INTERVIEW │DIZZEE RASCAL
Dizzee Rascal is already well on his way to earning a place amongst the pantheon of hip-hop deities, and if there was any doubt among Aussie hip hop cohorts, his performances at the Big Day Out festivals earlier this year cemented it.
But as well as earning a glowing rep for consistently delivering blistering performances, the rapper also revealed during his many press interviews, he’s not one to mince words. And Sweatin’ Beats was no exception! We sat down with the ‘Dance Wiv Me’ star to talk music inspirations, fashion and retiring in Oz.
SB: Who inspires you to make music?
Dizzee: Timberland. He’s one of the people who inspired me to make music in the first place.
SB: Who’s Your Fav dance artist?
Dizzee: I actually really like DJ Assault – a Detroit a ghetto tech DJ, who’s produced good music that’s influenced me a bit.
SB: Will you ever try a different genre of music?
Dizzee: I love Dance. It would be good to try something new still, but I always want to make people dance so there’ll always be an element of dance in my music.
SB: Are you planning any future collaborations?
Dizzee: Right now I’m just working in house with Cage who I’ve always worked with. I want to get more into production myself, but no doubt I’ll work with some other people.
SB: Maybe Calvin Harris again?
Dizzee: Maybe. I saw him out in Australia, we’ve been rolling, not even talking about music just hanging out.
SB: You were voted on UK GQ’s best dressed man alongside Becks and Daniel Craig. Were you pleased?
Dizzee: Yeah I’m happy about that. That makes it official. Them suits cost me money I didn’t get them for free.
SB: Where do you get your style inspiration?
Dizzee: I get it from pimps, gentlemen, businessman and thugs.
SB: Are you excited to play Glastonbury this year?
Dizzee: I can’t wait, I hope it’s sunny again like last year.
SB: Will you camp?
Dizzee: Oh no, I’m not into all that mud.
SB: What do you do when you get some time off?
Dizzee: Cinema, just chilling out, exercise go to the gym, kickboxing and that, read, im trying to do a bit more of that.
SB: You’ve said before you love Australia. Would you retire here?
Dizzee: I’ve seen a few places and I can understand why people retire in Australia, like the Gold Coast and places like that. I could see myself living there.
SB: Are you surprised by your success in Australia?
Dizzee: Yeah definitely. Now it’s bigger than its ever been for me over here.
Check out Dizzy goign 'Bonkers' in the video below.