UK-Craigie is a diverse Hip-hop artist, never shy of a strong opinion.

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Often labelled as the voice of the underdog his music explores such topics as depression, grief, mental health and fighting to turn your life around.

Please introduce yourself in less than 10 words…..

Heartfelt, honest Hip-Hop artist, Music for the underdog

What made you want to get into music?

Music was always an escape, I would write lyrics because my mental health and self esteem were so low as a teenager. Music was my way to cope with the world around me

What’s the writing process?

It can Vary. I usually find inspiration hits me late at night while I’m lying in bed.

I like to write about the people around me. Documenting the stages we all go through in life. My mental health is something I along with a lot of my family have struggled with over the years, so a theme of fighting those demons and letting people know that they aren’t alone.

I’m very emotionally driven as a writer, I like to write things that stick with people. That make them think, make them reflect, make them remember and reminisce.

If I can write a verse that can take you back in time, make you think of sunday afternoon at your grandparents house and maybe how much you miss them, you can close your eyes and almost smell your grandmothers baking, hear their voices, Then I have done my job.

 
What come first lyrics or music?

Lyrics, almost always. Writing lyrics and poems is something I do constantly. I find it a great way to relieve stress and ease any anxieties.

I have a notepad app on my phone that is synched to my home studio pc so I can always pick up where I left off

  

What other talents do you have? (kazoo playing, champion toast burner…)
I’m actually a director at my local grassroots football team, and I spend a lot of time teaching people how to use music to improve mental health

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I’d like to make streaming pay fairly for artists, and encourage music and performing arts to have a bigger role in education, Music saved my life, and the lives of so many people, It should be treated as a bigger priority in schools from a young age

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

I’d love to work with  Kanye West, just to sit in the studio and absorb so much knowledge, as a teen his first two albums blew my mind. I was listening to a lot of gangster rap and living vicariously through the lyrics, the fact he was so comfortable with making music about his flaws, his fears and his insecurities and frustrations really gave me the courage to pick up a microphone and write what was in my soul. He changed my life

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

‘Be the person that you needed when you were at your weakest’

I have a friend called Steve, who could inspire so much self confidence and is always full of great advice. From Business advice, Song ideas, and everything in-between, He’s indispensable. I’ve had so much great advice throughout my life, I’m lucky to find myself surrounded with positive people who support me

 

 
What’s in store for you when all this is over?

As we start to live with Covid and hopefully leave lockdowns behind I want to continue to explore mental health and music, to expand my reach and really prompt conversations amongst people.
Mental health really took such a hit through the pandemic that I want to help people through the songs I create

 

How did lockdown effect your music? 

Thankfully I own my own small home studio so I was able to record, I got through lockdowns by creating as much music as I could, My two young children were at home with me while school was closed and they really pulled me through the tough days too, I actually released an album ‘I Can’t Sleep’ During lockdown and it was really well received, it gave me worldwide exposure in countries like the US, Australia and Zambia (Where I have a passionate fanbase, and create music with local artists there) I also had coverage with the BBC, The Liverpool Echo and The Oldham Chronicle in the UK.

The momentum really gave me the confidence to push music so much more and really persue my dreams. While lockdown was a really hard situation I think it really inspired my creativity

 

Where can we find out more?

You can find my music everywhere digitally, spotify, itunes etc

You can also find me on Instagram and twitter @ukcraigie

You can watch my music videos over at

youtube.com/ukcraigieofficial

And I also have some really cool merch in the pipeline I’ll be sharing on social media as soon as its ready to drop (Signed CD’s and clothing)

 

Talk us through the new track ‘Growth’

‘Growth’ Is a song all about prioritising life experiences over monetary gain, and finding the beauty in chasing your dreams and goals over chasing money.

A celebration of things that we overcame over the last couple of years and a reminder that living your dreams is something that you can do,

The instrumental is quite guitar heavy (A feature of most of my songs, I love the sound of hip-hop over a guitar) And the video was directed by Myself and a friend of mine, I like to push a real DIY message in everything I do, Teaching people that you don’t need a million pound budget to be an artist (that would just make promotion smoother) You just need a microphone, a head full of ideas and the mentality to go and do whatever you want, without living in fear of other peoples opinions