GAIKA’s work is about the city – its darkness, its love, its injustices. His brooding sound is one that takes the sound of South London and moves it into a unique, alien realm, like the soundtrack to a future city falling apart. Dazed conducted the first interview with GAIKA, he appeared in the Dazed 100 and now the relationship goes a step further – he’ll be Dazed’s political editor-at-large, using the platform to publish essays, art and music.
This year, GAIKA will be launching a concept label called The Spectacular Empire that acts as a secondary, imaginary universe – a place where the future is imagined for the next 50 years and the world changes irrevocably. Dazed will be publishing these visions over an extended period of time, supporting their move into the physical world at shows and supporting GAIKA’s voice on their new Politics section.
REPEAT AFTER ME
FUCK YOUR POLITICS.
NO MAN CAN GIVE ANYONE THEIR FREEDOM
THESE MANSIONS MUST BE DESTROYED BY THE FASTEST
FUCK YOUR LAW.
MY POWER IS GREATER THAN ANY WHITE GOD IN HISTORY.
MY POWER IS MADE FROM BROKEN FLESH REBUILT BY KNOWLEDGE AND ILLICIT GOLD.
MY POWER IS IMMIGRANT
I WON’T LIVE COMFORTABLY BLOODIED AT THE NOSE AND CHAINED AT THE NECK. I AM NOT A SLAVE.
I MEAN A REVOLUTION THAT BEGINS AMONGST THE FIRE AND BLACKENS THE GLASS WITH OUR UNVOICED HOPE.
I MEAN A REVOLUTION THATS TURNS THESE CRANES INTO SINEW AND BANDITS INTO ETERNAL HEROES.