After the release of their Chill & Bill LP, a trip to Moscow and a sell out show at Notting Hill Arts Club, Rocket & Tee aka the Splurgeboys are quickly moving from the underground grime scene to household names.
With a huge Instagram following and their own clothing brand, you can see why they are going from strength to strength. The brothers are from Lewisham, South East London, and have a mysterious, cool, down to earth vibe. Watching their Insta stories will show you that they don’t take themselves too seriously and also know how to make a mean cocktail.
ROCKET AND TEE, TELL ME ABOUT THE NAMES. NICKNAMES? YOU’RE VERY DIFFICULT MEN TO RESEARCH….
R: Rocket’s definitely a nickname yeah
AND WHERE HAS THAT COME FROM?
T: He thinks he’s explosive.
R: Yeah that must be what it is… I don’t even know, I used to be called something else and then one day I was like ‘nah this ain’t me no more’. I don’t know how it came about. It just fit. It was perfect. A marriage.
WHAT ABOUT TEE?
T: My name, which I can’t tell you. OK… Terrance.
SO HOW WAS THE SHOOT WITH NOCTIS?
R: It was good you know, even the location was sick! It was just a piece of us. It was trippy. From the moment we walked in we just knew it was going to be a good day. Everyone there was on the same vibe, the same energy.
HOW DO YOU MAKE THE PERFECT TEQUILA COCKTAIL?
T: Just tequila and pineapple juice, but the blend has to be right. It’s all about the balance.
R: As long as it ain’t too weak then you’re on the right side of the fence!
DO YOU THINK THE MORE FAMOUS YOU GET THE LESS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO DO THINGS LIKE PARTYING ON THE TUBE, STREET PARTIES, THAT SORT OF THING. DO YOU THINK YOU’LL GET HASSLED?
R: I’ve not thought about it too much. I don’t think it would stop us. We do what we do. We want people to get involved. Spreading love, spreading energy.
WHAT WAS THE PROCESS FOR THE CHILL & BILL ALBUM? HOW LONG WERE YOU WORKING ON IT?
T: We worked on that for about 8 months because we were so busy doing other stuff. It wasn’t always the primary focus but towards the later months it became the primary focus to finish it.
DO YOU EACH COME UP WITH AN IDEA AND TALK ABOUT IT? HOW DOES IT WORK?
T: Usually it’s a bit separate. It’s not necessarily sitting down at the same time and doing everything. With being so busy sometimes you’ve just got to fit everything in where you can. When an idea comes, you’re like listen to this!
* INTERRUPTED BY A FAN SHOUTING ‘’YOU GUYS ARE WICKED!!!’’ *
R: Perfect timing! It’s like we paid him!
T: …eventually you have to come together, but it’s definitely one of those things where you make so many tunes you’re back and forth like ‘are you still fucking with that one yeah’ … ’yeah I’m still fucking with that one, that one’s still got me’ … ’I’m kinda over that one’.
R: The hardest part is filtering down the options to make the album because we create every day. When you’re trying to compile that into something that’s going to define your sound, it’s the hardest part.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH IN THE FUTURE?
T: I also want to get Michael Jackson back, but to be fair, anyone who is dead set on their vibe.
SO, WHATS THE WORST THING YOU’VE DONE ON THE P4 BUS?
R: When I was 13/14, I can’t remember why, but I was going to school earlier than normal and there was this one girl at the bus stop, an absolute weapon. I couldn’t muster the courage to talk to her. I didn’t have it in me that day. From that day on, I got to the bus stop at the same time every day for like two weeks before I saw her again and I did eventually speak to her. There was no need for me to get to school that early but I thought just in case I see this girl again, I’m getting to the P4 bus stop every day at 8am! Persistence is key.
T: I can’t say my stories in fear of incriminating myself. No comment.
OFF THE RECORD?
T: Ok, ok, a lighter thing I did on the P4 was probably write a load of stuff over it in the graft days. Tag that shit!
HOW LONG HAVE THE SPLURGEBOYS BEEN A THING?
T: I think it’s been about 8 years now. We’ve just been dropping stuff and being out there. Because we’re brothers, it’s never been a ‘just started thing’ it’s always just been.
R: We just gave it a name. You can’t beat the vibe of two brothers. He knows me in and out. I know him in and out, unfortunately. If he’s having a bad day I know it. Right from the start…
BEFORE WE GO, TELL US WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE FOR SPLURGEBOYS….
T: We’re gonna drop another and we’ve got loads of stuff coming up with a few sick people on the scene and more PAP stuff.
R: PAP’s the whole collective. We’ve got a lot of stuff coming with them. Focusing on our own creativity as well. Absolutely hammering it. Maybe a couple of solo bits here and there as well. It’s gonna be a busy time, a good time for us though.
R: And don’t forget chillandbill.com baby!!!
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