London native MUNDU, has been making waves throughout London and the rest of the world due to his distinctive style and down-to-Earth attitude. Born and raised in South London, MUNDU’s household was filled with an eclectic mix of music, which would cause him to develop his unique love for chords and harmonies.
In the 4 years that have passed since the release of his first project, the “Qollapse” EP, MUNDU has been regularly sharing acapella, tracks and making his way to stages. Consequently, MUNDU has been able to gather a supportive fanbase in that time, with many renowned artists such as JAE5, Shakka, Etta Bond, Kojey Radical and more recognising his talent.
We had the opportunity to send some questions MUNDU’s way, this is what he had to say…
When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I grew up in a house filled with different music and both of my parents were musicians too so I couldn’t really escape it! It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do since I could ever remember and it’s a passion of mine that I still have today really.
How would you describe yourself and your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
I would say that I’m an R&B singer and producer that draws inspiration from the wide array of music that I’ve listened to over the years.
Whether it’s Electronic music, Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop, Folk, anything really. I’m someone that is very big on experimenting with chords and harmonies so people can definitely expect that with anything that has mine on it.
What is your favourite and least favourite aspect of the music industry?
I think my favourite part of the industry has just been being able to meet so many people that are excited about the same things that I’m excited about musically and working with some really dope ass musicians. It’s honestly a blessing to be able to connect with people like that and form those relationships.
If I’m honest, the whole “popularity contest” aspect of the industry isn’t something that I’m a big fan of but that’s why I treasure those genuine relationships more. I think that numbers, while they’re most likely never going away, shouldn’t determine the value of an artist. The art alone should do that.
What has been your proudest career moment?
They would definitely have to be the 2 headline shows that I’ve done so far. I did one recently in TOLA Peckham which was an absolute vibe in every sense of the word. I’ll be honest, anyone there can tell you that we had the most amount of fun possible. The one before that was my debut headline show in 2017 that we sold-out in a week (which was also a big vibe). It’s just dope to have people coming together for a common purpose: enjoying good music, dancing and just not having any cares for that night.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I just see myself continuing to experiment with sounds but on a bigger scale and working with a wide range of artists to really create music that stands the test of time. Being able to do that on a large scale is all that I really need.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
That’s a hard one! My first thought right now would be Hiatus Kaiyote simply because I feel as though they really step outside of the norm and create audio experiences that push the boundaries of what can be done in my opinion.
What’s the most slept-on album in your opinion?
There’s a lot of slept-on albums in my opinion! You know what? I think that the “Caracal” album by Disclosure is a way better album than people give it credit for. There were so many amazing songs on that album I’m surprised it doesn’t get talked about more.
What’s your plan for 2020?
I think my current plans for the year are to really ramp up my output and cement my place in the music world. We’re in really uncertain times in the world right now and I think that having a soundtrack for times like this can help. Music may not solve all the problems in the world, but definitely adds a lot of colour to the world.
Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration?
My biggest inspiration would really just be the unknown really. I think my excitement with music always comes from trying to discover chord progressions that I’ve never heard before, harmonies that I never thought of, new grooves, new perspectives, everything new really. That’s what keeps me experimenting and creating all the time.
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