly a bit bouncy you know, but in no way shape or form do I feel like I give off the wrong impression – and I’ve had a male get the wrong impression and thought that it was OK to either get physical with me, or make suggestive comments, give me things and expect something else in return! That’s the sort of thing I’ve had to deal with.”
Musicvein: I can hear how difficult that was for you to express and relive
Lekky: “It is difficult and not a nice feeling especially when you’re in a space and you want to create something beautiful and be yourself, you think that this person is helping you and that they’re a nice person but all along they have their own other intentions. This might be an obstacle for some other women who then think that they can’t go into a studio with a room full of man in there, you know what I mean! But at the same time I have been in studios full of men and there’s no ill intentions, the vibe is just right and the mood is set!”
Musicvein: So what changes would you like to see in the industry?
Lekky: “From my perspective, I’d like to see more black LGBT artists out there telling stories. I am a gay woman of colour myself and I guess there’s not a lot of LGBT artists of colour who come out. I’m at a point in my life where a lot of ego has been stripped from me and I’m ready to speak my truth and be vunerable, because that’s the only way my art is going to transpire and hit people. Being a part of Queendom made me think about the music I create and what I want it to represent, so the song I’ve done for Queendom called ‘Motion’ will also be on my new album.”
Musicvein: Now you’ve touched upon the album Queendom, tell me how you got involved?
Lekky: “I had a headline show in Birmingham last year and I noticed a guy in the crowd whose energy was just there and it made me want to perform even better for the crowd – you just feed off that energy! Afterwards he approached me, introduced himself and briefly told me about the project he was starting. Now I’m a person who’s all about energy, perfect timing and things aligning and I felt James was onto something really special, he’s so passionate about pushing women to the forefront that I was like ‘Yeah let’s do this’!”
Musicvein: Your contribution to the album is ‘Motion’ tell me about that and what you hope Queendom achieves
Lekky: “Motion the only way I can describe it is as, even when you’re not in motion, you’re still in motion – If you get what I mean?
With the album, I hope it does what Jay wants it to do. The main thing is to put all of us females on the map, who are making great music or producing great music. A sync deal would be amazing!”
Next week we hear from James JDS Sewell, the album’s producer on why he’s started this project, before the Queendom drops on 6th March.