1883 Magazine

East London born and multi-talented rapper and singer Not3s first made his mark on the UK music scene with the release of tracks ’Bark Off’, ’Hakuna Matata’ and ’Toju Mi’. With sophomore single ‘Addison Lee’ having dropped in November 2016 his reputation was taken to the next level with 200,000 plays on Soundcloud and caught the attention the of the elite cab company who supported the track.

After a further 8 million streams on Youtube, Spotify and Soundcloud plus air play on BBC Radio 1Xtra he had his first UK Top 40 hit to his name.

We grab some time with Not3s to chat about recent signing with Relentless Records (Professor Green, Nadia Rose and Bryson Tiller), his music inspirations and future plans.

What was it like signing to ’Relentless Records’?

It was a beautiful feeling, I was scouted online they wanted to meet straightaway and discuss developing my career. What I admired the most about ’Relentless’ was their passion and drive. 

Did you always want to pursue a career in music growing up?

I grew up always wanting to go into music, I grew up in Hackney and throughout my childhood always loved creating my own work. 

How do you go about the process of developing a piece of music? 

I draw inspiration from real life events, its a very organic process. I find that taking from events in my life is the best way of developing a piece of material. 

How do you see your career developing in the next ten years?

I think in terms of my musical career, I would like it to obviously grow and play bigger venues. I would like my music to reach as many people as it possibly can, and I would like my success and music to go from strength to strength. 

What do you believe makes you stand out as an artist, against other musicians of this generation?

I believe as an artist my originality, and the way I put different sounds together is what makes me stand out. When I create music I always like to have my own vision and sense of style.

What can we expect from you this year?

At the moment I am currently working on producing different singles, releasing all of my EP’s so far have been massive achievements. I’m also doing some collaborations with artists

Whats a typical day in your life of Not3s like?

I spend everyday in the studio producing music, my day usually starts very early in the morning at around 5am and finishes in the later evening. It’s honestly very hard work but I enjoy every minute of it, and always learn something throughout the process. 

Which artists do you admire and are inspirational to your work?

I love Tory Lanez, Stormzy and 50 Cent. I was lucky enough to see Tory Lanez at the 02 forum, his was an incredible performer and everything he produces sounds amazing.

What piece of advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a career in the music industry?

Keep creating pieces of work, even when your not being heard - someone is always listening even if its on a smaller platform. Aspire to inspire! Use your own life experiences to create music, all of my EPs and singles relate to different moments in my life.

For the latest on Not3s follow him via @not3sofficial

Interview by Georgia Packham Anderson

Photography Joupin Ghamsari

Styling Jheanelle Feanny 

Styling Assistance Anna Guellard and Chardonnay Thomas 

Grooming Fabio Petri using Mr Smith

Production Messy Village

Location Dead Dolls House

Twitter Youtube Instagram Tumblr Facebook

Glam Style