Camden Close - Up: Weyland
Camden Close-Up Love Camden loves its local talent. We aim to celebrate everything cultural in the borough, from Hampstead to Kilburn, from the British Library to that little café around the corner - we are always out to show what Camden has to offer. As part of this we launched our Camden Close-Up series: interviews with artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and downright interesting figures that live, work or are inspired by the borough.
This month we interviewed Weyland Mckenzie, A 22 year old Rapper, DJ and current Roundhouse Resident Artist, he'll be performing as part of the Roundhouse Rising Festival on Friday 25th October, alongside Ego Ella May and Dips & Lo-Wu.
1. How does it feel to be part of the Roundhouse Rising Festival?
Having the privilege to not only playing at the festival but also being able to put on my own show is an amazing feeling. but also a lot of pressure to get it right as I know the rest of the shows at the festival are going to be great.
2. What would you would do if you weren’t doing this?
What would your parallel life look like? I’d probably be a psychology lecturer. there’s barely any black professors in the country and I’ve loved psychology since I studied it at GCSE
3. What do you think is most important: luck, chance, opportunity or hard-graft?
I think they’re all super important but a lot of the time artists can graft harder than anybody else but still not get presented the opportunity. alternatively artists can not graft particularly hard but are lucky or given the opportunity. neither is better or more moral than the other, it's just how the game goes sometimes.
4. What has been your most career defining moment to date and why?
My first headline show “Northeast: Live” in january at paper dress vintage. it was amazing to be on stage and hear my whole EP being rapped back at me. the love in the room was unlike anything i’ve felt before.
5. What makes your work important today?
My work is a genuine reflection on the society i’m in. I take in everything that I see on a daily basis, the patterns of behaviour, how different aspects of society overlap add some raps to it and press record. if my work is anything it’s honest.
6. What does Camden mean to you?
Camden has been a place of opportunity for me. I've been working with the roundhouse in one aspect or another coming up to two years now and everybody there is so helpful and really want the best for you. a special shoutout to Nicole Logan who has had a huge impact on my trajectory as an artists and as a radio/podcast producer.
7. What makes Camden Unique?
There is no place like camden. it’s a big melting pot of every type of person and culture all in a small space operating together. You never know what you’re gonna see in camden but you’ll always come back.
Artist bio :
Weyland Mckenzie, A 22 year old Rapper and musician –born and raised in Stoke Newington, London .
Last November, Weyland released his debut EP Northeast. The 7-Track EP highlights Weyland’s versatility as an artist from the hard hitting intro “TDM”, to the Soulful House inspired duet with South London Vocalist SueLily “Hold On it’s Raining”.
Praised for his poetic wordplay as well as his catchy yet meaningful hooks Weyland Mckenzie has seen songs from the EP find play on Capital XTRA, 1Xtra, Reprezent and Rinse FM.
Weyland McKenzie is also heralded for his live performances and in January of this year sold out his first headline show at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney. Weyland also recently made his Boiler Room debut, performing as part of the platform’s Low Heat season 3 that focuses on some of the best underground UK music
“‘Northeast’ will remain underground only to those who are not digging for the truth” - Amy Hurford, The Pit London
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/weyland-mckenzie
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVECrTZ9yh4
Insta : https://www.instagram.com/weylandmck/