Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Prime Time”?
Yeah, sure. ‘Prime Time’ is the fifth track on the album. It’s produced by Muckaniks, who’s someone I’ve wanted to work with for years. I love his production work, especially on ‘Face The World’ by Rye Shabby, so I told him I needed a beat like that, as opposed to a beat like ‘Revvin’ by Ocean Wisdom and Dizzee Rascal, which is one of his more grime-sounding beats. The song, like the rest of the album, is written in an original rhyme style I’ve developed called Syllablism.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Well, I guess the line ‘eyes blind to the rhymes lined like a pipeline’ in the hook is about the reception to my first album, which although overwhelming positive, went over some heads and was not appreciated for what it was. There are multiple stories told in the song, but I mostly used my imagination. If there was a part that I felt particularly resonated with me, it would be this section in the second verse: “He spewed a bluish green, fluid like his truant schemes, clueless, he, moved upon the cupids that the jewelers clean/ So like the jewellers plea to drool upon the ghoulish sea of rudeness, he would use his prudish cruelness to imbue and please/ He’s on a looting spree of fruitlessness and prudency, shooting me, and brewing my pursuers into bluish tea’.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
I worked with an Indonesian animator called Fadly Diputra for the video for ‘Prime Time’. His work on the video was phenomenal, I think.
The single comes off your new album Patient Zero – what’s the story behind the title?
‘Patient Zero’ takes place in an alternative universe called ‘Rage’. The concept behind the album, which is told at the start of ‘Out For Me’, is that I, myself, once lived in Rage, having gone through portal flight through the collective subconscious, before arriving in this unimaginably abstract and dystopian world. Upon discovery, I was labelled a ‘Patient Zero’ by the authorities before escaping back to Earth to tell of the stories I witnessed. In Rage, people only speak in Syllablism.
How did you come up with the idea of making this a concept record?
Essentially, it came from the fact that I wanted to make an album that wasn’t about me at all. I also just had a conversation with my dad about how I’ve been interested in dystopian literature and the idea of dystopia for my entire life. It just came to be, I guess.
Was this always the main intention or it rather evolve into this?
The concept was slowly introduced as the writing process was intensified. The unique nature of Syllablism is that the pen guides you and not the other way around. So, as I started to plumb the more abstract rhyme schemes and structures, the concept showed its face to me.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was actually quite difficult. The people around me didn’t understand or appreciate what I was trying to accomplish. I felt like I was at the foot of a huge mountain with 10 tonnes of weight on my back. So, in some ways, it was quite arduous and tough, but in other ways, I had the time of my life despite the challenges I faced. I really enjoyed writing it. As for the recording process; it was recorded at Dock Street Studios in Whitechapel, London. To be honest, for 3 out of 4 of the recording sessions, the conditions were perfect. I will always remember and cherish the recording of this project for as long as I live. I went into full rockstar mode.
Any plans to hit the road?
I may well do, but I have to understand the scale first. Let’s see how the album does!
What else is happening next in Prime Sinister’s world?
Well, I’m also a filmmaker, so I’ll probably do that next. That would be my third film. Other than that, I’ve managed to get myself into a journalism masters program at the top journalism school in the country, where I’ll be starting in Februrary. So things are looking up for sure!