Lost Rizzle Kicks Interview
Bloody hell, you were No.1 and No.8 at the same time – what did that feel like?
Jordan: It was a bit mad. I don’t know how to describe it. I don’t think we even let it process to be honest. It was a bit, like, nuts. We probably haven’t had enough time for it to sink in.
Are you making an album now?
We’ve been making the album for a while, since last year. We made so many songs we had to cut them down. The last song we ever made was one of our favourites so we had to put it on the album even though there were some issues with samples. I think we’re pleased with it. We’ve been having a real stressful day figuring out mastering and all that bollocks. But I’m hoping that it will be a credible product that people will be like, ‘Ah, what – Rizzle Kicks, that’s sick’.
You’re in a strange area of being real hip hop but also pop stars. How are you dealing with that?
I think we’ve always been a little bit commercial in our style but now we’ve got mainstream viability and shit. We get grouped in with the most random people. We’ll do a gig for Radio Aire and there’ll be JLS, Pixie Lott, Olly Murs, Example, Jay Sean and then us. Ha ha. We’re like, ‘Alright, cool.’ And then we got nominated in the MOBOs for Best Hip Hop/Grime next to Giggs, Wiley, Tinie Tempah and Wretch 32. I’ve never felt so, like, underwater in my life! It’s great to know that because of our vibe people aren’t sure how to categorise us.
What’s the maddest thing that happened?
Stephen Fry tweeting us was unreal. And we got tweeted by one of my all time crushes since I was a little kid. I used to watch Hollyoaks when I was about 13 and Gemma Atkinson was in it. She’s a fittie, a complete fittie. You know when you’re young and you always have a crush on someone until you’re older? I wrote a rap when I was 15 with her name in it. It’s been dwelling on the internet. I don’t really like it anymore – I think it’s a bit shit – and with our newfound exposure more people are listening to it. Someone tweeted the lyric and @-ed her in it. She tweeted back, “I really love the song.” I almost passed out. Having models like your music is the best thing ever! I’m very shallow-minded, so try and put that in good words.
Who are your favourite bands and MCs in Brighton that people should check out?
Ohh…The Special Ks, Lovepark, Hobbie Stewart, Twin Brother – you’ve opened a can of worms here, we’ve got a lot of mates! Also Running Dogs and Rum Committee’s ‘Boozetown’ LP. We’ve got some indie in there, a bit of singer-songwriter, got some middle of the road, a bit of rap. That sums up Brighton – it’s all over the shop, which is awesome.
Where do you go drinking?
Either the Pav Tav or Mash Tun. The drinks are cheap at the Pav Tav and they play the most random music, so that’s quite fun. There’s always a little bit of a kerfuffle in there at some point. The bouncers are kind of dickheads but some of them are quite nice. It’s big so you can get your group of mates in there. The Mash Tun is awesome because it has outside seating and is in a really nice location, on the paved pedestrian part outside Pavilion Theatre.
What about club nights?
Oh my god. We used to go to Shameless before it finished. But we go to Digital a lot. We’re big fans of Stonelove. Porno was fucking amazing. Dismantle is a really good local DJ, and Thomas Jules.