Northampton rapper slowthai has been creating waves in the music scene throughout 2017, making a name for himself with his hard-hitting blend of hip hop, grime, garage and dubstep.
The last year has seen him take to the stage at the Boy Better Know O2 takeover, appear on Places + Faces hyped P+F Sounds mixtape alongside the likes of Kojey Radical and Daniel OG and release his debut EP, the incredible I WISH I KNEW. He also played his biggest solo show to date in November; a sold-out gig at St. Pancras Old Church, which, perhaps unsurprisingly for those already fans of his, went off (and then some).
We caught up with him at the church post-gig to discuss his year, his influences, his style and his plans for 2018, and got him into some of the best new arrivals at 18montrose – including styles from Champion, Maison Margiela, Needles and Cottweiler – as part of our exclusive editorial.
Read on to get to know slowthai or check out the editorial above.
Hey Ty. How’s 2017 been? You’ve really left your mark on the industry this year, 2018 is looking like it’s going to be a good year, right?
Yeah it’s been good, but I’m not focused on leaving a mark on the industry – I want to affect people, not businesses. I want everyone around me to feel like my family, I want to be an open book. I want to show people they can be whatever they want. Don’t change, be you, have fun and love life.
Was there a specific moment that inspired you to start making music?
No, there wasn’t really a specific moment to be honest. It was more to do with the people I was around when I was younger. I think that when you’re growing up in a town where there isn’t a lot to aspire to, you don’t feel like there’s much more to life than what’s around you and you can only get as far as the people before you have – or at least that’s what it felt like for me. But no matter where you come from, there are people who will make it their job to tell you that you can’t do this or you can’t do that. Make it your job to prove them wrong.
The St. Pancras Church gig was incredible for the audience – how was it for you?
It was crazy! The energy was on a different level; girls, boys, mosh pits and vomit. It was like a family reunion, everyone together getting lost in the moment. Love to everyone that was there for it.
If you could only listen to one song forever, what would it be?
Radiohead, Weird Fishes.
You’ve got a lot of style – how important is fashion to you?
It’s just another part of my identity, a way of expressing myself.
Which brands or designers do you like?
Brand-wise. I love Patta, Maharishi, Stone Island, Cav Empt, Nike, Converse, A-COLD-WALL*, Levi’s, Lacoste, Fred Perry, Supreme, Prada, Burberry, Noah and C.P. Company. When it comes to designers I’m into Nigo, Ryan Hawaii, Vivienne Westwood, Nasir Mazhar and Samuel Ross.
Whose style do you think kills it?
Daniel Pacitti and Manuel Schenck’s.
Can you give us some tips for if 18montrose ever found ourselves in Northampton?
Come in the summer, jump off the Mill into the canal, go fishing, take acid in the park, get the bikes out and hit the roads.
What’s on the cards for 2018?
It’s a secret, you’ll have to wait to find out. But in the meantime, you can buy tickets to my next headline show here.