UPDATE: The Sligo date of the tour has been cancelled by the promoters and replaced with a gig in Kasbah Social Club, Limerick November 21st.
With the recent announcement of a Speech Development Records tour, we spoke to Scroobius Pip about what you can expect from the night. The tour is set to hit Cyprus Avenue Cork November 19th, the Workman’s Club Dublin November 20th and Roisin Dubh Galway November 22nd. Here’s what Pip had to say about his independent record company and the upcoming tour.
What was your motivation for starting Speech Development Records?
Initially it was simply to release my own music. And then, gradually, I’ve lucked out on getting the chance to release some amazing artists! From relative unknowns (at time of signing) like Jackamo Brown & warrenpeace to established names like Sage Francis, B Dolan & polarbear. The beauty is that everything I’ve got to release I’ve been a genuine massive fan of. So I just sit there feeling lucky.
Do you find it strange to be in a position now where you are promoting artists instead of the other way around?
I enjoy it. It’s nice to realise how much I’ve learnt when it comes to promo and the like over my years of self promoting. And it’s really exciting to be doing it for something I’m a fan of rather than something I have made myself. I mean, OBVIOUSLY I’m a fan of my own stuff too…haha, but it feels different.
What can people expect from the average B Dolan/warrenpeace sets?
You can expect WAY above “average” for starters. Dolan has supported dan le sac and I numerous times on tour and we literally haven’t had a single tour without him that wasn’t awash with tweets and questions of why he isn’t here and when he’s coming back. Basically, he is one of the best live performers in hip hop today. Engaging and entertaining.
And, as for warrenpeace, they’re a ball of energy and rowdiness. I saw their live show for the first time last year and was blown away by what they brought to the stage with just two of them up there.
It’s gonna be a GOOD night.
What is your role in the show? Can we expect a short performance from yourself or are you exclusively acting as the host?
I’m gonna be all over it!
I will be hosting but will probably kick the show off with a 10-15 minute spoken word set. Then I will be guesting at points with both warrenpeace and B Dolan. And I will be DJing. And jumping on the Merch stall. I will be unavoidable.
Sage Francis is also gracing our country with a performance in October. He is known for having a notorious live show, can you share any of your experiences from seeing him live?
I remember the first time I saw Sage live. It genuinely inspired me to start doing this. It was at a tiny venue in London called Plastic People and he literally stood on a chair and did the whole show right in our faces. Since then I’ve seen him around 10 times and been blown away every time. He only made it out to Ireland for the first time a year or two back so this definitely isn’t to be missed.
Finally, try sum up the Speech Development tour with 4 words.
Come pretty, leave ugly.
Tickets for the Speech Development Tour are €14 and are available from http://www.tickets.ie and Ticketmaster.