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Lordkez is a voice emerging from the rubble of 2020. Following the release of her debut EP “Revenge Season” last year, the Johannesburg-based songstress and creative talent was named an Apple “Favourite New Artist”, and she seems to be living up to this early signifier of success. Working fervently through lockdown, her new EP “Charcotta” represents a soulful and sensual progression for the 21-year-old artist, embracing another side of her divine femininity and lived experience through lyrically layered songs and jazzy melodies. Bee Beardsworth speaks to lordkez about personal transformation and growth as MSM’s Artist of The Week.

Who are you?

I am the pen and the words that you write down, I am the book and the pages you rip out.

Where are you from?

I am originally from a small town in South Africa called Kimberly, but I live in Johannesburg now.

What do you do?

I am a musician by profession, but I am also a visual artist, fashion dabbler and poet. I like to see myself as multidimensional in the ways that I express myself.

How did you start on this path of creating music?

Music has always been a part of my life. But I do remember when I decided to take music seriously was when I recorded my first every song in Abu Dhabi, when I listened to it I was like, "Oh wait, I am actually pretty good at this medium." Lol… And I've stuck to it since then.

Your new single ‘Find Me In The Trees’ is really jazzy and romantic, making me think of sitting in a garden on a beautiful summers day. What’s the story behind this song?

I wrote that song during one of the most challenging times of my life. I was living in a room in a house in JHB, the house had an amazing garden, filled with greenery and plants. So, when I was going through all I was going through, I would sit outside amongst the trees to feel better and ground myself. Once day I was sitting out there playing the beat, and I found the inspiration and the direction. I called Vaughn, went to the studio, and recorded it with my engineer ODI the next day.

Your new EP, out now, is called “Charcotta”. I understand that this third EP represents a progression on a musical and personal level from the other two you have created?

“Charcotta” is a story of my growth as a person and as an artist. Recording this project has been one of the most fulfilling journeys in my life. I wrote these songs in a little room in a house I was sharing in Johannesburg, leaving everything behind in pursuit of my dreams. I cried, I laughed, I questioned myself and my purpose, I found the pieces of me that I ran away from for so many years in my life and I turned them into melodies and stories. I lost my mind several times just to find it again in the music

Is music a device for you to explore contrasting aspects of yourself? Do you find that as you chance and grow, your musical expression is also shifting and evolving?

My music will always grow with me, because I make a conscious decision to remain honest in my approach and to never lead myself astray artistically. My artistic integrity is very important to me. Music is one of the most important mediums in my life, it builds the ideas I have on life and it carries my soul.

Do you have any ideas how you are going to evolve next?

I like to let the universe take the lead on this. I just work at bettering myself and manifesting positivity into my life and the lives of others.

What have been the biggest inspirations or touchstones on your journey?

I think the most inspiring touchstone has been meeting the team I am working with now and the artists I have engaged with thus far. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by incredible creative minds, talented producers and skilled artists. I wake up inspired every day because of this.

What are your greatest strengths, biggest weaknesses, and how do you deal with them?

I like this question. My greatest strength is my ability to use my vulnerability as power. I don't like to look at weakness as a "thing" but rather as "areas of growth". In that case I think my biggest area of growth is procrastination. Lol.

How do you find confidence in yourself and your message?

I believe in my message more than anything - in fact it's the message I want my life to represent that keeps me going. I want to make people feel like it's okay to be themselves, and that in turn makes me feel like it's okay to be myself.

What is your Mission Statement?

To move with peace and conquer with love.

Interview: Lordkez

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