PRICK AND DING #77:ROADIDENDREN

Each week Fresh On The Net invites an artist or band to answer a short series of questions in Prick & Ding: the two and a half minute interview. It's convenient and quick - like enjoying a tasty microwave meal!
THIS WEEK:ROADIDENDREN

Roadidendren is a rapper and songwriter from London and Luton (she says she basically rents the Tardis and splits her time between the two).

For the first Prick and Ding of 2014 it is a pleasure to share the crazy good new talent of Roadidendren and her delicious Pop culture mash up.She describes what she does as quirky, opinionated, poetical rap based on her own opinions and the sort of things she talk about with my friends. I would also describe it as fresh as a daisy glorious rap entertainment wrapped in technicolor sampledelic stringscapes made by the charmed finger tips of angels.

Its a lovely anecdote to this reality TV/Soap opera/pop star overload world we live in & demonstrates an immense dose of future promise.

The words she uses are not only a refreshing take on the digital spy culture but the musical backing is like a warm bubble bath for your earlobes.Will I Am may well call it ‘dope’.

This talented young lady will rise up the ladder & quickly imo if she writes songs with the lyrical & musical bliss of ‘Pop Tarts’.Huw Stephens has championed her & our own guvnor Tom Robinson has too (thanks Tom).

Roadidendren is currently just putting the finishing touches to her first album and readying herself for future gigs.

We can’t wait to see what she does next.

Please show your love for Roadidendren and Prick and Ding 77.

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1. What are you up to at the moment?

Trying to keep writing and concentrating on putting my album together after successfully getting Poptarts played on Radio 1’s Huw Stephen’s show! So exciting…many others to thank, BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson, BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Newcastle, & BBC Radio LDN’s Gary Crowley!… And of course Fresh On The Net for giving me this exposure!

I have a lot of ideas and concepts that I want to materialise and that keeps me busy. There’s a lot I want to say on my first album and I want to make sure it’s said the right way as the message I’m delivering is important to me – and the label too!

2. Favourite childhood memory?
Gosh, that’s a hard one actually as I have a few favourites – probably laying in the garden on a sunny day – and I was one of those lucky people whose birthday is during the summer holidays so that was pretty neat.

A good one that I don’t really remember but has been relayed to me is being just 1 years old and going to sit on the bottom step of the stairs so my mum could put my shoes on but unfortunately I missed and immediately went… “shit.” :)

3. Hero?
My boyfriend – obviously. Quite clearly my favourite ever person – I met him after I’d pretty much lost all hope in life. He’s my soulmate from what I can tell so far and he seems to understand me which is something I struggled with when growing up due to being a little odd (for my friendship group anyway) and I never felt as close to others as they did to me but I don’t feel that way with him – everything is mutual. Why is he my hero? Because we have the same goals and he encourages me to reach my full potential – that’s a true hero in my eyes.

4. Villain?
…hmm, let’s not go there.

If you’re talking movies/comics etc…The Joker! Best villain ever…especially when played by Jack Nicholson …& Heath Ledger was pretty damn good too.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
I laugh at language gags/faux pas like if someone says something like: “I docked my loor” or “I need a spanner – spanner?? I meant pen”. I love little language caveats like that. I think it gives you some insight into how the human brain manages languages and I’ve just always found those sorts of things funny.

My friends make me laugh & we make up word games or engage in word play and the result is quite hilarious. It’s funny how much effect subtle changes in language has on another’s interpretation of what has been said/how what you’re saying comes across…and I sometimes just find myself laughing at the way someone has chosen to say something.

Jim Jefferies and Frankie Boyle are stunningly funny and George Carlin is a genius.

6. Describe what you do?
A. I speak my mind & mostly it rhymes

B. I get wound up about something until it comes out of me in a sometimes already coherent manner

C. I write witty diatribes about things that get on my nerves

D. I talk too much

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
My auntie’s! It’s long and it’s grey with silvery strands like a wise witch. I love Harry Potter etc. and I could just wear my Gryffindor jumper and feel all magical: Expelliarmus!

8. Best musical experience to date?
Aside from being played on a number of BBC radio shows and gaining interest from independent online radio shows who also chose to play my track?

A CD given to me from an old & brief friend which just had the perfect mix of songs on and I still listen to it to this day. He essentially went through each and every genre and found the best of each (not just for me…this is something he’d done in his spare time) and he put the best options for me on a CD – even songs I hadn’t heard before that just got me. Thanks Dom! He is also the person that encouraged me to write in the first place although I didn’t take it seriously until I met the crew at Other side of the ROAD.

9. What artist inspires you?
I’m not sure I have an answer for this but I do admire Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu – the way their writing is so on point and really speaks volumes. It’s like they speak directly from their soul and that’s how I feel when I write like I’m translating what my soul is feeling or thinking.

This album is more of an “outburst” kind of album in terms of it’s things that annoy me but I also write poetry about other things and musings but I feel the album I’m making now is in some way required by the music industry. And that alone inspires me.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
It means not needing masses of money to advertise your music and not having to rely on anything but your talent and what you have to offer musically/vocally/verbally. It’s about up and coming artists and searching a pool of people that may be able to contribute leaps and bounds but don’t have the dough or maybe even the desire to promote themselves.

Fresh On the Net means finger on the pulse not on the pound. ;)

Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom’s legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music – having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

1 Comments

  1. RoadidendrenBeatsLilyAllenHandsDown

    Lily Allen, your foe who copied you, is trying to say she’s doing a grime album. Sound familiar? Your The Empress’s New Clothes album on youtube is pure grime. May I add Lily Allen in comparison is no social commentator, she writes more songs about relationships than anything else. Sheezus was meant to “destroy the industry” but I don’t think anyone has destroyed it like you do in The Empress’s New Clothes. Peace.

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