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INFORMATION Goldie Lookin Chain

headline the Safire Live stage at Symmetry

Festival 10-12th June in

Guist, North Norfolk. Info and tickets available at

still recognise us in the street and come up and talk to us; once you’ve had your name and face in the public eye it definitely changes your life a bit. I’m glad I don’t have to tour hard all the time now because it was the best of times but also the worst of times. It was a crazy mix of amazingness but also not sleeping and constantly having to shake hands with people. Most people were on hard drugs, which I’ve never been into, so I’d ask for a cup of tea and maybe a piece of cake and they’d be very confused. Who are your inspirations in terms of rappers? Te first bit of vinyl I ever bought was 3 Is Te Magic Number by De La Soul and then their first album. It took hip hop out of the arena of blokes just rapping –I loved all the little skits, because I loved Monty Python and kids cartoons, they were painting a picture with their sound. I loved Public Enemy, the beats were so hard and mental. I had no idea what they were singing about, but as a white kid living in South Wales learning about subjects like the Nation of Islam through hip hop is quite something. Without even realising it I was being educated. I didn’t even know what funk and soul was when I was young, I grew up with two sisters listening to Adam and the Ants and New Romantic stuff. I just thought pop music was for girls, all frills and make up, and I didn’t like it or get it. And then I heard Sex Machine by James Brown sitting in the back of my dad’s car. I remember

“Sometimes you’ve got to lcome to the

fiive show to 26 / May 2016/ gure it out”

laughing about the fact that this man had made a song about a machine that does sex! And I don’t even know what sex is! But then you’d hear the drum break on a hip hop track and you’d realise these sounds come from somewhere else. Ten I discovered sampling which opened up a whole new world for me. Tat’s why I like hip hop - it borrows from other stuff to make something new. How do you go about putting your songs together? Rhys and I usually sit and plan what we’re going to work on. We’ll find a sample or a hook, or we’ll start singing something over the top of something else and if it works and has legs we’ll try to write a whole song based on it. Tere might be a song like Maneater by Hall and Oates, for example, and you might sing “Beefeater” over the top, and if you think you can write a whole song about the Beefeater chain of restaurants then you go for it! But sometimes it’s just one line and there’s not enough there to write a whole song off of. It just depends on how strong the idea is. We sometimes use subjects that are in the public eye because people can relate to those subjects – we just did a song called Waitrose Rap which is doing quite well. Te video cost under a tenner to make! So your new album Pill Communication has just come out. What’s it all about and have the Beastie Boys been a big inspiration to you? Yeah the Beastie Boys are good – they’ve always managed to put out decent albums and did some amazing stuff. Te reason why we called it Pill Communication is there’s a place in Newport called Pillgwenlly known locally as Pill, it’s the docks area of the city. We did a Kickstarter; we wanted to raise £50,000 and said if we got it we guaranteed we would destroy the album and never release it, ha ha! Te campaign was called Stop GLC. But we only made

£23… so we released the album. If we had got the £50,000 we planned to use the money to open a mobile phone shop in Pillgwenlly called Pill Communication. Your track Who’s Next talks about various celebrities who are getting on a bit..Terry Wogan and Paul Daniels have both died since that track came out! Yep, it’s a bit gutting! Tey’re all going! Lemmy started the trend off, of course, and then Bowie. You forget that they’re real people, they’re like brand names almost so you get used to having them around you, like Wogan you always expect to be on the telly, or Bowie’s always popping up with his gammy eyes. Tey’re probably going to be the last of the iconic entertainers because it’s all Internet now so everyone’s got their own niche thing that they’re into. My nephew’s into Minecraft videos on YouTube, and my other nephew is into skateboarders, so for them they already have their own individual icons rather than a shared experience. It’s a shame cos everyone loves to kick back and watch a bit of Dad’s Army on the telly and notice how many of them are dead, but we won’t have that for much longer I don’t think. So that song is a little homage to times that are changing as things fragment. Do people sometimes think you’re a serious band? When it’s one of our headlining shows or at a festival people generally get it. Sometimes you’ll see people in the audience,’s usually a guy who’s brought his girlfriend who he hasn’t been seeing that along with him. He’s said “I love these guys, come with me”. And you see the woman stood next to him thinking “What the fuck is this??” But by the end of it you see them laughing with their arms in the air and they get it. Sometimes you’ve got to come to the live show to figure it out.

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