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FAITH CHILD TALKS ABOUT HIS PAST, MUSIC, QUALITY & 2018 ALBUM

When Cassandra for KCMIX caught up with the Airbourne rapper from London, we found out some really interesting things about Faith Child. Known for his eccentric performances and energetic music, this #UKCR vet has seen a lot. We catch up with him to find out more.

Although finding out his about how his birth story in a sermon at church, he talks about where his mother was planning an abortion when she was pregnant with him. How God spoke to her about his potential and purpose, which really brings about the reason for his stage name “Faith Child”.

He touches on to say;

… God never makes mistakes …

He talks on his album from 2015 Airbourne, which is still in high demand in Malta, Nigeria, Slovenia and around the world. An album about inspiring people to their dreams and the warnings that accompany them.

He highlights how he uses things of the culture to be relevant to people. Not just making rap music but being sonically on the same level and even higher than then Kanye West, Tinie Tempah productions.

Faith talks about not being sub-standard to other secular mainstream artists. He serves a God of excellence and believes that it should be seen in his artistry he goes on to say;

… We should never dumb down our excellence because of our content …

… Christian music in the UK is under-exposed …

… We have a scene not a lucrative industry …

He talks how the scene thrived between 2007 to 2011, until a perceived culture clash. Do you agree?

Faith Child believes that the #UKCR needs money. Money to do things well, having a marketing plan, PR and unity, if we can rally around and support each other. Unity and finance are the most important things according to Faith Child.

We need to be real & honest, it will open doors and allow people to come to the faith.

Faith Child is working on his 3rd Album with a few singles before it drops in 2018.

Interviewed by Cassandra Marie

Faith Child talks about his Past, Music, Quality & 2018 Album
Faith Child’s album Airbourne

Buy Album Airbourne by Faith Child – The album from multi award-winning rapper, Faith Child. Across 15 songs, Airborne, takes the listeners on a musical journey from Drum and Bass to Indie to hard-hitting 808’s and features big collaborations from Jake Isaac, SPZRKT, S.O, A Star, Da’T.R.U.T.H., Hayley Cassidy and more.

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InderPaul Sandhu Track of the week on BBC Asian Network

InderPaul Sandhu Track of the week on BBC Asian Network
InderPaul Sandhu talking to Bobby Friction

InderPaul Sandhu’s latest single ‘Money Aint A Thing‘ was given ‘Track Of The Week’ by the BBC Asian Network.

Bobby Friction, the presenter who discovered InderPaul said

When I pick a track of the week it isn’t out of the blue, or out of the ether. This was a track that I have a real connection with and it’s something I want to celebrate

Presenter Bobby then went onto say

When I saw the name I thought this was bound to be a bhangra track, He’s a Sandhu but then I pressed play and went okayyy.

The presenter informed their 662,000 weekly listeners that InderPaul Sandhu ‘had a bit of a rebirth and Reformed becoming a Christian’ and that InderPaul was ‘literally Spreading the Gospel’.

He made his view on InderPaul’s track very clear when he said

I heard this track and thought nice, really minimal, really simple and this will happen to you I promise you at some point in the week, it’s really ear warming. I listened to it and thought ooo that’s nice, this track is getting its flag flown all week.

So…

InderPaul Sandhu Track of the week on BBC Asian Network
InderPaul Sandhu with Feed ‘Em, Bobby Friction & Unique Creation

As far as I can remember this is the first Christian Rapper to make track of week on BBC Radio Asia.

We celebrate that!

His discussion about not labelling himself as a Christian artist, was a question I would like to ask with him more about as there are strong points on both sides, it would be great to see his stance on that.

However, it’s a great step forward into a scene that too my limited knowledge, is not heavily influenced with Christian Rappers, lets see how this journey continues for InderPaul Sandhu.

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WHY RAPPER MARK JOHNES WANTS TO MIX JAZZ WITH RAP!

Why rapper Mark Johnes wants to mix Jazz with Rap!
Why rapper Mark Johnes wants to mix Jazz with Rap!

A Christian rapper/artist you may not have heard of is Mark Johnes. – Zimbabwean born and bred turned Londoner who ensures his faith is the foundation of the unique music he makes.

“I just want to help others” Mark began, “by helping the experience hope, life, empowerment and  comfort. Music allows me to focus on what’s really important and to realign the fact that God is in control.”

Having personally heard but a few of his songs – I got that impression about his music right away! “A lot of people have that ‘one song’ and if I can create that for others then I am happy.”

Faith and roots in music

Having been saved for a number of years, I was keen to know how Johnes came to Christ.

Unsurprisingly, it was through making music with an evangelist associate from the states.

“Growing up I’d always considered myself a Christian but I didn’t really start living and understanding  [the faith] until I was a lot older. “

Through this friend, he got a bible and started reading the word for himself. “My eyes were suddenly opened and my interest in Christianity was sparked”.

Why rapper Mark Johnes wants to mix Jazz with Rap!
Mark Johnes – “I’d always wanted to get signed from the start…”

Mark’s unique style and combination of soul, jazz , rap and hip hop is influenced by his upbringing.

“I’ve been around music all my life because my dad was a radio DJ.” Playing tunes from the 70s, 80s and 90s – Mark quickly developed a taste and appreciation of different genres and styles from those times. “It was easy to implement the different sounds into my own work.

The roots of hip hop are obviously important in music history. “My rap flows are slower in my music which combines well with the laid back vibes of the soul and jazz music that also suits my personality quite well.”

UKCR + CHH Views

The debate about the authenticity and intent of Christian music and artists in the industry – both Stateside and in the UK has been in the firing line recently.

Mark gave his two cents on the issue by discussing his decision to release his music independently. “I’d always wanted to get signed from the start” He began even mentioning a brief time with a Christian management company.

“There was a time I came close to being signed before I got saved – but friends intervened and warned me they might not be as trustworthy as they seemed. After that I realised it was better to refrain as a matter of necessity.”

Why rapper Mark Johnes wants to mix Jazz with Rap!
Mark Johnes – “My eyes were suddenly opened and my interest in Christianity was sparked”

Going on to mention the ease of releasing music without the need of representation – Mark continued “there are plenty of other avenues online that give you a platform to promote yourself and your music.”

Alongside the freedoms and lack of constraint that comes from releasing music independently, Mark is also happy to be unsigned because he is focused on performing.

“I consider music more of a passion than a career – so going to schools, churches and community groups allows me to share that passion and the positive message. On a corporeal level.”

With African roots and US influences, Mark considers himself more than a #UKCR (UK Christian Rap) artist. However, he was quick to call the UKCR scene “exciting and growing – despite the talent not getting the appreciation it deserves”.

When asked about his favourite Christian rappers – Mark felt as if he was “choosing between  friends” but eventually listed Triple O, Jahaziel and Faith Child as favourites and ultimately Dwayne Tryumf as his ultimate fave.

10 Years from now…

Mark and I found common ground in the fact we both ‘discovered’ the UK Rap scene around the same time back in 2007.

“It’s interesting to see how they (the artists) have grown up and changed over the decade.” Speaking of 10 years – one of my final queries to Mark was where he saw himself 10 years from now…

“Touring on a global scale to countries such as Japan and Brazil” Mark said candidly. “I’d also like to release a live jazz album mixed with hip hop.”

After finding out he doesn’t even play an instrument, I was astonished by his outstanding ear for sound “My only skill is rapping, lyrics and the production side of things” He said. “But I normally get other people in to do everything else.”

With a creative design job on the side new tracks released on a regular basis, Mark is a very busy man. But what’s next for him?

“I have a new release on the way but I’m not sure when it’ll be out”

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