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INTERVIEW: Kokar

Hi Kokar , welcome to VENTS! How have you been ? 

I’m good I can’t complain, LgLg (life’s good, living good).

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “ Coulda Been part 2.” ? 

Coulda Been part 2 is a sequel to Coulda Been (which was my second official release), it’s a soulful afroswing type song that essentially is about loving yourself or nobody can. The first verse is a proclamation to ones self to then give yourself the go ahead to be vulnerable with someone else, which is done in the second verse . The music video demonstrates it perfectly. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song ?

The original Coulda Been was a vent about a situationship I was in with a girl very special and important to me and the sequel is exactly the same. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video ? 

The filming process was great! I was the co director in a video that I thought would be better executed with 2 actors/ dancers and they smashed it. It was simple yet effective and it was really fun to shoot. 

The single comes off your new Lp Dorking Close – what’s the story behind the title ? 

Dorking Close is where I have lived pretty much all my life and it hasn’t been an easy life. From the area it self to my journey as a footballer to where I am right now Dorking Close is where it all started for me and this project is a representation of the beginning of my journey as an artist so it seemed only right. 

How was the recording and writing process ? 

The process to get it all of this done has been long but worth it. It was not stop studio, non stop videos, I even flew out to Nigeria for one of the videos (Jeje). The writing of the project was the easiest and the most straight forward part of the whole thing. As I mentioned previously it hasn’t been an easy road for me and writing has always been a way for me to express my self even when I was a footballer. Even as a kid in primary I used to write short stories as a way to escape my reality. These are not just great songs but the lyrics are also profound and hold deep meanings to me. 

What role does Deptford play in your music?

Deptford is Deptford! I remember reminiscing with Jfatss and Jay about our experiences growing up and we came to the conclusion that it was crazy. I’ve grown up in a place experiencing things that people only see in movies. Those times were scary, exciting and informative and now all they are great memories for me to hold forever and share in my music from time to time. Deptford made me, me. Therefore it makes my music.

How does your Nigerian background influence your writing?

I think growing up I’ve never been in touch with my roots and never really wanted to at that. However, when I started making music I consciously went down a path to know about my self and my roots more. Subsequently, it reflects in my music. In return creating an Afro- swing sound when mixed with my other musical influences.

Where do you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Everywhere! My lyrics mostly are a documentation of my life and my experiences . For example, Nae’s interlude (a song from the project, a slow R&B type song) was written after a conversation I had with the girl I mentioned earlier, where I was confused about where we stood. So instead of having the conversation again, I found a beat and started writing what I wanted to say and also I wrote what I imagined her responding to me (perfectly executed by the talented Bella S’wavy). 

Any plans to hit the road 

As of now there are not any plans to hit the road but there are definitely intentions to do so sometime in the future. 

What else is happening next in Kokar’s world ?

Next for me, more music! I’ve made a couple songs with Rymez that sound amazing, he has to be the best producer in UK at the moment, not many can make hits like him and he has been very supportive of me. Moreover, there are so many other tracks that I have just sitting there representing a growth in my style and abilities as an artist. On that note all I can say is stay tuned and support because it’s not often we have someone like me come along so let’s embrace it. 

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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