Michael Kiwanuka Pays His Dues As Chipmunk’s Session Guitarist

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka spoke with the Evening Herald about how his first listen of an outtake of ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding was a life-changing moment for him, beginning the Londoner’s love of soul music. But the 24-year-old got sidetracked by getting involved with rock bands and with British rapper Chipmunk. “I wasn’t really that comfortable,” Kiwanuka said about briefly being a session guitarist for Chipmunk. “I just had to do it. As a session guy, you wait for a gig and if it comes, you just kind of take it, and I wasn’t as prolific or successful enough to be able to pick my own gigs. But it was a million miles away from what I wanted to do. I just tried to get the job done.” Read more.


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