This weeks #TalentTuesdays star is 24yr old, Jamaican, East Londoner… Pitch Imperfect!
Chellz: Thanks for chatting with us!
Pitch: Firstly, I want to thank you for selecting me to be a part of The Hookup and I fully support what you are doing to acknowledge creative talents in an industry that often overlooks upcoming talent. It’s a great initiative and I hope it receives the recognition it deserves.
Love for that! I’m sure Boss Lady will appreciate that…
So, what age did you get into music?
It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact age as I grew up in a Jamaican household that was immersed in reggae and calypso. I was always encouraged to express myself in acting and creativity, having been involved in RADA / BFT theatre productions at the age of 10. Music has always been a part of my life but I started performing spoken-word in churches at the age of 17 and experimented with recording hip-hop at 18. I released my first mixtape during my second year of university entitled: “Emergence” and this is when I feel I truly got in to music and the routine of recording.
Seasoned performer… I can imagine your childhood must have been fun!
Why do you do the music you do?
Hip-Hop allows me to be unfiltered, authentic and unapologetically myself. I can tell my truth through stories and free expression. Hip-Hop is entrenched in black culture and I feel as though I have a purpose within the culture to tell the world my story.
Well said! So what or who are your inspirations?
Life experiences inspire my content and the stories that I’m able to tell. The people that influence my music are my mother, Tupac Shakur, Nas, Lauryn Hill, J Cole and Bob Marley. All of whom have encouraged self-love and the importance of being true to yourself.
Dope selection of inspirations! How did you come up with your artist name? Is there a meaning behind it?
Pitch Imperfect comes from the premise that I was born on a pitch that was imperfect, similarly to a rose that grew from the concrete. I’m from a football background so I was able to create a synergy between sports, music and the environment I grew up. Pitch Imperfect essentially means that great things can blossom out of the most difficult environments.
I rate this! I always assumed “pitch” referred to music pitch…
Give us a rundown of your previous work up until now:
1st Project: Emergence
2nd Project: Pitch Imperfect Vol 1-5
Pitch Imperfect – Sell Lies (Trailer), Sell Lies, Fallback, Who Shot Ya (Remix), Real Friends (Remix), Mask Off (Remix), Steve Urkel + Steve Urkel Skit.
Which projects are you most proud of and why?
My “Sell Lies” trailer and video was my most proud project to date. I was able to produce a great narrative with great visuals and minimal resources. The cinematography, acting and the manner in which I was able to captivate Hackney will forever remain as a classic in my eyes.
Any future projects lined up?
I have a new EP to be released in the late summer but I’ll be dropping new visuals every month until the release of my much anticipated project.
Looking forward to it… how have you networked during your music journey? Radio / podcasts / shows?
Poetic Unity – Link Up TV Cypher
Shahlaa Discovers – Camberwell Festival
Resound Showcase performance
Karen Civil – CivilSelects by Complex
Black Baggage – Curating Culture Interview by Imani Lindsay
ABN Radio Interview with Nancy Adusei
Designed my own t-shirt brand: Believe In The Craft
Any other talents that you have that people may not be aware of?
I’ve always incorporated acting into my music and cinematography. I started acting at the age of 8 years old and was inducted into London Talent /RADA productions at the age of 10 whereby I performed at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington and was screened at the British Film Theatre. I was always in lead roles during primary school plays but I decided to allow my love for football to supersede my passion for acting once I started secondary school. I’ve been on football tours in Germany, had trials with professional clubs and currently play as a striker for Robbie’s Arsenal Fan TV.
Yeah that is mad impressive! Ok so, tell us something random or a fun fact about you…
When I was about 6 years old, I fell in a mud-filled puddle on the day of picture day. I’ll never forget the day as my mother had just bought me a brand new uniform. She was vex but it was a funny moment when I reminisce on it looool.
LOL yuh lucky yuh did see today! I can imagine the beating loool smh
Positive affirmation time!
I believe that having positive energy around you is essential to achieving your dreams. You have to believe in yourself more than anyone else can believe in you. Believe In The Craft is my mantra and I truly believe that if you work hard, put Jah first and stay consistent, then you will fulfil your destiny.