Rory, alias Rorkid, is an inspired rapper and the founder of Exhigone. Music is his food and hip hop his favourite bite. He has been rapping for a long time and released a few EPs along way, the last one being Meditations that he performed at our 4th Edition. He uses words with prowess and his talent is not confined into one area. Constantly creative, he made his idea of bringing arts and Hip Hop together come true through Exhigone with our artistic Sundays. Here is what he wanted to share with us.
Can you give us a bit of background about yourself? Where are you from?
I was born in the North East of England and I moved to Brussels when I was young, about 2. I lived there 15 years so I grew up speaking French, and then, when I was 17, I moved to Ireland for a year. After that I came to London for University and I lived in London ever since.
How did you start making music and why?
I guess it is because I got into Hip Hop music when I was young, with my brother. Also, there was a mate at my school, a great guy called Elias, he had a sort of set up studio at his house. Everyone was going around and recording stuff. That his when I started rapping really, probably around 2004, and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. I made my first tape around 2007/2008 with Elias and since then I’ve been writing rhymes. Then I started doing stuff with TerraOne and J Lawson as well, DJ Senz, people from Brussels. I released a few EPs since, one every year since 2010.
What inspires you? What do you like to rap about?
I like to write like Stream of consciousness, which is a style of writing by James Joyce. It is basically when one thought brings you to another thought and there is no real concrete concept going on but then by writing like that you actually write up a concept. I also like writing to a beat. Usually if a beat inspires me I know it straight away and if it doesn’t I just turn it off. I write until it sounds cool and it’s got concept and I write around that concept and once it starts making sense I start writing the rhymes.
You performed your last EP Meditations at our 4th Edition. How did you work on this project?
These EPs that am doing pretty much define my life at the time they were done. So the Medidations EP is probably me about a year ago, even if it was released a couple of months ago. I like where it came from. The Meditations theme comes from the Rene Decartes book, Meditations on First Philosophy. He breaks everything down from the beginning of thoughts and meditates, and I just liked the idea, so I thought I’d called it that. But also it reflects the theme on the account of what it is, I put a lot of thoughts into it. Then you get to a time in life when you just start meditating. You are not young anymore but you are not quite developed completely and not sure about what you want to do, you just take a few years to think. That is probably with all that that it came about.
Do you have a model, an icon, a person that you look up to and inspires you?
I don’t really have a model but the person that inspires me a lot is Bob Dylan. I listen to him consistently. I like the way you can kind of learn to live from his lyrics. He is talking about life in his lyrics a lot, not being kind of a fashion show. A lot of hip hop music does not really teach you anything. But then, I do like hip hop guys, like Andre 3000 from Outkast, he is quite good. I like a lot of UK rap, like Jehst, he inspires me a lot. Braintax Taskforce, a lot of those guys. That is what I was listening to when I was a kid. They are a sort of conscious rappers I guess, they make you think with their lyrics.
Do you have a dream collaboration?
Probably DJ Premiere.
What are your future projects? Have you started writing songs, preparing a new EP?
I am working on my new EP with TerraOne. I’ve started writing.
What is it about?
You have to wait and see…
How did you get the idea about Exhigone and how did you make it happen?
It is an inspired project. Hip Hop is really closing down on itself. It is not really perceived as an art form anymore but more this kind of niche music that people listen to. I think with Exhigone my idea was to built a platform for hip hop music, for my music but also for my contemporaries and my friends, my circle to perform, to get their name on. My idea for that platform was to marry music with art. Basically I felt like the people that like hip hop music – and it is not just hip hop music, we have a bit of reggae and stuff, but the idea was hip hop – I just felt like the people that listen to hip hop music got a brain in their heads that could appreciate the art side of things and I feel the artists would give another dimension to the music as well.
I wanted to come with a good name for it and a logo. I created the logo and then I got in touch with three girls that I knew in the area and asked them if they would help me do it. They kind of pushed me to get it done and it started off a month after I pitched it to them, in Ginglik.
What is your favorite thing about Exhigone?
I don’t think I have a favourite thing about it but I think for me it is being able to put my friends on, for example get my mate TerraOne to perform, my mate Conor, DJ Citizn K as well. Also, I like the community vibe that is going on. I like the fact that every month there is that going on, something constructive to do socially. I also like the fact that we got the Notting Hill Arts Club. It is very cool. I always went there since I was a teenager. And I like the fact that Exhigone is growing, that is probably my favourite part.
What is your vision for the project in the future?
I hope it keeps growing at the same path, and I hope we will be able to get in bigger venues, that the name would spread around West London hopefully, and across London, across the UK, across Europe. That’d be great. I also have ideas to create an online art community where people can sell their work. We have not really got to the point where people are selling much work yet but that is the end of it as well. My aim for the future is as well that this core of people that are in it at the moment, I want them to be the main core for the whole thing and I want it to keep growing.
Can you tell us something about yourself that we don’t know?
I’m obsessed with fantasy football.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to do the interview!
Do you want to listen to Rorkid? Go and visit www.rorkid.com