Against the odds, Adian Coker stands on the edge of greatness. Born in Sierra Leone, twenty four years ago, the rapper, songwriter and producer has had to fight for every inch of his success. Coker moved to the UK aged four, and as an enthusiastic seven year old, he first started to learn classical guitar followed by keys and drums.
In high school, he was given the opportunity to learn the art of studio production thanks to his school music teacher. “We were taken to a room with real basic gear, an old PC, Logic software, a microphone, small speakers... once I entered that room I barely left it again. It was a major step,” says Coker.
As the years wound down his talents soon got him noticed while doing sessions at Jutland Studios in South London. The studio manager gave him a job producing for good urban acts at the time from the Mitchell Brothers to D-Banj. It was at Jutland Studios that Coker first encountered a key figure in his development, well-respected British producer and engineer, James 'Lerock' Loughrey who worked on records by Joss Stone, Beverley Knight, Sugababes and Ronan Keating among others.
Besides building up a considerable body of music, Coker was notching up an English degree from Goldsmiths University in London as well as working to earn funds to progress his career. In mid 2010, he self-released his landmark mixtape The Colour of Magic which despite very much underground promotion, caught the attention of some the most respected Urban DJs on national radio BBC Radio 1Xtra.
With an international team in place and the establishment of his own independent label Bloom In June, Adian Coker is ready to take flight. “Angels & Demons” is just a taste of what’s to come from this promising new artist. Stay tuned for the follow up track and more details on the release of his new mixtape, entirely written and produced by Adian himself.