EKKE (Soulgood Featured Artist)

Ekke is one of many dope artists comin’ out of Vancity these days. Read about him below and catch him performing LIVE this Friday inside #BASEDFridays at STUDIO.
Who are you?
My name is Ekke, and I’m a rapper, producer and songwriter. Mostly I rap.
Where are you from?
I’m from Accra, Ghana.
What made you get into music? Any local influences?
I’ve always been really into music, but what got me into rapping was a high school friend that put me onto a program that allowed me to record over tracks. I started dabbling and people seemed to be legitimately impressed, so I kept at it. The rest is history.
What’s your feelings on the music industry here in Vancouver?
I think the industry itself is still developing. There are a lot of hidden gems and talented artists in the scene, but in terms of having a thriving industry there’s still a lot of growth that has to happen. We need more opportunities for local artists to gain exposure and build their careers.
Who have you worked with? Any really cool experiences?
I’ve worked with a bunch of local artists. The best sessions happen when ideas come quickly and naturally. This happens most with my primary production team, Sound of Kalima. We’ve ended up making a lot of tracks that started out as us just messing around.
When you’re not making music what/who do you listen to on the regular?
I like music from a varity of genres, but I listen to a lot of hip hop. I like to keep a pulse on what’s happening with the culture, so I’m always looking for new tracks. The artists I’m listening to most right now are Jay Rock, Kanye, The Carters and J. Cole.
Are there any local artists you really dig?
Absolutely. My favourites include Kimmortal, Endallbe.all, Pavy, Seungrae, Marine Drive, Booty EP and Junk.
How do you get creative to create your music? What’s your routine?
I’m most creative when I’m relaxed, so I usually ingest some herbal essence and listen to something that matches my mood to draw inspiration from and get me in the zone.
If you could give any advice to any up-coming artists, what would you
tell them?
Find a team, take every chance as an opportunity and be relentless.
If there was any artist you could collaborate with, who would that be?
It would be crazy to work with Eminem.


Where can people find your music?

Anywhere they listen to music. Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Tidal, Youtube, etc.