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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SHEFFIELD ARTIST LESTER PROX

Hiya, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to become a soloist?

It was never really a decision, it sort of just happened, I have worked with people in the past and I am working on multiple projects with different people as we speak. However, working as a soloist does have its benefits. Such as, I’m never waiting on other people to finish something, and if something goes wrong or doesn’t turn out right, I’ve only got myself to blame. 

Introduce us all to you and your musical history?

So my musical history is as eclectic as my discography. I grew up with my dad who has always been involved in the northern soul scene right from its roots, he then progressed along with all-nighters to the rave scene. So our house was comprised of northern soul records mixed with mostly happy hardcore tapes. It was only when I was around 13/14 that I began exploring music for myself and falling firstly in love with Hip-Hop.

Throughout my teenage years I didn’t want to know anything else. I was a huge fan of old school hip hop to begin with and soon became obsessed. This lead me down the track of trying to write my own lyrics to hip hop beats I would find on YouTube. I then began to explore the UK hip hop scene and discovered the likes of Chester P, Rhyme Asylum and the high focus crew. It was around this time that me and my partner in rhyme ‘Dane Hollow’ created ‘Two Blue Moons’ a hip hop duo heavily drenched in poetry and lyricism. Around the age of 18 I finally started making beats for us. I remember the first year of them being atrocious, but we ran with them and performed a number of gigs. 

The more I wrote my own music the more was exposed to different types of music, and I found myself straying away from hip hop quite abit. I began enjoying indie music such as arctic monkeys, Gorillaz, joy division, the streets, the smiths, pulp. I couldn’t have been a teenager in the 2000’s and not known who these bands were, but because of my northern soul and rave home life I never had a chance to fully experience these bands. 

Fast forward to being 22 and I found a new love, in punk music, primarliry through the sex pistols. An good friend of mine from work introduced me to them and from there I went down a huge rabbit hole. I became obsessed and found bands like sparklehorse, dead Kennedys, Sleaford mods and much more. 

When the pandemic hit, I was really getting into lo-fi bedroom pop such as mac DeMarco and current joys. I tried my hand at making some music that wasn’t hip-hop and the album ‘life is just a precious minute’ is the outcome. There is an array of inspiration on there such as; Bowie, Lou Reed, Joy division, the smiths, the cure to name a few. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

I don’t tend to sign up to them anymore (I think I overdid them as a sceptical teenager) However, Im not completely ignorant. These days I prefer to take bits of information from all sorts of sources and theories and formulate my own ideas on things. 

What support is out there for new artists in Sheffield?

To be honest, not a great deal, and if there is I don’t know about it. Obviously, the entertainment industry got hit hard over the course of the pandemic, but as a new artist this is an area I’m still exploring. I’ve always been predominantly independent and balancing a degree and a full time job leaves very little room to go gig hunting or looking for extra support. 

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Sheffield unsigned scene?

A number of different bands/ artists are really making their mark on the scene this year including ‘The N.S.O’ who I am supporting in May. A band called ‘Naguals’ who I got put onto recently by another great artist by the name of ‘ruby luger’ both are really impressive. ‘Special Pockets’ a man that can do anything. I’ve worked closely with Special Pockets on a number of projects including our ‘LA NOIRE MER’ E.P that was released last November. This guy has got to be the biggest inspiration to anyone, the guy’s work rate is untouchable and he’s one of the nicest blokes you’ll meet. On that topic a huge shout to all the ‘Clouded Minds Collective’ They’re an impressive bunch so definitely check them out. 

I have recently put together a growing playlist of artists on Spotify who are phenomenal and just don’t get the recognition they deserve. The playlist is called ‘Find Them First’ and is full of hidden gems that are just waiting to be discovered so definitely check that out. 

What useless party trick /talent do you have/? 

My music is the only real talent I’ve ever had so I guess it would be that. 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

Not sure to be honest I tend to be very open about everything either through conversation or through my music. I guess the most surprising thing would be that I’m doing an English degree. 

If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe them? 

Made for them. 

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)

Ringo on drums. John frusciante is a must on guitar. Bootsy Collins on Bass and Bowie on vocals. 

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?

Do you. Don’t quit and do it because you want to do it. Do it because you enjoy doing it. Regardless of anything, if music gives you that space in life that you can go to and forget the world then do it. Don’t do it to become big or successful, those things are a bonus. Music is intimate, treat it that way. 

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )

I would have to say people’s attitudes towards music. It’s become a get-rich-quick scheme for so many and with the help of the internet today, we see it every week. I feel legends aren’t made anymore. Culture has become so fast-paced that we don’t spend enough time on things anymore. 

Think about back when someone would buy a record with their pocket money or left-over wages, they would play that record on repeat, they’d inspect every part of that record sleeve repeatedly. Now it’s a simple swipe after 2 minutes on to the next artist. I am guilty of this too. Albums come out today and they are fantastic, but I probably listen to them twice at most and then forget about them. Obviously, this is the way of world and who am I to say otherwise, but yeah that’s pissing me off a little.



I hear you have a new album brewing, what can you tell us about it?

Well I’ve just dropped a new album called ‘Life Is Just A Precious Minute’ it’s the longest project I’ve ever put out and it’s my first attempt at a more post-punk take on my music. The overall theme of the album is that of living in this modern age where time is wasted. Tied in with a few underlying romantic experiences I’ve had. 

Talk me through the thought process of the album?

As previously mentioned, this album was spawned out of lockdown, beginning with the song ‘fishtank’ where I genuinely felt like a fish just going round in circles day after day in my tank. After that the rest just sort of fell onto the page, I make music using a combination of loops and samples and then write my lyrics over the top. 

What was the recording process like?

The recording process is one of my favorite parts, I love messing around on the microphone, and this new style I was trying out gave me more freedom to do things with my voice than hip hop had ever done. Hip hop always feels very to the point and structured whereas this gave a new lease on life it allowed me to experiment with my vocal range and different ways of singing. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?

The biggest learning curve was that I don’t have to restrict myself to one genre of music I can make what I feel like when I feel like it. I always thought because I make hip-hop, that’s what I must do. But by making this album I’ve discovered that I have a lot more freedom to just make music the way I want to make it. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not a thing, I’m an imperfectionist. I don’t really like going over the vocals more than a few times at most, I enjoy things in their rawest form. It’s far more authentic that way, and it’s unique to you. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

The year ahead is jam packed with new music, I will be releasing new music every month, whether in the form of a single or an E.P. I have music already uploaded and ready to drop in the coming months so right now I’m working on the latter half of the year’s releases. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Have a good day and enjoy yourself, life is just a precious minute.