Wrap Up And Watch Out: Kidderachi
The Wrap Up’s UK rap specialist, Tobi Oke, caught up with Kidderachi recently, following the release of is new EP, 'The Distinction'. In the interview, the Liverpool-born rapper talks about his past and present projects, inspirations and much more...
The Wrap Up: How would you describe your musical style to new listeners?
Kidderachi: I make a variety of music, it all depends on the type of track I was making. I would say my music is soulful, quality and genuine. I’m very in tune with myself, so I always try and project that through my music. Then I’ve got the other side where I’m witty and bring the bouncy flow out. It all really depends on the type of track.
TWU: Bring us up to date on your projects, past and present…
Kidderachi: I released the 'Swag Flu' mixtape in December 2009 and that featured artists such as Sincere, G FrSH and Eurogang. This was basically my introduction to the scene and I’ve been putting out mini web vids ever since then. I released my feature mixtape last year, 'Kidderachi Plus+', which was basically a compilation of songs. This wasn’t really a solo release from myself; it was just something to give back to supporters of my music. I’ve also taken part in Charlie Sloth's 'Fire In The Booth' and had support from BBC 1Xtra. My latest solo release is 'The Distinction' EP and that was released last month.
TWU: What has the reaction to ‘The Distinction’ EP been like since its release?
Kidderachi: The response has been really good! I’m really impressed with the feedback I’ve received. It had over 2,000 downloads in the first week and over 5,000 in the second week. I got some really good reviews from blogs, especially DJ Semtex’s blog. A lot of artists and music followers have hit me up, so it’s been really cool.
TWU: It had a distinguished line-up of artists featured on it for an EP. What was the thinking behind this?
Kidderachi: I just wanted to get the best people for the songs, to be honest. Klash and Haze were perfect for 'Divine Souls’ and Wizzy was perfect for 'Can’t Get Enough'. The vocalists did their thing also. I always work with people to get the best result for the song and never just for the sake of working with someone; I think that’s so important. I also wanted to show my solo capabilities a lot more on this project and I really think that I did that.
TWU: ‘You’ve also been getting huge support and feedback from fellow artists. How important is that to you?
Kidderachi: Yeah, it’s a good look when other artists support, especially if they’re bigger than you. It all helps your name grow. Ratings from fellow artists aren't that important, though, so as long as the public and the fans like my music and support, then I’m good.
TWU: Who would you consider to be the biggest influence in your career up to this point?
Kidderachi: Erm, probably my parents. My parents had me at a young age, so I had to kinda grow up with them. It’s made my reality very different to the average person – I had to watch them struggle while I was young and that has made me determined to succeed in anything I do.
TWU: What advice would you give to other artists coming up and who are in similar positions to yourself?
Kidderachi: (Laughs) I honestly can’t advise anyone, but I’d just say perfect your craft and be the best that you can be!
TWU: What unexpected tracks would we find if we searched on your iPod?
Kidderachi: I listen to a lot of Sizzla. I grew listening to a lot of reggae. It helps me relax and think normal (laughs).
TWU: So, do you have any mixtapes in the pipeline after this and can we expect an album in the near future?
Kidderachi: I’ve got a joint project with J Money coming out shortly entitled 'SMACK', and my debut iTunes release, 'Kidder Culture', comes out shortly after. The album might come next year if I get a good situation, or even if I get situated where I could put it out independently. We'll wait and see, but expect an album for sure! Just expect more good material from the Kid!
Kidderachi’s mixtape, 'The Distinction', is out now.
Stay up to date with Kidderachi on Twitter – www.twitter.com/Kidderachi
Words: Tobi Oke (@TeflonTobz)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)