The final BBC Introducing And AIF Presents...The Skints
As part of our interview series Wikifestivals presents The Wiki 10, a set of questions answered by the exciting and fresh artists selected as part of a BBC and AIF initiative, which sees upcoming artists given the opportunity to not only play at the recently passed Hackney Weekend, but also at other large festivals in the over the UK summer calender!
Previously we interviewed Lil Simz, Lola King and The Kickstarts, and Kersha Bailey, and My Panda Shall Fly, and now we round off the series with the long awaited interview with The Skints, who after their performance at Hackney Weekend also played this years Secret Garden Party
Those of us yet to hear your sound, how would you describe your music?
Jamaican music from the last 50 years, mashed up by 4 English kids in a new style and fashion
How was your experience on the BBC Introducing stage at Hackney Weekend?
Hackney Weekend was amazing, we were humbled to be the only artists from our scene representing, and to be among so many of the biggest artists in the world at the biggest radio event in the UK of the year was just nuts!
If you could headline any festival of your choice, which would you choose and why?
There are so many to choose from! I don't know what festivals we deserve to headline but a few we love are Boomtown, Secret Garden Party, One Love, Mighty Sounds, Reading & Leeds (Lockup Stage), the list goes on!
What was the first festival you ever attended?
The first proper festival I went to was Reading when I was about 16 or 17, I think Jon & Marcia were going to Glade Festival and the Bangface Weekender before then though.
How did you feel about your slot at Secret Garden Party? What do you think that people took away from your performance?
SGP was awesome. It's one we've wanted to do for a few years now, and we only got asked to play about 10 days before it happened, and we already had a show booked in Scotland, so we had some next drive and load in getting there, but it was great. People seemed to really enjoy themselves. I'd like to think people took away a good vibe and a hangover.
What are your plans for the rest of the year? Any releases or tours that we can look forward to?
We're doing festivals in UK and Europe all summer long, then in October we have our UK headline tour which we're really looking forward to. Then in November we go out for a run with Easy Star All Stars and December we should be going to Thailand, which is all mad exciting! And hopefully some brand new music from us before too long aswell.
Of the other 18 acts who had been chosen for this great AIF and BBC Introducing opportunity, who would you recommend and why?
Random Impulse. He's a guitar-weilding rapper from Finsbury Park with a punk band backing him. He's a good friend of ours since we toured with him last year and has got one of the most original sounds in the country right now.
What would be the ultimate piece of advice you could to anyone attending a festival for this first time?
Lastly, of all the festivals in the UK, which ones would you recommend that music fans check out and why?
Boomtown Fair and Secret Garden Party, both very strong!