Exclusive: Zdot Talks Golden Boot EP, Production Style & More

UK super producer Zdot has worked with the best of them, including Lady Leshurr, Wiley and Bugzy Malone but now he delivers his 6 track “Golden Boot” EP. With his solo body of work out now, he talks with Grime Culture for an exclusive interview. Read the full interview below.

 

Grime Culture: Why did you feel now was the time to release ‘Golden Boot’?

Zdot: I’ve been working on my own project for a while behind the scenes, this felt like the perfect time to release the EP!  It’s the warm up for what’s to come later this year!


GC: How did you determine who to put on the production?

Z: All of the collaborations for the EP happened really naturally with us working on other music before we made these tracks… I knew exactly who I wanted on all of the beats and managed to secure all of the line ups.

GC: Was it difficult to recruit all of the artists for the songs?


Z: Not at all, I made 3 tracks with Berna the same day we recorded ‘Bro Code’, cooked up ‘Scatter’ with Young T & Bugsey in the same session we made ‘Gangland’, I sent Wiley the beat for ‘Coasting’ the same time we made ‘Call The Shots’, There were multiple tracks being made for everyones projects while i was making ‘Golden Boot’ which made the artists happy to be involved.


GC: Which artists did you want on the Golden Boot but couldn’t get?

Z: I was very happy with the track-list for the EP, i chose to showcase some of my favourite up n coming UK artists alongside legends like Wiley. The artists that I rate which didn’t make it onto ‘Golden Boot’ are on my album which i’m working on at the moment!



GC: How do you know when the chemistry is right with an artist?

Z: I think it’s when you don’t need to talk about what you’re about to make. For example, when I’m in studio with Eyez, i’m usually making a beat when he walks in the room and he will start writing and vibing with it straight away and within a few hours we have another banger!

GC: Are there any producers you have great chemistry with?

Z: Krunchie! We’ve produced a lot of bangers together and every time we’re in studio with an artist they’re amazed with how quick and well we work. We are telepathic when it comes to making music.


GC: How long did it take you to find your sound of production?


Z: The basis of the ‘Z’ sound comes from the drums. I started playing drums when I was 8 and experimented with all kinds of percussion. I think the period between 2007-2008 when i made Ghetts ‘Artillery’ and my ‘Dirty Date’ Instrumental I cemented a dark/hard hitting production style that was unique in the UK. My sound is always evolving and this is displayed on ‘Golden Boot’.

GC: What’s next for Zdot?

Z: Will be releasing more videos from ‘Golden Boot’, new ‘Zdot’ singles, more releases from my label ‘101 Music’, Productions for the UK’s top artists… There’s a few other game changing moves that you guys will be hearing about before the end of the year.

You can listen to Golden Boot EP below.

Download Golden Boot EP on iTunes

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Capo Lee Rates Chicken in Pengest Munch

Capo Lee joins the Chicken Connoisseur as they hit Pepe’s Piri Piri in Palmers Green, North London and rate their chicken burgers, wings and chips meal. Check out the video below. 



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Exclusive: Rude Kid Talks New Single "Please Don’t", Favourite Kiss Sets & More

We sat with Rude Kid at the launch party for his new single “Please Don’t” featuring Nahli for an exclusive interview.

Grime Culture: How did you know “Please Don’t” was the single to go with?

Rude Kid: This is the one cause, when I made it, I had it on repeat. When tunes like that come around… let the world hear it. That’s how I feel. This is something I’ve been listening to on repeat and I’m still not sick of it! So I want people to enjoy it, it’s a Garage tune, something different-ish from me, I love it, I just want people to enjoy it.

GC: Who’s Nahli? How did the two of you link up?

RK: She’s a singer, she used to be in a band and that’s where I know her from. She had put up a clip of herself singing on her instagram and I was like “you are sounding sick! I messaged her saying lets get in the studio”. And you know DaVinChe? He manages her. DaVinChe actually wrote the song as well, with her. So they came down, I showed them a beat and they were like “yeah it’s sounding good!”.

GC: Would you consider yourself a Grime producer?

RK: Nah. I’m known for making Grime but I wouldn’t call myself that. I would [just] call myself a producer.

GC: How important is it for producers to try different sounds?

RK: Very important! Cause if I made the same sounding music over and over again, I’m sure you wouldn’t even listen to me. So it gets boring. It’s very important to make different styles. When I started [producing] I had “Are You Ready?” in every tune,  cause every song is different. Every tune I make is different. If the tunes didn’t have “Are You Ready?” in it, you wouldn’t even know I made it!

