Camden Crawl 2014 Interviews: #4 – Eyez
For the final of our four one-to-one interviews with artists who performed at this year’s Camden Crawl festival we spoke to Eyez, a Derby based rapper who describes himself as ‘a man with a message’, and who we are tipping for success. Following his steady rise in the ranks of the crowded UK MC circuit, which was helped along by his clashing abilities (The only artist to appear on Words Are Weapons, Who’s The Boss, Lord of the Mics and Don’t Flop) he could well be set for big things as a grime/hip hop cross over artist!
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BlatantlyBlunt Tell me a little bit about your background, where you’re from etc
Eyez: I was born here in London but now I represent Derby It’s where i started my music and established myself as an artist
So you are familiar with Rukus?
Yea – he is a good friend of mine – he helped me out a lot and I even wrote my first verse at a workshop he was running … hes still at it and is coming with a different approach – mainly doing it for the love of it – a good guy!
What was your first reaction when Jammer approached you to appear on Lord of the Mics?
I was gassed – though when I found out who it was against I kicked back a bit as some things had happened. Also as we were part of the same scene, and were grieving at the time from someone passing away plus we had a friend ship around that time – so we didn’t have the best clash ever I didn’t wanna go in too deep.
I learnt that I need to do things my own way – I wished I said I would have preferred to clash someone else but I jumped at the opportunity as it was Lord of the Mics but it was definitely a fun oportunity.
What have you got coming up for the second half of 2014?
I’ve also got another clash coming up for Dont Flop, where i’m battling (Leeds artist) Dialect – – it’s gonna be in a grime environment.
I am also to get more songs on radio – I already have a project called Woi Oiii which is on itunes and I have a mixtape coming which will show people what I’m all about.
Who do you look up to in the UK scene?
I look up to Ghetts a lot, and I have collab’d with him which has definitely been a highlight. I also admire the likes of Kano, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, and a lot underground hip hop heads. However not so much the road guys but the more raw side who represent my environment, like Farma G (Taskforce) as well as Rodney P, Skinnyman and Stig of the Dump.
Any tips for up and comers?
I would just say don’t try to compete with anyone else, and don’t let anyone say you can’t make it!