Keeping it real: So Solid Crew
We quiz founding member Mega on life in the real world
Tue Oct 1 2013
Early 2000s garage act So Solid Crew are back with a new greatest hits album and an enormo date at The O2. We interviewed original member Mega to see how down-to-earth he is, 12 years after ‘21 Seconds’ hit NumberO ne.
How much is a first class stamp?
‘Are you trying to catch me out here? I have no idea. I haven’t written a letter in years. 42p? 25p?’
‘Bruv , that’s too much.’
If you say so. Who is the home secretary?
‘Oh my word. It’s that lady, man, what’s her name…’
It’s Theresa May.
‘Are you sure? That sounds like a young person’s name. Na, na, na: that’s not really her name.’
It really is.
‘Okay, okay. I’ll believe you. I just thought you was trying to catch me out again, bruv.’
Where is your nearest Lidl?
‘It’s by Clapham Junction: just by the bridge by the train station. I don’t actually shop at Lidl, though. I go to superstores that are open after midnight, like Tesco, when no one’s in there. I get recognised otherwise.’
Sounds dreadful. Who has the slogan ‘Every Little Helps’?
‘Ain’t that Asda? No? Sainsbury’s? No? Lidl!’
It’s Tesco. How much is a one-day travelcard?
‘Ahhhh, I’m losing this! I’m not gonna look cool in this interview, bruv. I haven’t been on a train since I was 18 and I’m 34 now. Actually, tell the truth, I’ve been on the train maybe five times since then. I didn’t like it. They’re full of spit and dirty places. I can’t get jiggy with that any more.’
How many more So Solid Crew ‘final tours’ have you got planned?
‘None. After this, I’m not ever going to put that whole crew on stage again, for love nor money. Not even if you gave me a million pounds. Not for ten million. So Solid ain’t coming back.’
Knowledgeable: nope. Real: sure. Just don’t ask him to get the train…
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