Artist Spotlight: Master Peace

With his latest song ‘Veronica’ recently being chosen as Radio 1's record of the week, and an upcoming UK tour on the way, we think this is going to be the year of Master Peace.

Having started out in the UK rap scene, by freestyling on beats and capturing attention off the likes of AJ Tracey, his current sound has developed far beyond that one space. Growing up surrounded by indie music, he has been inspired by Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, The Vaccines and many more, amalgamating in a project which explores a diverse and eclectic mix of sounds. His approach is something we're seeing a lot more from young stars in the music space, where a sense of fluidity runs through his sound. He describes himself as 'genre-less', and it's for that reason that it's a 'Master Peace' (Dazed).

The release of his debut single 'Night Time' back in 2019 saw him shift into exploring a new sound which wasn't just rap, which caught attention from grime legend JME (who later jumped on a remix of the track). This was then followed up in 2020 with his debut EP 'Love Bites', something that he explained to NME was heavily inspired by his childhood, when he spent time with friends listening to rap and hip-hop, before heading home to spin all the indie royalty, which you can hear across the EP with its guitar-driven sound.

The next turning point arrived with his single 'Overdrive', where the 2000's indie influence really took hold. It's a track which ties together 'pop hooks, conversational delivery and some pure indie heart' (Line of Best Fit), think The Streets crossed with Arctic Monkeys, though he credits his conversational, half-spoken delivery to Kate Nash.

His 2021 'Public Displays of Affection' EP builds on this indie pop/rock sound while continuing to explore his other genre interests like hip-hop and trap music. Its a record showing him coming into himself as an artist, marking him as a one to watch.

Bringing us up to now, he has since released two new singles from his upcoming EP, 'Country Life' and 'Veronica'. 'Veronica' is a beast of a track, which he says was inspired after nailing down a riff inspired by boisterous festival crowds; and on first listen you can absolutely imagine a crowd going wild for it in the fields of a festival across the country.

While we hope to see his name featuring on some festival line-ups this summer, you can catch him live on tour this March with his headline shows in Manchester, Bristol and London.

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I'm Abi - a lover of festivals, food and all things music.

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