By Alan Davies
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
FRESH from supporting Example on his latest arena tour, chart-topping British rapper Wretch 32 appears live in concert in Hatfield this weekend.
The urban artist from Tottenham brings his own UK headline tour to the Forum Hertfordshire on Saturday.
It’s little over a year since Wretch 32 – real name Jermaine Scott – released debut single Traktor, which was a top five hit.
Since then Unorthodox featuring Example, which samples The Stone Roses’ hit Fools Gold, has reached number two and Don’t Go, the third single taken from top five album Black and White, has topped the UK charts.
L Marshall, who wrote and appears on single Traktor, will be one of the support acts at the University of Hertfordshire venue in College Lane on Saturday night.
Now signed to Mercury Records, L has spent the last few months recording his debut album.
With influences ranging from Tupac, Aerosmith, Enya, Daft Punk and Lady Gaga, it will be as eclectic, diverse and, indeed, global as the singer’s upbringing after growing up in Brazil and Nigeria.
Having also wrote Loick Essien’s number two hit How We Roll, L is now branching out on his own as an artist.
And the audience in Hatfield can expect a few surprises when he plays live.
He said: “My comfort zone is the guitar.
“The first song I ever recorded properly had a guitar in it and from the very beginning the mentor I had in songwriting was a guitarist, who I would jam with.
“I’ve done so many gigs over the last year, and I’m a perfectionist about getting it right, so I make sure we have loads of rehearsals.
“But the one thing I can do at the drop of a hat is work with a guitarist.
“Have someone on guitar next to me and I can freestyle any song you want. It’s almost natural to me.“
L Marshall added: “You know, I’m actually a lot less comfortable when I’m simply performing over a looped beat.
“If I do anything with live instruments I feel completely free, I’m not restricted by anything.
“That’s why I don’t stick to one genre, because your only limit should be your imagination.
“Music is the one art form which starts with nothing – if you’re a film-maker you need a camera and if you’re an artist you need a canvas.
“But if you’re a singer you walk into a room with nothing but air. And you fill it with music.
“Yes, there are things that I do in the studio which I can’t recreate on stage, but it also works the other way around too.
“And I love that freeness about playing live.”
* Wretch 32’s new single Hush Little Baby featuring Ed Sheeran is out May 27.