Why do you live in London?
My mum moved us from Blackpool when I was three to go to Central Saint Martins and try make some art. It’s not possible to live off your art in most of the north, sadly. I stayed to do the same thing.

What are your go-to places to eat and drink?
There’s this place in Broadway Market called Broadway Cafe and it does these spicy feta wraps which’ll blow your mind. Other than that, I’m still looking for a good smoothie place – so if you know one, tell us.

Winter is (in theory) here. Where are the best places to hunker down away from the cold?
I like buildings that are built solely for entertainment so I’ll go to the Odeon Cinema in Holloway. With people or by myself – I’m a firm believer in going to the movies by yourself. It’s in a 1930s Art Deco-style building and has been a cinema since its inception, which is cool.

What’s the best way to spend one really good day here?
Find a local pub. Failing that I’d say spend the morning on the lock in Camden Market and get breakfast, move to Glasshouse Stores pub in central and get pissed, then go to Las Vegas arcade down Brewer Street and play Dance Dance Revolution, and end your night at midnight, sitting on the lions in Trafalgar Square. Never fails to bring me joy.

Do you have any favourite outdoor spaces?
To be honest most of them are in places I’ve climbed up where I’m not meant to be, haha. Legal ones… Parliament Hill, and I like to go to Kenwood House at its least-busy times and pretend I own it.

What’s the bit of London that you live in got that the rest of London hasn’t?
East has the best nights out I think. I’m scared of answering this one cause everyone is so loyal to their postcode.

What’s the worst thing about London?
The landlords and developers are thieving bastards, draining the culture out of our city, that’s a shell of what it once was, and turning it into a big shopping centre. Good coffee though

Do you have any favourite venues?
I saw Princess Nokia a couple of years ago in Corsica Studios, really small and packed, with great sound.

Does living here influence the music you write?
Completely.

How would you advise someone to get the most out of London?
Take a chance, walk out your front door and say I’m gonna make some friends even if it’s hard because there are so many little pockets and subcultures and you will find your people.

Photo by The London Vagabond.

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January 18, 2019 – AMF Records/Def Jam
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