A quick chat with German Whip’s Meridian DanBy Editor
If you see man driving a German whip, it’s probably a guy called Meridian Dan. The grime artist who broke through this year is readying his future album, I Am London. Talking about his beginnings, the time he almost quit and what he plans on doing next, we bring you an exclusive chat with the man himself.
So, Dan, I was reading up on you and apparently your first influence was your dad in regards to making music. Is he a musician or did he just get you into music in general?
Yeah, my dad was a boxer and obviously music and sport go hand in hand, so he used to play me tunes and do bits and bobs, making his own music and that. It just passed from him to me.
What were your favourite artists growing up?
Glamma Kid, he was a ragga artist before grime. He came from Stoke Newington, North London. My first lyrics were done over ragga dubs.
Around ten years ago you almost gave it up and became a boxer. What made you change direction?
The pressures at home, man. Between 10 and 18 years old, your mom isn’t really on your back, you know what I’m saying? But as soon as you hit 18, it’s time to get a job. It’s time to start earning some money and paying your way. As a result, your hobbies and your art suffer.
So what brought you back?
I got to a place where I was able to put as much time into my art as I wanted again. It was something I was always going to do. It’s something I enjoy, so despite not having the means to pursue it fully, I was never going to give it up. So once I had the money, I could enjoy my music and not have any pressure.
Now, German Whip is an absolute banger, and was recently remixed. How did Pro Green and Rizzlekicks jump on it?
Well, German Whip took off about two months before it was released. I started getting Instagram videos of little kids singing along to the song, and I thought to myself, ‘this is the people’s song. It’s not even mine anymore’ because everyone had taken it on and it’s theirs. I went to get some artists in to reflect the people, so I got Bossman, I got Pro Green , Rizzlekicks and Skepta in.
Do you have German whip?
Yeah, I’ve got a Mercedes E-Class.
Nice. So, the Red Bull Culture Clash. I was having a look at the lineup and under Boy Better Know it says there will special guests. Will you be there?
Well, unfortunately, Joe, I cannot confirm or deny that.
I’ve been speaking to a few friends and it’s absolutely gonna go off at Earls Court. If you’ve got to sell your best mate’s favourite jacket for it, you have to get a ticket. Get down there.
So if you were asked to, would you perform?
They’re my friends, so it’s always open up for discussion with those guys.
Who do you think would win a rap battle between A$AP Mob and BBK?
That depends on your culture and where it is on the day, I think. If you’re in an A$AP neighbourhood then they might have it, but at Earls Court it’s BBK.
Your new song, One Two Drinks is getting a lot of play on 1Xtra. What inspired you to write that one?
Just hearing and seeing fights in the club and what alcohol does to people. I think everyone’s experienced a person who’s had too much to drink, thinking they’re Superman, so I just wanted to put that into a song.
To get people to calm down?
Yeah, everybody’s looking and listening right now, so I thought I’d make a point.
It’s also good to move away from stereotypes of grime artists as well, because a lot of people think grime artists want to cause trouble.
I’m all for that.
What can we expect from your debut album, I Am London?
Any exclusive features?
You’re going to get the same answer about The Red Bull Clash. I can’t confirm or deny anything, but stay tuned, man. It’s going to be exciting, Joe.
Well, thanks a lot, pal.
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