ASBO Meets: Ché Lingo


Ché Lingo is a artist we have been aware of ever since we first heard him on his song Black Girl magic. Since that release Ché has gone on to release a number of EPs the most recent being Sensitive which came out at the beginning of this year. Now getting ready to embark on a tour we caught up with Ché to discuss his music, the tour, being an independent artist and more.

What was your first introductions to music?

My first introduction into music was growing up in my grandmas house listening to Reggae. I would say I do don’t really get into it until  I was in primary school and I started listening to music independently just off what was playing in the house, I was listening to Grime at the time which as on the rise and had just been introduced to Hip Hop, Neo-Soul and R&B. I was figuring out my tastes musically and it seemed endearing to me as something I might want to do.

How did the environment in terms of where you grew up influence your musical taste?

The environment I grew up in influenced my learning and absorption of music in a way that has always stuck with me. A lot of the music that I write is about my environment and if not about my environment, it’s extremely personal and very much introspective. It’s extremely intimate and personal to me and about my growth and things that I have been through.

How your approach to music has changed since the beginning?

I do not really think the approach has changed, I just feel like my musical tastes have matured and I understand myself better with every project. My approach to music is different; it varies with each project and feels a little more mature with each one.  


You released your EP Charisma last year which was probably the project that gained you most recognition in terms of your music, what was it like putting it together and making the EP and releasing it?

Releasing Charisma was kind of simple I mixed and mastered the whole thing vocally myself it was a real DIY job. I was confident in putting it out, I felt like there was a lot of songs which had messages on there that I knew people could relate too, there were things that I felt and still feel strongly about. Being an independent artist it was kind of like a let’s see what happens I had a body of songs that I happened to be working on and formed a really good project. That project was very much about my thoughts and my feelings and how charismatic I am to things that I am talking about, charisma itself is the charm that rubs off on people and that’s something that to put across in that project is that I am charismatic about music and it’s something that can draw you into my world

 The follow up was Sensitive which you release at the beginning of this year. With the time from the last EP how was this one different to the last?

The follow up to. Charisma was me meeting a woman and falling in love which very much influenced Sensitive. Sensitive as a project was all about my emotions towards me not feeling in control as the “man” in the relationship and not being able to be needed the way I felt I should just because I was the man and that mad me question whether it mattered and I just thought rather than dispel all of these feelings and thoughts let me just write songs about them and that became sensitive.

 You released both these projects as an independent artist, what has that experience been like, and what have been some of the benefits of being an independent artist?

Some of the benefits are you have a lot more control in the direction that your music goes in which can be a good and bad thing because if it goes wrong you’ve only got yourself to blame and if it goes right you’ve only got yourself to blame. Actually being independent gives you a lot more freedom I think is something you definitely need to have the balls for and you need to have a lot of thick sin because it is a lot of weight on your shoulders to be accountable for everything that you do, and because there is alot you have to be accountable for you have to have a high level of  emotional fortitude to be able to pick yourself back up. It can be difficult but I think you get more control of and if it goes well you make more money.


 In terms of your live shows, I know you have the tour coming up so what can we expect from the shows?

I try my best to have fun with it. The music a lot of the time speaks for itself and because all of my music is quite different it’s almost like you are at a party because there is so much different music that you are listening too. And again in terms of being independent and speaking on being accountable I’ve chosen to put it music that all sounds different I’ve ventured across different types of hip-hop Black Girl Magic sounds nothing like Same Energy, Same Energy sounds nothing like Be Careful, Be Careful sounds nothing like Circles but they are all realms of black music and what it means for the shows is that you’ll never be bored because it’s so many different types of music. So if like do find yourself invested in me as an artist you can expect a lot of different types of sounds at the show and a lot or different dynamics all the different guys with me all telling a story and having a bit of fun I tried to make my shows quiet naked  and quite open and real I try to make it as human as possible.

 As you have been doing this for a while what have been some of the lessons you have learnt about your in being an artist?

I fell like I am more prepared for this than I thought I was. I’ve learned that things take time and you just have to be patient with it, I’ve also learned that to be accountable for the things that you do is to be the boss you want to be, and that puts you in a position where you are always able to grow because you are always accountable for everything. So you are always able to learn from every mistake and with the emotional fortitude I was talking about I’ve learned how hard it is to an independent musician as I’m being one so I’m learning g as I go along. The accountability has made me very thick skinned and it’s also given me a very forward thinking kind of behavior and that you have to take risks to get the results that you want and also to prove to yourself that you are willing to go as far as you want to make that thing happen.


In the current landscape of music with streaming and everything being so instant how has this affected the way in which you make music?

I feel some of the most successful musicians, not necessarily artists but more so musicians are people that draw their audiences and public into there world and make them work on their time, rather than trying to keep up with the rhythm of how you think you should be releasing based on the fact that you are trying to make a pop hit. A lot of the time people make singles because it’s the catchiest thing but that might necessarily be the thing hits home the most with people therefore you might have made a mistake in the single choice. So for me I try to remove myself from trying to keep up with things and people, because those things are changing constantly all the time I would rather have a little bit more time to create music in and around my own time and my own circumstances.

 What can we expect from you next?

We’ve got the tour coming up, aside from that you can expect some cool Merch along the tour you can expect another project and I’m going to be piecing together the first parts of an album for 2020, but just more music essentially

You can catch Ché Lingo on his The Risk is Proof Tour playing London’s Jazz Cafe on Thursday September 12th.

Words: Seneo Mwamba









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