Ottawa-based artist Gutta King Chris, formerly known as Gutta Kid, Gkai, takes us behind the scenes of his music, and his new single, ‘Luv Urself’, which has reached 65,000 streams across the world.
Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up, and when did you realize that you wanted to get into music?
I grew up in the west end of Ottawa. I realized at the age of 14 that I wanted to get into music.
What was the inspiration behind your latest single, ‘Luv Urself’?
I created Luv Urself to commend the everyday woman who does not cut corners to get where she wants. I feel nowadays we pay too much attention to status and exploitation, so I wanted to make a song as a reminder of that.
Take us behind the scenes of the video. Where was it shot, who did you work with, what was the inspiration?
The video was shot in Montreal and I work with my team, City Fidelia, and it was directed by Peezee. We came up with a sports theme and Peezee worked his magic with everything else.
You were recently at Cranium Festival. Tell us about the experience. Why are these festivals so important for the Ottawa Hip Hop scene?
Yes, I was there just to show support to our local scene. The experience was inspiring, just to see people work so hard in all aspects to do something special for the city. I feel these festivals are important for the Hip Hop scene because dedication and hard work needs the right exposure. I believe Cranium is in the right direction for our growing culture.
Recently, Luv Yourself reached 65,000 streams. How does it feel to reach that number?
I feel blessed, determined and humbled to even have one person listen. 65,000 is surreal. This is all due to people taking a chance and listening.
You have an extensive fan base in the US and UK. Tell us about your fans, and how you connect with them?
Through social media, streaming platforms and traveling. Also responding to as many fans as I can.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from everyday life situations: relationships, family, friends and other talented artists. Naturally, being alive is the best inspiration for me.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career?
If you want something in life, make sure your words, actions and thoughts don’t contradict.
Comment on the hip hop/music scene in Ottawa
Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the next couple of years.
How do you stay focused, and stay motivated?
I’m not sure, I think I’m just programmed that way. I want my city to have someone they can be proud of, like the other greats who came from this city.
As we enter a new decade, what are some goals you have for the 2020s? What’s next for you?
For 2020, I want to continue dropping great content until there is a demand for an EP or LP. Next for me is to get the follow-up single ready to release and doing more shows.