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.
B.U.R.R. #47: Archy Moor
Getting ever closer to half a century of B.U.R.R. Interviews. Bit mad that really… Imma keep saying that every time until we get there.
On our last episode, we spoke to Puellae out of Coventry, who is doing bits. This week however, we’re on a long old trip from Coventry, the pride of middle England, all the way to Dublin, across the Irish Sea – it was quite the swim.
Anyway, it’s Archy Moor. We’ve got a really good feeling about this guy. Only 19, his latest single, The Long Road, is produced by Gaptoof and features Osquello found it’s way to our playlist this month!
And he’s been making his own blend of self-aware hip-hop for a little while already, with Soundcloud tracks and YouTube videos to find out there dating back into his mid-teens. Let’s get to know him a little better, shall we?
Photos by Evan Cahill
How has that bloody global pandemic affected your art and work-rate?
Did you pick up any new habits or hobbies in the last few months?
Things seem to be popping off in Dublin at the moment. How do you find it as a young artist in Dublin right now?
It’s cool man. Personally, I just do my own thing, put out the music when it’s ready even if it means going ghost for a few months. I’m not about theatrics or establishing a notable artistic image different to my personality in order to be seen in better lights. I just do me, pretty standard business.
Do you think Irish hip-hop gets enough media coverage, radio play, and so on?
Depends what you’re hoping to get out of this music thing. Some are happy being covered by Irish outlets solely, some branch out and gain traction over in the U.K and U.S. I think if the music hits it’ll naturally find it’s way to other outlets outside your home turf.
‘I always come across a comment on a music video that’s like, “there’s black people in Ireland?” and its shocking to me.’
Your vocal about being a black man in Ireland on the new record. Tell us something people in the UK might not know about Ireland’s black community…
It’s very close knit. I always come across a comment on a music video that’s like, “there’s black people in Ireland?” and its shocking to me. Maybe people actually are unaware and uneducated or something like that.
Plus racism is very much alive here for the people that say it isn’t, gets me heated when I hear that.
What are your biggest influences, musical or otherwise?
The Long Road is a banger mate. How did that Gaptoof, Osquello link up happen?
Thank you G! Gap and I had been going back and forth trying to settle on a beat for a single drop for a minute but when he sent through the beat for “The Long Road” I knew Osquello would go crazy on it so I had to slide it through to him. That’s my guy, known him for a couple years now through the music even though I haven’t him in person, the internet is really crazy.
Tell us a bit about the tune and the artwork?
The song just sums up that you should be patient, make mistakes, have setbacks and fallouts because in the end, they will shape your craft into something beautiful. I used to be heavily invested in numbers and accolades but now I just make music to make music. The rest will fall into place at the right time.
Love to Aoife on the art, I was having artist problems for ages, missed deadlines and all that jazz but she came through and penned the idea and final piece in like 24 hours. Crazy lady, she’s great!
What can we expect from you to see the year out?
Anything else you’d like to add, shout outs, thank yous, a quote from your favourite book, anything goes!
Big thank you to my mom and to my guy Berm. Shoutout to Mother Nature and Offie with it. Lots of love to all my queens out there. Words of wisdom? Be happy with yourself first, don’t let someone else be your sole source of happiness.
Imma go to the Offie real quick, can I get you anything?