Everyone is talking about Octavian, and most recently he was crowned the winner of BBC Music’s Sound Of 2019. The South London rapper was chosen by a panel of 136 influential music industry insiders made up of Radio 1 DJs, industry experts, artists including Ellie Goulding as well as previous alumni including last year’s winner Sigrid.
The 23 year old Londoner represents a true rags to riches story. After a turbulent upbringing which saw him homeless and drop out of the prestigious Brit School, Octavian has gone on to make his mark on the music scene, gaining recognition from industry leaders and tastemakers including Drake who put him in the spotlight after releasing a video of him singing along to Party Here.
With one foot in Grime and the other in the spaciest reaches of the rap world, this young French born, London based artist has quickly found his own sound, impossible to categorise but unquestionably unique. He has not only showcased his distinctive flow and personality, but his ability to bring together the many genres of London’s fractured music scene. Alongside production from his close-knit Essie Gang crew, his music takes elements of R&B, Dancehall, grime and house – a truly unique sound that is set the template for rap in 2018, and for 2019.