“I’m a multi-instrumentalist (playing keys, guitar, bass, sax, synths & I sing) but I write and produce all different types of music from, Underground Pop, through UK Garage, House & Techno.
I aIso work for the company Skates & Ladders teaching kids how to skate all over London.
I’ve just released two music projects.
The first, ‘Adibanti’, is more song-based with me writing lyrics and melodies over underground pop beats like garage etc. I have a number of releases out on UK Label ‘Subsoul’ and have more coming this year.
The second, ‘Rory No-Mates’ is my sultry House & Techno alias. This is the name I play under when I DJ. I have my first release on this project coming out on T.E.E.D’s LA-based label ‘Nice Age’ in a week or so.
I also co-own a clothing company, Collage Dropout which has started receiving interest and help from The Garmhausand Depopwhere we make collages and bung them on T’s.
Check out instagram.com/collage_dropout_
Also, I’ve been working with the ESA (Ealing Skatepark Association) and have helped design the skatepark that has just been built in Acton Park.
I think that the relationship between skating and art is incredibly close.
In both areas of my life I have had to work hard to get to where I am ability-wise. Skating is a very creative thing, everyone has their own tricks and every trick can be done in so many ways. It’s the same with music; you have 12 notes and endless possibilities, and the same amount of possibilities with four wheels and a bit of wood. It’s up to the individual, which is very special.
Both disciplines require bravery but in different ways. With music, you are effectively broadcasting your soul to anyone who hears it, but with skateboarding you are putting yourself in physical danger to try and get your trick and better your physical fitness and ability. It also takes a lot of time and frustration to get good at either! These two things have definitely helped shape me into a more confident and patient person.
I also think they can be beneficial to one and other. If I am suffering from writers block, (which is inevitable as a producer) there is nothing better to re-inspire me than a couple hours of skating either on my own or with my cru. I also take the energy I gain from hearing some tunes and put that back into my passion for skating. They go hand in hand!
Am I inspired by skaters and skate brands?
Of course! Particularly Haroshi, the guy who makes amazing sculptures out of old skateboards. He uses the old and knackered bits and creates silky-smooth masterpieces! Super inspiring.
My favourite skate film is Girl Skateboards Pretty Sweet. The detail and personality that comes across in everyone’s parts is wicked.
I love detail in art, and there are tonnes of funny little details spread all the way through. I make a great effort to add subtle details in my art so yeah, you could say it has inspired me to do that!
I think the No Comply Network is a sick idea, as everywhere I go, I meet skaters who are doing cool, creative shit and it’s the perfect place for people who are up for collaboration and sharing each other’s talents and passions and work. Also just for meeting people! (Which I’m sure I will)
Collage dropout are looking at doing some parties, first one hopefully being in December this year, where I will be playing. Were will be going back to the underground style of party and playing proper House & Techno on a good system. We’ll be selling our T’s there too.
I am also looking to get some video content online for my projects and want to get some of my tunes on other people’s videos too