North London’s Rhett Nicholl has today released his debut official single “Haunty” ft.The Nasty Poet and Bapou Costi. After a dark period where he was unable to make music between 2012-2017, Rhett has spent the past two years honing his craft and today is the start of an incredible journey. Watch here
The accompanying visual, directed by Jack Murray and Sam W. McFadden and produced by Channel 13, is a homage to the areas of London that Rhett loves and frequents. Cameo’s include Oneman in Streatham & Chennesy in Kentish Town. A beautifully filmed and suitably emotive and haunting visual.
Speaking on the single, Rhett states:
“Haunty began as a reaction to the passing of a close friend and seminal figure in our culture. I’m trying to work through those feelings it became a means to explore the issues and struggles of the people who really grew up in this city.”
Featured artist Bapou Costi (a former convicted armed robber turned St Martins School of Art Graduate) continues:
“These lyrics come from a longer stream of consciousness, like most of what I write. There’s no start or finish, no resolution or gimmicks. This section addresses a life that all my people have lived, and much continue to. I wrote this for London, the real ones that get the metaphors, the sub text and word play. If you know you know…”
The Nasty Poet (Sophie) adds:
“I think it’s often really hard to put into words quite how difficult things can be, my lyrics came from a place of pain, and a real emotional connection to someone going through something. I think it can be very easy to mask how we feel, brush it away, and pretend it doesn’t exist. For me, it was a chance to vocalise that deeply intimate and personal connection you can have with someone, in my case an ex, as they go through their struggle and what it feels like to be part of it. I think our track shows the intricacies of living and dealing with pain. We go through so much, we live through so much, and it’s important to be able to find a voice through it all”