Tell us a bit about yourself as an artist, and cultural curator?
I’m just into expressing myself. I got different mediums, one of which is song writing, rapping, singing. The musical side of things. I like to paint the picture with words, hence the alias Salvador Dali. I involve it all. At times I switch between languages, but that’s just how it all goes off in my head, I guess. I’m representing for mine, for a certain breed, if it’s give and take then I guess I’ll teach as I learn.
What does originating from Colombia mean to you, how has it influenced you?
It means everything. Its who I am at core, of course you cannot forget I was raised in the UK, and it plays a major part of who I have become. But my true essence belongs to the plains my parents and ancestors walked. I was raised in west London but in a true Latin household. With musical influences of salsa, vallenatos, cumbia in the house it gave me an early understanding of rhythm and percussion.
I have fused that now with my experiences here in the Uk and the mesh or fusion would you like, is now a Spanglish melodic rap vibe.
Colombia is rich in Indigenous traditions, music being one of them, a form of healing and spiritualism. How do you incorporate this in your art? Are there any sacred instruments that have been used in your own music?
I find the music I grew up on had a lot of pain and heartbreak. A lot of love and romance. Strong messages that I also find myself expressing in my music nowadays. One common instrument I’ve always found intriguing because of its particularness is “La campana,”. A cow bell, the way I remember my cousins pinging the hell out if at parties and it sounded so good. There’s a method to it, you got to have that rhythm. Its deffo an instrument I’m going to source for my studio.
The Hip-Hop scene is incredible in Colombia, Have you collaborated with any artists from there?
To be honest I haven’t, but by no means am I saying that I would not. In fact, my team have been in contact with a few producers from Colombia’s Caribbean coast San Andres that are keen on working with us. But I’ve collaborated mostly with UK Latin artists. I’m open, I’m ready.
Growing up in West London, you have seen both sides of London from poverty to riches, the Grenfell tragedy in 2017 really highlighted the injustices that come at the cost of gentrification. What are your thoughts on gentrification and London? Have you noticed any changes?
I remember Grenfell vividly. I was in the building the night before the tragedy. I was visiting a friend who lived on the same floor where the fire broke out. Then to see it all go up due to some unfit cladding the was placed on around the building due to the very same thing you mention, gentrification and the pleasing of the new buyers in town. It’s a known thing in west London, that all those people lost their lives due to negligence and till this current day there are still unanswered questions. Gentrification is happening all over London. Its a social cleanse. It effects housing cultural shifts and don’t get me wrong change is good, however this can’t be the best way.
You have founded some really important hubs for your community here in the UK, tell us a bit about them?
I like to create things. And to be honest in the Latin community, we made some noise and started getting recognised as a potential upcoming market with the biggest Latino collective to come out the Uk; BERDC, going on to win the LUKAS awards 2018.
In 2019 MILK AND NOODLES was officially formed.
And in 2021 I guess we saw the birth of LATIN LONDON.
Tell us a bit about ’Milk & Noodles’ and ‘Latin London’?
Milk and noodles is a trio consisting of Scam, Ace London & myself S.I Stature. It’s a mixture of Scams African, Aces Caribbean & my South American roots all mixed up creating a winning formula. A blend of mature wave as described in a recent article by complex UK.
Latin London is more a spinoff or my tribe if you like. A partnership with selected creatives such as Producers Ash Almeida and Jason Camacho. We work closely with videographers, script writers, designers and all things creative in between.
Tell us a bit about your journey in music? Why was Hip-Hop so important to you?
It’s the art of expression for me. I like music because I believe it has no rules. It allowed me to offload. Painters hang their work. Boxers leave their emotions in the ring. I leave mine in the moment. The creative moment of putting words together to create a mood you never thought you needed. Specific sounds that trigger different feelings. Stories that can explain my journey. Stories that share my experiences.
Besides music, poetry and spoken word is also an area I like to indulge in. I feel it allows the receiver to solely focus on the words. Really in taking the message I have intend to give out.
You speak openly about a lot of the societal issues in Colombia, how important is it for you to use your music as a tool for expression, change and awareness?
What good is it me having a voice or a talent and not using it for the things that matter and are close to me? I think it’s a requirement for any artist to stand true and use their platform to show what they represent. Awareness is everything. Its key to song writing also.
Last year, you got to perform at the incredible Breakin’ Convention, how did that come about? Tell us a bit about the piece you had put together?
We pushed the boundaries. My collaborator and successful break dancer ‘SPIN’ approached me with the idea of creating a piece which involved my lyrics in conjunction with his break dancing moves. The combative piece was based around the state (government/authority) i.e. my words and lyrics VS The people (Spins dance and colour representing the culture) Ending in a suspenseful twist. The piece was received extremely well by the audiences on both nights and even the tabloids such as ‘THE TIMES’ & ‘THE GUARDIAN’
Hip-Hop and dance go beautifully together, do you plan on putting together similar pieces?
Yeah of course why not? I loved the process. The end piece was beautiful, and I think both mediums complement each other very well. Extremely well.
What does the future hold for S.I Stature?
God willing a lot. I leave all the planning to him. I have plans but I’m strong on mystique, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Where can we find out more?
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