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Everyone You Know: The 5 Tracks That Changed My Life

The brothers share the soundtrack to their lives; including the songs that defined their childhood and the tunes that reflect their love of football

26th July 2019

The brothers share the soundtrack to their lives; including the songs that defined their childhood and the tunes that reflect their love of football

Certain things – be it a specific smell, or a photograph – can instantly transport us back to significant moments in our lives. But nothing has the ability to evoke memory like hearing the music that was playing at the time. It’s one thing to savour these songs, it’s an entirely different thing to use these sacred songs as fuel for other creative endeavours. However, that’s something that Everyone You Know – comprised of brothers Rhys and Harvey – have got down to a tee. 

Together, the brothers have crafted their own sound; one that combines all of their eclectic collection of inspirations – rave, punk, hip-hop and jungle – into their very own universe. A world that explores the various facets of young men navigating their way through life. As the brothers say, their name tells it like it is: Everyone You Know are “just normal people who do normal shit”

Although their music careers are cut from the same cloth, they do not share the same devotion when it comes to their second love. Harvey and Rhys support teams with somewhat contrasting fortunes. “I’m a massive United fan,” Rhys explains. “United have produced some of the most iconic and memorable moments and players in football history.  Cantona’s chip against Sunderland, Roy Keane unapologetically ending Haalands career, the last minute winner in 1999 to name a few. It’s rare for a club to consistently produce such special moments in the game, but Utd have managed to do so generation after generation. That’s what makes them so special.

“Since Fergie left things haven’t quite been the norm, but that was to be expected. I think Ole will need a few transfer windows and to invest wisely. At this point we need young players that want to play for the badge not themselves. But at the end of the day we’re ‘Manchester Utd, so we will bounce back.”

Rhys’ sense of optimism ahead of a new season is shared by his brother Harvey, a devote QPR fan. “I’ve watched QPR go up and down from Championship to Premier League, lose games to League 2 or even Conference teams and then beat top 4 Premier League clubs,” Harvey begins. “I’ve got some of the best memories going to see QPR and also some shit ones, but that’s what makes it so special. It’s a club with a lot of history and I’m proud to be a supporter and a fan.

“I think our new manager Mark Warburton will be good for us this season, he seems to be focusing on signing and improving the younger players which is a definitely the right thing to be doing as they’re the future of the club. We need to build for a couple seasons and gain some experience as a squad so if, and when, we do get promoted we are strong enough to stay in the Premier League.”

Both Rhys and Harvey’s level-headed approach to football filters into the way they make music; as EYK’s eclectic sound speaks for an entire generation. To find out how the duo have managed to unearth their era-defining sound, we asked them both to reveal the tracks that changed their life; including the tunes defined their childhood and the songs that reflect their love of football. 

Rhys’ 5 Tracks 

1. Scenario – Tribe Called Quest

To be fair this could have been one of many Tribe tracks that I picked. But it’s one of the first old school East Coast Hip-Hop tunes that I remember my dad playing on repeat. I remember hearing it for the first time in his motor and just thinking it was the fucking coolest thing I’d ever heard. It was my introduction to Hip-Hop and from then on I was just obsessed with it. I was at Carnival last year and one of the DJ’s drop it from the beginning of the Busta Rhymes verse, and when the drums came back in everybody went fucking mental. Such a big tune and such an important tune to me.

2. Handbags and Gladrags – Rod Stewart 

I found out about this song through the Stereophonics version – which I also love. But it’s such an important tune to me because it was one of the first tracks I heard that made me feel sad. My old man made a tape with this on and I always had to fast forward past this tune for that reason. I suppose I hold this tune in such high regard because it would have been the first time I realised that music can have that emotional effect on people. The lyric ‘once I was a young boy, and all I thought I had to do was smile’ only gets more and more relevant.

3. Nobody Don’t Dance No More – Kano 

This album, Ready To Die and Arctic Monkeys’ Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I Am Not, had a massive impact on my life. I remember going into HMV and getting this album and being buzzed to get back to the car to stick it on. This was the album that made me start writing lyrics. I wrote out the lyrics to this album over and over again until eventually I decided to write my own. Although I would have only been 9 or 10 when this album came it, there was something about it that I was naturally drawn too. I literally could have picked any tune on this album, but I went with this one because it still gets played at every party or every pre drinks we have. It’s all of the boys go to tune if we are trying to get everyone in the mood for a night out.

