You may have heard us playing the Drill Remix of Trapped by Night Writerz here on Phoenix FM recently. We caught up with the artist to find out more about his life and work.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Born in the 80s, right here in the heart of the capital, big shoutout to all my fellow Londoners! I’m a quintessential introvert, and I’ve found that I express myself better in writing rather than in conversations. What more can I say? I’m just another ordinary man looking to find my way and purpose in life.
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
I grew up listening to music in the 90s, influenced by friends and my aunt. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment, but I think I fell in love with music the first time someone hit play. I was that enthusiastic kid who spent hours recording and mixing songs onto cassettes and having it on blast.
Which artists did you listen to growing up?
Even from a young age, I enjoyed listening to all genres. However, if I had to choose a few artists, I’d mention Tupac, Eminem, Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson. Also, Influenced and forced by my aunt, I listened to bands, including Backstreet Boys. She had a crush on one of the members and wouldn’t stop talking about him, girls, huh? 🤦♂️
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t listened to you before?
Well, my music is very mixed in genre. For example, my first three releases are Hip/Rap, rock music, and now a drill remix. The next song due for release before Valentine’s Day is an R&B/Pop song. I thrive on keeping it unpredictable, so to anyone new, brace yourself for delightful surprises with each new release.
Tell us about Trapped?
Have you ever found yourself pleasantly surprised when a track defies all expectations? Trapped does just that! Forget the clichés as this isn’t your typical ski mask and drill song affair. My track doesn’t glorify violence; it’s the anthem of resilience, a rallying cry to overcome life’s obstacles. Because, hey, there’s a reason they say, ‘Never judge a book by its cover.’ Now, let’s cut to the real story!
This drill remix features Diana Ducassi from the USA and Aejis from Morocco. The song is from my original track, ‘Trapped,’ a standout from my debut album, ‘The Story,’ which I hope to release shortly! Transporting you back to the pandemic days of 2020, I penned this track amidst the peak of COVID-19 chaos.
When my notes flowed during this time, we were in lockdown and were told not to leave our homes. Though I’ve never served time, the atmosphere mirrored the confines of a prison. It was an unsettling experience of being controlled and surrendering our free will.
In 2024, reflecting on those moments, the sense of entrapment extends beyond the pandemic times. It’s a universal struggle, whether physical, mental, or emotional.
Like the main character in the music video, I pray we can all break free from the chaos and overcome the obstacles life throws our way.
So, to those reading, whether you’re a fan, a casual listener, or just passing by, I wish you and your family a blessed year.
What music have you recorded and released to date?
So, including this remix, I have released three songs, which you can download for free at nightwriterz.com.
Which artists do you listen to at the moment, and do they influence your work?
Honestly, the list of artists I’m currently listening to is quite extensive, making it challenging to name them all. However, my preference is for what I consider “real music.”
Listening to fellow artists and their stories often resonates with moments in my journey, which I find inspiring. Sometimes, I write songs after listening to a piece, especially if it’s relatable.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
Dream collaboration is a tough call, especially considering some of my musical idols are no longer with us today. However, if I had to pick one, it would undoubtedly be Eminem. The man is a living legend, a walking thesaurus, and his enduring brilliance after all these years is simply incredible.
What are your plans for the future?
So, health-wise, I am not doing so well. So, for now, I take each day as it comes. With my music, I have two albums in the pipeline with continuous releases planned. Additionally, I’m collaborating with some incredible music producers to craft an exclusive remix album that I’m excited about.
Where can we find out more about you?