Interview : CK Goldiing

In a world’s-first challenge, CK Goldiing, originally from Sheffield, arrived in London July 7 2015 with just £100, a bag of clothes and his camera. The presenter/photographer went on to provide 100 unsigned London musicians with stunning new press photos for their promotional efforts and Artists payed CK what they wanted.

Fast Forward to 2016 and CK has returned with a project called 'Vitae', a unique series of photographs that can be listened to, Inspired by a London-based singer-songwriter who broke down during coffee with CK. We caught up with CK to talk about his story, 100 Musicians, Vitae plus more!


You've done previous projects such as #100Musicians - what was that experience like and how did it help with Vitae?

On the most fundamental level, if not for #100Musicians, I would never have met Ivohe – she was musician #83. On a more profound level, however, #100Musicians gave me a thirst for discovering, exploring and sharing human stories. 

You seem to always think outside of the box, as a Creative, What inspires you today?

What a question, ooh. Okay, right now, I’m mildly obsessed with Gary Vaynerchuck - an American entrepreneur behind a multi-million dollar digital media & marketing empire. Somehow, he’s managed to take the traditionally dreary subject of business, and made it into the most compelling online series you could imagine. His film crew document his daily endeavours, as he engages with clients, delivers speeches and sits in a taxi. I’m not doing a great job at selling his brand here, but honestly, the guy is a charisma machine, and what I respect most about him, is he is unashamedly himself: wearing Nike trainers, jeans and swearing like a builder at every given opportunity. Imagine taking Steve Jobbs’ business acumen, then adding Al Pacino’s charisma. That’s Gary Vee.

I know this has nothing to do with photography, but in truth, very little about ‘photography’ inspires me day-to-day. Day-to-day, I’m most inspired by humans making the most of their given talents.

When shooting photographs, what techniques do you use? 

oh, this question, ha, Is ‘no technique’ a technique? I’ve gone on record many times saying the mechanics of photography bore me, it’s the human interaction that excites me. A photographer friend started telling me about her new lens recently, and as she beamed, I could feel myself drifting off, thinking about KFC - I simply don’t share her love of kit, sorry, just no! I don’t think I’ve ever taken a photograph with a camera in my life… I instinctively take photos with empathy. Singer-songwriter Izzy Thomas and I were recently hanging out (in KFC, actually) when she said, “CK, you don’t shoot people, you shoot people’s souls.” I hugged her a bit. 

Ultimately, if someone leaves a photoshoot with me feeling like they’ve been on a photoshoot, I’ve failed.

You are a presenter, as well as a photographer, how do you balance the workload of both?

The two are more complimentary than you’d think. My years in radio and now events/online TV has taught me how to create engaging content. When you’ve presented music festivals to several thousand people and made them all laugh, it teaches you stuff. Take #100Musicians for example, that colossal six-month adventure played out via daily videos on my facebook page, and thanks to my presenting DNA, I had a head start in knowing how to deliver content in a fluid, coherent, engaging manner. I don’t see a huge difference between presenting and photography – let’s face it, at the heart of both disciplines, is positively connecting with human beings.

What does CK Goldiing have planned for the future?

CK Goldiing? How formal. Okay, I’ll take your lead and say I intend to develop my brand to the point where ‘CK Goldiing’ is a word people associate with authentic, honest, inspiring human stories. I’ve written three formats since #100Musicians, and I’m now engaging with production companies. Early November, I’ll be in London for a month, as I’ve found a great videographer who is keen to work with me on a mini docu-series I’ve written. It’s nothing to do with photography, incidentally, but everything to do with inspiring humans. It amazes me how much value is placed on celebrity culture nowadays. Don’t get me wrong, I love a Rihanna song, a TOWIE episode or a shallow gossip column as much as the next guy, but that vacuous garbage accounts for only 5% of the weekly content consumption. 

It’s now nine months since I completed #100Musicians, and still, people are so kind and generous in their memories of it, emailing me or telling me face-to-face what they loved about it. Anyone who knows me will know I don’t ever talk about #100Musicians unless someone asks me about it, so for people to still talk about it when they see me reassures me I’m on the right path.  

You can check out CK Goldiing's Creative Conversations, here.

