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30 seconds: Coco

Sheffield grime don Coco has hooked up with producer Toddla T for bass heavy cut Target Practice. Released on the latter’s Girls Music, it’s a fiery moment which has its sights locked on a rave somewhere near you…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 29 Jul 2015
  • min read
Although Sheffield grime don Coco may be a new name for some, to many others he’s been an unacknowledged hero of the sound, honing his skills in the studio, on the mike and in the rave for the best part of the last ten years.

Hailing from South Yorks, Coco’s 2015 is shaping up to be a big ‘un. Following a chance connection with fellow Sheffielder and BBC Radio 1 producer Toddla T, their sub-heavy collaboration Target Practice, has been the sound of the summer for the underground party reveller.

Released via the latter’s Girls Music label Coco follows in the footsteps of Roses Gabor and Chimpo to join the ranks of emerging talents on the roster. Keep your eyes and ears on him for the rest of 2015…

I first started writing music because…
Some of my friends in school formed a music group when I was in year nine. They asked me to come to the studio and give it a go and I haven't looked back since.

I have been making music since…
2006, that was around the time I was approached by my friends. I then went on to produce my own music in 2008 influenced by another friend who was making beats at the time. It looked quite fun so I wanted to be involved.

My music is…
Original, versatile and urban.

You'll like my music if you listen to...
Anything urban especially from the UK, or anything with a distinctive flavour.

My favourite venue is…
XOYO, reason being I've had the privilege of performing there before with Toddla T, the crowd reception is always sick and they have a wicked backstage cove.

Music is important because…
It's a great form of art which brings people together from all over the world. Without music I think the world would be a pretty dull place. The amount of creativity you can birth from music is immeasurable in my opinion.

My biggest inspiration is…
Skepta, I've said this many times before, his whole mindset and approach to music is just different. He definitely taught me how to be original and believe in your own style.

My dream collaboration would be…
Wiley, I don't really need to give much reason as to why - he’s the godfather of grime.

To try me out, listen to my song...
Target Practice, my latest release on Toddla T's label Girls Music. With this track you'll be able to get a good sense of my style and delivery.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
To be honest I don't actually know what I'd be doing. If it isn't music I don't know what other areas I'm talented in.

In 10 years’ time I want to be...
Recognised for my music globally or at least have won a couple of awards. I just want to make my mum proud and represent my city Sheffield!

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Watch the video for Target Practice below…