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Born on the 6th of August, UK rising rap star, Ross John Wheeler has always been focused on music. His music has been inspired by the likes of Kanye West, John Legend, Jay Z and many more. 'I live through music and it gives me release', he said. The very artistic young star who considers himself to be a perfectionist says he has never really been an academia but excelled in art, music and drama. Rossi speaks exclusively to VM about his childhood, fashion and music. Read the full interview below.
Did you have any particular childhood name
My nickname is Riko, has been since I was a child.
What childhood habit did you have and probably still do.
I'm a perfectionist (*covers face*) and I wont give up until I get things right. haha
Tell me about your educational background?
To be honest, I've never been too academic but I excelled in Art, Music, Drama and other creative subjects.
Do you have any tattoo (s)?
I have a St Micheal tattoo on my right arm a half sleeve, it was the first of the tattoos I got and it represents the devil "Lucifer" being banished from heaven by the archangel St Micheal. Reminds me to keep on top of bad things in my life.
Have you got any customised item
I cut my own hair as I'm a barber and I customise cut up and re-sew a lot of my clothes as I'm very into fashion.
Not for a long time. I've been through quite a bit in 2013. I haven't shed a tear yet. I turn weakness into strength.
When was the last time you said 'I love you' and to who?
My mum.... nearly every day.. I love her.
What are you scared of?
Not reaching my potential.
What’s your best food?
I love Caribbean food.
What’s your favourite song and who’s your favourite artist?
I don't have one favourite song. Everything I've listened to and taking inspiration from has made me who I am, but to name a couple, John legend is a big inspiration and Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Ryan Leslie, Jill Scott, Omar lye Fook , D'angelo, Common , mos Def, The Roots, Jay Z, Kid Cudi, Bassment jaxx, Soul 2 Soul etc
Who's your celebrity crush?
Jessie J and Michelle Rodriguez from the fast and the furious there's probably a lot more too lol....
Are you in a relationship?
No, I'm single.
If you could be a film character for a day, who would you be?
Loool.... The Joker.
What would your fans be surprised to know about you?
I'm a self taught pianist. Never had any lessons and I cant read music. I learnt by ear and I also beatbox, rap, sing and produce and record all my music.
Have you got a favourite body part?
I like my hands. I keep them in good condition. They are important to me as I play the piano.
Who are your style icons?
Kanye west, Asap Rocky, High fashion, Dope Chef, etc
How long does it take you to get ready for a night out or an event?
I think..... 1 hour
Who is your favourite fashion designer
I know you know you're very good looking (LOL), Can you dish out some of your beauty tips?
I'm flattered, thanks. I'm a barber so I cut my own hair and I look after myself and eat well.
What was your first job and how much were you paid?
lol... I'm not sure discussing how much I was paid is relevant. I made a decent wage running a barbershop.
As a child, what profession(s) did you hope for?
Music has always been a leading focus in my life since I was a child.
Why did you choose this career?
Because I live my life through music and it gives me a release.
How does it feel to know people love and listen to your music
Its incredible. I'm focused on everyone knowing and listening.
What’s the best part of your job?
Recognising that with hard work I could take it further then others have.
What’s the worst part of your job?
Trying to create a buzz because with a lot of people all doing the same thing, being different can be difficult as people are used to hearing the same hood rap. I want to bring UK talent to the forefront and showcase something completely new and most importantly REAL!
What has been your most embarrassing moment?
I rarely get embarrassed, I see myself as a confident person.
What has been your biggest challenge?
I'd say....... Myself.
What is the weirdest thing a fan has ever done to you?
I have a lot of fake profiles and they speak to people as me, and also tweet everything I tweet. That's pretty weird.
Do people tell you you're their inspiration?
Thankfully yes. And it makes me feel humble and grateful they understand what I'm doing.
What has been the highlight of your career?
That's yet to come.
Do you have any advice to give your fans (career wise)?
If your going to do something with just a part of your heart it won't work. You have to make it your full time job to ever have a chance of making it.
FREE Mixtape from Rossi Riko "The Leo Constellation" is out in August 2013.
Listen to Rossi's track Real Love and leave your comments below.
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