Master Peace

Photography: Alexander Chai / Grooming: Lucy Thomas / Styling & Art Direction: Kayla Garner-Jones / Interview & Words: Tom Everest
19th May 2019

With boundless energy to match up to his magnetic charm, it’s easy to see why Master Peace is the name on a lot of people’s lips when it comes to the artists that we should all be looking out for – or, better still – listening to this summer. However, his multi-layered sound doesn’t make him so much of a newcomer to the game but rather a complete game-changer. This is the guy that can jump on a rock riff as easy as he can switch up the 80’s A-ha hit ‘Take on Me,’ and it’s that kind of versatility, as well as his infectiousness as an excitable new artist, that makes his rising star reputation so easy to believe in.

 

What’s truly refreshing, and another reason that keeps you believing, is his relentless drive and his genuine appreciation of good music – from JME to Fleetwood Mac and The 1975 – that he uses to drive his sound and his journey. A sound, that he describes as ‘surf rock’ and a journey that he describes as having ‘no checkpoints.’ To unravel the layers and to connect the dots, we sat down with Mater Peace to talk about being a dark horse, his dream collaborations and how a South London boy happened to support Manchester United.

 

Jacket: Matthew Miller / T-shirt: Prada / Trousers: Bianca Saunders / Boots: Dr. Marten
Top: Classic Football Shirts / Long Sleeve T-shirt: Christopher Shannon / Rings: Models own / Jeans: 424 
 
Vest: DANIEL.w.FLETCHER / Hoodie: Christopher Shannon / Jewellery: Hatton Labs / Trousers: SSS World Corp / Shoes: Weejuns

Your star is massively on the rise in the music game, but when did music first become a viable career for you?

 

In my life I have always wanted to be ‘someone’ and make it in life for all the suffering and the sacrifices that my mum made to bring me up. I have ADHD and I channel that energy into me performing and doing what I do, so music became serious to me when the responses I was getting from people really gave me a confidence boost to keep going harder.

 

What’s been the maddest moment on your journey so far?

 

Everything is a mad moment, man. It’s an experience that everyday I’m grateful for, meeting new people and discovering new talents and new sounds. Doing gigs, travelling, that’s what makes it worthwhile.

 

I thought you were going to mention the moment when JME gave you a shout-out as you’ve kept that tweet across your banner page on Twitter for a while now. Why was that moment so special for you?

 

That moment was special because JME is an artist I listened to a lot when growing up. My sound isn’t grime, of course, but I still appreciate the people who are involved and make it what it is.

 

Your live shows and appearances are mad, you shut down anywhere you go. Is performing the most rewarding part for you? I mean, do you prefer the process of making music or the chance to perform that music live?

 

I love performing live, seeing happy faces and cheering people up and giving them my 100 every time I perform. It always means the world to me and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love just seeing people have a wicked time at my shows and just let go and be themselves.

 

Left - Vest: DANIEL.w.FLETCHER / Hoodie: Christopher Shannon / Jewellery: Hatton Labs 
Right - Black suit: Matthew Miller / Shoes: Dr. Martens  
Shirt: DANIEL.w.FLETCHER / Cardigan: Filippa K / Jewellery: Hatton Labs

Everyone knows you go hard on your own shows – we’ve seen that on many live takeovers too – but what’s it like as an artist on the supporting bill? Does your mentality change or is it harder to prepare as ordinarily it’s not your audience?

 

I love supporting artist, it’s an enjoyable challenge. I like performing to people that don’t know your music for the first time and then them hit you up after telling you how much they loved your performance. So yes, definitely I feel it’s difficult but when you do get the hang of it, it really helps. Just be fearless.

 

What was your relationship with music growing up? I’ve heard that you deleted the first ever song you made…

 

My relationship with music growing up was grand, ‘cause I was like an Emo kid. I listened to a lot of punk and rock and 80s music as well as Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths, The Cure and The 1975. I knew the direction I wanted to go with it, and I managed to change my sound into how I wanted it to be and not your typical “rapper/singer”. When my music stops you will understand better.

 

As a relatively new artist, is the most annoying thing being constantly asked to define what your sound is? Particularly when your sound is so wide-reaching and eclectic as your own…

 

I feel like people should always keep guessing about what my sound is. But, right now, I would describe it as surf rock / indie punk. Really, I’m just happy people care.

 

Who would you like to collaborate with in the coming years? Who do you think you could align with creatively to create some mad shit…

 

There’s a few, but the artists I wanna collaborate with are The 1975, Pale Waves, Theophilus London, Tame Impala, The Cure, Phil Collins. We’d do a madness.

 

How do you view yourself in what’s going on in the UK music scene right now, what do you think is missing in the scene and what do you think you can add to it?

 

I view myself as a dark horse, ‘cause I haven’t dropped a lot of music. But, simply, there’s NO solo master peace music out there.

 

You’re still young in the game, but what’s your view on success compared to when you started out?

 

There’s no checkpoint. I just look at it like I have to keep on going to change my situation.

 

You slayed the famous track ‘Take On Me’ by A-ha but can we expect you to jump on any other old-school beats like that soon?

 

You will have to wait and see on that…

 

Away from music, what is your relationship with football and how much did it impact and influence your life growing up?

 

Growing up football was only a small part of my life as I was always forced to watch it. But, I naturally began to lean on Man United and then it became like a religious plan to watch Match of The Day every Saturday to catch up on it all.

 

So, how did you become a United fan?

 

I became a United fan cause my brother supported Arsenal and I just wanted to wind him up, basically. I remember, I think it was 2005 when Man U beat Arsenal, and from then I was like just to annoy my brother, I’ll support this team. It’s never stopped.

 

Who was your favourite player growing up?

 

David Beckham.

 

What about United today – how’re you feeling about the new Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era?

 

To be honest, I don’t have the same feeling towards the Man Utd of today. I preferred when Sir Alex Ferguson was in control because he knew that team back to front, he had it all covered.

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