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Infecta

ArtForm: CityShowcase Act/Composer

“A young, talented, upcoming musician and artist..” DJ Logan Sama, 1Xtra.

“The hardest working grafter in the scene…” Nii Sackey, Bigga Fisha founder.

Infecta – meaning lyrically sick, influencing others to spit – was born in Africa specifically Lagos, Nigeria to an army Lieutenant Father and entrepreneurial mother. Growing up there till the age of 10 years young - in year 2000, February a young, naive and still innocent (mostly) boy boarded a plane with his mum to England to visit his sister then travel back home to finish boarding school but the latter never happened and an unexpected turn of events led to him turning into Southwark; South London’s poster boy who’s now working on a debut Album + Fashion Line.

Making strides to go further in music and wasting little time, Infecta made his bedroom studio at the age of 12 and started recording and mixing down tracks himself. The resulting mixtapes; Never Say Never Vol. I-III, garnered support and allowed Infecta to start hitting the live London circuit. Able to share a stage with the likes of Bashy, Chipmunk, Devlin, Labrinth, Scorcher, Tinie Tempah and more, in 2010 Infecta played at summer festivals where he gained over 500,000 plays on MySpace with his single ‘Do What You Like’. Keen to spread his wings further, Infecta also does youth-work with charities he respects, including The Prince's Trust, Catch 22 & BPA (Black Police Association).

In his early years he worked with London Sinfonietta, John Cage & Micheal Groce. Through MySpace and from the confines of his bedroom he even collaborated on a Latin American producer's album called Color TV, that was released via Sinewave in Brazil and Diablero in Mexico.

A former student of Geoffrey Chaucer Technology College, it was during 2011, undergoing life’s lows and highs he became spotted by Ellis Rich whist performing at VINTAGE Festival via Busking Underground Competition Rhythm of London. Ellis being a young Simon Cowell’s former boss (at Sony) gave Inf the coveted stamp of approval when he signed him to his publishing company as a songwriter, further investing his guidance in the building of his musical talent.

Continuing to climb up the ranks, by 2012 we had already seen young Infecta on our TV screens making small appearances on the likes of Channel 4, BBC, SKY1, ITV & MTV. His talents also took him into modelling for Burberry and JD Sports winning a campaign as Face of JD. Exploring his creative potential a step towards fashion was made and I&I, his fully functioning clothing line, was born.

Ahead of the release of his debut album, which sees producer (and childhood friend) The Bridge (Wiley, Roll Deep, Little Mix) at the helm, Infecta’s been putting in further work on his clothing line after he was awarded a grant in 2014.

Inf’s latest release, ‘Yellow’, has proven to be a wide reaching, age and genre-defying record. The song, switching seamlessly through tempos - takes the listener on a journey that is atmospheric yet almost alternative-rap. Think Tinie Tempah or Skepta for inspiration. Though unlike them he is yet to win awards, yet to tour overseas, yet to be on the charts …  For Infecta the operative word is “yet.”

Keep your eyes – and your ears – open.

 

 

 

Biog as updated for City Showcase in 2016

 

Biog in 2014

Featuring In:

WV 2014 - Friday 5 December
Friday 05.12.2014
WV 2014 - Saturday 6 December
Saturday 06.12.2014
ESM 2016 Saturday
Saturday 16.07.2016
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