You grew up in east London. How did that shape your identity?
Parts of Hoxton are difficult, but parts are very rich in culture and developing art. I think to myself, "Would I have the same level of self-expression and self-confidence if I didn’t come from Hoxton?" because you see so many people there who are individuals.
You’ve tackled some big and relevant topics in your music...
The political shifts that have occurred make [politics] a part of everyone’s day-to-day, so the fact that it’s reflected in music isn’t anything new, it’s just another part of the dialogue. I encourage people not to be afraid of that dialogue. It’s just talking.
What importance do you place on lyrics?
Everybody falls in love with a different style of writing. The way I learned to write came from poetry, so it had a very descriptive style. My brain tells me to describe things. The better I get with music, the more I learn to refine that, trust in my own plan and know that I don’t have to overcomplicate something to get the message across.