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Read Rex Orange County's BBC News interview

It’s been a pretty crazy 12 months for Rex Orange County, aka 19-year-old Alex O’Connor, from Haslemere, Surrey.

After two guest slots on Tyler the Creator’s album Flower Boy, he’s played live with Frank Ocean and Skepta, all the while working on his debut album, Apricot Princess. The self-released record is full of sumptuous hooks, jazzy piano figures and musical left-turns that suggest a true original at work.

Rex Orange County's journey to the Sound of 2018 Longlist

In Alex's own words and pictures, a personal glimpse into his path to the BBC Music Sound of 2018 Longlist...

"2016. My first time in Hollywood."

"September 2017, London Village Underground."

"Mercury Awards 2017. Me and Skepta."

"August 2016, L.A., Flower Boy"

"February 2017, Amsterdam, Loving Is Easy"