Having shot to fame via the chart-topping ‘Rinse & Repeat‘; an infectious collaboration with London-based producer Riton, Nigerian-born Kah-Lo is swiftly casting any doubters aside with the current success of her debut solo single ‘Fasta’.
Such was the success of last year’s ’Rinse & Repeat’ it became one of the Top 10 most played songs on BBC Radio 1 for 2016 – selling 400,000 copies in the UK and 35 million streams & counting on Spotify in addition to a coveted Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording at this year’s award ceremony. Her contribution to ‘Money’ also cast a light on fellow Nigerian musicians Mr Eazi and Davido, who’s success this year has been as equally impressive.
Fast forward to the summer of 2017 and her latest single ‘Fasta’ became a summer anthem that fuses sounds of Afrobeats and electronic music, showcasing Kah-Lo’s niche within the current climate of the pop landscape and reminds us somewhat of Azelea Banks’ legendary ‘212’. Her unique tone and delivery offer something different to her peers, both refreshing and enticing.
Following a summer of shows and continuing to ride the wav of success that her debut single has brought, we caught up with Kah-Lo to talk about the tracks creation, breaking into the limelight and musical inspirations, see below.
1. ‘Fasta’ was playlisted by Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, and also premiered with Annie Mac on Radio 1. How does it feel?
It’s an amazing feeling to know that a song I worked so hard on is being recognised like this. I really appreciate all the support from everyone at the BBC, especially for someone like me. Releasing my first ever solo single – it’s quite overwhelming to me. When they tell me the DJ’s that have played my song, it still blows my mind to imagine that they even know who I am. I’m super grateful.
2. You worked with producer, Riton, on the track, who you’ve worked with on previous releases. How has the working relationship developed?
Started from a DM now we here! [Laughs] Ever since, we just became really good friends. He asked me to appear on ‘Rinse & Repeat’ and the rest is history as they say. We still work together now, which is great because we have such great chemistry in the studio; he’s got such a good musical ear.
3. When you first reached out to him on social media, what were your expectations at the time?
I didn’t really have any; I wasn’t even sure he was going to reply! I’m glad he did though, because we’ve been able to make such great music and epic memories together.
4. Speaking of Radio 1, you also played at Radio 1 in Ibiza this Summer. Tell us a bit about that experience.
It was HOT! That’s what I remember the most. But it was great because it was a bit like being back in Lagos for a little while. It was a great experience and it’s always nice doing shows with Riton. It was like a full squad outing because Jax Jones & TIEKS were also performing that weekend in Ibiza and we all share the same management team so it was nice to travel with them.
5. Being a new artist yourself, who are your musical influences?
I love Rihanna, of course. I love Beyoncé, of course! Kanye West, Slick Rick, M.I.A, Madonna… The list is pretty endless. My uncle used to play a lot of ‘80s & ‘90s pop & hip-hop so that was always playing in the house as a kid too.