5 minutes with Weyland McKenzie

Weyland McKenzie is a 22 year old Rapper & DJ –born and raised in Stoke Newington, London.

His debut EP ‘Northeast’ highlights Weyland’s versatility as an artist, from the hard hitting intro “TDM”, to the Soulful House inspired duet with South London Vocalist SueLily “Hold On it’s Raining” (listen below).

Praised for his poetic wordplay as well as his catchy yet meaningful hooks Weyland Mckenzie has seen songs from the EP find play on Capital XTRA, 1Xtra, Reprezent and Rinse FM.  

How would you describe your sound?

I’m terrible at describing my sound. Every time people ask me I feel like I give a difference answer because I feel like my sound is different for every song. My main focus is the writing aspect, for me everything else is secondary.

What would you say is your interesting songwriting quirk?

Every song is a story and every story in every song is connected. Connect the dots.

 Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?

Allllll the time I try to write songs so they can be understood on multiple levels. The casual listener can just listen and enjoy but if you really listen I tend to say a lot or tell vivid stories in my work.

What’s an average day like for you?

I don’t really have an average day. I do a bunch of freelance work so i’m always on the move to a different thing. 


 Who are you inspired by?

My biggest inspiration is Donald Glover aka Childish gambino. I’ve been listening to him since 2012 and he consistently inspires me to push myself personally and artistically.


Tell me about your favourite performance venues.

Wherever there’s a mic and a crowd who is attentive is my favourite venue.


What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Don’t. It’s a trap.


Heralded for his live performances, Weyland recently made his Boiler Room debut, performing as part of the platform’s Low Heat season 3 and in January sold out his first headline show at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney.

See Weyland McKenzie at Beaconsfield Gallery on the Saturday night of the festival, 22:00.