Kele Okereke: "I'm making sounds I could have never made before. This record has made me think differently about myself as a guitar player"

Kele Okereke
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Kele Okereke, best known as the frontman of Bloc Party, has spent much of the past decade working on a huge variety of solo projects that have explored dance, electronic music production, DJ-ing and theater. 

The common thread uniting his output across this time has been an examination of the personal and human impacts of the West’s surging right-wing politics. As a gay black man and child of immigrant parents who has lived in the US and UK, he has felt angry, vulnerable and exhausted. When lockdown hit, he took time off, before a series of guitar covers posted on Instagram began to inspire a new record, The Waves Pt. 1

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.