Ahead of his first-ever gig in Manchester, London-based rapper and singer SNE spoke to TNT about his music and what to expect this month.
Already making waves on the UK Grime and RnB scene, the ‘Tell Me’ artist has seen his career spring from originality. With a seamless mix of melodic RnB choruses and measured rhythmical rap verses, the 23-year-old has earned a name for himself in the urban scene by way of innovation.
From party favourites like Rico Rodrigo, Tiana Major to lounge classics such as Come Again and Tell Me, SNE is consistent.
For the past decade, Hackney’s Golden Child has interlaced a career from Grime to Rap to RnB and now weaves all genres into his solo career. Combining weighty bass notes with rhyming dancehall-esque verses and infectious hooks, SNE is proving his versatility.
SNE’s biggest breakthrough came after the release of his 2016 mixtape ‘Essence’ which led him to perform in Atlanta and Canada. Prior to this, he has been releasing singles and “getting my music out there and creating”.
As for challenges, “learning how to get the balance right between what I love and what the people want” tops them all. “I used to have a theory that you make just what you love but I have had to adapt to the music UK scene. It is a case of looking at the music and being current and still be different at the same time. I feel like I’m doing well”, he said.
The Londoner has recently been voted to be on iluvlive’s Hotlist Tour 2017. “It boosted my confidence and shows people know what I can do with a live band. It’s a great feeling that people want to hear my music again”.
Although a Manchester United fan, SNE has never performed in Manchester and has promised fans to “expect a sick show”.
iluvlive run monthly gigs in Manchester, to help showcase some of the city’s best up-and-coming artists. Artists that previously played at iluvlive events include Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Tinie Tempah, and more.
The shows are headlined by local rapper Geko and will feature the four top artists from the Hotlist. Commenting on Geko’s work, SNE said that “he is sick. He has the all-round package”.