How did you come by your stage name?
It’s funny; I am a big Naruto fan, and one of my favorite characters is Killer B. I created a similar name for my stage name and chose Killer Whale (also because Killer Whales are cool), which was too long, so I shortened it to K-Wale, hence DJ K-Wale.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I credit my sense of style firstly to my dad. He was a DJ and would play many different genres of music in the house. I remember listening to Soul, Afro-beats, R’n’B, Gospel, Funk, and Hip-Hop when growing up, which I believe created my love of music.
Artists like DJ Premier, Danger Mouse, Daft Punk, Skrillex, DJ Snake, and Diplo have influenced my music. The way DJ Premier infuses jazz and soul elements in his music, how Danger Mouse blends disparate musical elements into cohesive, genre-defying tracks, how Daft Punk can synthesize and create catchy, danceable tracks, how Skrillex has taken dubstep to a new level, how DJ Snake can fuse Pop and Hip-Hop to make great music, are some of the reasons why these artists have been a significant influence to me.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
I wanted to fuse sounds of different countries and cultures for my upcoming single, No Competition (out Friday, 17th March 2023). This track features representation from Australia, Nigeria, Italy, the US, the UK, and Argentina.
Pre-save song – https://share.amuse.io/track/dj-k-wale-no-competition
DJ K-Wale Interview with Muzique Magazine
Supporting independent music is important to me, and I wanted this song to showcase the artists’ talents. The song title emphasizes this and states that there is no competition for our talent.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
Not yet, but I am getting there. Each day I am getting better. I am learning from others within the industry and practicing my craft. With each song I create, I level up and learn from my experiences.
What are your plans for the near future?
I plan to release a single for each month until June and an Album in October. I also plan to perform at gigs in the summer across the UK and hopefully in Europe. Finally, I am working to hopefully get some of my music in some indie video games.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shoutouts?
I want to shout out the featuring artists on my upcoming single “No Competition”, King Cris, Mica Franco and Honey-B-Sweet.
How can fans find you?
You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @dj_kwale, on Spotify and Apple Music as DJ K-Wale, and by using my Link.tree page – https://linktr.ee/dj_kwale. Also on my independent label website https://ebi-records.com.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself? (optional)
Create music that you would want to listen to. Whether it’s on the radio or on repeat over and over again on Spotify or Apple Music, create music you love.