Lookman Adekunle Salami, known on stage as L.A. Salami, is a softly spoken Camden local with a thing for Kendrick Lamar.
(L.A. Salami- Old Queens Head Cover)
Salami broke into the music scene in 2012 when he was approached by Christopher Bailey of Burberry to do a Burberry Acoustic Session, a platform for emerging British artists. He has managed to find himself as an agent of talent for these fashion events, having been chosen to open the Burberry Prorsum Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 show in Kensington Palace Gardens and soundtrack the Burberry SS/14 menswear campaign.
Salami only picked up music at the age of 21 when he got given a guitar for his birthday. Since then he released Another Shade of Blue EP in 2013 and The Prelude EP in 2014. In August this year he dropped his debut album Dancing with Bad Grammar which we have had on repeat here at Rug Lane. With two EPs and an album now, we think this guy is on a steady trajectory to get some sweet spots on the upcoming festival circuit.
He has described his music as an “emotional roller coaster through different avenues of consciousness.. My consciousness, maybe theirs as well.” (Camden Create, 2014). Despite his love of hip hop however, he has a more folky, delicate sound, with blues and country influences. He can been described as a Joni Mitchell meets Neil Young meets Bob Dylan. Dancing with Bad Grammar is a poetic reflection on life, London and what it all means to Salami. Having led an interesting life himself, Salami was fostered at the age of 2 months, living between his mother and foster family, whom he states is like one big family now. As for his writing style, he stated in an interview with Drowned In Sound (2014) “I write songs to be performed rather than to be recorded. It’s hard to get the same vibe in a controlled environment than in a room with people sat there listening.” Salami suggests that the album is supposed to encourage listeners to take risks—to "do something beautiful despite [their] shortcomings." (Interview Magazine)
We think he is damn catchy and oh so enchanting. Keep your eyes peeled for a novel by this guy sometime in the future, at the moment to be appropriately titled Eaten Mellon Moon (like his song). In the meantime make a cuppa, sit down and get lost in our L.A. Salami mix tape.