Since the success of his breakout mixtape Machine, Gaika has revealed himself as an artist pushing new perspectives on the world we live in, bringing his Brixton childhood and adult life as a club promoter into his work. The short film for his Security mixtapewasa reflection of London’s seedy underbelly, and his latest EP, Spaghetto, is a rumination on the dystopian system we dwell in.
“I’m trying to soundtrack the many pictures in my head with all the information I have and make work that lives honestly in its own complete space,” he says. “For me, Spaghetto occurs in a dark city – a true reflection of our reality with no lies. This isn’t as dystopian as how the world actually is now but we still love in it, we still laugh, cry and fuck and die in it. It’s too real.”
Gaika also muses at the possibility of Spaghetto being made into a feature-length film. “My brother is a director. He said that if Spaghetto was a full-length movie it would be some DVD-only, darkly lit crime romance: ‘Scarface for weirdos,’ he said. I gotta take his word for it to try and make Dark City one day, because he is a genius.”
Here, Gaika walks us through the sounds that influenced Spaghetto.