Michael Kiwanuka: “The more people who hear your music, the more people you discover don’t like it.”

Speaking to the Guardian, the BBC Sound Of 2012 winner, Michael Kiwanuka has spoken about the added pressure, and ‘expectations’ that come along with the acclaimed win.

“Loads of things excite me about it,” Michael says, “I’m not gonna lie and say I don’t care, because I’ve always wanted to be a musician and recognition for your art is definitely something you take to heart.”

However, he added, “but it may well come with baggage. Expectations. The fact that the more people who hear your music, the more people you discover don’t like it.”

To be frank, he’w write. Some people say it’s almost better to not win, just come in the top 5 or so – that way there will be a lot less expectation and pressure put onto your shoulders.

About his own, destinctive sound, Michael said, “I can’t sing any other way. At first I hated it, I didn’t want to sound like that. You have your heroes and you want to sound like them. In my little head I thought: I don’t sound like Marvin Gaye, so it’s crap.” Adding, “eventually you accept who you are. That it’s better to sound like you. That that’s actually cool.”

Not only a great, unique artist, but also, from the sounds of it, a very level-headed guy.

His debut album, ‘Home Agian’, is out March 23rd.

BBC Sound Of 2012 Results!

20120106-092554.jpgMichael Kiwanuka, the winner of the BBC’s Sound Of 2012 poll! Second was Frank Ocean, third, Azealia Banks, forth, Skrillex, and fifth was Niki &The Dove!

I’d say a very good winner – extremely talented, so its thoroughly deserved!

Right, so there we have it, another year begins, and another successful ‘Sound Of’ poll done by Radio 1. I mean, I would’ve loved to have seen Flux Pavilion and Dot Rotten somewhere in the Top 5 – but it’s pretty assumed that they, and everyone on the long-list, will go on to have a great 2012. However, they won’t be topping charts and being played as often as ‘artists’ like Pitbull or LMFAO during day-time radio will they? It comes back to what I wrote in my ‘Tips For 2013’ effectively, we need to just do a small amount of searching to find talent, which is still untouched and untampered with.

I’m not trying to put a downer on the ‘Sound Of 2012’ at all. Despite the stuck up music bloggers sprinkled over the internet, it’s really a great platform for the artists and bands short-listed! Oh, and if you look at previous winners, Adele, Ellie Goulding, and last years winner, Jessie J, you can see the sort of standard of talent that wins, and the sort of success they go on to achieve!

Wish Michael Kiwanuka the greatest of luck!
Listen and watch him performing live on Jools Holland below!

Michael Kiwanuka – I’m Getting Ready – Live On ‘Later With Jools Holland’