UK Rapper Lonzo Roach releases his debut single ‘Pick N Mixing The Beat’. Having been surrounded by a family of musicians, Lonzo Roach was inspired from a young age to make music, giving him the skillset to compose, produce and rap. Having worked alongside many artists, the time has now come for Lonzo to drop his own music… and it was well worth the wait.
We speak to him about his journey leading up to his debut single!
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us! Intro yourself to those who may not have heard of you before?
I’m Lonzo Roach, and my real name is Lonnie Roach. I have been making music for a few years now. I started from just making beats on the computer and not so long ago I started to rap as well. I first used to write raps when I was around 8, because my older brother and I would make ‘diss’ tracks about each other to see who was better… I won occasionally! I have played guitar, piano and drums in the past before getting into making beats and music production and now I have decided what I want to put my musical talent into. It all really sparked when I had a dream of living my life through music and wanting to become successful from it, because I am a dreamer and I wish to inspire people who have big dreams as well. You can expect a lot more from me so just stand by and make sure you keep track.
Your dad, Michael Roach, seems like he has had a big impact on your music career. Tell us how it was growing up, and the music you have made together?
As I was growing up all I heard was music, no matter what genre, so I feel like because of this I just naturally adapted to music being a big part in my life.
When I was about 11 my dad had me sing on one of his songs called ‘Taking A Knee’ from his album, ‘Tryin’ Times’. Since then, my Dad has helped with some of my music and definitely has had an impact on my perspective in music and lyrics.
You just dropped your debut release – congrats! ‘Tell us about ‘Pick N Mixing the Beat’. What was the process behind creating the track?
I made the original beat in around 5–10 minutes and put the chorus down. My Dad overheard it and wanted to help me to develop the track. We played around with some ideas but decided to keep it simple so the listener could enjoy the chorus. It’s been in the vault for a few months until we thought it was ready to be released as my ‘debut’.
Tell us about the music video for the track, what is the concept behind it?
It is my first music video ever, so really I was just having fun and it was a good experience throughout the creative process of making it. The concept was to introduce me to the public and bring about joy. This is what I do – ‘Pick N Mix’ beats.
As someone who also plays instruments, how does this feed into the production of your music?
I’ve only used real instruments in my music a few times but found it easier to use FL Studios to make beats. Recording with real instruments allow for more freedom of expression and I think I will incorporate that into my music production a bit more in upcoming songs. My sister Sadie has a university degree in music. She is a great singer and jazz pianist who went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. We’re always listening to music from Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Jackie Wilson, James Brown and The Temptations with an aim of trying to find ways to incorporate some of their production ideas into my music.
What do you want listeners to take away from your new single?
I like to groove and my sound is always developing. Hopefully, people will stay on this journey with me because I have a lot more on the way and that they can have high expectations. I want to inspire listeners with my music in the future so keep a look out for me.
What are your thoughts on the UK Hip Hop scene?
My style of rap is definitely more American and I am more influenced by it but I still do listen to UK rap from the old grime to some new stuff. I really think the UK is making big moves in rap culture and should keep it coming. I’m planning to make a contribution and going to keep on producing and making beats so I can be included.
What else have you got coming up?
I have got loads of tracks, and creating more all the time. I’m working with a rapper in Philadelphia called Epiiic. I created some beats for him and look forward to more collaboration with other musicians.
Where can we find out more?
Search Lonzo Roach on social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram and Spotify etc. Just make sure you stay connected with me and watch out for more songs coming up.
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