Emerging UK lo-fi pop artist scott is okay had a chat with us following the release of his latest single ‘Money’.
Faceless (whether he claims to be or not, I haven’t seen his face so that’s good enough for me), enigmatic and effortlessly captivating, scott is okay is an emerging UK talent who is making waves with his unique brand of laid-back lo-fi pop. The London-based artist has been bubbling on the scene since 2019, and his sluggish vocals and minimalist soundscapes have emphasised a “less is more” approach that really allows the nuance and personality of the artists sound to shine through.
Last year the artist seemed to step into another gear and really begin to come into his own with the singles ‘Patience’ and ‘Nervous’, and this has only been confirmed with his first release of 2021 ‘Money’. Boasting a distinctive sound, bold production, and an intangible cutting edge, scott is okay looks primed to begin making serious dents into the hearts and minds of listeners with his off-kilter style. We had a chat with the artist to find out a bit more about scott is okay and his sound.
Who TF is scott is okay?
If I knew I’d start writing songs about something else.
How long have you been making music?
I started producing music in 2014 but most of it wasn’t what I wanted to make – but I also don’t think I knew what music I wanted to make then. Still don’t sometimes.
Why do you make music?
I’ve always been a fan of any type of creative writing, but I was never any good. It was only when I applied it to music that I started to enjoy it.
What are your biggest influences?
I always come back to moments that surprised me in songs or lyrics that stick with me. Like the drop in 33 God by Bon Iver, those weird bars of 7 in Heart of Glass or when St Vincent sang ‘I’ve thrown rocks, then hid both my arms’ on Cheerleader, moments like those are what I take away from music.
What would you say has been your best moment so far?
Getting Lorem on Spotify was pretty mad. So many artists I love are in there. How would you describe your sound to somebody unfamiliar with it? I’d say it sounds isolated and apprehensive, I hope there are moments in the songs that surprise people when they hear it.
What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?
I’m trying to practice appreciating where I’m at at the moment. But I really want to make multimedia stuff, projects to go alongside the music. I’m not there yet by a long shot but it’s something to work towards.
We love your latest single ‘Money’, can you give us a bit more insight into it?
I wrote it about 11 months ago, but it almost didn’t happen. I had the verse idea but the chorus was all wrong, it didn’t suit the song at all. I was just about to give up on it out of frustration until I played the ‘wrong’ sound on my synth, suddenly the song had a new lease of life and just pored out from there. The song’s about friendships and learning that you have to work towards them to keep them afloat.
What does the rest of 2021 have in store for scott is okay?
I’ve been working on loads of new music the last few months and honestly just looking forward to sharing that and making more.
And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?
Me (for once)
‘Money’ is available now via yada yada