Ghostpoet to perform at Hackney Empire

The singer/songwriter is excited to play on home turf on 24 October

"LONG live Hackney” salutes singer/ songwriter Obaro Ejimiwe, better known as the hypnotic sounding Ghostpoet.

Raised in Tooting in South London, Obaro was won over by the charms of Hackney and has, for the past two years, made the borough his home. He says it ‘made sense to move East,’ due to a host of friends living in the area and the fact that his former record company, Brownswood, is based in Stoke Newington.

Obaro is currently on a UK tour with his second album, ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, the first collaboration with new record label Play It Again Sam.

He will be performing new tracks from the album when he graces the Hackney Empire stage on 24 October, the culmination of a UK tour before heading to Europe. He invites fans to come with an open mind on the night – the new album has been described by NME as ‘bloody great’ and received rave reviews from critics.

Obaro modestly describes himself as ‘up and coming’ despite being nominated for numerous awards, including two AIM awards and a Mercury Music Prize in 2011. He is refreshingly down-to-earth, saying: “It’s alright to be nominated, but I don’t make music to get nominations. It’s nice – great – to be respected. It’s a bonus.”

He has been described by Entertainment Focus as ‘destined for greatness’ and named as the Guardian’s Band of the Day.

Mike Skinner (The Streets/D.O.T.) hailed Ghostpoet as one of his favourite MCs and the pair collaborated on a joint venture, ‘Trouble’, in the world’s first interactive music video where the fans got to decide what happened next in the production, unbeknown to the stars onstage. The result was a mishmash of cheerleaders, yetis and a mini Stonehenge, reminiscent of Spinal Tap.

Ghostpoet’s first album, ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’, was written in a bedroom in Coventry, where Obaro studied media production. He worked in customer services for an insurance firm, at night returning home to work on what he loves most; making music.

He says that living in Hackney has definitely influenced his latest album, adding that everyday life and the world around him serves as an inspiration for his music.

Still relatively new to the area, Obaro has already clocked up a few favourite eateries, including Dalston’s A Little Bit of What You Fancy and the many Turkish restaurants the borough has to offer. He also cites the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston as a decent spot for a drink.

When asked what message he has for potential musicians that may be following in his footsteps, he says: “Old clichés don’t die. Do what you feel you want to do, reflect the uniqueness of you, subconsciously or consciously. Be yourself; always make it your own unique interpretation.”

Ghostpoet is performing at the Hackney Empire on 24 October.