“I wanted to kick music out of my window” – interview with Mr Grimez

Mr Grimez speaks about his work as a Poet Warrior, and why he got rid of music…

Mr Grimez is a fascinating guy. While many opt to conform to an industry consenus of what an artist is expected to say and do, he has chosen to forge his own path in order to get his message across.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work.

I’m a poet, writer and visionary from the Croydon area.

I was once an Anti Hero now I’m a Poet Warrior.

 

Mr Grimez Brixton

I wanted to kick music out of my window. Why? Because I was fed up of the so called rules of being an artist in the music industry.

 

What led you to start writing words down, and eventually perform public readings? Looking back, was there a distinct path to this point, or did you just wake up one day with the idea in your head?

I started writing from the age of 14. It was just a bit of fun, messing around with words. Later on it would get serious, I just continued and continued then I made some demos. Those songs were Change Ya Flow, Melodramatic and Life As We Know It. They ended up on my album “A Battle Against The City Of Madness”. This album was a collaboration with a producer called Junior Fuller.

Hmmm… I actually felt that album was a demo in itself. It just had a rough, raw vibe to it.

In 2013 I become the Poet Warrior, I wanted to kick music out of my window. Why? Because I was fed up of the so called rules of being an artist in the music industry. It would really get out of hand and people would try to change you into something you are not. Young people may feel they have to change themselves completely to fit in. I didn’t want to do that, I stripped everything down; bye bye music, poetry is the way forward.

Well it’s not to say that poetry and music can’t mix together. But people forget the importance of reading, writing and creativity in this day and age.

I think my poetry readings helps to bring awareness of this art form. Soon as I put out a poetry album last year (PATH Of 13), everything started to flow really well. Trispace Gallery help to kick off the poetry readings. I have done poetry readings and some live performances a few years back.

But in 2014, this is when everything became more consistent.

 

What inspires you to craft your work? Where do you look to for inspiration?

Hip Hop seems to be the label for my work, oh yes and that other word I’m not too keen on (urban).

Yes my flavour has come from Hip Hop but I have been inspired by Blade, The Matrix, Total Recall, Visionaries, Transformers, Voltron, Guyver, Game Of Thrones (Kinda), Predator, Mortal Kombat, Quantum Leap, Star Trek, Star Wars…

As well as artists like Temphuibis, Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy and even Iron Maiden.

When it comes to Hip Hop I’m inspired by Redman, Slick Rick, EPMD, Ludacris, Wu Tang, A Tribe Called Quest, London Posse.
Look even a walk down Streatham High Road could spark an idea.

 

Grimez Country

…it’s all about working towards positivity, determination and encouraging people to be the artist they want to be.

 

Is there an overriding message you are trying to promote, any theme that runs throughout your work that could summarise what you’re saying?

When it comes to my themes, it’s all about working towards positivity, determination and encouraging people to be the artist they want to be.

It’s not about perfection, yes many of us struggle to make everything perfect 100% all the time, yes even the Poet Warrior! I just want to inspire people to break through the restrictions of life and be proud of their development.

We should not let technology turn us into machines.

 

Grimez Palace

Creating your own image as an artist is the best way rather than outside forces doing it for you.

 

Why do you wear a mask when performing?

The Mask is an enigma, it’s part of my persona. I guess when people see me on stage they can’t relate to my image. This is how I feel in everyday situations I can’t really relate to people as I don’t fit in.

Just to confirm it is not to conceal my identity, nooooooo!

Creating your own image as an artist is the best way rather than outside forces doing it for you.

 

Gold Grimez

Right now in the digital age we need live interactions through stories.

 

What are your future plans? What goals do you have for your work?

I’m not gonna spill the salt too much on my plans, as I do like to keep things mysterious.

But for some of you folks out there, you will know that I was working on a Mr Grimez comic book. Well that idea has changed, I still want to put that story (London Terrorist) out there to the public. The format will be a book, I just wanna get everything right and even get some support for it maybe. I know that people and companies are scared to take a risk, but I feel this is worth the time and effort. Right now in the digital age we need live interactions through stories. That’s why I feel London Terrorist would be great for reading / story groups to get people together. Hopefully this idea will be able to manifest.

As for anything else planned, hmmm hmmm and hmmm, we’ll see what can happen.

 

Where can people hear your work online? Where do people find you online generally, to follow your progress?

You can check me out on the following sites!

https://www.youtube.com/user/MrGrimezTheAntiHero/videos

https://twitter.com/mrgrimezreal

http://mrgrimez.deviantart.com

https://www.facebook.com/MrGrimezOfficial

 

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