In the third instalment of our conversation with Jme and Logan Sama at Red Bull Studios ahead of Red Bull Music Academy presents Tropical, we get into the issues that everyone wants to know: Why did Jme stop Tweeting? And when should we expect the follow up to ‘Blam!’
Logan, you’ve just announced Open Mic with Boiler Room, where people can record themselves spitting over Rude Kid’s ‘Saturday After Next’ instrumental and submit it for the chance to get on the mic at the next session. What was the idea behind that?
L: I don’t know whether this applied to Jamie, but there’s so many artists and even DJs as well, that I know, that their first opportunity to ever perform publicly was at a youth club. And so many of those are being closed down, and so many of those music projects have been losing their funding, that the whole thing of being able to go youth club on a Friday night to spit your newest bars and clash with the local MCs or the MCs that have come from a different area, if you ask any of the guys that was like their day in day out. Before you ever got to pirate radio, youth club was where you were really learning what you were doing, literally from the ground up.
So we wanted to give people the opportunity that maybe can’t get on pirate radio, can’t get on Internet radio, definitely are not going to get played on mainstream or commercial radio, to have a chance to come down and MC to their peers basically. And you do get to say you’re on the same line-up as Skepta or Stormzy or P Money or Flirta or whoever, and just to give them opportunities. I have access to this Boiler Room platform, which is so powerful around the world – so many eyes are on it. And I want to use that for the full extent that I can.
I’m so thankful for working with Boiler Room because they get it, they want to do cool shit. I’m all about doing all the cool shit that I can, I don’t care whether it pays off now, or tomorrow or in five years time. If it’s exciting artistically or if it’s an exciting experience, then that’s enough motivation for me.