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Newcastle-based alt-hip-hop artist John Dole follows up his successful 2020 releases Rolling and Collective Thoughts with another exciting single, Moving. With its vibrant rhythm and effortless flow this latest offering is a track about having little faith in your own mind and knowledge and knowing that you are in the position you are in because of poor decisions.

We catch up with John to find out more himself and his latest release…

How are you and did you have a productive lockdown? What were you listening to? Any recommendations?
I’m great, lockdown was super productive for me, gave me the opportunity to finish a bunch of music. In terms of what I’ve been listening to, JPEGMAFIA has had a run of singles that just haven’t missed, the Yves Tumor album absolutely bangs, and there’s an artist called Dowtown Kayoto who is just consistently great at the minute, would highly recommend any of the above.

How long have you been a hip-hop artist for? How did you get into music?
I’ve been making music since I was 15, in and out of bands, then got into learning music production, been playing shows and recording  rap stuff for like 6-7 years now, but only recently started putting it out with more consistency and focusing on shaping my sound.

Tell us about your songwriting process. What are the themes you write about in your music?
I tend to produce an instrumental first, I like to hone in on how that instrumental makes me feel, and then write to themes around that feeling, my tracks touch on everything my brain can imagine and put to words, there’s not a running theme as such because of this, but I’d like to think everything feels in its right place because of this.

Tell us more about your latest single, Moving? Where was it recorded?
Moving is about rattling your brain, paranoia and relationships ruined up in the pursuit of a chemical dependency. I wrote and recorded the whole thing in my spare room, that’s where I do most of my writing and production.

Have you got anything else in the pipeline?
Plenty, but you’ll just have to keep your eyes peeled.

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