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Following their rise to prominence in 2013, Rudimental have collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry, amassing multi-platinum sales plus Brit and MOBO awards. MusicTech meets Amir Amor and Piers Agget to discuss the group’s dazzling ascent and album, Toast To Our Differences

Grime enthusiasts Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden and Leon ‘DJ Locksmith’ Rolle grew up in the same street and went to the same school together prior to pooling their collective talents to create the unsigned trio Rudiments. Later renamed Rudimental, their debut single Deep In The Valley surfaced in 2011, with producer/ songwriter Amir Amor enrolled to become the band’s fourth member.

As Rudimental’s sound evolved into an explosive mix of dance rhythms and soul-centric vocals, the group first tasted success in 2012 with the multi-platinum-selling chart-topper Feel The Love, featuring the thenunknown John Newman on vocals. Discovering talent became the band’s remit, with the likes of Foxes, Becky Hill and Emeli Sandé recruited for Rudimental’s debut album, the Mercury Prize-nominated Home.

Following a gruelling global touring schedule, Rudimental returned two years later to repeat their success with the long player We The Generation, featuring the likes of Ed Sheeran and Dizzee Rascal.

At the time of writing, the band were putting the finishing touches to a third album, Toast To Our Differences, with Hoxton-based studio Major Tom’s acting as their studio jamming and production locale.

MusicTech You seemed to become very accomplished producers at a very early stage in your career?

Piers I think Stormzy said it recently when he mentioned his album took him 20 years – and in a weird way we’d been making our debut in our heads for years. I’d always had this dream to mix live music with electronic music – we all did, and we were all musicians, so when we got the opportunity to make an album, tracks like Feel The Love and Not Giving In hit the right formula. We made that album so quickly and Amir had just joined the group as a producer. Within six months, we’d made half the album and we finished it six months later. The label didn’t even want to call us Rudimental – they said we should be called The Russian Kids, because that’s what we looked like on our first photo shoot. MT We can understand how, creatively, there’s an outpouring of ideas, but production-wise it’s rare to find a band so professional-sounding…

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