(C)  Emily Thorpe (1001Memories Photography)

(C) Emily Thorpe (1001Memories Photography)

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 Twintwo find out more about him…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
Hi I’m Twintwo, I'm a rapper/producer I’m from a farm in Bolton Abbey which is in Yorkshire, I first got into music properly when I was in year 9/10 in school, listening to Pendulum and a load of other random artists I can’t remember the name of because I didn't have a computer at that time so my sister would put loads of random songs and albums on it. She stuck 'Recovery' on it by Eminem and thats when I really started getting into music.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My influences have stayed the same really, Eminem, Calvin Harris, J. Cole, Logic, Big Sean. They haven’t really changed the list just gets bigger. I try to mix a bit of everything in with my music because I listen to quite a few genres, going from Nina Nesbitt to My Chemical Romance haha but my main genre I listen to is rap/hiphop. I’m getting influenced by Panic! At The Disco’s production too.

How would you describe your sound?
How would I describe my sound? That’s a tricky one haha on my first two projects I have been told I sound like, Eminem/Professor Green (probably because the beats sound like Eminem) but on this next wave of music I’m working on. I wouldn’t know how to describe it because I’m producing it too and I’ve been producing for just over a year and my style is getting pulled all over the place really with the terms of the instrumentals. If I had to just give a short answer I’d say I sound like a mix between Eminem and Jon Bellion.

(C) Janat Iqbal (Afshan and Afshan Photography)

(C) Janat Iqbal (Afshan and Afshan Photography)

What’s your local music scene like?
The local music scene is pretty good at the moment! We’ve got DJ’s/Producers and acoustic singers in Skipton and some sick bands in Keighley like Your Illuminations and As Sirens Fall. I feel like the scene grows more the more you get into the scene, you have to dig to find the gold.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
My plans for the next 12 months is to get another EP out. I’m writing it at the moment. I think this will be the most honest project to date that I’m doing. I’m also planning to do a few music videos, I’m doing a video for a song called “Lost In Amsterdam” and another one for a song which I don’t have the title of yet.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Who would I love to collab with? There’s someone I follow on Instagram called Marcella and her vocals are ghostly! I love her work but I don’t know how I would go about it in terms of sound mixing chilled vocals with rap might not work? Or would it? But yeah regardless she’s awesome.

(C)  Eden Hudson (Underground Market Films)

(C) Eden Hudson (Underground Market Films)

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
This happened around Xmas time last year. So I get asked to do a gig by someone I worked with before (and the first gig with them didn’t go very well, they had a problem with the PA system and they didn’t know how to sort it, I still played regardless).

So they asked me to do another gig so I thought I’d give them a second chance. So I go to the place where the gig is being held at I go through the doors and there's kids running around they were like 6 to 12 years old so my first thoughts are “what the heck is going on here” and I look to the back of the room I see a nativity play with a baby Jesus in a cot and a couple of sheep there too and I find the organiser and I say “so what's the plan then?” (I already knew what she was going to say I could just feel it), she said “So we’re going to have you on after this nativity play, your set is going to be 10 minutes” so then thoughts just ran through my head of how the heck to sprint out of this event and get back to the car. I go to grab a cup of tea (being British) and I get to the stall and the woman at the counter goes to one of the kids “Look its the rapper you saw at the gig in Eccleshill (the first gig I played with the organiser) so I said hi and everything. Then I just knew I was going to feel guilty if I left because the kid was looking forward to see me rap. So fast forward the nativity play finishes and all the parents, Dads that didn’t want to be there and grandparents all clap and cheer.

Then I go on with my Zebra top proper looking out of place I say my name and everything make a few jokes about not swearing all that jazz and I look into the audience and I see just all mothers, fathers, grandparents and kids that really shouldn’t be listening to my music and then there was one guy who was at the front of the audience that was around my age just looking at me (arms folded and everything).

But yeah it was the hardest performance I’ve done, rapping with baby Jesus to the left of me and a family of sheep to the right of me. After I finished I Facetimed my friend for a reality check because I wasn’t sure what had just happened.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
One thing I want the readers to know? I’m not sure! That I’m working on new music so keep an eye out!

You can find out more about Twintwo via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.