Rudimental interview: ‘Each part of London has its staple sounds’

The floor-filling foursome from Hackney explain how the underground music of the capital has inspired their chart-topping anthems

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Rudimental are four impossibly upbeat boys from Hackney who are the new kings of the all-night party anthem. Last year’s debut album ‘Home’ was packed with more bangers than a family-size toad in the hole, and it rightfully earned them three BRIT Award nominations: Best Group, Best Album and Best Single (for ‘Feel the Love’).

What does London mean to you?
Amir Amor ‘On the streets where we grew up you’d hear so many different sounds. Our culture is from pirate radio, which is where we started out.’
DJ Locksmith ‘You had [pirate radio station] Deja Vu, who were pioneering in their time. They helped people like Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Tinchy Stryder start off, and launched that whole grime movement.’
Piers Agget ‘Rinse FM as well. There were lots of smaller stations, and each part of London had its own staple sounds. Fabric nightclub is based on the sort of warehouse parties that took place in the days of jungle and garage. We come from that culture.’

After your nomination last year, are you old hands at The BRITs now?
Amir ‘We were newbies last year. On the night we were really nervous and just got really drunk at our table – and we didn’t win, unfortunately. But this year should be good.’

You’re also playing Brixton Academy…
Piers ‘Yep, three Brixtons! To do three nights at the Academy is unreal; and in the week before we’re doing The BRITs. It’ll go bang-bang-bang and we’ll come out the end and think: What just happened?’

What’s the best night out in London?
Kesi DrydenXOYO club near Old Street is a really cool venue.’
Amir ‘There’s a little pub on Forest Road in Hackney, near where we work, called the Prince Arthur. Shout out to the Prince Arthur! It must have been there since the ’60s.’
Piers ‘Probably in one of our bedrooms, or in our studio.’

What about London grub?

DJ Locksmith ‘Firstly, we’re gonna say Nando’s.’
Piers ‘The Mangal on Kingsland Road in Dalston. Also, there are some great Vietnamese restaurants in Hackney. That’s what I’m digging.’
Kesi ‘That Thai place, Marie’s Café, on Lower Marsh, near Waterloo.’
Amir ‘And Wetherspoon’s does a delicious chocolate cake.’
Piers ‘Please put Wetherspoon’s in! Time Out readers need to know about that.’

Rudimental perform live at The O2 as part of The BRIT Awards with MasterCard on Wed Feb 19.

See Rudimental live in London


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Back in 2012, this four-strong Hackney outfit came out of nowhere grabbed the Number One spot on the singles chart with 'Feel the Love': a euphoric smasher featuring vocalist John Newman, which fused jazzy, old-school soul with dubstep. A year later, they produced one of the best albums of 2013, 'Home', and the follow up, ‘We the Generation’, was released in September. So expect them to get a lot of people in the vast O2 raving to old and new tunes with their all-out, full-band, brass-heavy live incarnation. This will go off.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Thu Mar 3
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