The UK’s Adian Coker is on fire and continues to blaze a trail dropping banger after banger. After blessing the internets with ‘Gospel’, spitting fire on ‘Been There’ and making a statement with ‘Show Up’ we decided to sit down and have chat with the South Londoner.
Adian, thanks for talking to us today sir.
It’s been a huge year for you in 2015. Dropping 3 tracks ‘Gospel feat Raheem Bakare’ , ‘Been There’ and most recently the anthem that is ‘Get Money. You keep delivering the goods sir!
Thank you sir! I’m trying!
Now lets talk about that Clipse ‘Wamp Wamp’ sample from ‘Show Up’…
Yeah, I’m a huge Clipse fan, from early. Always have been. And that hook is just an amazing hook. Slim Thug kills the delivery and, for some reason, when I made the beat for Show Up, I didn’t even have to reach or look around, I just went for the Wamp Wamp sample, chopped it, slowed it down a bit and, the rest is history!
How many years have you been rapping now?
Been rapping for a very long time now. Since I was 13 and I’m 27 now. But, to be honest, my flow, bars and everything have really improved in the last couple of years. Every artist gets to a place where they feel like they’ve finally found their voice. I’ve finally found mine.
How do you think your sound has developed over the years?
It’s matured really. As you grow as an individual you gain more and varied life experiences; meet more people who have some impact on your life, small or large, all of this goes in to the music unconsciously. If you’re the kind of artist that relies on their environment to create music, which I feel that all artists should, your music is going to reflect the place you are in your life at the time.
Can you remember your first bars?
No. I don’t think I want to either. I did have a track called Pussy Parade which I can remember, but I think we’ll steer clear of that for now.
If I was to take your iPod / iPhone and look on your recently added / played playlist who would I find in there?
Recently added would be that new Raury. And I’m really in to The Weekend right now. I slept on him for a while, but I woke up. I’m heavy in to Future right now too. In a big way. It’s a problem when I jump on the bike and I’ve got him in the headphones.
Delivering high quality visuals has always been your forte – is that something you feel is more of a second thought from other artists out there these days?
Not everybody has to deliver high quality visuals. I’ve been fortunate to be able to get my ideas out and work with people who will go above and beyond our budget and means to make them a reality. Not every artist is afforded this opportunity, so I’m definitely blessed. But a good idea doesn’t have to be expensive and I do, wholeheartedly, subscribe to the thought that a video should complement, as well as elevate, a track. That’s what it’s there for.
As a double threat producer / artist – how does the songwriting process work? Do you make the beat first and then write the bars or vice versa?
You know what, I used to write verses all the time and then make beats around them or just stick them on a beat that it fit with. But I never do that anymore; the beat always comes first. There’s definitely limitations on the flow when the raps come first. When you write to the beat you can dance around the pockets, play with your cadence, intonations; make the verse really fit the beat. I don’t think you can do it as successfully the other way round.
Obviously it’s an incredible time for UK music right now – As an artist in this generation of Hip Hop coming out of the UK does it motivate you seeing other rappers breaking through and help cast a light on British music?
Of course. It’s amazing. When has the scene ever been so healthy? It makes you want to be a genuine part of the conversation – these are my peers, so it’s definitely motivation.
Outside of being Adian Coker the rapper – do you produce from any other artists?
Not so much at the moment. Being an artist as well, it’s difficult to do both well at the same time. One will always suffer. So, as I’m currently releasing music, I had to fall back on the production for a while to give 100% to my artistry. I’ll definitely start producing again once I’ve wrapped this EP.
Can we expect a project from you this year?
My first EP ‘Time Out of Mind’ is coming out November 13th.
Any plans to collab with any other rappers this year?
Probably looking at 2016 now as it’s so late in the year. But I’m working on some new music at the moment and trying to get in with a couple of rappers I’ve wanted to work with for ages.
If someone was to ask you what they could expect to hear when they press play on an Adian Coker record what would you tell them?
Put simply, very dope verses, and a very dope beat. The rest is for them to interpret!