Music: The Ragga Twins, Pioneers of Jungle.
Written by: Violet Myers
The Ragga Twins are often hailed as the founding fathers of jungle, responsible for sweaty nights throughout the decades, having crafted the genre over a twenty five year career. Celebrating the release of their new single Vigilante, we caught up with one half of the group, Flinty Badman to talk Skillrex, London and the greatest joke of all time.
What has the reaction been to your new single?
“The reaction has been very good, it went down well at shows. There’s lots of love for the track out there.”
Who are your major influences?
“We influence each other, but also the original DJ’s from Jamaica, MC’s were called DJ’s back in the 80’s.”
Which UK artists are you into at the moment?
“There’s a lot of good UK artists, but we like the old school guys that came up in our era, the likes of Tippa Irie, General Levy, Tenor Fly, Top Cat, Navigator, Sweetie Irie also our RTC crew members Cogee, Pedro Slimer and MTek.”
What was it like to have Skrillex remix your single Badman?
You do a weekly residency in Camden, how’s North London treating you?
“We’re at Undersolo Club in Camden. It’s a free weekly resident for Kool London, as artists on the station we perform there twice a month, we always get a good response there.”
As well as being heroes of jungle you’ve also tried your hand at acting, alongside plan B in Ill Manors, any plans to do more acting?
“We would love to do more acting after our appearance in Ill Manors, hopefully something comes along.”
You’re London natives, what are your happiest memories of growing up in the city?
How do you feel about your local area changing?
“There will always be changes as the years go by but the only problem we have with what’s changed in our area is that in our time we couldn’t have what they have now, these bars would be locked down after a week and some of the clubs.”
And finally, why did the tiger get lost?
“We’ve heard this one before….”
Cuz jungle is massive! Know any other jungle related jokes…?
Vigilante is out now! Listen here.
Photos: Courtesy of Quite Good PR.
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