RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON DRILL ACT YINGDATT
Hiya, folks! Thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today. Grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
The main reason why I believe the music thing is for me is mainly because I released two freestyles on Instagram that did very well, with one gaining 60,000 views and the other reaching 68,000 views. That made me believe I can actually go somewhere with this music thing.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I started making music in 2017 at a Youth Club, but I didn’t release any of them until 2019 when I finally released a song. It gained 30,000 views until the Met Police took it down for inciting violence. Now, I don’t focus on the violent side of drill music, and I try to look at what I can say to avoid it a little bit.
Name your 3 favorite albums.
1. Lil Durk/Lil Baby – Voice Of The Heroes
2. Lil Durk – Almost Healed
3. Polo G – The Goat
What was the first song that steered you into a music path?
I think the first song that steered me into the music path is MSkum’s ‘Plugged In’.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in. How do you feel you are doing?
I think I’m doing alright; my first song has 18,200 views.
As you develop as an artist and use social media, what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
I communicate with pages that have a good amount of followers, and I ask them if they would promote my page and music, and I would send them a transaction.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I use unique beats and drill beats where I don’t really talk about the grim side of the life I have lived.
I hear you have new music. What can you tell us about it?
I made ‘Hola Hello’ back in 2022, and I released it in 2023. It’s linked to Portobello, as I said I was just raised in Bello.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.
I kept writing and deleting a lot of lyrics. I made 3 whole verses which all got scrapped until the final version.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was beautiful. You hear it raw in the start and then slowly it starts falling into place.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?
The biggest learning curve I had writing it is that I need to slow down a bit and let adlibs go in between my lyrics.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
Yeah, just some of the lyrics, that’s all.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
My Instagram is YingDattt, and my Snapchat is ydee.la.”