Jidé Kuti – You’re Not Special [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Tough question… Insightful Soulful Pop

Tell us a few things about your new song “You’re Not Special”. What is the main idea behind it?

To be honest. I just got a little pissed off one day with a girl haha. I think it had just been building and I guess when I get angry, I always want to try and hit the person where it hurts which is why I try to avoid being angry. You’re Not Special is a raw reflection of how I was feeling at that time. It’s me honestly just trying to rationalise and get over someone who hurt me but also not pulling my punches. I’m not overly mean at all but I’m also not holding back.

What first got you into music?

I think I always thought the idea of music was cool but I was a painfully shy kid, so it wasn’t really a dream I had. I plated recorder like every other kid in the UK haha but then when I was 11/12, my grandad paid for piano lessons and then my music teacher told me I could sing… a little bit. Obviously, I ran with that and thought I was automatically Stevie Wonder or Nick Jonas. I think the seriousness of music intensified when I was 15/16 – I taught myself guitar, began to perform more and I wasn’t good at first, but I got a lot better by sheer practice. That’s where I say I fell in love with music.

Favourite album of the past year?

Absolutlely loved Dave’s album “We’re All Alone in this Together” and FINNEAS’ album “Optimist”.

What would you change in the music industry?

I just wish it was easier to get into. The amount of money you need to shell out to, how cutthroat it is and just how overly competitive it is. I also hate how as artists some of us tend to feel like we need to follow trends to be sustainable? In an ideal world it should always be about the essence of the art I guess but maybe that’s too idealistic haha.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

I’m a massive anime lover. I also try and catch up with some of my favourite games. Really excited to play the new Horizon game. It’s funny because these both along with other things inspire my music. Everything I love inspires me – I literally wrote a song about my favourite game Kingdom Hearts for my upcoming EP.
Another thing is I currently work in mental health alongside being a musician, so I always try and read books and educate myself further on that aspect of things.

Who’s the most special someone in your life?

Haha I see what you did there! My friends are very important to me, idk where I’d be without them. Shoutout to the mandem man… and the gyaldem too! Family too, especially my sisters. I think I always want to be a much better person for them and I would do anything for them.

Thank you!

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