Presented by Fifty Lab Music Festival • BE

Thursday 17.11 • 22:00 - 22:40 | Brasserie Surréaliste

Jeshi’s journey to making Universal Credit, his open-hearted and heavy-hitting debut album, began with a desire to take his music further, to say something he’d not yet said on EPs like 2020’s BAD TASTE or The Worlds Spinning Too Fast. He’d been making music his entire life but felt like he was coming up against the edges of what he had set out to do. There was only one answer; push and keep on pushing. The result is an album that acts as a radial act of empathy; looking out across society and attempting to bridge the divide between rich and poor. Universal Credit is an album that gifts humanity back to the demonised and lays bare the truth behind the prejudice; that nobody is immune from poverty or hardship and that luck plays a major role in everybody’s fate.

Universal Credit comes from a place of honesty and heart from an artist unafraid to say the things that make him most uncomfortable. “I’ve just reached a point in my life where I’m not interested in pretending to be anything that I’m not,” he says. “The only thing I can be the best at is being a 100% true version of myself. I wrote the majority of this album broke and having nothing to look forward to. It gave me something to look forward to, a place to direct my frustrations at my life not being where I wanted it to be. I’m not interested in quick affirmations. I wanted to make something that will last and that people will really connect with. I can’t do that while holding anything back.”

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