Definitely a few places. Miami was really cool. It was the first time I experienced a night recording session. No one does day sessions out there. I got to hang out on the beach during the day and then go to the studio in the evening, such a nice lifestyle I guess. On tour I’ve been to amazing places. I love South America, particularly Buenos Aires, I had an amazing time there. I had a great time in Montreal, Canada as well. Those were the places that really stood out to me.
We were working on stuff for my album and we also wrote a few songs. A couple of projects that he’s doing I also experimented with. One of the things I love is that we tried a lot of things out to see what we got. You might get something, you might not, and Scott had a really good time. I think I’ve got one really good song that I like but you can’t really tell too early. Sometimes you think you have the best thing ever and a month later you change your mind. Time always tells. The best songs will always stay in your heart, months down the line, years down the line.
Q. You’ve travelled a lot this year. You were recently recording in Miami then you returned to London, and now you’re out in California. Of all the places you’ve toured and worked in, which is your favorite and why?
It was a really cool experience! I really admire him as a writer and an artist. It was a really different world to mine, but it was very interesting to see it all.
Q. You recently came off your UK tour alongside singer Gary Barlow. Tell us about that experience?
Q. In Miami you worked with the famous Scott Storch for a few days. What were you guys working on?
"I think there's so much I have to show..."
Well I’m working with a few people while I’m here and I’ve got some producers that I’d Iove to work with, Jimmy Napes being one of them. There is a guy in London called Kwes he’s great. I’m working with him a lot. There are a few other people as well, but at the moment I’m just working on where I would like to go.
Q. Your work with Disclosure, “You and Me” was also another big hit that really performed well. How did the relationship with Guy and Howard strike up?
Q. Since your track “Skinny Genes” your profile has really taken off to a Global level. Do you ever sit back and think how did this all happen?
Circumstances have a lot to do with it. It’s not just working hard and making music. I think a lot of people work hard and make music and don’t get to where they want to. There are so many factors involved, but you just have to keep doing what you do. I think there’s so much more I have to show and it’s not worth sitting here and reminiscing about where I am. I’m better off thinking of where I’m going to go next.
Q. Do you plan on working with them again?
I’d love to, definitely.
Q. What other artists do you see yourself working with in the near future?
Q. You’re frequently compared to artists like Adele and Amy Winehouse. Are you honored by these comparisons or do you wish to have your own name?
People are always going to compare you to people, and those artists are brilliant. So I’m not mad, but of course you want to have your own name and stand out of the crowd.
We have a mutual friend in Jimmy Napes who is a writer and writes a lot of the songs that we play. Jimmy and I have known each other since we were little kids and he is the first producer I’ve ever worked with and we’ve worked together ever since. He knew the boys at Disclosure and said we should work together. Turns out Howard was a fan of my first album and was really up for it. I also heard “Latch” with Sam Smith on Soundcloud, it was so good. I was really interested to see where they were going with it. We got together in the studio and we wrote” You and Me” in one day. It was really fun and we had a great time. It was very easy working with them. Hearing my first album not many people knew I was into UK garage, but this was what I grew up on. When I worked the boys they saw how much I loved it.
I can’t think of anything… actually, I was a vegetarian my whole life and I recently started eating meat. I call myself an “ex-vegetarian”. I’m a bit scared of some of the meat.
Q. Speaking about standing out of the crowd, you have an aura of being who you want to be and not caring about what others think. Am I right?
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Q. Tell us a fun fact about yourself, something we may not know…
Absolutely! That’s exactly how I am. Obviously I care about the important things. When it comes to having fun and doing what makes you feel good, you’ve just got to do it!.
"...you want to have your own name and stand out of the crowd"
Q. Last words for aspiring musicians such as yourself…
Just let it become you, let the music become part of you. People always ask “how did you get into music?” It’s more about how did the music get into you, to the point that you can’t get it out of your system. It becomes a part of who you are. If you do it every day and you’re gigging and writing and constantly making it a part of your life… that’s what it’s about.
"...let the music
become part of you..."