Steezed out MC Allday has just finished off the last date on his national It Ain’t Easy Being Steezy tour; I’ve been lucky enough to catch up with him over email for a quick interview – exclusive to Wolfies Records!
Sup Tom, how are you doing today? Give us an idea of where you are and what you’ve been up to.
Hey man, I’m at home in Melbourne at the moment. Right now I’m wasting time on the internet, listening to new songs and watching interviews.
First off, how long have you been growing your hair?
I started growing it when I was about 16, so 6 years. I cut it every so often to keep it nice. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I get older and start going bald. My hair is kind of my trademark now.
What inspired you to become an artist in the beginning, and how has your journey progressed since then? Now having found some mainstream success have any of your goals changed?
I’m not sure what inspired me in the beginning. I think I always loved rapping and I always had the feeling that I could write cool melodies. I just rapped as a hobby because I wanted to and that’s the best reason to do something. A lot of kids inbox me and say ‘I’m a rapper how do I become big?’ I think that’s dumb as fuck because the job of making music is too hard to do if you’re just faking it.
In the last year or so since taking my music more seriously and dedicating more time to it, my goals have changed completely. Whereas once upon a time I was happy just to make a song ‘catchy’ because people would like it, now I want to make something challenging that truly represents me as an artist. The music I’m making now is a lot darker than people would expect.
Choice artists outside the hip hop genre?
So many people inspire me so I’m just going to list a few that spring to mind. Recently it’s been Tears For Fears, The Cure, The Clash, Black Sabbath, The Smiths, Royksopp, Diiv, iceage, Lorde, Beyonce, The Cribs, Joy Division, Maxwell, Van Hunt, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Chvrches, King Krule, Sampha, that’s all that springs to mind in the last few weeks.
Dream venue or festival to perform at?
Coachella or Madison Square Garden in NY.
Dream artist to support on tour?
What do you order when you go to McDonald’s?
I don’t go there, I’m vegan. If I went there it would be to do a protest or some shit.
You’ll be working on your debut record soon, tell us a little (or a lot) about it!
It’s cool. Like, I think it’s awesome. I’m trying really hard on it, that may sound weird because I should do that every time but I’m only just learning to be a perfectionist with music. I think people are going to be really surprised with it. It will be out early 2014.
When I’m not writing songs or smashing gigs I am…
Maybe playing GTA or FIFA with my friends. Sometimes skating. Maybe just wasting time on YouTube. I cook a lot, I have this deal with my girlfriend where she does all the cleaning and I do all the cooking. It’s pretty sweet.
What is the most outlandish occurrence that you have experienced whilst on tour?
I was sitting next to a guy on a plane and he claimed the whole armrest and then pushed his leg over onto mine (like skin touching skin) so I had to squeeze my legs in not to touch him. After a while he moved his arm so I put my arm on the arm rest. As soon as I did that he pushed my arm off the armrest. I was 99% percent sure I was being Punk’d. We probably have heaps of crazy party stories but to me the armrest incident is the most outlandish.
Your fan base is growing at a very consistent rate, what’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done in your presence?
It still bugs me out when people start crying. Tattoos trip me out but I love seeing them. A dude kissed my feet that was pretty crazy, I felt like an emperor and shit.
…and finally can you take a selfie of you doing something silly or entertaining for the fans?
I CBF taking a selfie but I’ve attached this photo of Britney for your enjoyment.
You can pre-order Allday’s new single which drops Friday here ! A live review of Tom’s Adelaide show will be up in the coming days.