Kojey Radical on Performing in New York & Connecting w/ Fans | MTV News

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– We are at Baby’s All Right in New York. New York! (crowd screaming) Make some noise! (crowd screaming) And give a warm welcome
to the one that they call Kojey Radical! (crowd screaming) I love New York. I almost hate saying it as much as I do, because it sounds like a T-shirt slogan. But I genuinely do love this place and like I was lucky
enough to do my first show, first American show anyway, in New York. I think maybe, was it the next day? I actually ended up here,
yeah, I was in Baby’s All Right for a party and I just
remember thinking like, “Yo, this place is dope,
like this vibe is cool. It’d be awesome to do a show here one day.” Kojey Radical means everything
and nothing at the same time. It wasn’t a name that
I picked intentionally, I didn’t set out to be the
radical or a radical character. I think the age at
which I picked the name. I’m not even sure I knew the context of what being a radical meant
but my real name is Kwadwo. So Kojey comes from Kwadwo. I’m Ghanaian, Ghanaian
descent, and Radical, it was a username on
MSN. I was either like, actually no I won’t say the other ones because you can probably Google it and find some crazy stuff. (laughing) But yeah, it was my like
username on the internet for ages and then yeah, kind of
grew into over time. I’m from Hoxton. Hoxton, London. H-o-x-t-o-n. That’s where I been. I think so much of my
identity remains in Hoxton. I’m passionate about a lot things. Music, art, fashion, design, poetry. Anything that can be created
is part of my passion list. But it’s hard to describe myself I prefer letting other people describe me. I remember the first time that someone kind of came up to me and was like, “What you’re doing is truly radical.” I was like, “Ahhh,
sounds good, doesn’t it?” (laughing) You know what I mean? But the name is a lot of pressure. (laughing) The name can be a lot of pressure, but I think I just gotta
live up to it really. Creativity is life to me. So it’s exciting to be in a position where I could create for a living. Because I think that’s what,
some people call it music or being a rapper or whatever. I just say I create for a living. Oh, how would I describe my fan base? I hate saying fans. I call them family, people. You man, you lot. It’s just about humanizing everything. But I don’t know how to
describe them though. The best way is that you
gotta come to a Kojey show. You get there and you might expect to see one type of crowd or another type of crowd and then you just end up seeing everyone. Young, old, hip, trendy,
not hip, not trendy. I wouldn’t want one
particular type of fan. I’d want a society of
people to enjoy the music and then also hold me
accountable if they don’t. I’m not better than anybody and if anything, they’re better than me. Because just for buying
a ticket or listening to the song or supporting a video, or telling someone about me, they’re literally
helping me make a living, d’you know what I mean? So I’m very grateful to
anybody that supports me. When people tell me about my shows, they always make a comment on my energy. They say, “Your energy’s
really infectious,” or, “Normally these kind
of crowds are tough, “but the way you come across on stage, “it’s hard to not engage with you “or follow along in your journey.” I think that’s like number
one is that if I can have like if it feels like we’re
together with peoples, then it’s going to be
a good show regardless. The people that allow
me to travel the world, meet people that I would never expect to, d’you know what I mean? And like enjoy experiences
that many many people from my area don’t ever
get a chance to do. So, for me their experience at a show is everything. Like, paramount. I remember what made me love this. I remember what kind of atmospheres and shows that grew me as a performer and helped me really
understand what it’s like to connect with people
on a personal level. You know when you’ve connected
with people in a special way and I know when I haven’t,
’cause I come off the stage mad. Everything could have gone fine. There could have been
no mistakes, nothing. But if I walk off that stage and I feel that I didn’t
touch them people– Triggered! (laughing) I love this. I love this too much for it to, to not affect people in a positive way. I care about the performance. I care about the quality of the show and the experience that
people walk away with so, if they don’t walk away with a good one, I’ve not done my job. I’m so grateful. I thank the stars every day
that my career is moving and I can do things like this, and I could be in America
touring and all that stuff. But fame wasn’t ever part of the plan. It was about creating great experiences and giving people good music and that love that I feel
like is necessary in music. This don’t happen for everyone. And big or small, every
show is important so, I think there is that moment
of just going, “Well, like “we’re still here, we’re still
doing this and, enjoy it.”

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