We Talk To Eyez About The UK Grime Scene & His Latest Track
We caught up with the up and coming UK Grime artist, Eyez, from Derby.
Eyez already has a portfolio long enough to make other artists loose sleep at night, having appeared on Charlie Sloth’s Fire in the Booth earlier in the year which is like getting stripes in the Grime game. He was also the face of the latest Footasylum AW15′ campaign and will be releasing his debut single soon so keep posted for further developments. You should also check out feature looking at regional grime artists featuring some of the UK’s top up and coming grime talent.
So first of all where does the name Eyez come from and how did you get into the Grime scene?
The name Eyez comes from my government name Isaac, as this is the shortened version used by my friends from a young ages.. I’ve always been called Eyez. I got into grime during school because it was the in ting.
Why do you think we are seeing a re-emergence of the Grime scene again with artists like yourself, Bugsy Malone & Stormzy becoming household names?
I think it’s because everybody understands and relates in this generation, back in the day not everybody understood what was being said, but now UK grime slang is in people’s vocabulary.
It must have been an amazing feeling when Charlie Sloth invited you to do the Fire in the Booth for Radio 1Extra how did it all come about?
I did my debut SBTV where I spat a bar that said ‘Someone holla Westwood tell him that my bars are hot’. This is my chance to get that phone call from Charlie Sloth’ and after that he followed me on Twitter and we took from it from there.
What’s your plans for the rest of the year?
I’m gonna release my debut single, keep performing, find a grime band and prepare for next year.
What’s the UK grime scene like at the moment and how difficult is it to get recognition?
The grime scene at the moment is better than its ever been. It’s the most easiest time for a first time MC to make it off one song. Although recognition is hard, if you add creativity it makes it a lot easier.
“I’ve always got a pad and pen to write bars, it’s a must.”
Which artists have inspired you to do what you do?
As a kid, I showed a huge interest into Ghettz’s lyrical ability and Kano’s flows. They were both a big inspiration from an early point. People such as Bugsy Malone and Stormzy are also inspirations to see how far they’ve come in a short space of time. That makes it all feel possible.
You have featured on the AW15 ‘campaign for Footasylum, how did it all come about?
My friend Dubzy who I appear alongside, was contacted and asked to be involved in the campaign, he bought me through. We tend to do a lot together as it makes everything easier and relaxed.
If you could be an ambassador for any streetwear or designer brand which would it be and why?
Burberry, as it’s very prestige! Or Nike, because I feel like I promote it everyday anyway, as I wear the label.
Top 3 tunes of all time and why?
Maverick Sabre – I need – this song inspired me and when I went to his house to meet him, it made it all abit more real like I could feel every word he sung.
Kano – P’s & Q’s – This song was on the first album I purchased from my own money. I played it everyday and this one was my favourite tune, even now one of my favourite albums.
The Fugee’s – Killing Me Softly – this song means a lot to me due to family reasons.
Travel essentials when you are on your and why?
I’ve always got a pad and pen to write bars, it’s a must. Clothes and hygiene items (palmer’s coco butter, toothbrush etc)