Dot Rotten: “I Can’T Really Put Myself Under A Genre…”
In an interview with Jay-Z’s Roc4Life.com website, Dot Rotten spoke to Joseph 'JP' Patterson about his journey to the top. After recently telling The Guardian that he wasn’t a grime artist, he opens up about the frustrations of being a boxed in British artist...
When being questioned on what genre he would class his sound as, the London MC explained that he doesn’t want to be put in a box: "I can’t really put myself under a genre. I do a bit of grime here and there, I do rap, I do soul, I can do slow jams and I can do jazz. I can’t really say I'm a 'this' artist. Don’t bracket me, because I can do something tomorrow that is completely out of the bracket, then you'd say, 'He’s a grime artist trying to do something else.' That’s not what it’s about, the music talks for itself."
Whilst discussing his musical signature, he explained: "Forget the genre, forget names, because names on something can sometimes create more problems. I'm not urban, I'm just another human being making music like the rest of the human beings in the world making music. On the subject of grime, and people saying that I'm not a grime artist, I'm not dissing grime. Right now, I just feel that if I was to bracket myself as a grime artist, it would be stupid because of what I personally do. If you look at what grime artists are doing right now, I don’t think I’m doing the same thing."
With Dot being a producer and an MC, he has the advantage to see music in a way other MCs may not, as he explains: "I'm a producer as well so I have a whole different type of view to music than grime artists spitting 8 bars and 4 bars like it’s 2004. Again, no disrespect. I just want the music to transcend worldwide, not just to a couple thousand people."
The south Londoner also expressed love for his peers, saying: "Artists that I feel would have to be Ed Sheeran, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32 and Labrinth, to name a few. There are so many people, even people that looked like they would stay underground, who are coming up."
However, when asked who he would like to work with, his answer was less than expected: "If I could work with someone, and I haven't told anyone this yet – even though I don’t know much about their music, I can hear that they’re very experienced and at the top of their game – I would like to work with Imogen Heap. I just think she's sick! I think it would be an interesting collaboration."
We look forward to hearing that one!
Read the full interview: H E R E
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)