We love discovering new musical talent at KitSound HQ. So, we’ve collaborated with London hip-hop duo Team Infamous made up of Emille and Tevvy. We’re super excited because these guys have endless amounts of energy and bants and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
Do you play any instruments? If so, when and why did you start playing?
From the young age of 10, I’ve always been on the keys, I also played around with the Guitar, Bass, Steel Pan and Drums (Bongos, Congas and Full Kit). Nowadays however, I mainly just produce and have been doing so since 2010, I was at least 12/13 when I started crafting instrumentals.
Were your musical tastes influenced by anyone?
Kanye West, Big Sean and Tinie Tempah mainly, we feel as if they all embody what it means to be a modern day creative. We take elements from all the above in order to edge our own sound and push the envelope with what we can do as passionate creatives.
Who are your favourite musicians?
Kanye West, Big Sean, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Russ, Jon Bellion, Rudimental, Disclosure, Giggs, J Hus, Chip, Kano, Stormzy… the list could go on forever! We are just fans of good music and we feel that every artist we’ve named creates just that.
If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Tevvy: Kanye West – Good Life, I love the fact that he sampled a classic Michael Jackson song but in such an intricate way and used a small sample as the base foundation for the whole song… simply genius. I also love the message; he speaks on the lifestyle that I plan on obtaining for myself, so it’s very motivational for me.
Emille: Kanye West – Flashing Lights, I think that song broke so many boundaries for hip-hop and modern music in general, it combined so many genres from techno and orchestral to hip-hop and house, it’s an eclectic blend of great sounds, also the chord progression is beautiful.
What’s the best music festival you’ve performed at?
Back in 2013 we performed at The Whitecross Street Party Festival, it was such a great day filled with warm weather, good vibes and great food! At the time we were only 16, so we were quite young compared to some of the other performers but we still shut down the festival and showed them all why age is just a number.
What’s the best music festival you’ve attended?
Wireless Festival 2014 was such an amazing experience! We saw some amazing performances that day. Vic Mensa, Jon Bellion, Foxes, Iggy Azalea, Tinie Tempah, Pharrell and Kanye West, such a diverse line-up of creatives. We didn’t leave the mainstage that day as we were at the front; however we enjoyed every moment of it!
What’s been your most embarrassing onstage mishap?
Whenever there are any technical difficulties it can be quite embarrassing! We can recall this one time when the audio engineer for a show we were performing at forgot to turn on Emille’s microphone. We didn’t know until it was time for him to start rapping and he sounded extremely quiet. The song we were performing had to be stopped so that he could do a live sound check in front of a crowd of people in attendance… embarrassing right?
Do you have any superstitious rituals before you perform live?
We always pray, we drink a bottle of Lucozade (we love Lucozade) and we do a lot of stretches. We know we’re going to be doing a lot of jumping about on stage so we know the importance of preparing our bodies for that type of exercise. Our aim is to always give 110% when we perform and nothing less.
What advice would you give to beginners in the industry?
Stay hungry! Believe in your ability and understand that it takes a team to build a dream. No one makes it to the top on their own, so make sure you have a good support system, whether that’s your family members or your close friends. Having support from others can do so much for you; it’s done a lot for us thus far. Lastly, we would say stay humble and know your worth – as long as you know who and what you are, no one can discredit you or what you’ve done/are doing.
What songs do you listen to when you need motivation?
Kanye West – Champion is our song of choice whenever we need some motivation. Everything about that song gives us an energy that cannot be explained, the lyrics and the instrumentation both complement each other and we believe it’s the soundtrack for the underdogs. Kanye West has an interesting way of captivating listeners with his powerful messages and his unorthodox methods of wordplay and diction; it’s the perfect motivational song.
When do you know that you are 100% happy to stop working on a song and release it?
For us we normally get our advice from others, once we see that some of our close friends and family members are happy with what we’ve done; that’s when we’ll know that it’s release ready. They are some of our most honest critics and when it comes to our music we need 100% honesty, we believe that if they find it great then the world is ready to hear it.
What one song do you wish you wrote?
Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles, such a hit song, full of arrogance, energy and that feel good sound that helped to make summer ‘16 a very memorable one. If we made it however, it would have been more fitting as we are British and so were the Beatles, Rae Sremmurd are creatively pushing boundaries as the face of the new school, so huge props to them.
Which country would you love to tour in?
Japan! Definitely Japan, such a beautiful country, what’s not to love? The culture is amazing, the food is to die for, the vibrancy of the city landscape is simply beautiful, and the music scene over there is so crazy. We feel as if connecting with such a passionate group of people who love music just as much as us will help solidify who we are as artists. Personally, we want to tour the world but if we had to pick then it’ll be Japan all the way! We even have a song on our album called Konnichiwa, That should be an indication to how much we’re inspired by the culture over there… plus we love Anime!
If you could go back in time to meet anyone from the past, who would it be and why?
For us it would have to be Bob Marley, being both from the Caribbean (Jamaica to be exact), we know how important his message musically was for our people. Bob Marley’s music brought people from different creeds and cultures together and that’s what we want our music to do. He single-handedly changed popular music and he could teach us a lot.
Where do you go to find inspiration?
For us our inspiration can stem from anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes it could be as simple as a word or a phrase which someone has said, or a colour that we’ve seen that gets our creative minds ticking. Sometimes when we do feel uninspired we’ll put on the TV and flick through some channels until we see something that gives us a foundation to build off of.
What is your song of shame?
Emille: It would have to be Junior Senior – Move Your Feet as it’s such a feel good song that will have anyone moving their feet as soon as the beat drops! I’d say it’s my song of shame because it’s hidden in my music library but it’s a guilty pleasure song that brings back a lot of childhood memories.
Tevvy: For me it would have to be One Direction – Don’t Forget Where You Belong. Whilst at university, a close female friend of mine advised me to listen to it, I wouldn’t class myself as a ‘Directioner’ but as a fan of good music I can appreciate that song and the message behind it.