4. A Certain Romance – Arctic Monkeys 

I didn’t wanna say this tune because I talk about it a lot, but if we are talking about tunes that changed my life then this has to be mentioned! My mum bought me this album and I reckon I played it everyday straight for about 10 years. The older I got and the more I started going out and growing up the more relatable this album became. This song in particular literally summed up the groups of people I grew up with and around. Lyrics like ‘there’s only music so that there’s new ringtones’ and ‘don’t get me wrong though there’s boys in bands, and kids who like to scrap with pool cues in their hands’ literally hit the nail on the head when I think about my school and college years.

5. Right Here Right Now – Fatboy Slim

One of my earliest memories is seeing the video to this tune and thinking ‘what the fuck’/Well, I would have been about 4, so I probably didn’t think exactly that. But I thought it was one of the maddest things ever. I would watch the music channels for hours waiting for that video to come on. I think I may have even taped it. The visuals for all the tunes on this album were wicked – especially weapon of choice – to be fair, but this was the one that reeled me in. The use of the samples in the tune and this whole album are spot on too. I don’t think anyone will be able to ever recreate that uplifting sample based dance music without sounding like a Fatboy Slim rip off.

Harvey’s 5 Tracks  

1. Welcome To The Terrordome – Public Enemy

I’d say Public Enemy we’re my first introduction to Hip Hop amongst others, my dad would play “Yo Bum Rush The Show” and “Fear Of A Black Planet” in the flat I lived in when I could just about walk, but the track that sticks out the most for me has to be “Welcome To The Terrordome.” Not only do I have many memories of listening to this as a child but it is also one of the greatest Hip Hop tracks of all time in my opinion. The beat produced by The Bomb Squad is another level and Chuck D is a lyricist that does not come around often. Without this track and Public Enemy our sound as Everyone You Know probably wouldn’t sound how it does.

2. Whoa – Black Rob 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the best in terms of lyrics or production but it bangs, even now… it’s a banger. So many good memories of this track, there’s even footage of me dancing and rapping the first verse to it as a kid somewhere. Another tune that would get played around the household all the time.

3. Renegade Snares (Foul Play Remix) – Omni Trio 

Growing up we were exposed to mainly Jungle and Hip Hop, so I would hear this quite a bit as a youngster. After maybe 4-5 years of not hearing it I’d completely forgotten about it until 2017 at The Rave Yard in Boomtown. I remember it so clearly, me and my mate Charlie in the middle of a forest in about 30 degrees heat pissed out our faces surrounded by hundreds of people as 2 Bad Mice were playing, they dropped this tune and as soon as that vocal (“take me up”) came in, the place just erupted. A moment I won’t forget.

4. Dream Finder – Soundcorp

I must’ve heard this first properly when my dad was DJ’ing, I couldn’t have been no older than 10, but I remember thinking “what on earth have I just heard” I’d never heard anything like it in my life, but I absolutely fucking loved it. As I got older I fell either more in love with hardcore, jungle and the rave era, than I ever was before, it fascinated me. The breaks, the vocal samples, the mad basses and synths plus the culture of it all. It brought people together, from all over. No trouble, no bullshit, just good people and good tunes. Talking about it as if I was there… to be honest I’m gutted I wasn’t cos my Mum and Dad tell me some wicked stories about that era, and I don’t think something like that will come around again. Unless it’s Inner City Orbit, if anything will bring it back it’s that. 

5. Archangel – Burial 

Must’ve been near on 10 years ago I first heard this, didn’t pay too much attention at the time but as I got more into production and making beats I went back to it and the whole “Untrue” album for some inspiration and it blew my mind. The mood of it is like no other, and I love that fact that his or her identity remains pretty unknown. The whole album is a masterpiece, I’ve never heard anything like it since. 

Everyone You Know’s latest single – She Don’t Dance – is out today.

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