Artist Name: Hudson East
Origin: North West London
Introducing Hudson East, the young 21-year-old artist has had an amazing journey at just age 21 and still growing. When I first listened to his project I was left in amazement. Hudson East is truly an artist from his vocals to his pen, you can tell young Hudson is heading towards greatness. Hudson East has already got co-signs from Wondagurl, FrancisGotHeat, Syksense, and RASCAL, he has to be doing something right to be making music with these folks. I had to reach out to him and Neeks for this exclusive interview, S/O to Neeks, Benjamin and Lué B for putting me on.
How are you doing Hudson East?
I’m not bad at all thank you. I’m in a good space in life at the moment so couldn’t complain.
For people who aren’t familiar with you or your music can you tell them about yourself?
I’m a 21-year-old musical enthusiast from London, England currently balancing University, life and music. Just sharing my life through music really.
How long have you been writing songs and making music? You also produce at times correct? Did you produce or write first?
I’ve been making music for 9 consecutive years and I’ve been writing songs for 7 years. I started writing when I was 14 and I would vocal other people’s beats but I got tired of doing that and wanted my own unique tracks that were solely catered to me so I got into production my older brother introduced me to a musical package called reason and off the back of that it opened doors for me to try things like logic, pro tools and FL studio over the years.
You’re from the UK, London, where the Grime movement is big, so why pick R&B music to do or how would you describe your sound?
Grime is a genre that I’ve grown up on and I think the majority of kids growing up in London have some type of connection with that genre in particular. My first ever song was a grime song I would spit lyrics in the courtyard at lunch with my friends we would have cyphers the whole lot. I feel like at that time my lyrical ability was a bit advanced and didn’t quite connect because when grime was about when I was growing up everybody wanted to have a 8 bar that people would go crazy for and they would just repeat if they got a good reaction me, on the other hand, I would go in and spit 16 bars, 32’s of verses that I had written but they weren’t received in the same way. In my mid teens I started listening to more R&B like the Usher Confessions album or Teedra Moses Complex Simplicity to name a few and I would sing along but never thought to pursue it in my own music but then my brother introduced me to drake when he had the Comeback Season mixtape and I loved it so was following his movement to the point of when he released so far gone and at that moment it changed my whole view on singing and challenging a medium between both rapping and singing. I honestly don’t think I have a sound yet I know a lot of people are already categorizing me into this ‘Trapsoul’ genre but I am definitely a multi-dimensional artist and I think that will shine through on my next release.
You mentioned how you weren’t getting much love back home, but Canada showed plenty of it; you as an artist how does that make you feel? Why do you feel like people back home weren’t rocking with you as they should have? S/O to Radar Radio, Lué B and Benjamin they really pushing for you.
Yeah for real S/O all the people down at Radar especially Lué B and Benjamin they the real MVP’s. It’s all a bit crazy I mean the music I make isn’t grime or UK Hip Hop so I feel here I’m in like another category and I think when things are a bit different to what’s normal people tend to be skeptical about embracing it fully but I mean the main sound that runs through Eastway can be and has been associated with Toronto because that is familiar ground to the point of people thinking I’m from there. None the less I got hella love for the 6 and I think my main message would be I just want people to listen to the music for what it is and not try to label it this and that or not embrace it because I don’t sound this way or whatever I just say is the music dope or nah?
How did Wondagurl, FrancisGotHeat, and Syksense meet you? Word of mouth? Those are some good co-signs.
Music is a very powerful thing and can bring people together on so many levels this is a prime example of that.
Moreover, your debut project, “Eastway”, it sounds like you’re ready for the game man. Did you expect to get this much attention after it dropped?
It’s funny you mention that the other week I was talking to Scoops who is my right-hand man when it comes to this music thing and we were replaying the night that M.I.T.M was released I thought it wasn’t going to do anything I thought we would have 500 plays in the morning if that I didn’t believe the people would perceive the music in a good way but Scoops was like “nah trust me it’s gunna do madness!!” and damn that boy was right this whole journey so far has been surreal I haven’t really had time to take it all in but I’m just focused on progressing and giving the people a quality experience.
How are they receiving it back home in the UK?
They are slowly catching on, Got Me + Dark Knight got picked up on national radio over here (BBC 1xtra) which was crazy (Shout out to DJ Ace, Charlie Sloth, Jamz Supernova and Dari) and more interest is being shown from performances to interviews and even photo shoots but we still building.
What did you want listeners and fans to take away from this Eastway project?
I want listeners to take in the music and realize that there has been a lot of thought behind the project from production to songwriting and as #Eastway the movement we are renowned for quality. I also want them to get an idea of me as an artist and what I’m into musically.
Eastway is dope and good from start to finish, were you personally pleased with the outcome of the project?
Eastway has been in the works for just under a year and I tell you we’ve had so many ups and downs with song changes, losing files etc. but the final piece that is out into the world today I am very content as to how it came together.
Can we expect any music videos soon?
You can definitely expect some visuals off the project soon.
What are your goals and plans as an artist?
Well, what does every artist want…WORLD DOMINATION!!! Nah I’m playing I just want the music to spread as far as possible and I really want to travel the world off the back of that; it’s definitely a dream of mine. I want to continue getting better with each release and slowly come into myself sonically and have my own personalized sound. I also want to work with Jai Paul so if anybody knows where the fuck he’s hiding please let me know!!
What can we expect in the future from you?
Expect the unexpected.