Scene: Backstage at the Rhythm Factory on the night of the Ready EP launch party. The atmosphere is nothing less than crazy but exciting at the same time. Mr Greed’s has a lot on going on around him as show time is near. Looking fresh and pristine is one of the main priorities for the main man himself so I decided to have a quick pre-launch chat with him whilst he ironed his trousers backstage.
KM Scribbles: Soooo…Mr Greeds the big night is here! How you feeling? What thoughts are running through your head right now? Are you feeling nervous?
Greeds: It’s crazy, I’m feeling a mixture of feelings right now mainly nervous but excited. I have got a lot of friends and family here but also some new people who have never heard my material before. This brings a little anxiety on board but I hope they like it. Overall I’m feeling good and ready to go.
KM Scribbles: I can imagine no doubt everyone will have a phenomenal night! We all know there was a minor set back with the venue cancelling last minute. What were your thoughts when that happened? How did you overcome the situation?
Greeds: Damn yea, initially I was very angry and annoyed purely because it was out of our power. However as the days went on, we started to see the blessing in disguise that it held. There definitely has been a lot of positivity that has happened as a result of the previous venue messing us around. For instance the venue we have now grants us a lot more freedom as opposed to the other one, which had a great number of restrictions. It still created major annoyance though because we put the launch on Bang Radio when we started promoting it with the old venue and then for it to be cancelled was frustrating to say the least! I have to give a big shout out to the team though, who pulled it together majorly. We were very diplomatic and didn’t cuss or anything lol (like we may have felt too) we just kept it moving.
KM Scribbles: You guys definitely pulled things together and tonight’s turn out is great! Putting a night together like this cannot be easy. Surely you don’t do this all yourself. You have a strong team right?
Greeds: Most definitely! I get beautiful help from Purple Hill, The Remedies, This is Jam and Rachel White – together we all make it happen. Collectively we put people together, contact press people etc… It gets mad busy there are people in charge of press, social media, so many things… Definitely have a strong team behind me, it’s a beautiful thing.
KM Scribbles: Team work definitely makes the dream work! So, what can we expect from the main man himself tonight?
Greeds: Well for me to get all the songs right firstly, lol. I’m going to have fun. I would love to see people get random when ready, ha-ha no pun intended! It is going to be a night of family, friends and randomness. I’m feeling good!
KM Scribbles: Okay, so your lyrics are very truthful, deep and meaningful. Where does your inspiration come from? Is everything you pen a personal experience?
Greeds: No not always from a personal experience. My inspiration comes from reading, watching films, performers, and musical idols. Some of my writing is from a personal experience but not all. I sometimes write about a cause that I feel very passionately about like the Stephen Lawrence case – that would cause me to pen something. Sometimes I think you can be someone else’s voice through writing so I write through another person’s experience. With this new EP though, I am showing a different side of things – Volume in Silence was a dark piece whereas ‘Ready’ is a happy piece hence the colourful EP cover.
(Slight interruption from a guest backstage who was so ecstatic at the fact that Greeds’ mum cooked puff puff and meat pie for the backstage party – which was more than delicious by the way!)
KM Scribbles: You’ve taken spoken word to a different level. What made you decide to include The Remedies to accompany you?
Greeds: It was an idea from Felicha (Writers Block) who booked me for a gig and suggested I perform with music. She then introduced me to Ash (The Remedies) and I performed the first gig with just myself and him which was a really nice vibe! We decided to take it a step further and include the full band for the next gig we did together and the rest rolled from there.
KM Scribbles: It’s a really nice unit you guys have going! What is your favourite track to perform?
Greeds: Oh wow, I don’t think I have one! Writing is so fun to do because I can take a topic and jus t go wild. Hmmm….that’s a really good question I will have to have a think about that now. ‘There she goes,’ is always a fun one to do because people act silly and really get into it. ‘Rush,’ makes me lose my voice, I love its intensity. A favourite though, I’ll have to get back to you on that one…
(Greeds is giving his trousers evil eyes because the creases aren’t budging)
KM Scribbles: Ha-ha, I’ll be intrigued to hear your answer. So, you’ve kicked started this year with a bang already….what else can we expect from GREEDS in 2012?
Greeds: Well I will definitely be writing more and making a conscious effort to work with different genres. I really want to write a good play also. It’s funny because initially I said I didn’t want to do music I just wanted to focus purely on writing but a lot of people find that comment crazy. We shall see what the future holds but definitely more writing without a shadow of a doubt!
KM Scribbles: Nice! Well the time is flying by and it’s nearly show time! Thank you for letting me invade your ironing moment! Good luck for tonight – everyone is excited it is going to be a good night.
Greeds:Thank you Ms Scribbles….YOTP!
Greeds now has his trousers pressed to a high standard and is ready to start the show!
G.R.E.E.d.S & The Remedies Ep available now to download on iTunes here and read our review here