What are your biggest musical influences?
James Brown, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, Bob Marley, Vybz Kartel, basically people from every single genre. I couldn't single out a genre and say this is my main influence. I listen to UK garage, I got brought up on old school hip hop, dance, I'm from Trinidad so soca music, everything really.
What was it like growing up in a musical environment?
Very noisy for one. My mum is a legend, she's my rock, she's who I aspire to be like, my dad obviously was a rapper. I think I'm a better rapper than my dad, but he led the way and obviously I'm grateful for him. Yeah a very musical family, my brother is a producer, my cousin’s an MC as well, so all of us make music, and I think it’s a happy environment. Music makes people happy, so I'm grateful to have had that kind of upbringing and I'm lucky.
Is it important to you that your sound is surprising?
To be honest, I just love taking left turns, everyone assuming I’m going to do this, then I just go and do that. That is the most exciting part of my job, because I don't have to do what anyone wants me to do. I don’t purposefully just rebel – I do left turns on purpose, I'll be listening to some country music or country influence and then I’ll try my hand at that and if someone says that I shouldn't do it, that encourages me to do it more, to prove a point. Some people are saying to me “garage is cool, people like it, but it’s really not for this type of climate”, and we've been in the charts for like 27 weeks now. We've done alright.