Having already cemented himself on the scene with a wealth of rich and enchanting offerings this past decade, London-based artist Young Rob is back once again to deliver his shimmering new album 'AFRO-LOVER'.
Bringing back more of that rich and illuminating aesthetic he is known for, this new thirteen-track collection makes for a wonderfully warm and embracing listen. Channelling a heady mix of afrobeat, hip-hop and R&B-inspired textures for his newest outing, 'AFRO-LOVER' continues his rise as one of the more innovative names doing the rounds right now.
So with the new album available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The first musical instrument that captured my heart was the piano.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I loved blues but then my taste of music eventually evolved and hip-hop became a favourite.
What was the first album you remember owning?
All Eyes On Me by 2pac.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Liberian Girl by Michael Jackson. I absolutely love that song.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Not particularly, I think it all depends on the vibe of the song. But I do have a favourite spot by the river in Hammersmith where I mostly do my writing when the sun sets.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Yes, I discovered a hip-hop artist called KOTA THE FRIEND. Amazing artist.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Well it depends, if I’m on my hip-hop vibe I’d say 50 Cent. In the afrobeat world it will have to be Burna Boy.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
I’d say being able to bring joy and make people smile through my music for me is the most rewarding.
And what is the most frustrating part?
As an independent artist at times resources can be quite limited and this can be frustrating.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
The best piece of advice I had was never to rush things especially when it comes to music.
Young Rob's new album 'AFRO-LOVER' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.