How old are you?
I am 22 years old! I look very young though.
What is your genre of music?
I do Hip Hop/ Rap, I’ve managed to acquire a unique melodic ﬂow which is resident in my music.
Give a Little Bio of yourself.
Icey Stanley is a hiphop recording artist from Coventry signed to Yah Yah records independent music label. He began his music career during his school years after ﬁnding music an engaging method to express his life and voice his opinions. Growing up in the city, Icey became deeply involved in Coventry’s Hiphop scene as he made a name for himself making musical compositions for other artists eventually grabbing the attention of the small city with the inimitable, melodious ﬂows he has become known for.
From there Icey and his musical friends joined together to form a collective called Urban Fresh. Urban Fresh’s purpose is to nurture and develop young artistically gifted talents in all forms from rapping to videography and dance. The collective built their reputation through performances at various open mic nights, venues and festivals.
Icey went on to reach number 8 in his iTunes debut with a song produced by himself titled ‘I’m excellent’ with Gospel singer CSO. Icey performed the single to a sold out 02 Arena on 18th August 2013. Along with countless performances in other countries like South Africa to Nigeria. With this, his hunger grew and he began working on his debut EP ‘One Take’ which is set to be released on iTunes 23rd August 2015.
On his journey to success Stanley carried the motto ‘If you have faith and work hard enough to achieve you dreams, they’ll surely come true.’ This inspired the title One Take as it is directed towards encouraging people to have self belief in their abilities.It takes listeners on a journey with motivational anecdotes in songs like ‘All I’ve ever known’ and ‘Squado’.
One Take boasts some epic visuals, a feature from UK artist and singer Paigey Cakey and production from Karmah Cruz.
How long have you been doing music?
Ive been rapping for about 4 years now and at 19 was when i took it to a
professional level, went away to ﬁnd my self musically. Taking it from a hobby to a potential career.
What made you go in to music?
I’ve always been interested in the entertainment industry whether it was acting, ﬁlming ect. I fell involve with music as i realised the power of it, how you make people feel a certain way, especially when performing.
Are you a Signed Artist?
Im under ‘Yah Yah records’ independent music label from London, its a team of amazing people who also have the same love for music as i do.
When will your new material be out?
I have just released my ﬁrst single/ take to the music industry ‘For the night Feat. Paigey Cakey’, this is taken oﬀ my debut EP titled ‘One Take’. This EP is ﬁlled with music thats diﬀerent/ Content thats diﬀerent to what you hear from you average UK Rapper. This will be released early/late september
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Inspirations come from everywhere, personal most of my music is inspired by life its self, anecdote approach is what is have to my music, i know someone out there is experiencing the same things as me/ feels the way i feel in this situation.
Who are your inﬂuences?
My inﬂuences very from UK Rapper Gfrsh/ Krept & Konan, to Toronto Singer/ Rapper Tory Lanez. Tory’s melodic ﬂows and unique sound is beyond me! Gfrsh’s unique voice and ﬂow is beyond immaculate.
Where is your dream place to perform in USA?
LA, like a beach festival or something!
Where is your dream place to perform in UK?
Wireless Festival! & Nottinghill Carnival
If you could go on Tour with any Singer or Band from UK who would it be and why?
I would love to tour with Dappy/ Krept and Konan! i feel i relate to those artist a lot, sound wise, but I’ve taken it a bit further with the heavy bass and crazy 808 drum patterns.
If you could go on Tour with any Singer or Band from USA who would it be and why?
Drake, He has such a large audience & i believe his crowd would relate a lot to my music or IamSu & Audio Push! their shows look super turnt!
Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years?
Touring and looking to get my music throughout Africa, featuring with artists like Casper Nyovesst (South African Rapper)
If you weren’t doing music what would you be doing?
I would have just ﬁnished acting school/ be looking for acting gigs
Who is your favourite Artist or Band at The Moment?
HBK Gang from the Bay Area in america! the internet is amazing the amount of great music out there.
What’s the best advice you have received?
Keep at it! Rome wasn’t built in a day!
What’s the best gig you have done so far?
I think 02 Arena, Ive never seen so many people in one place! & LMF in Nigeria that was amazing!
If you got a tv show or ﬁlm interested in your music, which one would you let your music be played on?
A Film, i would love to listen to my self in the cinema! and for it to be intertwined with a storyline is a crazy thought.
Do you have any social medias for your fans to connect with you?
Instagram, Twitter, – @Iceystanley