EDITOR’S LETTER I was never really one for a festival when I was younger. Being into hip hop and R&B, a muddy field, gallons of cider and a line-up of indie bands just didn’t really appeal. (Ok, maybe the cider bit did!). But in recent years, I’ve been lucky to go to some amazing fests; Global Gathering, Wakestock, Wireless, V and, last year, the ultimate of all ultimates, Glastonbury. With a line-up that included everyone from Snoop and Dizzee to Tinie and Giggs, I would have been mad to pass up the chance to experience such an incredible setlist of performers. I also dipped my toe outside the world of urban and really enjoyed Muse, Florence and The Pet Shop Boys. Glasto was an incredible three days, and not just because of the mix of A-list and underground acts; the atmosphere (and, thankfully) the weather was amazing, and it really bought out my inner hippy. Seeing 100,000 people jumping about to Snoop and Tinie doing Pass Out, or wandering back across the site at 6am (damn you cider!!) as the sun came up was pretty emotional stuff. I really hope to go this year, and you should too; check out our Final Word with Glasto’s Emily Eavis who really breaks down the magic of the annual Somerset fest. Also inside, we take a peek into the world of festival food, hear about Wretch’s plastic bag based festival look and keep you up to date with this year’s festival fashion must-haves. Also inside we have a chat with illustrator Kate Moross, singer Emeli Sandé, and the fabulous Friendly Fires. I pop to a sort-of festival, SXSW in Texas, to meet rapper of right now, Wiz Khalifa and Nardene and Danny introduce us to K. Flay, Rizzle Kicks and ace new cover star Bang On. Dan also catches up with Friendly Fires, while I wonder, given the recent earthquakes and tsunamis - is the end of the world nigh!??!!? (Er, I hope not!). Until next month, catch us over on Twitter.com/RWDmag and online at RWDmag.com
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UPFRONT WITH… MICHAEL CARRICK AND NEMANJA VIDIĆ Danny Walker takes a trip to a surprising sunny Manchester to speak with influential United players Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic. A few days before their ill-fated away game at the hands of Arsenal, the duo talk big game mistakes, handcuffing Lionel Messi and ponder whose wife has the best cuisine?!?!?!
NEMANJA VIDIC: YOU TRY SOMETIMES TO AVOID MISTAKES BUT IT’S HARD. IT’S HARD TO DO IT. PEOPLE THAT DOESN’T PLAY THE FOOTBALL, THEY DON’T DO THE MISTAKES. 3 / RWDMAG.COM
After a short wait (compared to some interviews we’ve had with stars of the Premiership the delay was nonexistent) we walk in on Michael Carrick about to lose a game of table tennis to the paddle of Serbian international Nemanja Vidic. Their impromptu battle with the bats ends 11-7... How is it going today? Michael Carrick: [In medium Northern twang] Recovering from the last game, getting ready for the next one. [I assume they’re talking about their 2-0 victory over Schalke and not the table tennis] What was it like when you first met each other, in 2006, right? MC: Yeah in 2006, Vidi was already here. Nemanja Vidic: [In think eastern European accent] Yeah for six months. Were you like, ‘Who is this kid?’ NV: Nah, Michael already had that speculation because he was gonna come before from Tottenham, but I knew it was a big signing for us. We all knew about him. Over the years we’ve had very successful team and had a good time here. Michael, what did you think of some of the stars at United? MC: I tell you what, that first day at training is a nervous day. [Looks at
OFF THE PITCH MICHAEL CARRICK: [LIONEL MESSI WOULD] PROBABLY SLIP OUT OF HANDCUFFS AS WELL [ROOM LAUGHS].
