Wrap Up And Watch Out: Piff Gang
The Wrap Up: So, Piff Gang, how did you all meet?
Skout: We've actually known each other for about 10 years. I made music with Super Dertie, Super Dertie made music with Phaze and I made music with Prince and Don Silk, so we all made music with each other, just not directly as a big crew. Then earlier this year, we put a project together.
Prince: We Skits this year in Amsterdam when DJ Motive was opening for Wiz Khalifa and he was hosting for him. Me, Skout, Don Silk and Super Dertie all went to Amsterdam and that's kinda where we started getting more hyped about Piff Gang and it started the ball rolling.
TWU: You've worked with some amazing producers on the new mixtape, ‘Piff Breaks and 808’s’. How do you guys like to build your tracks?
Skout: I think we get the best out of everyone when we sit down with the producer and we make the beat, it's a nice vibe and then everyone writes to it there and then and we record it. I think that’s when we get the best results.
TWU: One of my personal favourite tracks from the mixtape is 'Flash'. What is the story behind that particular track?
Phaze One: ‘Flash’ is basically about me being in my box room, which I’m still in now, and seeing certain things pop off. When you see certain little power moves pop off, you start having these thoughts like, ‘I think I may be leaving here soon you know.’ It's just a very descriptive song. I think it's a humble song and there isn’t a lot of humbleness on the mixtape, but this track is really heartfelt and it’s about moving on to the next step – which I feel we're doing right now.
TWU: You supported Mac Miller on his UK tour earlier this year. What do you enjoy best about performing live?
Relly Rellz: The energy! When Piff Gang are on stage, the energy is quite amazing from both the crowd and us, it’s contagious.
Super Dertie: It's nice to get feedback from the crowd about the tunes that you're doing, because you're in the studio all the time. Getting out there meeting people and hearing people at your shows saying, ‘Yeah, that tune was sick’ or, ‘You performed this tune well’, that’s a good feeling and lets you know that what you're doing is right.
TWU: What do you guys think you are bringing to the UK hip-hop scene?
Phaze One: Piff Gang are bringing a whole new wave to the UK hip-hop scene: a fresh sound, new energy, new style and new swag. We're bringing talent. Right now, as it stands in rap music, there is nothing in the UK that I can say Piff Gang can slot into so, rather than trying to slot into something, we're making our own wave.
TWU: What would you say has been the highlight of Piff Gang’s first year?
Piff Gang: The Mac Miller show...
Don Silk: No! Rotterdam. But the Mac Miller show was so wavy.
Phaze One: I'd say hearing about the Rotterdam booking and the confirmation that we had that booking was one of my highlights. I enjoyed doing the show in Holland, of course, it was really good. But hearing that we had that booking confirmation, that WE were booked, that's what done it for me.
Prince: Our first ever show that we done with Acyde and MK at the Alibi was a highlight for me.
Super Dertie: Yeah, that was unforgettable.
TWU: Do you ever get the feeling that you might not be able to top the success of ‘Piff Breaks and 808's’?
Phaze One: I think a problem that a lot of artist have is that they don't know how they want to be perceived. They don't know what sort of music they actually want to do, and they might find themselves jumping on different waves switching their style and doing this and doing that. With us we know what we want to do in every department.
Relly Rellz: I think all of us are getting better as well with every track we make. So in terms of ‘Piff Breaks and 808's’, that's only the first mixtape. By the third or fourth mixtape, you’re going to be hearing some next ish.
TWU: If you had your very own type of weed what would it be called?
Phaze One: I'd call mine ‘Pizzy’, straight!
Don Silk: I'd call it ‘God Cheese’ or ‘God Haze’.
Super Dertie: I second the ‘Pizzy’.
Relly Rellz: ‘Wavy Haze’.
TWU: What's been the funniest moment you've had so far?
Prince: It has to be when we landed in Amsterdam and got to the hotel and one guy came up to Don Silk with his kid and he said, in an American accent, ‘Can I get your autograph? Are you James Blunt?’
Piff Gang: (Laughs).
Phaze One: He proper brought his kid, who started looking up, waiting for his autograph and that.
Prince: I don't know why he thought that, because Don Silk doesn’t look anything like James Blunt.
Phaze One: Nah, I can see it a little bit.
TWU: So did you give the autograph?
Don Silk: Nah, because I didn't understand what was really going on. I would’ve gone with it if I had understood what happened.
TWU: So, what's next for Piff Gang?
Skits: World domination!
Don Silk: We’ve got a little tape, 'Merry Piff-mas’, which we’re going to drop at Christmas and then we're basically stacking tracks. We have like 60 tracks in the studio and we're doing this quality control s**t where we're taking the best tracks out of all of them and putting them on a mixtape. We're getting some visuals made over the next two months, so look out for it real soon. We're actually shooting a video soon for 'Jiff Gang/Smells like Jiff' with Dexter Navy.
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Words: Leanne Peterson (@iam_lovlee)
Photography: Verena Stefanie Grotto (@KidsOfGrime)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)