Hip hop duo Too Many T’s star in the first music video made using gaming hardware. The video for their latest release ‘PATTERNS’ has been through 600 hours of production to be unveiled tonight (Tuesday, November 6th) at 7.30pm. We spoke to the pair about the video, the track and why the name, Too Many T’s.
We hope the song can help people who may be struggling with things in their lives. With the video we want people to get lost in the visuals and immerse themselves within the world Triff created.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what led you forming Too Many T’s?
A joint love for hip hop and writing wicked rhymes. And being the only two rappers in Wakefield.
Who did your take inspiration from?
Musically from golden era hip hop from Big Daddy Kane to J5 to Dr Dre, white boy rap like Atmosphere, Edan and Eminem, UK lyricists like Hype Man Sage and Dizraeli… and lots of good old Motown, funk and soul. But the world around us, the people we meet and places we go inspire a lot of work.
Why the name ‘Too Many T’s’?
We drink a lot of tea when we’re jamming and we have LOADS of t-shirts. Like warehouses full.
How would you describe your musical style?
Golden era party vibes hip hop with wicked back to back rhymes and flow.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would you choose and why?
Banksy. So we can finally found out who the hell he is and tell him he’s a genius.
Your debut album South City has gathered more than five million plays. What’s been your reaction to the response to the album?
Overwhelming, man. We hoped people would listen and enjoy our album but the amount of plays we’ve had is crazy really. Thank you guys!
What kind of feedback have you received?
Generally positive - it took a while to be honest and at first we were feeling a bit deflated but over time it picked up steam. We’ve had tunes featured on national advertising campaigns, global airplay, remixes from across Europe and lots of love worldwide.
Your new video is for single ‘PATTERNS’, billed as the first time that gaming hardware has been used to both capture and render a music video. How did the concept come about?
Through financial limitations and a creative approach to what we do. Plus the small fact of meeting Triff - the video game artist responsible for creating the whole video himself! He’d been exploring mo cap using an xbox Kinect camera.
Tell us a bit more about working with TriffCo. How were they to work with?
TriffCo is a games designer by trade and a technical wizard. He was very clear with his vision and keen to continue sharing ideas throughout the creative process. Most of the time he would speak a language that we didn’t fully understand so we had to communicate regularly and clearly - then he’d come back and blow us away with something incredible.
How did it feel making a video with an Xbox Kinect?
It was actually pretty weird performing as a ‘normal’ human being in a ‘normal’ room without knowing what the product of the performance would look like. But when you saw the next stage it felt like something special was being created.
You’re launching the video at the BBC’s prestigious Amplify event at Tobacco Dock. How did that come about?
We are part of a creative community at The Rattle, and The Rattle is based at Tobacco Dock where the Amplify event is taking place. We heard about the event and put together a proposal to the organisers. Luckily, they liked it.
Back to the track, ‘PATTERNS’, what’s it about?
About the patterns of bad habits and the struggle to escape the addictions. The feeling of isolation with no one to turn to but your demons.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
The beat was created first by Odjbox & Flux Pavilion and then the lyrics written over several writing sessions.
How does ‘PATTERNS’ build on your style?
We’re known for our positivity and party vibes but we feel this song demonstrates a more serious edge to our songwriting.
What are you hopes for ‘PATTERNS’ and the video?
We hope the song can help people who may be struggling with things in their lives. If we can touch people and really make a difference that would be amazing.
With the video we want people to get lost in the visuals and immerse themselves within the world Triff created.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen for Too Many T’s in 2019, what would it be?
Continue to bit fit, well and healthy and continue to spread love and generate positivity in the world.
Watch the ‘PATTERNS’ video from 7.30pm tonight (Tuesday, November 6th) on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to toomanyts.com.