‘When I make music, it’s for a purpose. I don’t just wanna dance and shake my jewels:’ Skepta gets deep backstage at The Ivors

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 23 May 2017
  • min read
‘When I make music, it’s for a purpose,’ says UK grime artist Skepta. ‘I drop it for a reason, I don’t just wanna dance and shake my jewels.’

He’s chatting backstage at the 2017 Ivor Novello Awards about his smash album Konnichiwa and his landmark year.

The Tottenham MC and noisemaker has just picked up the coveted Songwriter of the Year and Best Contemporary Song Awards, adding to his growing list of accolades, including the 2016 Mercury Prize and AIM’s Outstanding Contribution to Music nod.

Having spearheaded a revival in grime over the last two years, Skepta has been instrumental in exporting the sound around the globe. But with his growing stature comes more pressure, expectation and media attention.

Here, he tells us why he manages to stay grounded, how he's working on 'becoming a better person' and what’s in store for his next record…