Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Half Decent find out more about him...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m Oxford born but now South London based. I remember being into music at the age of 5. I would use tape recorders and keyboards to try and make songs. When I was 15 I realized I wanted to tell stories with my lyrics and started rapping.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Prince, The Doors, The Blues Brothers, 2Pac, Eminem and Immortal Technique were all early influences. Now I’m influenced by all the same people as well as acts I grew into adulthood with like Tech N9ne, Bloc Party and Kano.
How would you describe your sound?
Thought provoking honest lyrics over eclectic production. Imagine if Dizzee Rascal, Chase & Status and The Streets formed a super group.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My new single ‘Save Our Culture’ is inspired by the campaign to save the threat against music venues that were being shut down. Notably the Cellar in Oxford and Fabric in London. It mixes observational rhymes and a hard grime beat and captures the juxtaposition of our humanity and how far away we are from it in a digital world.
What’s your local music scene like?
I’m originally from Oxford and the local scene is incredible, it caters more to bands and unfortunately the venues have been closing down one by one, but everyone supports each other in the scene and getting local press is a huge advantage as a lot of people thrive on finding new music. In south London I’ve also had nothing but positive energy from everyone.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have just released my new 7 track EP ‘Something For The Fearless’, you can get that now on all digital platforms as well as from my website halfdecentmusic.com. I have a bunch of London shows scheduled this year. A new club inspired CD will be out before the end of the summer as well as a few videos and new singles.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I don’t collaborate with many people and usually do most things myself. However I would love to work with The Manor, Skinnyman, Wrekonize or Tonedeff.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Plenty! I have a song called ‘Party Harder’ that usually gets people jumping. Recently at Truck Festival it caused a mini stage invasion and some girls had to get taken off stage by security. I also once jumped out of a window to perform the 3rd verse in the street.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I’m making music because I love it and want to connect with people, if you listen to my songs you will find out a lot about me.