Skilf is a Rap artist, from Brighton and is currently working extremely hard promoting his music around the UK. Fortunately, we managed to get hold of him to complete an interview for Essential Pop. Read below to find out about his latest Mixtape, ‘Alter Egos’, how he works with producers to create his tracks and what the highlights of his career have been so far.
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
I am a very average rapper that makes songs about how sick I am!!! Buy my album!!!!
Q: What is your musical background?
It was at the age of 16 when I first started getting into UK Garage and following MC’s in the scene such as Creed, Viper, CKP, Heartless Crew, Pay As You Go etc that I developed a love for the art of rhyming and started dabbling myself.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
Pretty good actually, had some great shows over the summer at The Big Chill Festival, The Coalition in Brighton and Jazz Cafe with my band Astro-Physics. Finished and released my 1st mixtape Alter Egos. Also joined forces with Leeds based producers Alex Simmons and Ian Blandy and started an electro/house project with them called Karma Police.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Bob Dylan, Sage Francis, Nas, Eminem, Common, Wu Tang Clan, The Streets, Akala, Sway, Dizzee Rascal, Immortal Technique, Foreign Beggars, Nitin Sawhney and many more.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Wiley because he’s the original godfather of grime and someone that’s grafted hard for years to get where he is. Arctic Monkey’s because they’re pure talent and great song writers. I’ve got a lot of admiration for Charlie Sloth, he sets a great example to any independent artists out there and is a 1 man marketing machine! Also Beardyman because he’s a done a completely unique thing with beat boxing, managed to build a massive following mainly through the net and he’s a proper comedian!
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Fat Freddie’s Drop, Buck 65, Outcast, Jack Flash, Bedouin Soundclash Dead Mouse and loads more.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Generally producers will send me a beat they’ve made, I will write to it and lay the vocals down in my studio. Send the vocals back to them and then have a final session with them to mix and master the track.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
From a subjective point of view lyrics are usually what I pay the most attention to in a song. In terms of what makes a good track overall, I would say both are equally important.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Well I grew up near Watford (just outside of North West London) but I’ve lived in Brighton since 2003 and love it down here. The nightlife and music scene are quality, there’s loads of good pubs and restaurants, people are generally sound, in the summer being by the sea is awesome plus it’s only a 45 minute train ride to London which makes it well handy for me as I often need to be in London.
Q: What are you currently working on?
My second solo album, a collaboration track with Ashley Beedle and the Karma Police debut EP
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Hard to pick one, there’s been a few: Finishing my first album and the feeling I got when the boxes of CD’s arrived on my doorstep! Supporting Pendulum at Studio 54 Coventry and playing out to a massive crowd, Getting featured in Hip Hop Connection mag, having my first airplay on 1Xtra and performing at Habit in Leeds to a club full of people singing along to my lyrics!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Big things! I’m hoping that my next single (Karma Police — ‘Let’s Go To Work’) will be a massive success on the club scene and commercially. Also got high aspiration’s for the video, (directed by my brother Lewis) we’ve got a pretty unique concept planned for it! I also want to make sure my next solo album ‘Second Thought’ will be a real landmark in my career, something that people will love and something that I can be truly proud of.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Please check out my website http://www.skilf.co.uk/ for information about all my latest gigs.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
My new mixtape Alter Egos is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD from http://skilf.co.uk make sure you grab a copy!
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Skilf just follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/skilf
myspace link: http://myspace.com/skilf
web page link: http://skilf.co.uk
soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/skilf