What do you guys do when you’re in your free time, is it all beating [Carrick] at table tennis? What do you guys do? MC: Family really. Spend time with the kids, takes up the time. If I can I like playing golf as well... [To Vidic] Have you played him at golf? NV: Not yet, I’m thinking to take the lessons. [To Carrick] You could give him some lessons... NV: I would like to learn first and then play [both laugh]. And what about music, I can’t imagine you guys listen to the same music... MC: I listen to anything me. I’m 4
UPFRONT WITH CARRICK & VIDIC for me as an Arsenal fan).. It looks like the title is in the bag right...? MC: [Both look at each other] Not yet. We don’t like getting carried away. We’ve got a big week next week really; it would be stupid for us to start shouting about it. We’re not like that. How are you going to stop Messi in the Champions League final? MC: [Laughs] We’ve got to get through to the final first [room laughs]. We might as well give up now, according to you the season is done [both laugh]. I dunno. He’s obviously a special, special player. There are obviously a lot of ways you would try and stop him. Nemanja] I dunno how you found it? Cos you feel you have to earn their respect. Whether it is that or not, it’s probably not, but you want to prove yourself, that you’re good enough to be there for starters. NV: It’s true Michael, I forgot about it. When I came as well, especially as I come from Russia, to be honest not many players know about me, where I am playing [room laugh]. Michael came from Tottenham and he had the reputation as a big signing and a big player. Obviously you have to prove again when you come to a big club. It’s hard. Obviously, this season is going great for you guys (which is unfortunate
We’ve listed down a few ways, what about handcuffs... MC: [Laughs] He’d probably slip out of them as well [room laughs]. What about cement, cement on his feet before the game? MC: It’s an option innit. NV: It’s not just him though, the whole team is playing well, they have style. Yeah he is one of the best, but there are other players that you have to think about. When you make a mistake, like in the semi-final of the FA Cup, how do you give each other support? MC: Just stick together, everyone makes mistakes... we’ve all made
READERS TALK TACTICS Just when we ran out of questions our readers come off the bench to net the winner... For Vidic: “Obviously your defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand is one of the bedrocks of Utd’s success. How did you deal with his recent injury woes? Do you feel more pressure on your shoulders when you’re not playing alongside him?” – Gloria NV: Not really, sometimes maybe when you’re not playing with more experienced players, you play with a younger team but it doesn’t matter with who you play... every game you try to prepare as best as you can. What do scouts look for in a player? – Mubarak MC: I think just talent and ability really. That is the first thing that
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ABOUT TO BLOW: DOT ROTTEN Descriptive or Dirty On Tracks, Righteous Opinions Told To Educate Nations isn’t the standard abbreviation expected from an underground producer/ artist about to take his uncompromising sound to the masses. But as Nardene Scott finds out, Joseph Ellis aka Dot Rotten is far from your average.
“I should have blown from long time what some say,” Dot spat on Westwood back in 2009 and even then it was a seriously late call. Finding a home behind the boards and also making a transition into spitting in his teens, the now 22 year-old south Londoner has already racked up an impressive discography producing tracks for everyone on the scene including Durrty Goodz, Maxsta, Scrufizzer, Tinie Tempah and Spark, just to name a few. “I recently did a hook on a Bashy song...I’m going to try and get some work in with Random Impulse...There’s a Cher Lloyd tune I’m featuring on, I’m just working there ain’t no stopping,” the quick fire lyricist tells us during a brief moment away from the studio at Brixton cafe SW9. The all round artist is also putting together his upcoming album. “It could be a week, two weeks, I don’t even remember, I’ve barely slep,t” he explains when we inquire how long he’s been holed up in the top West London studio where the likes of N-Dubz also record. Known for spraying bars consisting of more than gas (we’ll get to the lyrical beefs later) it’s no wonder the avid readers’ influences range far and wide, “Life experiences influence my music a lot but musically I’m influenced by people like Sting, Tracy Chaplin, ELO, Phil Collins, Tears for fears, Jamiroquai, Lenny Kravitz...”. For new Dot fans who weren’t there when he co-founded OGz (through which P Money emerged) or don’t know how hard he smashed the Lemonade freestyle on Mistajam’s show, then a
