Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Blues”?
It was one of my first songs that I proper fell in love with, I made it almost 5 months ago now, maybe even longer. I’ve improved loads since but I still vibe to it. I wanted it to be playful and different. It doesn’t have a specific topic I just vibed out. But it does have themes: weed vs. skunk, facades, me being tapped, getting head and the tube.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I cant believe that I used to roll with blues. Seriously, them ghost white spliffs even when you backstrap still tastes like A4 paper… no idea what I was thinking.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Very fun, hopefully it wont get taken down cos a couple locations we weren’t actually allowed to film in. So that was funny, the aquarium shots on a busy Saturday with parents and little kids staring at us like “Wtf is this guy doing”. The shots in the Holborn leisure centre were awesome, estate right next to a swimming pool surrounded by central London buildings was wicked visually. Spending ages in my boy Fins yard getting the Netflix shot and pretending to get head was hilarious.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was one of those ones that just hit me. I had to chorus from Edmonton Green to Seven Sisters on the Overground, then the first verse from Seven Sisters to Great Portland Street. I did the second verse later that night. I cant remember the studio session very well but Alpha Redd from Bluberry media led me through it, he’s a good engineer.
Known for playing with different genres – how do you go on balancing them together?
My go-to is trap, mainly with the flow I demonstrated on Blues, but depending on my mood I switch it up. Sometimes I make love songs , sometimes its poems, sometimes its Hip-hop. Depends how I’m feeling. But I feel like its important for me to be versatile and learn so I make myself try new things a lot.
What role does London play in your music?
I don’t think id be rapping if I wasn’t a Londoner. 90 percent of my writing is done on the tube or bus, and the rise of the drill flow and London trap really infuenced me. The more I grow the more I realise there is mountains of opportunity in this city, you just gotta be grinding and networking.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
Again, depends on my mood. The other day I went studio with this guy called Xaymaca and I basically forced it into a breakup song cos that how I was feeling LOL. If you check “Earlsfield Freestyle” as well, I had to adapt to IbePuffy’s style cos he sticks to his ting. But I have upcoming collabs that are very me style.
How’s your new EP coming along?
I’m being picky about it, the first draft is there but I’m polishing it off. Its not versatile, its gonna be a project that’ll make people go “Ohhh that’s his sound”. A development of the style on “Blues”.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Nope, not yet, no title. I want it released in summer 2019.
Any plans to hit the road?
If you mean touring, no, its early doors. If you mean gigs , 100 percent.
What else is happening next in Aggy D’s world?
I’m gonna ghost for a bit after I drop Blues to collect myself. I’ve got too much music and I need to understand where all these songs belong individually, put money behind them, sort out the EP etc. I’ve got some cool collabs coming though. Look out for Aggy D X Saint P. I’ll be doing open mics and stuff like that as well.