Grime, hip-hop, trap, drone, dancehall, reggae; the list of music genres that may (or may not) have influenced British artist Gaika
is long. The Brixton-raised producer and writer loads his tracks with political messages, underlined by heavy bass and spherical noises. Tackling the characteristics of contemporary post-club music, he strives away from conventions all the while maintaining a characteristic London-streets coined sound. After the release of his new album, Basic Volume, and in awaiting for his performance at this year’s Mira
festival for digital arts in Barcelona, we chat with him about his perception of his own music, the political power of songs, and why we should all stop lying and admit that we like R&B.