- a cover of Pakistani singer/actress Salma Agha - it’s a breath of fresh air from an emerging grime artist. For the recently Mercury signed star to make up words like superer and still somehow get reloads in the RWD office is some feat, trust us. He praises producers TMS and his management team, who also manage Tinchy Stryder and Giggs, for negotiating his label deal. “I see a lot of people like Bolton Wanderers; Jack and Archie are like Man United they’re on point working. It’s good there’s a machine behind me, pushing me but I think nothing has changed, I’m still doing exactly the same thing I was doing before, I’m still in the studio”. So what can we expect from the Mercury debut then, “Just me, I haven’t really watered it down or tried to make it all poppy, it’s all me,” he insists. “It might not be them beats that you’d expect to hear me on, but it’s all me it’s got my style on it.” He’s still rotten though, don’t get it twisted as Wiley found that out recently when he decided to mention his name in a diss track. “Obviously when people do a diss track and there’s no reply there’s a problem...I look at it as good banter; you diss me, I diss you back. Wiley is a good guy I THINK, he’s highly sane, I THINK.” There’s plenty of artists banging down the calm and collected character’s door though, having recently working with Mz Bratt, Beat Geeks and new singer Lolo Ellis plus starting up an interesting project. “I’m going to do this thing called MINarmy
“LIFE EXPERIENCES INFLUENCE MY MUSIC A LOT BUT MUSICALLY I’M INFLUENCED BY PEOPLE LIKE STING, TRACY CHAPLIN, ELO, PHIL COLLINS, TEARS FOR FEARS, JAMIROQUAI, LENNY KRAVITZ...”. quick listen to his new free EP Above The Waves will give you an idea of his sound. “It’s just emotional music,” he says, dismissing The Guardian’s ‘high gloss grime’ label. The first release off the EP, Normal Human Being, co-produced by Naughty Boy has already had a huge reaction, with everyone from Semtex to GQ blogging it. From the A. Sauvage suit he’s sporting through the Parisian streets to the beautifully shot video (courtesy of Luke Monaghan and James Barber), to the track itself 7 / RWDMAG.COM
which is basically Musical Inspirational Army, there’s loads of people involved already. The first three members are myself, Ed Sheeran and Jamal Edwards...the anthem for it has already been recorded.” That’s all we can get out of him right now; just keep an eye out for the upcoming heavy grime/hip hop single Are You Not Entertained and live performances at Outlook, Wireless, hopefully Hip Hop Kemp and much more.
Unwind With... LOUIS SMITH & AMY WILLIAMS Between them, gymnast Louis Smith and skeleton racer Amy Williams MBE boast Summer Olympic bronze and Winter Olympic gold medals respectively. Working hard at their sports they’ve excelled and triumphed at the hardest level. After an extensive session on the Xbox Kinect they tell RWD that they’d give it all up for Nando’s!?!?! Interview by Danny Walker...
A: WHAT IS THE POINT OF CHEATING? IT’S YOU WHO YOU’RE CHEATING AGAINST ISN’T IT. WHAT IS THE POINT?
RWD: How have you found playing Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect? Amy: Today was good fun actually. Louis: Yeah it was a good laugh. It’s nice to do something different other than training. The whole concept of Kinect, where you use your body as the controller, is just fantastic. It just opens doors to so many new people so they can try new things.
much as I can in gymnastics. But it’s nice to be seen as a role model because ultimately you want to give back as much to your sport as you can [looks at Amy]. A: Erm… I think being referred to as any sporting hero/ legend/ inspiration is a strange concept because to you, you’re just you. I went out, I performed, I did my job. I got a gold… it’s a great honour.
You were playing Kinect Sports; how do you like being referred to as a sporting legend? L: [Modestly] I guess that is quite cool but I don’t really see myself as that, I see myself as someone who wants to try as hard as they can to achieve as
Amy, would your friends say that you’re still the same? Or has the gold gone to your head? A: Oh, crikey no. They still think I’m the same just maybe more crazy. To them and to my family, I’m just Amy, just the girl that I always was.
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How do you motivate yourselves to compete at such a high level? A: I think it’s easy to motivate yourself; you want to win. L: It comes naturally to us. We’ve been training that long and at a high standard for so long that it’s just naturally in us. Amy, your sport is very dangerous, Louis, your sport can be dangerous too, coming off those horses… A: I’d hate to fall off that. How do you overcome the fear? A: It’s hard one. I don’t know. I don’t see mine as fear but I see mine as respect. Yeah, you can be scared on top of the track but you can’t be sacred because you’ll never get down and you’ll never
QUICK FIRE: Easy way or the hard way? A: That is a hard one, it has different meanings. Hard way. L: Easy. Hot or cold? L: Cold. A: Hot. Night in with the missus/ mister or out with the lads/ ladies? L: Night in with Ben and Jerry’s. A: Night in with a DVD. Upstairs or downstairs? A: Downstairs. L: Upstairs [Amy laughs]. Salad or chips?
