Welcome to BURR. Brickcellphone’s Underground Rap Radar.
In this series, Brighton hip-hop DJ, Matt ‘Brickcellphone’ Leppier, is chatting to some of the underground rap talent on his radar. It’s as simple as that. Follow him @brickcellphone and listen to him spin some of these artists on Offie Mag Radio. You can also read Brickcellphone’s interviews with Lava La Rue, Virgil Hawkins and v7backin2007, in the latest issue of Offie Mag.
For this episode, Brickcelly is chatting to Para Fiction. Or more so, he is chatting to their ringleader, Jambo.
The rapper, songwriter, meme, lead singer of the punky hip-hop outfit spoke to Offie Mag on the brink of their latest release which they put out exclusively for our audience. One of the youngest in Brighton doing music right now, Jambo has been about for a minute but there’s a feeling that 2019 is going to be big for him and fellow Yert Collective scallywags. Catch their music, catch them at shows and catch them somewhere between The Level and London Road, Brighton, with a bagful of Galahads.
Let’s get the intro out the way first… what is Para Fiction?
It started off with me and Master Fado finessing punk-hop tunes in my bedroom. All of our mates were always around us being crazy talented and we just thought: ‘nah, it would be stupid not to make collabs.’
People always think PF is the gang, but they wrong AF, long live the YERT.
As for YERT watch out for 2019 the whole gang got fuego cooking for you on a low heat,
shout out Nokia Mansion, Dereck, Toffee, Dr. Cortex, Noyang, Kane.
How would you describe your sound? Who influences you?
We don’t ever want to put a label on our music, if you wanna find out our sound you gotta listen to it.
But me and Jules rate that old-school surf rock though… big up the twangy guitars. Gorrilaz is a massive influence on me, in terms of the way they fuse their sound with all the artists they work with rather than just a feature.
What do you think of the Brighton music scene at the moment?
The Brighton scene is at a turning point that hasn’t been seen in a while, especially for UK rap. 2019 is gonna be an interesting year for music in general so we’re excited to see what’s gonna happen to the Brighton scene.
As for support systems for young local artists, shout out Audioactive, Hines & Kema – they helped a lot of the people I know when they were younger. Big up to Offie Mag, too, you lot have done so much for the local scene.
What do you have planned for this year?
Me and Fado are gonna be dropping our first EP: Episode 1: Leechridden, which will be the first of out Para Fiction trilogy.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DRINK OTHER THAN GALIHADS?