BURR 17: Hatter

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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.

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For this episode, we’re back in our hometown of Brighton & Hove in what feels like an exciting time for the city. 
 
New acts are popping up not so much every day, but at least every month… or two. Here’s a guy who has been about for a minute, though, as Hatter has been making music and working with the likes of the esteemed Audio Active. Crossing between hip-hop, rap and his love for grime, he is a raw talent for sure.
What do you think Brighton is like for the style of music you make?  
 
I feel like I’m a mix of a few scenes, but then same way I’m not really trying to fit into any of them. If you’re from BTN you’ll understand my music, cos I spent most my life here so you’ll get the local references and the energy.
 
All my favourite artists told me about where they were from in their music, so I’m trying to do the same. I’m about in BTN so I feel the love 100.


What do you genuinely think of the UK “scene” right now? Is there anyone that you look up to?
 
Scene’s got to be the healthiest it’s ever been, the standard artistically and the reach is different to how it’s been before. Ghetts got to be mentioned, bought his first mixtape when I was bare young and his journey as an artist has been mad. I listen to a lot of US music as well. All the people I collaborated with on this new project definitely inspire me. Saffa Ghorishi the most though.
 
Sometimes I watch them epic documentaries about sportsmen and how much they train to gas me up and make me go in at studio.
I know you spend a lot of time in the studio, when do you work best? 

 

Probably night time, catch a sly solo wave and I know the buildings empty so I can just zone out. But a lot the time people come through and nothing gets done (as you know lool) cos everyone’s just vibing if it’s a late one.
 
So for planned sessions, I try to keep it daytime. But when the vibes there the vibes there, I think you gotta be able to create whenever though if you’re serious at what you do. Better to make something and keep yourself sharp and scrap it, than do nothing.


What have you got planned after this latest single? 
 
Got the video coming for this single shortly after, which is gunna be mad trippy. Then two more singles and visuals and you’re gunna get this project ‘Beggars in The Palace’ all produced by Saffa Ghorishi. Then probably another project by the end of the year, cos I been working.
 
Then I’m gunna fuck off this rap thing, learn trumpet and become a jazz musician. Working on some R’n’B production bits at the moment for some singers but I’ll keep that shtum for now.

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‘Fuck craft beer, though, it’s tastes of gentrification.’

What’s your go-to offie lager?
 
Guinness or Dragon Stout. If it’s a mad one Tequila and Cognac. I’m a certified drinker though so I’ll drink most shit if I’m waved, fuck craft beer though it tastes of gentrification.

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Anything else you’d like to add?
 
X-Men cartoon theme tune is the coldest music ever made. Gotta show love to Hear No Evil Management and my G, Brick Celly and Offie Mag.
 
ISSUE TWO OUT NOW

 

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