Welcome to BURR. Brickcellphone’s Underground Rap Radar.
In this series, Brighton DJ, Matt ‘Brickcellphone’ Leppier, is chatting to some of the underground rap talent on his radar. It’s as simple as that.
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BURR #43: Theodor Black
Just over two weeks ago we spoke to 237’s RADA, who’s been doing really well. Her latest single, Burn One is a certified hood classic, no doubt. On this episode, we caught up with South-East London’s very own, Theodor Black.
He’s been on our radar for time and with a string of new releases to come, we thought we’d catch up with him properly and give him the spotlight he deserves.
Photo of Theodor Black by Archi Silas
Hello mate, can you introduce yourself for those who may not know you?
I’m Theodor Black, I’m a producer/songwriter from South East London, currently living out in Hackney.
How’s isolation been treating ya?
It was kinda jokes to begin with, but now I’m over it, I miss my friends and my family. It kinda feels like I’m under house arrest, with a tag around my ankle and the furthest place you can travel to is the corner shop lol.
What’s the first thing you’re gonna do when we’re out of quarantine?
Gonna go see my mum, then see my friends. Also, I really wanna go to the south coast and go to the beach, I feel like I need a rural detox after all this shit is over.
We first listened to ya all the way back in 2018 when you dropped Black Boy Blues, you’ve been releasing music since then. What’s changed the most about you & your style since then?
I’ve definitely matured as an artist, and I guess I’m beginning to become more solidified within my own identity you know. That type of growth only comes with time and experience and loads of trial and error.
We love your latest track produced by Dwyer as well, have you guys got more coming together?
Probably, I love working with Dwyer, he’s a banging producer. We actually made three songs in our first session together, Had Enough, being one of them. I’m sure we’ll be making some more stuff together at some point in the future.
What else can we expect from you seeing the year out?
I’ve got another single coming out quite soon, and I’m currently working on a full-length which I’m super excited about.
Who are some of your biggest influences inside and outside the music industry?
Inside the industry, I’d say Frank Ocean, just because of the way he finessed the whole ting, very inspiring. Outside of the industry though, one of my biggest inspirations has to be Basquiat, I love everything about him, and his work too, and just his attitude towards life. Very beautiful.
You produce as well, init. How long have you been doing that? What software/hardware do you use?
I started producing around the same time I started writing, but I never had the confidence to produce for myself cause I didn’t think I was good enough. But I kept practicing and eventually, I just got really good.
When I started making Black Boy Blues, I set myself a challenge to produce the whole project, and from there I just started producing a majority of my own stuff. And I use FL Studios.
I’m just popping to the Offie, can I get you anything?
Jheeze, Black Grape KA, still not carbonated, and a white chocolate Kinder Bueno, please
The floor is yours. Give us some shoutouts, a line from your favourite book, a funny annecdote, anything goes for this bit.
I wanna shout out my mum, my girlfriend, God (all praise the most high), Bossman in my local corner shop, my baby CARLA for the release of her self titled EP, Courtney from Super Cat, the whole Dummy team and Naffi from Netil Radio.
Also, big up to all the single mothers out there and lastly a massive massive shout out to all the NHS workers putting their lives on the line to keep us safe.
Also, fuck Boris and the racist security guard from my local Co-Op here in Dalston.
Lots of love.