After an upbringing in London, Kirby Forest moved to Atlanta as a 10-year-old and discovered hip hop. Inspired by the city’s rap scene - and energized by the sunshine - creativity sparked and he started writing. His dad found his journals filled with lyrics and brought him to the legendary Tree Sounds Studios, where he ended up staying for twelve hours - recording three tracks.
“After that studio session, I bought one of those cheap USB microphones and started a Youtube channel. I practised my flow by rapping on other artists’ tracks, and in order to get views, I named the videos stuff like ‘official song’ and ‘official instrumental’. I mean, it worked, I got views. Some people got mad, but a lot of people actually gave me great, constructive feedback” Kirby Forest says and laughs.
Back in London, he built a home studio, linked up with the producer Tambala and found his own sound - a laid back, jazzy kind of hip hop, with bassy and alternative vibes. With lyrics about goals, motivation and observations from his everyday life, his debut EP ‘Space EP’ - that also includes the hyped debut track ‘Acid Jazz - is a mellow soundtrack with a motivational message.<br>