I was always wrapped around music being a tradition, a skill.
Sometimes I'll listen to a lyric and I'll be so pissed off that I didn't write it.
Because the Internets there, I have access to a lot of the legends, like Fela Kuti. I used to watch a lot of Fela Kuti videos, just to see how he performed. He inspired me a lot, actually, because he was a man of many words, many good words.
My mum used to work in New York in Spike Lee's shop, she did the outfits for the video for P.M. Dawn's "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss".
I've mainly been sampling jazz because the tone of the chords are expressive in itself, so it's quite nice to write over.
I actually find a lot of pleasure in writing lyrics.
I got a lot from my uncle who is a really good ska guitarist. Very ragged makeshift rhythms and intricate lines.
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