GC: Did having your own radio show at Kiss FM change your perspective on the music industry? 

RK: Not really cause me as a producer, that’s one job, me as a DJ, that’s one job, me as a radio presenter, that’s one job. So I treat everything different. As a DJ I treat that profession separate, as a producer, the way I make beats, that’s separate and the presenting thing, that’s a different lane too.

GC: What’s your favourite set so far?

RK: Me and the team at Kiss talk about this too! “What’s your favourite one?” and  I don’t know! I’m just gonna say the D Double E and Footsie one cause that was my first one. To me, that was my favourite cause it was the first one. Some of them were sick, I liked the Christmas sets. The first Christmas set I done on there was sick, even the last one.

GC: Are we going to see another joint EP with you and Ghetts in the future?

RK: Yeah! Ghetts has got his thing at the moment, I know he’s about to drop an album, I got my singles coming and lots of other work. When the time’s right we’ll do it and probably just put it out quickly.

GC: What’s next for Rude Kid?

RK: Singles! I got this one coming [Please Don’t] and then I’ve got another coming, then another one! My thing now is just to hit people with singles like bam bam bam bam! It’s important to have music out, as much music as possible but not too much cause people get bored of you. I might drop an instrumental EP cause people are bugging me. I might do that soon.


Download Rude Kid’s “Please Don’t” featuring Nahli on iTunes

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Chicken Shop Date With Big Zuu [Video]

Amelia hooks up with Big Zuu for an hilarious chicken shop date with West London MC Big Zuu. Check out the full video below.

 



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P Money & Little Dee Discuss Back 2 Back, Reveals OGz EP On The Way

With the highly anticipated Back 2 Back EP on the way, P Money and Little Dee discuss the upcoming project whilst premiering their new single “Paranoia” with Complex.

P Money describes how Back 2 Back came around:

It was just well overdue. We’ve been friends for, like, 16/17 years and we always made banging tracks together, just never a full project. I think the hype and feedback from the freestyle was the main inspiration.”

Whilst the South London MC also announced that a new OGz are still around, with an EP on the way, completely produced by DaVinChe: 

Yeah, man, it always will be as it’s more than just a crew: it’s mandem, it’s family. We do stuff individually but we always come together whether it’s to feature or do sets, or appear at each other’s show. We have an EP with DaVinChe fully completed and ready to go as well.”

Read the full interview via Complex and listen to the new track “Paranoia” HERE

P Money & Little Dee’s Back 2 Back EP is due to be released on the 27th July.

Dapz On The Map Explains Getting JME for Off To Work, Signing with Insanity/Sony & More

Dapz On The Map looks to be fulfilling his potential after being named in Complex’s MC to watch out for in 2017 and he now sits with Complex in an in depth interview on his career.

The Birmingham MC breaks down how he got JME to feature on his hit “Off To Work”:

“Jme had been posting my songs online and I messaged him saying that I needed him to jump on my next project because he understands my sound. Once I got confirmation he was on it, I started looking for a “Man Don’t Care” type of beat but struggled. I was originally gonna put “Off To Work” after “Mini Valet” as a bonus hidden track on my project, but after showing my people, they didn’t agree with the idea as the tune was so catchy. They wanted the song by itself, but I only had one verse at the time and didn’t want to add anything to it. Then [producer] Thomas Mellor told me to “use my Jme card—he’s already told you he’d work with you and the vibe would suit him.” So I sent it to Jme and in about two weeks, I checked my emails and it was there. I was gassed!”

He also explains signing a major label deal with Insanity/Sony:

“I’ve been in talks with different record labels since early last year. I think I sat down with five different labels in total, but I left each meeting with more knowledge about myself and the game that I’m in. You’ve gotta be patient and learn to deal with disappointment, so to speak. Not everyone will hear you and say “yes.” Insanity/Sony were the last to approach me, but had been in contact with my management for quite some time before they even met me. They came down to Brum to introduce themselves to me, which I respected a lot seeing as they were the only ones that did, and explained where they saw me growing and how they could help. I’m all about energy, and I have a pretty good judge of character, so from meeting the guys I knew it was the right choice to make.”

Dapz On The Map is on the rise, he also discusses potential joint EP with Jaykae in the future, highlights of his career, current state of Grime and much more.

Read the full interview via Complex