Bradford born, London based, Bukky Sky has just released his new banger ‘Amazing’, a complex and absolutely exquisite piece of music. Bukky Sky’s influences are The Smiths, Bob Dylan, Beirut, Benjamin Clementine, Ian Brown, Portishead and Feist. Trip-hop nuances are tangible and amazingly blended with BS’ voice that is full of passion and grows gradually and unstoppable.
Elegant, classy, sexy, the ‘Amazing’ video is an old fashioned movie, that brings us back to the magnetic atmospheres of Portishead, with a spellbinding retro texture. ‘Amazing’ is a Martini left untouched in a solitary lounge bar, it’s a convoluted plot of menage à trois and social dynamics, visually and harmonically. Bukky Sky’s lines are extra layers of rhythm that could stand alone. Dilated guitars and inebriating long exposure effects throw us in a dream that turns randomly in black and white.
“…the purpose of music is to usher in deep self reflection, deep self-acceptance and deep self-love in order to transform the parts of our psyche’s we would rather keep in the shadows.” – BS
YMX: Hey BUKKY SKY, how is it going? some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would describe yourself, in a few words?
BUKKY SKY: Hello! It’s going very well thank you. I’d describe my music as alternative pop – with elements of indie-soul and r&b-jazz. I’m a storyteller and I love to sing about the juicy truth, because I feel like this is where we can find the gold – the most fruity little morsels of entertainment, learning and beauty. I want my songs to feel like a moment in a film. If you were to dip into one of my songs it would be like dipping your toes into my life’s timeline.
YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?
B.S.: The first few gigs I went to drew me into some new magical world. I didn’t understand it but I felt at home and I wanted to become a part of it. When I started to write music I found a way to put my thoughts and my emotions into something that felt so new and so interesting. I realised that I could put anything into a song, including philosophy, angst, romance… there seemed no end to the possibilities. It felt so empowering. I think that’s what I drew me into making music, a sense of power and a sense of magic.
YMX: You recently released your single ‘Amazing’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
B.S.: The song ‘Amazing’ came when I was pondering the moment when somebody falls in love with somebody. When they look up at the other person, they gaze into their eyes and **PUFF** that person is in love. Then looking at it from the perspective of the person who is loved, who is watching the falling in love happen. Then I chartered what that whole relationship might look like, with the initial relationship-cracks and the ensuing “fall” of the relationship. The video came from this idea of the “fallen woman”. The woman who has fallen in love and won’t be “caught” by the returning love of her partner. I was fashioning the concept with the team and we expanded the idea to include couples who were fighting at a show. We based the video on the combination of those ideas.
YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?
B.S.: My dream collaboration would have to be Alex Turner. From The Arctic Monkeys’ first demos to their latest album; to the Last Shadow Puppets. I also love where Alex Turner is now… Spilling into the super-playful and the surreal with “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino” – I would love to meet him on that journey. It would also be great to connect over our home county-in-common- Yorkshire!
YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?
B.S.: It could be just a moment where I get a flash of satori, a strike of inspiration or a melody that I want to decode and expand upon. Usually I am synthesising some very real life scenario. Other times it can be quite random – I’d hazard a guess that the random work that emerges comes from the unexpressed unconscious, the shadow sides that I’m not connecting with – lately those have included sensuality, humour and fun. I guess I’m a serious son that needs to chill out and have a good time! Ha!
YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?
B.S.: I know tell me about it! I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of some live music yesterday and it was marvellous. I’ve definitely got a thing for the Omeara and Heaven. St Pancras Old Church would be epic. But first off probably somewhere local like the Victoria in Dalston.
YMX: What’s your band strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?
B.S.: My strategy is direct to fans. That is what matters. That is the only metric. If the big dogs get on board that would be a big dog bonus. I think blogs, radio, live music and social media are all important.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
B.S.: I’m releasing 3 more songs as part of an EP called “Brave In Love”. I’m very excited to release a video we have made for “Meditations”, the third track on the EP – It’s a surreal animation based in space. I’m also going to be playing what gigs I can with my band around London from February onwards. Then fingers crossed for festival season 🙂