IYKZ IS NO NEWCOMER TO THE MUSIC WORLD.
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Having begun his music career at the tender age of 14 as a Garage MC, Iykz (formerly know as Ikes) hails from the edge of Hackney, London.
While studying for a degree in Maths and Finance at Brunel University, he explored self-expression through Rap and quickly found a following on Myspace. Soon enough Iykz was featured in Flavour Magazine’s 2010 ‘Hot List” and started making huge strides in his music career. His mixtape ‘Peer 2 Peer’ received over 10,000 downloads worldwide in two weeks, with the accompanying music videos garnering attention online featured by platforms such as GRM Daily, Jump Off UK, All Hip Hop, and Onsmash. Iykz received rave reviews for his ‘Warm Up Session’ on SB.TV, with SB.TV creator Jamal Edwards MBE later picking it to be featured in the company’s Google Chrome advert, broadcasted on television in 2012.
January 2012 saw Iykz work closely with producer now Afropop artist Maleek Berry on the release of the EP ‘Te Intermission: Last Call’. The project gained Iykz attention, with BBC 1Extra supporting single ‘Girltalk’ (featuring Jermaine Riley and Scorcher) on their BBC introducing show.
Next came the mini album ‘Outside|In’, which saw Iykz ready to move his sound into the UK mainstream. Having worked closely with producer ‘One Black Russian’ and chief engineer of the production team J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Mr Edward Nixon, Iykz saw the release of ‘Outside|In’ as a rebirth — the new starting point of his already successful recording career.
Feb 2018 saw Iykz release project ‘Closure’ which proved to be his most focused and honest material to date. Based around a recent break-up, Iykz uses 7 songs as therapy to deal with the pain and loss of someone he saw as not only his lover but his best friend. “To reveal is to heal and this is my process. My truth, and my way of finding that closure that I couldn’t get from open dialogue with my ex.”
‘Closure’ acts as a career defining project for Iykz, although not in terms of success, but in terms of finding himself as an artists and the becoming of a man. Identifying words as his strongest attribute, we see a more stripped back beat selection allowing his words to really shine and connect with the listener. With lyrics inspired, and the delivery precise and intriguing. From ‘Heart Surgery’ to ‘Undying Light’ the content derives from intense personal feeling and anticipates a rich musical legacy that if they’re any indiction — will assuredly come to pass.