An Interview with Tekki

By Damilola Grey

Dami: What was your first introduction to music?

Tekki: My first introduction to music was Polish pop music from the 80s and 90s. After that, at the age of 7, I started listening to Polish hip-hop such as Paktofonika, Kaliber 44, and Tede. Few years later, Kendrick popped up on my YouTube page and after listening to few of his songs, I became really interested in US rap and trap.

Dami: What inspired you to start making music?

Tekki: At first, it was motivated by trying to have an interesting hobby that my peers have never heard of. I just wanted to have more friends than I had. Few months later though, meeting new people motivated me to keep going even though I was bad back then.

Dami: Who are your biggest inspirations?

Tekki: Hmm I’mma sound really cliché but Kanye, Frank, Mac Miller, and my friend SPiMP which was my biggest supporter since day one. He taught me how to rap to be honest.

Dami: What are you trying to achieve as an artist?

Tekki: I’m tryna make the best music I can and show others that everything’s possible. It’s all about hard work and being patient.

Dami: What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?

Tekki: My main goal is to brighten someone’s day. Let them clear their mind for a minute or two; basically get them in a better mood.

Dami: You just dropped a project. Can you tell us about it?

Tekki: Sure, it’s a collab project between me and my good friend and French producer Nxsada. We met each other on Kenny Beats discord and started working together around April 2021. In December, we decided to make a collab joint and after those few months, we’re here. Something about the project- it’s a drill tape where you can find a lot of different sounds, from hyperdrill to typical UK drill sound. Me and him mixed and mastered everything- we are really proud of that. There are 3 features- 1 German, 1 French, and 1 Polish (last two gonna be released on deluxe version). Lyrics wise, I am mostly talking about not trusting people and explaining why I don’t need and am not looking for love, I’d rather work on myself. The title “Was It All Worth It?” is a question that we used to ask each other all the time. Were these 6 months of constant work worth not releasing any other music? Will people enjoy it? Will it be a successful project?

Dami: What are 3 words to describe your music?

Tekki: Energetic, uplifting, and motivational.

Dami: What artists do you wish to work with?

Tekki: Def Kanye and Frank. Tyler seems like an interesting person too but besides them, I’m a really big Brent Faiyaz fan. I think that a song with him would go mad crazy.

Dami: How does it feel being a Polish artist trying to break into the mainstream?

Tekki: Weird and hard because of me making music in English and I don’t really have a lot of potential for Polish music- same with the audience. I don’t really have many listeners from Poland, and I’m not really surprised. Finding international connections is also hard, which leaves me stuck in the position I am in right now.

Dami: What would you say has been your biggest achievement as an artist?

Tekki: Seeing many people in my YouTube comments and Instagram DM’s talking about how I’m making their days with my music. Seeing them make edits to my music without thinking that I’m going to promote it. Basically genuine love that I’m getting from people. It keeps me going because I see that I have someone that needs me.

Listen to “Was It All Worth It?”:

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