Tottenham’s Avelino’s rise over the past 12 months has been rapid, after hooking up with Wretch 32 for a collaborative mixtape, “Young Fire” brought us into his own world with the F.Y.O EP – and has stayed ‘On A Roll’ with a bunch of singles, videos, collabs and live shows that have him bubbling away, never too far from the surface.
While many would be tempted to cash in on the current popularity of UK sounds like grime and road rap, Avelino continues to play the long game, following the path laid out by his mentor, Wretch: “You’ve really got to show them that’s what you’re about. Stay true to your guns, don’t chase nothing.”
It’s proven good advice so far, with his alternative take on homegrown rap music – his unmistakable delivery and left-field beat selections – setting him in his own lane.
We caught up with Avelino while he took an Uber ride to the studio to reflect on the past 12 months ahead of his set at London’s AMP All Day Rave next month…
What have you been up to lately? You’ve dropped a single ‘On A Roll’ with Abra Cadabra, and a video ‘Late Nights In The 15’ is there a project on the way or are those to be consumed as one-offs?
More of a one-off in a sense where I’m seeing quite a lot of music, that one [with Abra Cadabra] is quite exciting to share at that time so, made it happen.
It’s a good time for being able to put things out when you want…
Yeah, I make the most of it. There may come a time when I don’t have that much freedom.
How would you describe the past 12 months? It feels like things have really accelerated for you during that time…
It’s been a good moment that’s lasted and that I hope will only continue and grow. A lot of people rap their whole lives and don’t even get the opportunities that I’ve already been presented with – so I’m not taking anything for granted I’m just happy and I’m eager to continue.