Abijah is a Freshman at Stanford University, working on making music that centers on neo-soul and reggae, while also tackling problem sets for computer science. He’s performed as a DJ, killed a few Open Mics, and is a strong activist for the Stanford Community.
On finding music
Well I was born in Jamaica, so obviously reggae and dancehall was always a part of my life growing up, when I was in the car, that music was always playing. I’ve always had a deep interest in it. I’ve always interested in how music was used as a political tool, or as a tool of relieve. It became a cathartic experience for me, to relieve yourself of the stresses daily. So I started making music as early as the 9th grade, producing records and writing raps. From there it was something I know I should keep pushing for.
I made music with a group of people called Unknown Creatures. The mission of the group was to be confident in being unique, original, and different. Especially with the music scene now with people on the same vibe and producing one sound of music, we wanted to do something original and be confident in that.
On his style
Unknown Creatures style was experimental & original, it’s soothing to the soul at times and other it’s rallying. There’s a wide variety of subject matter and it shows sonically as well. We take pride in that.
I’m tryna stay involved in music as much as possible now. I’m trying to find a band, with a focus on a neo-soul vibe is what I’m working. When I make music solo it’s on a hip-hop tip, but I want to get together to transcribe music, and work with vocals. That’s a huge part of my musical interests
On his inspirations (Top Five…)
I’ll say Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, you can’t really forget Bob Marley or Jacob Miller (and many other reggae artists), Aretha Franklin. I’m always trying to find a way to incorporate these different genres through a hip-hop scene. Many people don’t know that a lot of hip-hop today had a lot of jazz influence and at this point, you can take any form of genre and infuse it in a hip-hop vibe.
On his direction of music
I come from a ton of different backgrounds and it’s reflected in my music. I’m biracial with a white mother and a Jamaican Father, and I’ve always lived amongst people who are very wealthy and also people who are not so wealthy, people who are white, black, all different backgrounds and it’s had an influence on my music.
The EP is out now, check it out and thank us later.
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