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Over the past twelve months, our magazine and website have been brimming with super-talented, creative souls. We’ve asked a few of them to tell us about their 2020 and offer a few tips about great stuff they’ve seen, watched and read.

Here, Middlesbrough rapper Shakk tells us about his 2020…

Sum up 2020 in three words

Productive, unpredictable, challenging.

What skills did you learn in lockdown?

As I was growing up, I never really focused on my fitness or health. I used lockdown as an opportunity to set myself a challenge to exercise every single day for 100 days straight. I went from not being able to run around the block to be able to run over 5km. It was a good reminder that if you work hard on your targets, you will eventually see the results.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?

Benny Sings

Favourite TV show of the year?

Schitt’s Creek

Your favourite film?

I did not watch many films this year, but I would go with You Cannot Kill David Arquette. It is a documentary, however, once you click the play button, it is hard not to continue watching right till the end.

Best book you read?

The History Thieves by Ian Cobain

Venue you are looking forward to performing at next year?

The Globe in Newcastle on Wednesday 13th January!

What was your favourite gig/live stream event?

I enjoyed all of my gigs/live streams this year, but the Last Train At Home Virtual Festival was the most fun. We got to film it at the old train station in Darlington with Rob Irish, as well as doing interviews with Rianne Thompson from BBC Tees at the end of our sets. I have to say Tracks did a brilliant job of putting the festival together. I also got a chance to see Eve Conway, and Ceiling Demons perform their sets, they are two of my favourite artists/groups in the region.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2021?

I would say Phibi, Eyeconic, Endem, NE-O, Only Grind Records, and loads more. So much talent in the North East, I love it.

Predictions for 2021?

The world ends… Only kidding! I think there will be lots of powerful art injected into the world next year as a result of the lockdown, BLM marches, and some of the actions of the government which have divided public opinions. I always feel like the best music is created during the most challenging times. It is the beauty of art, I guess.

And finally, have you got anything in the pipeline for next year?

My début album is in the making for 2021. I could not be any more excited to get this project out into the world. I have set the bar high for myself, I am fully committed to following through with my best work to date. Keep your eye out for more updates on that on my instagram account @shakkmusic


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