A Quick Catch-Up With: J2K
With a number of top ten singles snuggled comfortably under their belts and an increasingly potent nose for mainstream success, Roll Deep have undoubtedly had a good start to the year. With a run of festivals – including the upcoming Live Fest – to come in the summer, Roll Deep's J2K sat down with Errol Anderson to discuss Roll Deep's future plans, 'Lord Of The Mics' and, erm, festivals...
The Wrap Up: J2K! How are you doing?
J2K: I’m good, man. The weather is nice, so I can’t complain. I’ve just been working hard, though! Obviously, I’m doing the Roll Deep project and my solo project, so I’m just keeping it moving.
TWU: Roll Deep have been a bit quiet recently, so what have you guys been up to?
J2K: Basically, we’ve just been touring, performing and recording the new album. We have to get that kind of work done sometimes and just fall back a bit. So that’s just what’s been happening really, nothing else.
TWU: Any new Roll Deep single releases in the pipeline?
J2K: There will be a single soon, but it’s yet to be decided on because we’ve got a couple of labels trying to offer deals and stuff. We’ve just been doing a bag of work lately, so there’s lots of stuff to choose from for the next single. At the moment, we’re just trying to figure out which one is the best one! There will definitely be something out by August.
TWU: You’ve performed at a few festivals now. What is it about festivals and performing on stage that you like?
J2K: Festival crowds are livelier, because they’re usually more tanked up. There are lots of drinks about and the crowd is generally excited to be outside, so it’s a good vibe.
TWU: Roll Deep are set to perform at this year’s Live Fest, which is actually indoors. Are there any advantages or disadvantages to being under a roof?
J2K: Not necessarily. Obviously, it’s different from an outside thing because outside is more of a free-roaming kind of situation and there’s less security. There’s just less restrictions. So with inside, I guess there’s a bit more restriction, but I don’t see why that should affect the vibe too much. It should be a big event!
TWU: Jammer announced ‘Lord Of The Mics 3’ not too long ago and that’s obviously creating a lot of hype on Twitter. Can you see any Roll Deep members getting involved again?
J2K: Manga’s going in, still. Manga’s clashing someone. Actually, I think he’s clashing Fumin. Not sure whether you know that yet, but that’s a little scoop right there. But yeah, he’s going in. It’s exciting, because I’ve seen a couple of them and I was a bit behind because I’ve just been off somewhere else. When I saw it was happening, I thought, ‘Rah! Interesting.’
TWU: What has been your favourite battle on past ‘Lord Of The Mics’ DVDs and why?
J2K: I don’t know. I do remember Scratchy and Footsie, though. I was actually there under the stairs, stood there watching what was going on, so that was a bit mad (laughs). That was funny!
TWU: And lastly, what’s next for Roll Deep?
J2K: Well, we’re just trying to build the brand and extending it into the areas that Roll Deep are in now. We’re more of a mainstream act now, so it’s a different group of fans and different areas are there to be exploited. It’s just a case of building the brand in the right area. In terms of the music, we’ve just got much more music to show and share with people. My next solo single, 'WTF?', is going to be released in August, so watch out for that as well!
Catch Roll Deep at Live Fest on July 23. More information: H E R E
J2K Feat. Kenzie May: 'WTF?' – is out on August 7.
Stay up to date with J2K on Twitter - www.twitter.com/J2KLive
Words: Errol Anderson (@Elzan1)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)