Brighton’s The Great Escape festival recently revealed it’s line-up, which includes Glasgow-based musician, Kobi Onyame, who’s been nominated for several awards over the last few years. Kobi Onyame, otherwise known as Kwame Barfour-Osei, spoke with The Fountain about the support he receives from Glasgow’s close-knit music community and which performers he is personally looking forward to seeing live.
TF: You are heading to Brighton for The Great Escape very soon, you must be stoked?
Most definitely! I’ve applied to play TGE four times in the past and this will be my first appearance so I’m definitely stoked! The main purpose of the festival for me is to introduce myself to publishers and agents with my live show and really just network with some people who can help take me to the next step of my career.
TF: Glasgow has a strong music community within it’s city, have you received positive support regarding the news?
The great thing about the music community is it’s very close. I think everyone supports each other as a scene and that’s very important. I’ve received some great support after the news of playing TGE. Mostly coming from press like yourselves and also interests from promoters who have booked me for festivals over the summer.
TF: How does it feel to be sharing the bill with the likes of Anna Calvi, Fat White Family and The Beths? You must have bands on that list you personally want to check out?
There is so much diversity on TGE line up. I wish I could be at different places at once. I’m really keen to check out Little Simz, Children of Zeus and the big man Lewis Capaldi.
TF: What are you hoping for from performing at The Great Escape?
My main goal is to secure a publisher and agent. It’s important that these people see me in the format of my live show as I believe this is one of my strongest.
TF: What else do you have planned after The Great Escape, I heard you pulled off a great gig at The Fruitmarket Gallery with Heir of the Cursed just recently?
That was a great show! I love playing Edinburgh but there was just something very different about the show at The Fruitmarket Gallery Everyone was on a vibe and it’s great when you feel the energy from the crowd as well, you know? She was dope and she also joined me on my set as well. After TGE I’ll be playing some festivals over the summer including TRNSMT on Fri 12th July and Kelburn Garden Party on 6th July. I’m also currently in the process of writing and recording a new album, which I received funding for from this years PRS Foundation Momentum Fund. So much vim is coming!