 

Interview : Kosha Dillz talks Lyricism, Faith and thoughts on UK Grime/Rap


Kosha Dillz is a lyricist with a twist, having being named as one of the top 10 L.A rappers by LA weekly in 2015 and performing at shows including SXSW and currently touring in Poland, Kosha stopped off for an interview with MungzMedia.


Kosha, what inspired you at a young age to become a musician?

I think it was just wanting to fit in with my local friends. I saw the attention that someone was getting and that really wanted me to express myself. I also like the competitiveness. I also liked the trumpet and the feeling of playing in a band when I was younger than that.

Your Jewish faith is a feature in your music, Do you feel like there is stigma against Jewish rappers or rappers who show faith?

I think there is a stigma against Jews in general in the music business because of the "business side." Hip Hop is specifically an emotional side of people who don't have much and are pointing fingers (in a good way to express themselves.) when this transcends boundaries and messages to lots of people, people develop the stigma.

You grew up in the golden era of Rap, and have a background in battle rap, How has that affected your career as an artist?

I grew up competing and battling in general. I think it help me develop my own sound. Now adays, lots of the music sounds the same. People don't know the difference between who is who , since it all sounds the same. 

You come across as a artist who values his lyrics, Do you agree that hip hop has lost it's 'lyricism' factor? would you agree with this? If so, why do you feel that is?

Sure it has. It almost is more genius to sound dumb than it is to sound smart.  I just was emailing with someone who complained about one my lyrics in a song I completely freestyled. The guy I made the song with had 3 grammy nominations with Sia. You catching on yet?  There are methods to madness. That does not replace the need for intelligent lyrics. I recently created one of my best songs in Poland. Excited to show that to hip hop heads on my new album.

Are you familiar with any rappers or MCs from the UK? If so, do you see yourself ever collaborating with rappers from London? 

Yes I love hip hop from London. I believe there is so much talent from the New School to old school sounds.  I am a big fan of the deejays too. I currently jam Little Simz and even tried to book her for my SXSW showcase (didn't happen) and met her online in Texas and was really excited. I dig the obvious Roots Manuva and playing a festival with Matisyahu where he is also playing. I also listened to some Lady Lesshur recently and also know the singers of UK are amazing. I once had a gig in Manchester where Rita Ora was playing across the Street when her album dropped in 2012. My favorite act I met in US from UK/ Scotland was Young Fathers. "Get Up" is a top song of mine.  And of course, I am a big fan of Danny Seth. He has really balanced the wordplay of new and old school with cutting edge visuals and beats.

UK rap and Grime is still in its infancy in terms of recognition worldwide, what advice would you have for rappers over here in the UK? 

I think that you shouldn't be afraid to find your own projects with your own money. I think if you see an opportunity and you can travel to America or somewhere else, you should do it. I hope everyone can say it is OK to go for it. Money stops a lot of people from pursuing the journey I pursue journey and let the money get figured out later.

As your career continues to grow and you get even more fans, Where would you like to see Kosha Dillz in the next two years?

I would like to see myself with a billboard charting record and helping as many people as I can. I hope to expand far into Europe with writing and create experiences for everyone that are special. Ideally, I will be remembered as an artist who gave more than he got, and people will remember the way I made them feel. If I can have a hit song that does that in 2 years, I should also write about 200 more songs :) But yeah, I want to help as many people as I can.

If you had to pick three words to describe your musical style, what would they be and why?

Different, Authentic,  Cultural. 

Different in being that you haven't heard the sound before but it sounds familiar, but it is "different." - Authentic because you can tell it is real. - Cultural because you will most likely leave saying, I think "this guy is jewish or something." You hear languages and sounds that most people don't use.

Kosha Dillz has a new album coming July 15th.  Pre-order it here and help him on his quest to have a charting album. It features production from YUC Beats, Curtiss King, Ski Beatz, Jesse Shatkin, and Nate Greenberg. It features guest vocals from Matisyahu, Ida Hawk, Mickey Shiloh, Nina Dioz, Flex Mathews and Flynt Flossy of Turquoise Jeep. 

Download his last album Awkward in a good way via Itunes - Or Visit www.koshadillzworld.com to keep up to date with music and tours.