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GET TO KNOW: LOYLE CARNER
Before GTM 2017 hits the road, it’s time to get to know Loyle Carner.
Benjamin Coyle-Larner, better known as Loyle Carner, is a 21-year-old British MC based out of South London. He calls having dyslexia and mispronouncing his surname, á la Loyle Carner a ‘happy accident’, but what’s no accident is the cut through effect this emerging emcee is having on the UK scene right now. FYI: Nas, Joey Badass and Tom Misch are just a few artists Carner has toured with and supported in his short time on the scene.
‘Old school but honest’ are his words to live by and this transcends into his sincere and raw breakthrough 2014 EP A Little Late. He was placed on numerous ‘Ones To Watch’ lists for 2016 and it’s not surprising, given his honest and poetic approach to lyricism.
“A lot of my favourite records are by artists such as Mos Def, who have shown that it’s OK to open up. To be honest, there was never really a moment where I wanted to write any other way.” Loyle Carner has defined himself through overcoming challenging circumstances and this resonates through all aspects of his music.
He’s no stranger to the rap game, stringing sentences on the fly since the tender age of 10. Growing up feeling misunderstood, to dealing with dyslexia and ADHD, Carner struggled to channel his hyperactive energy productively until he found a love for cooking, poetry and music.
“Being dyslexic, I struggled with writing critically, but I could always write creatively. With creative writing, you’re not judged as much on spelling or form or structure; any mistakes almost add to the poem. It was kind of my little place where I could get away and colour outside the lines.”
Carner can definitely whip up a feast! It’s his outlet away from music, bringing him clarity, focus and occupying his mind. He’s even teamed up with GOMA, starting up a cooking school for kids with ADHD to provide the same kind of kinetic experience to others as it brings to him.
“I think that’s what is important: not doing one thing until it’s done and then doing something else, I think that’s where some people fall short. I think it’s where I’ve fallen short before. Doing loads of things at the same time is how you keep things interesting and as soon as one thing gets a bit long, you leave it for a sec and go do something else, come back to it when it feels fresh again.”
Loyle Carner released his debut album Yesterday’s Gone at the beginning of 2017 and it highlights an honest perspective on “what it’s like to be 20 in London; the depressors, the positives, the negatives.” It is a work of melancholic beauty and each track sets a scene, taking you on a musical journey through a diverse range of genres beginning with gospel anthem “Isle of Arran” and immediately mellowing it out in the next track “Mean it in the Morning.” His creativity is incredibly refreshing and produces a relatable, slice of life through typical feelings we feel at some stages throughout our lives.
Loyle Carner is a MUST SEE at Groovin the Moo 2017!
For your chance to win a copy of his debut album, click here.