Wrap Up And Watch Out: Merky Ace
After releasing several free promos and EPs, south London’s Merky Ace is now gaining critical acclaim with his first full mix CD, 'Blue Battlefield'. The Wrap Up’s Jake Hanrahan caught up with the Family Tree member to find out what all of the hype is about…
The Wrap Up: I remember first hearing you on a set with MIK a little while ago. How have you gone from being relatively unknown to having one of the most talked about grime CDs out now?
Merky Ace: It’s just all about hard work, determination and just not quitting. You have to make yourself relevant all the time, then people have got a reason to say your name.
TWU: Do you think releasing so many free promos helped get your name heard?
Merky Ace: Yeah, that always helps, but there’s a time when you’ve got to stop it. It helps at the beginning of your career, because you have to do a lot of stuff for free before people will want to pay to hear you.
TWU: Along with the free promos, you’ve also gained notoriety from clashing other MCs…
Merky Ace: You know what? Right about now, the whole war thing, I’m not even entertaining it. I’m trying to do my own thing, my own career and push myself forward at the moment. Unless there’s really a reason to war, I’m not even trying to war no more.
TWU: Do you still think it’s still a relevant way of getting known in the grime scene?
Merky Ace: It’s still alright; a bit of war is healthy, but no-one really wants to war properly anymore. When someone wants to, everyone’s always got an excuse not to war.
TWU: What other genres would like to experiment with, if any?
Merky Ace: Dubstep is nice, still. I do like dubstep, as like another side genre. That’s probably one of the main ones.
TWU: You seem to be getting a good response with your new CD, 'Blue Battlefield'. Where would you like it to go from here?
Merky Ace: I just hope it takes me to a place where I can put out a second CD and more EPs. I just hope people will respect my work.
TWU: Who are you working with for your next release?
Merky Ace: Vocal-wise, my Family Tree, obviously, and then I’ve got a couple beats from Faze Miyake, Splurt, Flamer D and Mr. Splat gave me some bits as well. Me and Royal-T are looking to work on something, he gave me a wicked beat the other day, he’s going hard with the beats.
TWU: You said you want to further your career as a music artist, so does this mean you’d consider making something a bit more commercial in the future?
Merky Ace: Nah, I just want to stick to how it is now. I can’t really relate to the commercial stuff. That’s not really the music I like, people just make it because they no it’s commercially acceptable, but I don’t think that’s the best-sounding music.
TWU: What about something with more of a concept to it?
Merky Ace: Yeah man, I do have a couple of concept tunes and they are grime. But the sound is always punchy and aggressive; I don’t think I could ever really play around with that. Some of the commercial stuff just sounds corny.
Merky Ace’s mixtape, 'Blue Battlefield', is out now.
Stay up to date with Merky Ace on Twitter – www.twitter.com/MerkyAce
Words: Jake Hanrahan (@OiJake)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)