Sunday, July 21, 2013


Earlier this year we caught Rudimental on a whim at Bowery Ballroom just after they exploded in Austin, Texas, at their much talked about showcases at SXSW. The English band, which combine hip-hop, R&B, funk, rock, jazz, raggae, and everything in between blew the lid off iconic downtown venue and cemented their place as one of the best live acts we saw this year. While the bands debut, Home, will finally be released in the U.S. on August 6 via Big Beat, the group have had a busy season overseas performing at Glastonbury and opening for Nas on his European tour. We spoke to producer, DJ, and member Piers Agget about the bands success, live shows, and how playing around the world still makes them feel at home. Take a look at our interview below:

The definition of Rudimental is “A fundamental element, principle, or skill, as of a field of learning.” How does that apply to you as a band?

I think soul is a fundamental element in our music and it’s definitely a principle that we stand by. The name actually came from a music theory book called The Book of Rudiments. It's basically teaches the rhythms and roots of music.

The sounds and styles of this band range from jazz, funk, soul, drum & bass, and so much more. How does a song get crafted when this band has so many styles?

It varies. Sometimes we write the idea and sing it ourselves, sometimes we jam an idea in the studio and other time ideas are made on our laptops, on the road. When we make a tune we it’s a lot to do with how were feeling, and the mood which will normally determine the vibe, tempo and genre of the song.

Your debut album is be called “Home,” is this an homage to London?

Yea and also “Home” is really about community and positivity. We are from Hackney, London but when we play to thousands of people in festivals we also feel at home. 

How has London influenced this band?

Walking down the street in London you see so many cultures and styles. On my street there was reggae pumping out of one window, Irish folk out of another, and out of mine was drum and bass/garage/house. There is also a pirate radio and an underground club culture that influenced us massively. We used to DJ on illegal radio stations to get our tunes heard, and go to warehouses and clubs and listen to various styles of bass music.

Who are some of your musical influences?

It ranges from Sly and the Family Stone, Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye to Massive Attack, and Soul to Soul. We were all heavily into the score by The Fugees when we were young too. We are fans of many different styles of music and there are 4 of us so you can imagine our tastes are quite eclectic

After years of playing together, what was it like to finally get your debut together and creating it?

It’s been an amazing journey, we have recorded and made lots of tracks on the road, we finished "waiting all night" in a hotel room in Scotland. So the sound is very much influenced by our live gigs and the energy of the fans in the crowd.

There are a slew of guest vocalists on the album, how did you assemble who would be on what song? Were songs written specifically for a voice?

We write and sing on our songs and then work with singers we feel will fit that song, for example we met John Newman in a pub and heard him performing and thought he would be perfect for "Feel The Love". We also have an extended family of singers and musicians we have met in and around the music scene in London at our studio in Shoreditch. Sometimes we also write with the singers, people like MNEK, Sinead Harnett and Emili Sande who are all on the album.
Who would you still love to work with?

We are massive fans of people like Little Dragon, Lauren Hill and Janelle Monae. 

The bands live shows are some of the most extraordinary and fun things I have ever experienced. What is it like to be on a stage night in and night out doing what you love and bringing that joy to so many people?
It is so inspirational to write a song and play it live, the vibe and energy we get off the crowd gives us a buzz, and when we are on stage we are definitely at one with the crowd. 

The band made a name for themselves this year at SXSW. What was that experience like?

The Ribs at Ironworks were amazing! We played the Fader Fort and the Hype Hotel with Artists like Solange and Laura Mvula. We really enjoyed ourselves and there was a great reaction from the crowds.

You do an amazing cover of Fugees “Ready or Not,” who came up with the idea to cover that song and remix it like you do?

The album "The Score" by the Fugees was one of our favorites when we were young, there was a Jungle/DnB remix by DJ Hype of the Ready or not that we used to rave to so we thought we would mash that up on our live set.