Lyricist Double S has been in the scene for the best part of a decade, previously one third of Marvell and co-founded ‘Shoddy Crew’ which included Chip. Since then he’s collaborated with grime acts such as Skepta, JME, and Tempa T, and based recent single ‘Yana Darg’ on a phrase he got from his Jamaican friends in Tottenham. We spoke to Double S about his career so far and what the deal is with ‘Yana Darg’.
I tend to get a feeling first, I never like forcing songs.
Tell us bit about yourself - what were you doing before making music?
My name’s Double S. Music has been in me since year 7 so realistically it’s been my job ever since, but professionally since 18. It’s like my escape from the world.
What was the first style or genre of music you really got into? Was their a particular song or artist who inspired you?
I was listening to 90s rap and RnB in the beginning. I’ve just always liked the way artist express themselves in such a creative way. The likes of Eminem, Jay Z and Andre 3000 to name afew were my favourite growing up and because I’ve always thought I was good, I wanted to contribute my art form to the craft and see what the people think.
You co-founded Shoddy Crew. What brought you all together?
It was a youth club called The Hub that bought us all together, we were all just little children in an estate in North London with a voice that needed to be heard and music was the perfect avenue.
You’ve collaborated with grime man-of-the-moment Skepta in the past, what did you gain from that experience?
Skepta’s always been one of my favourite MCs and just to see him do his thing and become the man he is today makes me proud. He came to The Hub when I was 14 years old and that showed me people where I’m from are making moves so it’s possible.
How do you set about writing tunes? Is there a common starting point?
I tend to get a feeling first, I never like forcing songs. Sometimes I get a concept or a dope chorus idea. I tend to find the verses easy so I leave them ‘til last unless I have the flow already patterned.
You worked with Boy Better Know’s JME on your debut single ‘Style & FLows’. Were you pleased with how the music world responded to it?
I loved the response, it was more than I expected. JME’s such a cool bruddah, the verse was just straight to the point and real. I think he had the best grime intro bar I’ve heard in ages “I used to do house and garage in a stolen whip, and now I own all three” lol. There’s levels to the ting.
Tell us about your new single ‘Yana Darg’. What’s it about?
Yana Darg is a phrase I got from a few of my Jamaican friends in Tottenham, its like you greeting me saying “wah-gwan” and I reply back “I’m easy yana darg” and it became normal after a while so I decided to make a song out of it.
‘Yana Darg’ features old school grime instrumentals courtesy of The Heavytrackerz. How did they get involved? What did they bring to the tune?
I actually had a different beat before I took it to them, but the first one wasn’t knocking enough and grime to me has always been about energy. I work well with Heavytrackerz because their sound has that energy that just works parallel with my flow so it’s always a wave.
What are your hopes for ‘Yana Darg’?
I don’t really have hopes for it, that tends to lead to disappointment. I just wanted my supporters to know I’ve still got it and also have fun with it. It gave me the same feeling as 2005 again which was good.
What’s coming up for you in 2017?
I have a mixtape called “Double Vision” with a few of the songs I released last year and afew new ones. I feel my supporters deserve it from me after all this time. A lot of videos, shows etc. I’ll be about, lol.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would you go back to and what would you say?
I would go back to when I was in Marvell and made Marvell Music and I would tell everyone to make it a single and then release a song we made called ‘Marvell Millionaire’ as the first single to the album, then thank me later.
Listen to Double S on Soundcloud below. For more information go to the Double S Facebook page.