HKB FiNN is a Jazz & Hip Hop Troubadour with a background in Hip Hop & Soul music. His work as a Poet and musician incorporates the energy of Hip Hop, mixed with the expressionism of Poetry and teamed with a new approach to music composition that uses both new and traditional music blended as one.
He is one of a new wave of artists from the UK who are taking their sounds to the world and so far HKB FiNN has performed in 44 countries in over 300 music festivals.
HKB FiNN is inspired by the music Miles Davis, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Roy Ayers & Bob Marley and FiNN’s music blends Soul, Jazz and Hip Hop to create an elegant soundscape for the discerning listener. A recent BBC Radio4 documentary describes HKB FiNN as ‘A 21st Century Griot and a rare talent’.
1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.
1. Be yourself
2. Hone your craft
3. Never give up
2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
I went to France to do a show with my band back in 2004. We were in a venue in Cannes and as we were about to go on stage, the lights went out. The power outage left Cannes and most of the south of France in complete darkness. The theatre was evacuated and we went to the car park.
3. How did you get through or deal with it?
As the audience and the bands where waiting in the car park, I asked our driver to turn on the headlights of the tour bus. I then started playing my Djembe drum and started rapping & singing (just for fun). Then our double bass player & a horn player from another band joined in. Then we got serious. People from the car park and nearby all began to gather around.
Before long, the car park filled up with a lot more people than the venue could ever hold & we did quite a few of my tunes before breaking into a wicked jam session that went on for quite a bit. I even managed to sell 15 CD’s that night. After that one dark evening in the car park, my reputation as a performer grew in France and I started getting more gigs and working with a few French groups.
4. What did you learn?
Every problem is really just an opportunity in disguise.