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Interview: Rudimental

24th April 2013

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Things seem to be going rather well for Rudimental at the moment. Despite working in normal day jobs just over a year ago, the drum and bass collective's single ‘Waiting All Night’ featuring Ella Eyre currently sits top of the UK music charts.

Now Piers Aggett and the rest of the band are hoping their debut studio album can also reach number one.

Since Aggett and Kesi Dryden graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008 (to be joined by Amir Amor, DJ Locksmith and a host of musicians), their rise to the time has been little less than meteoric. Their popularity can been seen in the quality of their early collaborations notably with John Newman and Alex Clare on ‘Not Giving In’.

The band have now revealed that chart-topping songbird Emeli Sande features on their new album, Home, which hits the shelves on 29th April.

Piers Hammond (keys) said: "This album has been two years in the making, so we hope it is well received by the public. We have been making it on the road as we just feel that's how we make our best stuff. It's an eclectic album which includes elements of house and garage, as well as hip-hop and soul etc. Emeli Sande does feature, we met her at Brixton. It was amazing to work with such a well known artist."

Speaking of Rudimental's hectic schedule, he added: "It's been pretty crazy recently. We were in Australia for two weeks, then we played in LA, the South by SouthWest festival (SXSW) Texas, and Miami. Next up is our UK headline tour."

The ambitious four piece band are set to play their first gig of the UK tour in Glasgow before heading to Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham and Norwich amongst other cities. They are also taking to the festival fields at Latitude, Glastonbury and Kissbeach this summer.

"We're just trying to get our name out there as much as possible. We always get a good vibe from the UK audiences- they know exactly what they want too. With the US it's completely different; they're a little more open minded and we didn't feel the pressure as much. It was a case of 'this is who we are' and what we're all about in America. Hopefully we can crack it.".

When asked, Aggett also acknowledged the wide spectrum of fans Rudimental have gained: "It's great because we can see anybody from a fifty year old bloke to a teenage girl at our gigs. I think we appeal to students in particular too - we definitely count on that background. We get a massive student following, they all turn up to the uni gigs. Myself and Kesi both graduated from Leeds Met in 2008 and we were doing a music related degree, so there is that connection. Also great to hear people are listening to our songs at the gym and things."

The Rudimental mob look like an increasingly unstoppable force for UK drum and bass, and promise to be one of the biggest names in the next few years.

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