Afro-Irish rap artist Breezy iDeyGoke has released his new EP, I Dey. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Breezy's recent collaboration with Dublin-based producer Art of Algebra, Praying on a Gamble, is accompanied by a powerful video by the award-winning Irish director and writer, Mark JD Smyth.
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The video brings the viewer on a journey through Breezy's childhood to adolescent experience, recreating 90s Catholic Ireland through the lens of a curious young Muslim boy.
Tell us three things about yourself?
I’m a bit of a foodie. I like experimenting with different ingredients to make dishes.
I used to really be into athletics. I was a 400m hurdle runner and ran internationally with cross country.
Style-wise, I’m into runners matching the look of the whole outfit or sometimes standing out as the outfit.
How would you describe your music?
I’d describe my sound as the cultural blend of my very traditional Yoruba upbringing along with just the different energies I have from growing up in Ireland.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Musically I’ve been very inspired by Fela Kuti, Michael Jackson and Nas.
How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
Through the lockdown I’ve been very much an introvert. I self-reflected a lot and focused on understanding how to hold myself accountable for my purpose in the world. It all got me thinking deeply in terms of time with loved ones being precious. These feelings also hit home a bit more after releasing Praying on a Gamble with Art of Algebra. So, in short, I focused on myself, family and friends. Being more communicative with everyone opened me up to new comforts and new ways to be creative again. That ultimately led to more music writing too.
What’s your favourite song right now?
Something on heavy rotation right now is Chaila by Denise Chaila. Mainly because the energy of what that hook about her name stems from; that is something that resonates with me a lot. Other than that, I’ll do a shameless plug of my own track, Bag A Man.
Favourite lyric of all time?
"I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.". Jay-Z - Diamonds of Sierra Leone (Remix)
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Can’t lie - that’s a tough one! But I’d have to go with Jam by Michael Jackson.
Where can people find your music/more information?
You can feel free to check out my website or follow my Twitter and Instagram @ideygoke.