What are your names?
Connor Daniel and Rob Jones
What is the bands name?
How did you come up with your stage name UHURU
Connor: I’m half Kenyan and really proud of my roots. UHURU means freedom in Swahili and it’s served us well as we’ve experimented with a lot of genres.
What is your genre of music?
Electronic Pop with grit!
Give us a little bio about you as a duo and individuals.
We’re an Electronic duo generating smooth synth sounds, heavy bass lines and dramatic drops. Catchy vocal melodies & hook lines combined with guitar & synth, blend together to deliver a dance-set with real power and punch.
What made you go in to music?
Connor: It’s kind of a family tradition – three generations of musicians before me!
Rob: It’s just something I’ve always been drawn to. It’s like an outlet for me.
Are you signed?
You’re set to release your new single ‘ Riddle’, tell us more about the song.
Connor: ‘Riddle’ is an upbeat song about someone who confuses you. Kind of like a ‘say one thing but do the opposite’ vibe.
What was the writing process like?
Connor: I started the production process first, about half way through the song’s melody started to hit me and it actually came together pretty quickly. Riddle was a concept I’d wanted to write about for a while and I had finally created a sound that fit.
What was the recording process like?
Connor: I have a home studio so it’s fairly easy. Once I’ve written and produced a decent quality demo that we all believe in we take it to our pals at Numen Studios to wrap up the mix and master.
Describe RIDDLE in two words.
Will we see any music videos coming soon?
We hope so! We’ve got loads of concepts ready to go so that would be sweet.
What is difference between THIRSTY your first track to now new track set to drop RIDDLE?
Connor: Thirsty is more aggressive, especially in the drums and synth. Riddle is more up-beat and dance-able, both should get your feet moving though.
Will we see an Album or EP this year?
Our coming singles in the next few months will result in an E.P yes!
If so what can we expect from it, if you can tell us?
Do you have any shows coming up?
We’ve got some shows in the pipeline and we’re playing a showcase gig with a sick magazine in August. So be on the look out for that.
What else can we expect from you this year?
More bangers galore! We’re excited to be releasing music again, it’s been a while!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Not at the moment, we’d love to get a rapper on a track at some point though.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
For sure! If we vibe on a musical level then collabs are always cool. They’d have to contact our two lovely managers I guess!
Do you play any instruments?
Rob: We have a hefty set up for live shows. I play guitar, bass, even more keys and a sample pad too.
Connor: I sing, play keys, hit a Mallet Kat (an electronic xylophone pretty much) and hit even more sample pads.
Who are your influences?
If we’re talking new school then Mura Masa, Justin Timberlake, Kaytranada. If it’s old school then Nile Rodgers, Michael Jackson and Earth, Wind & Fire!
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Connor: The older I get, I find that I write way more about my experiences (mostly girl problems!).
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
We’d love to be touring around the world.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Rob: I actually really enjoy cooking.
Connor: Well lately, I’ve been watching way too much love island.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Kanye West – Through the Wire.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Don’t be a d*ck in this industry!
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Practice your craft because practice makes perfect.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
‘Sit down, be humble’ – shout out to Kendrick Lamar.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Switch nightclub is a great night out. It’s the first place in Southampton that got really big name DJ’s in week in-week out.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
2/ Who do you see first?
3What do you eat first?
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Vocalzones, Guitar picks, water, beer, laptops!
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?