MC, songwriter and producer
Glasgow City heralds the impressive talents of Hip Hop grime MC, songwriter and producer S. Kay.
Born in Kenya of Ugandan parentage, Kay, has made his mark on the Northern music scene, recording at the age of 21. It seems his journey has just begun. His musical path began by learning to play drums in Kenya before moving to Glasgow.
Kay built up his skills by studying at the Glasgow’s School of Art. He played the Glasgow circuit, an ideal opportunity to showcase his talents, gain experience and exposure. Through bars, clubs, etc, his DJ sets covered a melting pot of genres including Techno, Hip Hop, Funky House and RnB.
His career took on a different direction when he began song writing. Penning his own material led to the release of ‘Push Em Up’ and ‘It’s Just Me’.
These early tracks were perfect promotional tools for Kay’s talents as he gained recognition through being placed on schedules alongside; Dizzee Rascal, Tim Westwood, Busta Rhymes, Jamelia, Truth Hurts, DMX, Sunshine Anderson and Nas.
Kay has toured with Taio Cruz, N-Dubz, Simon Webbe, Dolly Rockers, Filthy Dukes, Bashy, MPHO and Daniel Merriweather, all within the space of two months.
Kay’s role model is Michael Jackson. “He was exceptional in different talents from a young age, and inspired people across the globe” he said.
The up and coming young black musicians should “concentrate on their product, making the music they like. If they want to take their music seriously then they should also learn as much as possible about the music industry side including the business side of things. It is hard to get your product out there without a business plan,” he said.
“They should gain as much feedback on their music as possible from people that don’t know them such as promoters or managers” he added.
Kay followed his own business advice which certainly paid off, as he launched his own label, ‘Artistik’ (www.artistikrecords.co.uk) which is also a media outlet that concentrates on music, video content, fashion and live events. Kay’s gig accolades include playing at Ministry of Sound, Astoria, Camden’s Jazz Café and Carling Academy.
“I hate to be pigeon holed, I like to write what I’m feeling in the moment and have learnt to only record when the time is right” he said.
His recordings have drawn media attention from BBC Radio 1’s Vic Galloway and the Number 1 online music site, Music-News.com. His recent single release, ‘Got The Beat’ has a ‘Jazz Café feel’ about it and has been taken from his forthcoming album, ‘From The Outside Looking In’.
Looking towards a bright future, Kay’s ambitions lay further afield than the UK as he looks to hit the international music arena and make it happen. Basing this outlook on his previous success and business ethics, I think that this is the ideal Scottish export for the international music circuit.
By Amanda Hall-Davis