How they get their Kicks
You recently toured Australia. How was it?
I can't even begin to describe how good it was. We were there for 12 days on a touring festival, Parklife. It was awesome. It was our first time there, and the response was amazing. We weren't sure how well our album was doing there, but Down With The Trumpets had started to climb up the airplay charts before we got there. People have such a choice who they watch at a festival, so I was blown away so many chose us on the other side of the world.
Less than two years ago you were unknown. Now you're among the biggest pop acts in Britain. Did you ever think it could happen?
Not a chance! It's mad to think how I was fully prepared to go to drama school, and Jordan was solo rapping. We started doing stuff together but when college finished I was always just going to study acting. That was my passion. Jordan persuaded me not to go, to give it a year, and then if nothing happened with the music I'd go back to drama school. I thought, 'Why not?' and got a job, but within two months we'd been signed and six months later we had a hit single. Things are the same, though – we still hang out with our friends as much as we used to and live a normal life.
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Are you excited about your current tour?
It's going to be insane. I don't know what to expect. We're doing Brixton and the Roundhouse, two Brighton Centre shows, two in Manchester, a few in Scotland and so on... 27 dates in 30 days. Venues of 3,000 capacity upwards. How did we manage that? What was really interesting is that we've gone platinum with the album, but we do really well live.
Your live shows are exciting, with you both bouncing around. It feels more like a party.
That's it, we're still just trying to impress people. As many as we can. They might be fans already, but we still want to win them over, make them think that they're definitely Rizzle Kicks fans, so we completely go for it, try as hard as we can. We're in our own little world.
Do you have to gear yourself up for that?
Not really. It's weird. I do a bit of vocal warm-up, but we just drink tea and chill. We use so much energy on stage that if we psyched ourselves up, we'd be dead at the end of it. Our stamina is terrible! We just chill and then get our game faces on about a minute before the show.
When will you record your next album?
We've written a lot of the new album. All we wanted to do after our first tour was write, write, write more, we had so much adrenalin. We've got 40 demos or something. It's cliched, but it's a progression and more mature. Slower in tempo, but still has a party vibe. It'll be out in 2013.