Rude Kid is a phenom. There’s an incredibly small handful of producers in the UK that have the skill and desire to make it to the top, and an even smaller percentage that are able to continue to climb upwards while making beats that don’t sound like anyone else’s. Rude Kid is one of these rarities. His ‘Always Ready EP dropped this morning, and he was gracious enough to take a moment out of his hectic day to speak to us…
Nappy: It seems like you’ve accomplished so much in a short span of time, yet you remain humble. How do you keep a level head ?
RK: I just be myself all the time. I think its very important to stay level headed at all times. For me, that makes you work harder. Another reason why I would feel like I’m staying humble is because I still have so much more to achieve, yet I wanna do a lot this year and for many more years to come, hopefully.
Nappy: I like asking producers if they fear people only knowing them for their most popular track. If ‘Electric’ was your most popular tune 10 years from now, how would that make you feel?
RK: I would feel like I’m not relevant to the music scene anymore (laughs). I always wanna make beats better than the one everyone likes, but if ‘Electric’ was known as a big classic grime tune in 10 years, I wouldn’t mind that at all.
Nappy: Always Ready is an instrumental EP. You have the reach at this point to put almost any vocalist you wish on your tracks. Why would you go for bare production right now ?
RK: To be honest with you, when I put out my own tunes with no one on there, now one can really tell me what to do, and I know people are always after instrumentals. DJs and MC’s are always asking me for instrumentals.. that’s why I release so many.. But you will hear a lot of vocals on my music now as well.
Nappy: Your beats are nothing like the average commercially successful track. Why do you think people gravitate towards your sound?
RK: I really don’t know, but it means a lot to me. I’m just making what I love and enjoy making, so for people to gravitate towards my sound makes me wanna continue making beats. I think in some of my beats have a lot of energy which can get you hyped and some of them are just hypnotizing which you can listen to on repeat all day.
Nappy: I have seen you thank fans that illegally download your album. Is there a hint of sarcasm when you say something like that?
RK: Do you know what? Some people tell me the downloaded it illegally to try make me angry or react but as long as there listening to my music I’m happy. Of course there is a slight hint of scarasm, but I always tell them as long as your listening to my music I’m happy. i have a lot of respect for the people who actually support and buy the music though.
Nappy: Even when you dive into other genres, we know it’s your beat. Even beyond the ‘Are You Ready’ and ‘Always Ready’ samples, your vibe is recognizable. Do you start a track with the thought in mind to keep a signature sound?
RK: Nah, never. I just use my own style in every single beat I make. I think its very important for a producer to master their own style in making music.. it’s like your identity. Nearly all my beats have “ARE YOU READY” in the tune though so people can tell its me without being double minded.
Nappy: You’ve been playing out more than producing these days. How is it different, and which would you rather do ?
RK: Yeah.. I love DJing and going to raves and testing out my new beats and seeing the crowd reaction. Every time I play out it inspires me to make new music. The love people show me in raves and to my music is mad. Even though I love DJing, I would rather make beats all day then DJ. Producing is like my wife I go home to every night and DJing is like my mistress (laughs)
Nappy: Any parting words?
RK: Thank you everyone for the support, big up DJ Nappy, don’t forget you can buy ‘Always Ready’ EP from itunes and all my other releases if you haven’t got them already.
follow Rude Kid on twitter @rudekidmusic
cop the ‘Always Ready EP’ – out now on iTunes