ON THE RADAR: JAY DAKO
Written by In the Lab on 29/04/2021
For this segment of On The Radar, we caught up with South West London native, Jay Dako who is definitely cementing his name in the music scene after releasing his latest single ‘Third Eye’ on March 29th.
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- Where in the UK are you from & what is your nationality?
I was born in South West London but was raised in West London until I was about 7 years old in which my family decided to move back to South West London where I have been based ever since. I’m a British National but have a mixed background of North African and Central African blood.
- When did you first realise that you could rap? Do you remember the exact moment? If you do, please tell us about it.
I first realised that I could rap when I was 11, the good old Year 7 days. We used to constantly rap battle and write our own lyrics as if our lives would depend on it. We used to skip doing homework just so we could prepare for the rap battles that were scheduled to take place every day at school. We used to exchange riddims/instrumentals on Nokia’s and Walkmans so we would constantly be writing bars and improving our ability.
- Do you think songwriting is important? Why? & do you write all of your songs?
Yes, I write all of my songs and do believe songwriting is so important as a writer. I believe the instrumental sets the mood/tone but a songwriter is able to take that vibe to the next level and create lyrics that both work hand in hand with the instrumental but also create a song that can touch and influence the listener through lyrics.
- Who are your top 3 musical influences?
My top 3 musical influences would have to be Michael Jackson, Kanye West and James Brown.
- If you could work with any producer in the world who would it be?
I’d love to work with Wheezy, I think his beats are so unique and have the ability to put the listener in a trance no matter what the song is. I believe his instrumentals will guarantee the artist to have a hit, they’re that good.
- What was your inspiration behind ‘Third Eye’?
My inspiration for Third Eye came at a time where I felt very comfortable with myself and life. This might sound cliché but Third Eye is a song where I genuinely felt like I finally tapped into certain energies that have helped me grow and become a better person. I also feel like the song is a representation of how comfortable I have become with where I am in life and have accepted both my flaws and my strengths that have moulded me into the man I am today.
- Were you fully involved in the making of the music video (visualiser)?
In terms of the music video (visualiser) I worked closely with my music manager – Ili, who actually directed, shot and edited the video – to create something simple that works well with the song.
- What are you mostly looking forward to now lockdown is easing?
This might sound like such a simple answer but I’m really looking forward to socialising and meeting up with my friends again. It’s been so long since I’ve seen anyone outside of my family so I’m really looking forward to that.
Aren’t we all! Getting back out there is going to be pretty interesting, hopefully, we haven’t completely forgotten how to socialise in person!
To check out more of Jay’s music, click here
Watch Jay Dako – Third Eye here