Ilford’s Rude Kid to ‘give fans what they want’ with new EP
PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 February 2015
One of grime’s most sought-after music producers is set to keep “instrumental culture” alive with his upcoming release.
The musician from Ilford, who goes by the pseudonym Rude Kid, is hoping his new EP Outer Space, will capture the imagination of the scene’s fans and emcees alike.
The once Sony Records-signed producer, who shot to prominence with tracks such as UFO and Electric, wants to “give the fans what they want” with the new release, which features instrumental versions of songs such as Boy Better Know’s Shaky and new exclusive material.
Rude Kid, who has worked with every grime heavyweight you can think of – from Wiley and Skepta to Ghetts and Kano – wants to cement his place as the genre’s go-to producer, with teenagers in bedroom studios to the scene’s veterans choosing his beats to rap over.
The former Beal High School pupil said: “People started hounding me online for beats – they feel like they want to jump on the instrumentals themselves, so I decided to put something out.
nIt’s a genre of electronic music which emerged in London’s East End in the early 2000s
nIt takes influences from garage, drum and bass, dancehall and hip-hop music
nPioneers of the style include Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Kano, Ghetts and Skepta
nSub-genres include eskibeat and dubstep
nThe music features fast rapping, usually at about 140 beats per minute
nOther household names in grime include Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder and Lethal Bizzle
“It gets to a point where it’s only out on pre-orders at the moment but it’s already 22 in the charts – people want it so badly.”
The 27-year-old, who loved “chilling in Clayhall Park” as a youngster, claims his high-energy electronic sound gets a big response at shows regardless of a big name artist rapping over the music or not.
“The instrumental culture is very strong,” said Rude Kid.
He added: “I’m not really an outgoing person but I go to grime events because you have to be there to see the reaction from crowds yourself. I do look back sometimes and it’s just overwhelming.”
The producer worked his way around the grime circuit in the late 2000s providing the music for DJ Ironik’s So Nice and Ghetts’s Sing For Me, which became underground hits, providing a platform for the beat-maker to sign a record deal in 2012.
He said: “I think signing with Sony was definitely a career highlight, it has taught me so much about the business side of the industry.
“And I’ve had the chance to travel the world – I was touring in Australia and the Czech Republic and they really felt the music.
“It inspires me to make more because it means I must be doing something right.”
Rude Kid admits feeling pressure in his earlier years in the scene to keep providing rappers and DJs with hits.
He said: “It got to a stage where I just made the music I liked making – I held back with releasing tunes like UFO for so long because I was nervous sending DJs tunes but it’s very different now.
“I’m just doing me, I’m doing the same thing I have always done in music.”
The producer, who wants to see more grime events in London, still feels young in the scene, despite working with the genre’s founders.
He said of his collaborations: “I loved working with Ghetts, Skepta, Kano and Wiley, everyone has their own vibe and energy – they’re legends.”
Rude Kid is focusing on raising his profile to a wider audience and pushing the grime sound to mainstream radio.
He said of his new project: “If I don’t give out the beats, where are the songs going to come from? We have to keep it alive.”
The new EP is due for release on February 9 and is available to pre-order at buff.ly/1yNMuRd
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