Talks afrobilly style, playing shows in London and why letting go is important.
Styling: Rhys Marcus Jay// @rhysmarcusjay
Photographer: Jack Brigland // @jack_bridgland
2nd stylist: Chanel Baker //@lalaanoire_
Videographer: Noah Sapon // @nwuh
Make-up artist: Lucy Thomas // @lucythomasmua
Set Stylist: Jade Adeyemi// @adeyumyum
Featuring: Duckwrth // @duckwrth
Interview: Lynn Moyo // @meliimoet
Special thanks to Hard Rock Hotel London for hosting us.
“Being a whole lot of yourself tends to work out because there’s only one you in the whole entire damn world.”
A creative in every sense of the word, Duckwrth is the South Central LA rapper, singer, and visual artist taking the world by storm. An art school drop out, Duckwrth inclination to being his ultimate self has propelled him from Los Angeles to playing shows in Barcelona in front of five thousand people. With an eccentric style that’s purely his own, PAUSE caught up with the multitalented rapper to talk all things music, fashion and more. Read what went down below:
Welcome to London. I know this isn’t your first time in the city, but how have you found it so far?
It’s pretty awesome. Especially when I get to round around and shit.
So, what do you normally get up to when you’re here?
Well I’ve just been doing press stuff, and music. Eating food, a lot of food actually. I’ve had Carribean food for like three days in a row. But mostly music, I just did a show yesterday, actually the day before yesterday.
And how was that?
That was fire. We sold it out.
Did you feel the London energy?
It’s actually my favourite, hands down.
Necklace: Chained&Able, Coat: Ryan Hawaii, Outfit: MMRMS Studio, Trainers: Converse
Knitwear: Sulvam @ Browns Fashion, Trousers: GMBH @ Browns Fashion, Boots: Calvin Klein
You should coin that phrase before someone takes it. I read somewhere that you used to customise your shoes in school. You used to draw on them with Sharpies.
[laughs] Yeah. I did.
Where did that come from?
I don’t know, it just made sense to customise shoes. I mean I still do it, I still draw on all my shoes, like I didn’t have anything to wear to this show in Toronto, so I just to this basic mall, to this like Forever 21 kind of store, bought a white coloured crewneck, cut the arm things off, cut the bottom off and like frayed it and let them roll a little bit. Went to a stationary store and got like a bunch of Sharpies and just started drawing on it, and it’s like actually a fire crewneck but it just always made sense to me because I never totally find what I want so it’s better to just kind of create.
Does that mean we’ll eventually see a fashion line from you?
Eventually. Eventually, but it won’t be like mass-produced type shit, like they’ll be a good amount but still limited. Not to try and be on some exclusive shit but it’s more so that I’d rather you catch it in the moment and then it’s never produced again. If you get it, you get and if you don’t, you don’t.
Necklace, Feather Pendants and ASOS, Knitwear: Gucci @ Mr Porter, Trousers: Pronounce
Maybe it is. But with all that said, what’s next?
[Laughs] What’s not next man, really. I mean I’m working on a project right now, it’s supposed to drop in Spring. It’s supposed to be a project about movement, like one of the slogans is ‘we grow no wallflowers here,’ and it just pretty much says get your ass up and keep going. And then like you said, maybe a small garment collection, and playing bigger crowds man, I’m trying to get to that ten thousand, actually, I’m about to be doing a ten thousand which I’m kind of nervous about.
Do you always get nervous before a show?
No, I don’t really get too nervous, but the bigger the crowd and it’s oh shit. Like I recently did Barcelona and I thought it was going to be five hundred, and I’m like okay cool I’ll just go out and do my thing but it was actually four thousand people and I did not shit myself [laughs] but the shit was wild, and I’m like cool because now that’s one step closer and I needed that because coming from five hundred to ten thousand in like a month would have fried my brain, so I need that little segway. So next month is going to be crazy.