win if you’re scared of something so I switch it around. I just think, ‘Right, I’m not going to let the track beat me, I’m not going to let it scare me,’ So switching it around in your head works. L: That is the only thing you can do, if you look at fear and are backed down by it, it’s not going to go to plan. But if you try and embrace it and turn it around, and think, ‘How can I get on top of this?’ then you can rise to the top, I guess. What are you views on each other’s sports? A: Gymnastics is one of my favourite sports to watch in the summer. I absolutely love watching it, male and female. I think they’re absolutely
awesome. When you watch the guys on the apparatus, you just look in awe cos I know I couldn’t do that. I have massive respect cos you can see how hard they train for it. L: It’s the same both ways; coming from a sporting background you can see what goes on behind things. People watch just what happens on TV and it’s like, ‘Oh, that looked fun,’ but as we’re athletes we kind of understand what it takes to get to that point. And Amy understands what it’s like to wear a leotard considering that she wears her Lycra suits. [Amy laughs]. Do you get any stick for wearing leotards? 12
FINAL WORD: VIP VICKY Nardene Scott speaks to northern angel devil and ultimate party girl Vicky Pattison about starring in the MTV spin off show Geordie Shore, wack chat up lines, swillin’ plus getting her tash on...
So how are you doing? Yeah good. We got here yesterday afternoon, got the train in from Newcastle, we’re total amateurs at this. How did you get involved in Geordie Shore in the first place and what made you apply for it? I’ve always been interested in the celebrity world and I’ve always thought I’ve got a really strong personality that would come across well in something like this. I was in a job that I hated in a call centre, where you cannae stand getting out of bed every morning, it was killin’ us babe! Me sister saw something on Facebook and I thought ‘arr I’ve gotta give this a go’ like. We hear in the call centre you racked up 15 sick days, 4 no shows and a load of lates! What was the best excuse you used? D’ya know what it is right, my boss was dead sound and then the bitchy boss at work that hated us like has read this and gone bootin’ off at my manager like, where are all these absence forms? I got away with absolute murder because one 13 / RWDMAG.COM
of my bosses was adorable, I was like her daughter and I got away with murder with the blokes because...you know. What about when you used to control the guest lists for Newcastle’s top spots, you must have enjoyed that? Yeah I used to be a little rope rat! (Laughs) I absolutely loved it babe, all the lads in, all the footballers in and like any birds that wanted in got the third degree. I love going out and getting paid to get drunk which is funnily enough one of the main things that made us wanna do this. Just get pi**ed on someone else’s coin. We’re not too familiar with all this Geordie slang, so can you school us on some, like what is swillin’ and what is tashin’ on? (Screams) Geeeerrrrin!!! You have to get that in as well. D’ya wanna give that a try (RWD embarrasses themselves and adds a fist pump). Swill, I thought this was national but it’s when you just throw your drink at someone. I’m not saying it’s big or clever but I’ll never do something like that unless I’m provoked. Tash on, it’s a kiss, a neck on,
it’s all about the tash on! So you’re known to drink guys under the table, give us some good hangover cures? It’s boring right but it’s seriously getting a decent sleep. Like, if you wake up and there’s birds outside go back to bed, you need as much water, ibuprofen and paracetemol and if you can, drag yourself into a cold shower. Plus, what makes you bad makes you better, get straight back on it! Give it a go pet! You’re currently single, so when’s the last time a guy used a cheesy chat up line on you? I’m 110% single, 110%! I cannot reiterate that enough! I’m single for a reason because I love a tash on. I am actually the cheesiest person when it comes to chat up lines so if someone used a bad chat up line on me I’d probably buzz of it. Let me think of one... (Licks her thumb then dabs it on my arm) let’s get you out of them wet clothes. (Laughs hysterically) Someone did that to me and I was like geeeerrrrin, I loved it! We heard all Geordie’s love Greggs what’s all this pasty appreciation about?