BBC Radio 1 have been counting down each day to the BBC Sound Of 2019 winner, which is today revealed to be Octavian, a French/British artist best known for his collaboration with esteemed producer Mura Masa on “Move Me”.
On his new title, Octavian expresses, “I get inspired and I try to make a new sound every day. It’s going to be a very loud year for me. Loads of music, loads of visuals, loads of albums.”
On his win, BBCR1’s Annie Mac explains, “BBC Sound Of is always a wonderful opportunity to get a snapshot of the new music landscape in the UK and this year is really interesting. 6 of the 10 artists are women. And we have two rappers in the top five! I am delighted that UK rap music has got such great placement in the list – Octavian is a truly original and exciting artist, pushing the boundaries of the genre and it’s great to see such a progressive artist getting such a huge accolade.”
King Princess was named as second in the Sound Of 2019 poll yesterday, while Grace Carter took third place on Wednesday (9 January). Rapper slowthai was named as fourth, with Spanish singer Rosalía being named as fifth in the shortlist.
Last year’s BBC Sound Of title went to Norwegian pop icon Sigrid.