Meet 10 young game-changers who are united by the same mindset: it’s your path, you can create it. They are singers, songwriters, artists and presenters; graphic designers, rappers, fashion designers and gig promoters. You haven’t heard of them yet, but you will. They are the future. Croydon songwriter/producer A2 is next up.
IS: Songwriter, producer.
HIS STORY: After spending his childhood making up instrumentals on the piano, the mysterious A2 got his hands on the bedroom music software FruityLoops aged 13. “I always had a real love for music, from car rides with my mum and sister, listening to soul, R’n’B, reggae and jungle,” he says. As a teenager he went on to discover rap and grime but most of all developed a love of slow jams, which has filtered through into his own sultry sound. “I never had one bit of training,” he says. “But my mum always told me to find a trade, so I made music outside of my studies.” He went on to balance his music with a part-time job, but started fully focusing on making tracks at 21. “I was scared of not having something to enjoy in life,” he says. “The one thing I had hunger and passion for was music, so why not go for it and focus on it 100 per cent?”
WHY HE’S INSPIRING: For A2, subtlety is key. “I don’t throw my music in everyone’s faces,” he says of the soft-edged soul vibes that slink through tracks like the Frank Ocean-worthy ‘Gold’, and piano-led funk confessional ‘Do’. “A lot of people demand exposure – they’ll put their music everywhere. I’m holding myself back to bring myself forward – the way I’m doing it brings longevity.” The journey begins this summer, when he releases his as-yet-untitled debut album.
HIS FUTURE IS: “To be the greatest of all time.”