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“My plan would be to rent a studio for a year where artists can come in and create free of charge

Master Peace

Age - 20
 London, United Kingdom
@masterpeaceldn
Master Peace
“My plan would be to rent a studio for a year where artists can come in and create free of charge

Master Peace is not shy about his ambitions. “I want to be a pop star,” he says bluntly. “I want people to listen to my music and laugh, cry, and let go.” His path to pop stardom won't be a conventional one, having started out in the UK rap scene – but not much is conventional about Master Peace. While rap is a key part of Master Peace’s musical DNA (he had early namechecks from the likes of AJ Tracey, and freestyles on the now-defunct Radar Radio station), his own music is more inspired by alternative rock singers like Kele Okereke and vaulting pop bands like The 1975. A recent remixed version of his single “Night Time” captures the way that Master Peace bridges these worlds, with his indie-rock vocals sharing space with a skipping rap beat, a guest verse from grime legend JME, and a silken pop hook from west London singer Sophie DeMasi.

It was Peace’s older brother – who is also an MC, YS Tekdinner – who turned the young musician on to rap music, where he recognised that the pared-down set-up of an MC and a DJ could still create the same raw and rhythmic energy as a rock’n’roll band. Lyrically, Master Peace’s songs are about experiences universal to anyone else leaving their teenage years behind and entering into their early 20s: late-night romances, anxieties, and the like. With a tour supporting Bakar down already, it was a surprise set to 16,000 people at Leeds festival that convinced Peace that he was on to something special. “The crowd’s reaction proved to me that my music is exciting people, and that I’m doing the right thing.”

In one sentence, what is your creative manifesto?

Master Peace: Growing up, I felt like I wasn’t really noticed. I had trouble expressing myself and I felt like other kids thought I was weird. I make my music for all the other weird kids who need help finding their voice and their confidence.

What issues or causes are you passionate about and why? 

Master Peace: Bullying is a huge concern of mine. I can’t stand seeing people ridiculed for being themselves. The scars people carry into their lives from childhood can stay with them forever. I look forward to being able to raise awareness and work alongside anti-bullying charities as my profile grows.

“I make my music for all the other weird kids who need help finding their voice and their confidence” – Master Peace

How has the Coronavirus outbreak affected you, your work, and/or your community?

Master Peace: The outbreak has hit me in a number of ways. My ADHD has been really tested, as I can’t get out of the house to do the things I normally would to keep my mind and body active. I’m trying to channel all of my enegry into wrting and staying positive, and FaceTiming everyone I know. Work-wise I can’t get to the studio, which is driving me nuts. I’ve got a lot of time on my hands right now and I’m trying to pluck up the courage to DM my favourite artist Matty Healy from the best band in the world, The 1975, to tell him I want to make sweet music with him!

What creative or philanthropic project would you undertake with the £10k grant should you win the Dazed100?

Master Peace: My plan would be to rent a studio for a year where artists can come in and create free of charge. It’s really important to me that everyone can have the chance to be creative, experiment, and record their music after this crazy hard time we are all going through.

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