Interview – Israel nke

Israel nke is a trap/hip-hop artist with a fantastic flow to his lyrics, as shown in his latest release, Evergreen. Find out more about Israel below, and make sure to check out his music if you like what you read!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Evergreen, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?

I want to thank you again for reaching out. Evergreen is about going against all the odds, it’s about having no limits. I came from a place of no hope, a place where our dreams were limited, a place where even if you seek, you’d never find. So me being able to make music right now is glorious, that process in itself is Evergreen. Evergreen is out on all digital platforms.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic stopped me from making progress, for one I couldn’t record any music and inspiration was low. My process of writing and recording is firstly that I hear the beat, then if it takes me that that zone, I straight up start writing to it – I have to be connected to the beat emotionally.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future? Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

I plan to release a freestyle in early March then a single two weeks after. I plan to release my EP in early May.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

My influences are Frank Ocean, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, old school rap. My playlist right now varies from rap to R&B to rock.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

I am based in London, the music scene here is striving. I feel there are loads of varieties of rap and my environment influences my music. The EP I am cooking up (which I feel is my most current sound to date) shows the influence my environment has on me, vividly.

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

I currently don’t have any tour dates lined up, I might do something for my EP release. People should expect to feel the intensity, get the chills and feel emotions when they watch me perform live.

Any last words for the fans?

I’d love the fans to know that my music takes them on a journey and they should be ready to enjoy my expressive ride, thanks.