Get To Know: Loyle Carner
This week's featured artist is Loyle Carner...
This week's featured new artist is South London songwriter, Loyle Carner.
We were lucky enough to be able to chat with the up and coming musician to find out a little bit more about him.
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1. For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
I grew up in South London. I live in Croydon and started making music because all my friends were doing it and I’ve always been writing but I hadn’t really thought about putting it to music until I got a bit older and started making beats, that’s how it all came about really. I’ve also got a cooking school for kids with ADHD and I do love to cook.
2. Describe your sound in three words…
Have a listen.
3. Who inspired you to start a career in music?
It was mainly my mum and dad. They were the type of people that listened to good music and played their instruments in the house, it was all down to them.
4. Who are your biggest musical influences?
My family, Common and Mos Def. I was listening to a lot of old school hip hop, I was also listening to a lot of jazz for sampling, guys like Terry Sanders. I was also really into poetry, Langston Hughes and Benjamin Zefaniah are two people I’m really big fans of, especially Hughes’ poem ‘The Negro Speaks Of Rivers’, I think it’s a brilliant poem.
5. Tell us about the writing and recording process for your new single/album…
Yeah it was all recorded in various bedrooms in South London. I hate proper studios. All the producers that are on the record just worked on it in their bedrooms, that’s my favourite way of working I don’t really like working in big studios. It was quite honestly just how I feel comfortable, I really enjoyed being surrounded by people I was comfortable with in places that were built to be comfortable, not built to make hits.
6. What can we expect from your live shows?
I try not to talk too much about the live show, I prefer if people come down and see for themselves. Trying to describe something like that is hard, you can never do it justice. Honesty is one thing you can definitely expect, everything else you’ll have to come and find out.
Uh, but know that I've been breathing
But know that I've been holding out
Hoping to receive him
I've been holding out for G when he was nowhere to be seen when I was bleeding
Cuz, and with the choking and the wheezing
But still he dream of smoking potent in the evening
This is only for the heavens
Hold until the souls who need redeeming from the demons
Still ain't folded when it's freezing
There ain't no-one to believe in
I'm on that man side
Damn right, doing it myself from a landslide
Standby, didn't need no help from no damn guy
Man by, I've been making waves all my damn life
[?] step to my letter and I stand by it
Try it, we ain't holding back if it backfires
Lax, not the ones who carry crack till they're back tired
Thought they'd make a mil till it transpired
I ain't like them damn liars
Uh, I'm saying I ain't like them damn liars
Trust, told him I ain't like them damn liars
So keep your mouth closed shut
Eyes wide open when that doubt rose up
Cause if that drought shows nothing but the clouds hold nothing but the sound, I'll be running till the ground open up
Cause the best don't change
Clinging to that whole one
My mother said there's no love until you show some
So I showed love and got nothing, now there's no-one
You wonder why I couldn't keep in tow, son
I wonder why my dad didn't want me
Ex didn't need me
Half of them left, and the rest finna breeze me
It's blessed till I second guess [?]
There's nothing to believe in, believe me
Little bit of life after death
Scatter my ashes when it's my time to rest
With the lines I'm obsessed
Rhymes I posses
Can't deny, seen the biggest guys cry to confess in a breath
Unimpressed with the [?]
Left scars in the flesh
He's the best
Worst kept spar in the [?]
So I never left, and never thought about doing so
I to-and-fro from that prime time to a home
You see, I'm doing those nights I shoulda known better like whatever still my bredda's say I'm too involved
But who would know what the family first is
Till you dream, see 3 family hearses
Worst is, wanted me to speak at the service
So I penned a couple bars didn't need to rehearse it
7. What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I took my mum to Glastonbury, we went and watched Kanye West together. We did loads of stuff, we played on the Friday so we had the rest of the weekend to just f**k around. I stayed with my friends and she stayed with hers and we kept meeting up, going to watch Kanye West was one of my favourite moments of all time.
8. Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
Yeah loads, usually footballers. I can’t think about one in particular. There was a time when I was hoping to meet Steven Gerrard but it didn’t pull through in the end, he’d be the one that would kill me. There are these FIFA events, I’ve been to a couple of those, and I always try and play it cool but struggle.
9. What’s on your iPod/playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
10. When can we see you live?
It’s looking pretty busy, we’re hopefully doing as many shows as we can fit in. We’re just travelling the world trying different food from different places, that’s what I’m trying to do really!
You can catch Loyle Carner at Brixton Academy on his 6th October 2017. Head here for more information about tickets.
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