Interview: Lunar C
While he may have been an undefeated battle rapper on the Don't Flop circuit, Bradford's Lunar C has stopped crushing the opposition for the time being to head back into the studio and craft songs for his upcoming EP. "My early influences were Cypress Hill, WuTang, Biggie… the usual 90's hip-hop stars…
“At 15 I got kicked out of school and had to do a course that also gave me access to a studio. It was a laugh at first, but I met some good people there [and I] got into a lot more UK artists like Task Force and SkinnyMan - and that's what really got me into writing and wanting to be an MC.
“I entered the battles to push an album I made when I was young, but I became more known for the battles than my music so I did that for a little while. I wanted to give the fans what they wanted but I'm steering back towards my music now. I was never a battle rapper first.”
There are certainly similarities with another emerging artist, and Lunar discusses that. "Comparisons with Blizzard are obvious but healthy. We're from the north, are white and have both done Don't Flop, but I don't see the comparisons in sound as we're all doing our own thing - but him and Shotty are the dudes. I like seeing people do well."
Lunar's rise has already seen him collaborate with a number of stellar names. "I learnt a lot from Dot [Rotten]. He's a lot further on in his career than me and it's good to see a couple of steps ahead. He's got a good attitude a great work ethic, he's in his own space and it's inspiring to see what I need to be able to do.
“Being in the studio with Labrinth was sick. He's humble and down to earth. He's focused, driven and his music's respected because of that."
Next up is "a single with True Tiger. It will be the biggest thing I've done to date." As yet, the song remains unnamed. Following the single release, "the EP is almost finished, I'm just waiting on a couple of features. The sound is a progression of what I've been doing. There's beats from Pete Cannon, DJ IQ and Troy Boi on there; it's a mish-mash of my styles coming together.
"It's called 'Good Times & Dead Brain Cells' and just about how I deal with life as a stoner and serious things in a humorous way. It's quite self-deprecating. Foreign Beggars will be on there too."
Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)