Weirdoe, the accomplished Grime MC hailing from Northampton, strikes a delicate balance between unapologetic realism and clever wordplay, drawing listeners into a personal diary that reflects upon the trials, triumphs, and tumultuousness of his own mental health, surroundings, and the distractions that surround him.
With an unparalleled clarity, Weirdoe’s storytelling abilities paint a vivid picture throughout the project, resonating with raw honesty that leaves an indelible mark on the listener. His signature flow evokes a sense of nostalgia, reminiscent of the mesmerising talent displayed in his viral JDZ Spitfire freestyle.
What or who inspired you to begin a career in music?
I was originally inspired by poetry until my older brother introduced me to grime music which just captured me.
What differs you and your sound from other artists in the music industry?
I think the thing that separates my sound is my delivery. I’m being myself and telling the truth in everything I say, whether its painful past truths that I’ve lived through, or whether I’m building a track to get a party jumping, I pay a lot of attention to making sure my emphasis is believable, that my cadence and flow are exciting.
Your new EP, ‘Born In a Barn’ is out now. Can you please describe the creative process and inspiration behind the project?
It’s a story of where my journey began and where I grew up, Standens Barn, Northampton, hence ‘Born in a Barn’. It’s where people who I grew up with know me from, and where my audience first ever saw me, freestyling in the estate.
The creative process across the project was unorthodox because it wasn’t planned. We had a bunch of singles ready and we found a thread that tied them together, compiled them and recorded some more pieces, and ultimately ended up with a project that reflects on where I’m from to what I’ve been through. From ‘Thatchwell Court’, the street in the estate I grew up on, to ‘Insomniacs Lullaby’, everything in there is me.
In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?
For me it’s ‘Never Planned This’. It’s like a diary of events. It’s pain in those 32 bars. If you know me, you’ll know what I’m talking about in those lyrics, if you don’t you’ll definitely feel it. It’s very personal to me, definitely one of the most meaningful songs I’ve written.
How do you handle the balance between artistic expression and connecting with your audience?
I’m myself, I’m Weirdoe, I put myself, my personality and my story into everything I do, but I make sure it’s relatable, and that’s why my core fan base have stuck by me for so long.
Can you share a memorable or defining moment in your career so far?
My debut JDZ freestyle around a decade ago was huge for me, it gave me a huge head start from the jump and made me an instantly recognisable face within the industry amongst my peers. A decade on and it’s still running up thousands of views a month, and people still stop me in the street to tell me they grew up knowing that freestyle, it’s a sick feeling.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists who are just starting their musical journey?
My advice would be record everything, document everything. SPARE NOTHING. Also, don’t just show the world the good bits.
What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?
I’ve always strived to just be myself and be great, in my own lane, a one of one, that will never change.
Anything else you would like to add?
Born in a Barn, my debut EP is out NOW! Thank you to everyone who I’ve met and who’s supported me up until this point so far and helped me get this project out there, from radio to the DJ’s spinning, everyone posting, everyone running up my streams, buying the project… Everything.
I appreciate you all, it’s just the start, stick with me!
‘Born In a Barn’ is available now via all major platforms.
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