Introduce Yourself

Rude Kid is one of the biggest producers in grime music. With recent chart success, his appearance on a documentary collaboration between SUPERSUPER Magazine and Channel 4 and with regular BBC Radio 1 plays, he is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Joseph Patterson caught up with him to talk grime, funky and the death of Vinyl...

Rude Kid, who is he?
Rude Kid is a 21 year old producer from London, known to some as Rudes.

Growing up were there many musical influences around you?
Erm, there wasn’t a lot of music influences around me to be honest; the only person in my family who did music was my mum’s brother. What mainly influenced me were school days, everyone wanted to be an MC or a DJ and also listening to a lot of pirate radio was a big influence. I would tape all the sets and rewind the cassette when there was a good song and I remember always listening to the beats over and over again and think, WOW, how did they make that?

What got you into making grime music?
Listening to people like old Nasty Crew, Wiley, Roll Deep, Dizzee Rascal and like everyone else at that time, I used to run home just to record their sets and listen to them for the whole week until there was another set. So yeah it was basically them crews, when I think about it even Ruff Sqwad use to make some big tunes and they had a big influence on me cos' they used crazy melodies with mad instruments, so I always wanted to do that.

Who or where do you think you got the inspiration to make music?
Wiley was a big inspiration for me because I feel that he showed the harder you work the more you get out of it. Also producers like Rapid and Jammer back in the day were a big influence for me.

Do you make other types of music or are you full focusing on the grime thing?
I do make all types of music, but I can never stop making grime. So basically I’m focusing on grime and just music in general. I always try making something different and I would love to make a song with a band.

You have produced hits like 'Sing 4 Me’ for Ghetts and worked with the likes of Wiley, Skepta, JME and Kano to name a few, how did you go about linking up with those people?
I don’t even know, it’s like everything started happening for me all at once, like all the people who I wanted to work with were trying to get in contact with me, which was mad really. I think a lot of people recommend me to them as well or showed my music to artist, also DJs playing my instrumentals on radio stations was a big help.

Talking of ‘Sing For Me’ how was it when your single with Ghetts got signed to AATW?
I was very happy when the single got signed, it was a whole new experience for me which was great and it helped me learn more about the music world.

Do you think there has been a lack of grime club bangers recently, are you possibly the savior when it comes to club grime music?
I don’t think there is a lack of grime club bangers cos’ to be honest if you like grime then your going to like whatever big tunes the DJ drops in the rave, but if your talking about grime that makes you dance then I don’t think there is a lot of that around. I recently remixed a song by Man Like Me called ‘London Town’ ft JME which had an old skool garage feel to it and I think I’m going to make more music like that because I think tunes like that will do well in clubs and it’s easy listening as well.

Funky, love it or hate it?
I love funky house, I won’t go to a club unless there is funky house getting played, unless it’s a grime rave of course (laughs). But yeah funky house just makes you happy and makes you dance,  the only thing I don’t like is the fact everyone has started making up ‘skanks’ for the tunes, some of them are alright though...

Do you think vinyl is dead now?
I don’t think vinyl is dead you know because there are still DJs who buy them. I released an EP with grime label No Hats No Hoods, which did sell quite well. Obviously CDs are better because anyone can buy them DJs and listeners, but I am still bringing out another vinyl with the No Hats No Hoods guys, and another one with Logan Sama’s Label Earth 616 and then an instrumental CD after.

What are your plans for '09 and beyond?
My plan is to get out more music for people to listen to and work with more artists, not just in the grime scene but anyone who has talent. I’m just going to carry on making lots of music, and good music at that!

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Photography Credit: Will Robson Scott

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