Interview: Little Roy

By on Monday, 21st November 2011 at 12:00 pm

This summer, reggae artist Little Roy found his way onto national radio stations and even played at the prestigious 100 Club (review here) on the back of his latest release ‘Battle for Seattle’, a collection of Nirvana covers. This saw him play Reading/Leeds festival this year, and a number of other big shows across the UK.

What was the inspiration behind taking on Nirvana for ‘Battle For Seattle’?
Well a great producer friend of mine Prince Fatty came up with the idea. When he played me the tracks I thought yes, that’s something deep I can get into, that’s an artist worth checking out properly. In the studio singing the songs I got more and more into them and got a better understanding what Kurt Cobain was all about. He was a deep character.

Do you think the band are happy with your take on it?
Yes, the label have links with the guys, they are happy with what we’ve done, that makes us feel good.

You’re just about to release ‘Lithium’ as a single, will you be recording any more Nirvana songs?
At the moment there’s a lot going on with what we already have, so there are no plans to go back into the recording studio just yet, we’re looking forward to playing ‘Battle For Seattle’ at festivals all around the world. Who knows what comes next?

Noel Gallagher recently described your Nirvana covers as the greatest thing he’s ever heard, how do you react to that coming from such a big name in UK music?
That’s great to hear that people like Noel Gallagher likes what I’m doing. It means we’re reaching further and further and getting to more ears than before. Reggae and grunge make an interesting combination and it’s grabbing the attention of real music people. I’m liking Noel’s new record too!

You’re firmly behind getting ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to Christmas #1, why is this?
I think monopoly in anything isn’t good. And with it being the anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ it would be great for Kurt Cobain to top the charts again, he deserves it. Hopefully if everybody buys the record he will make it.

What is your opinion on the X Factor taking #1 each Christmas?
As I said monopoly isn’t good in anything, it’s not a healthy situation, but people have to decide to take their own action and not just complain about X Factor, who are doing their thing. To make change you have to make change.

Can we expect you to take on another band for a reggae album?
I’m writing new songs all the time so I don’t know exactly what the next project will be. But ‘Battle for Seattle’ is a special thing, possibly never to be repeated!

What do you have planned for next year?
Writing with various different people who I can’t name yet and playing festivals, here in England and around the world. Plus I’d love to play ‘Battle for Seattle’ in Seattle!

‘Battle For Seattle’ is out now on Ark Recordings.

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