I have been following Matt Wride – aka TRIGGA RYDER – ever since he slipped me his 2016 track, ‘That’s A Fact’, so it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome back the Manchester-based spitter to talk about his latest project, ‘Not A Yout Anymore’. As I was immediately intrigued by the album’s title, I asked him what inspired him to produce the ten-track set plus his plans for the rest of the year.
NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?
TR: Yeah 2021 is going good so far, definitely better than 2020. 2020 was pretty hard to be honest due to COVID but it seems like there’s hope on the horizon and stuff is hopefully going to get back to normal soon.
NLM: You released your album, ‘Not A Yout Anymore’ last November. What is the public perception on the project so far?
TR: Definitely been a lot of love for the project and people supporting the final product I feel like it could have done better In terms of numbers of streams sales etc. But I’m happy with it and these days I’m making music for myself so if anyone else buzzes of it that’s a bonus
NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?
TR: The birth of my son Dylan in 2017 inspired me and made me think wow I’m actually a grown up now, hence the title Not A Yout Anymore, also the breakup of me and his Mum which was a struggle, but it inspired me on some of the tracks with lyrics and concepts.
NLM: How would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?
TR: I’d say the project has a mixture of sounds which is something I intended by my choice of using three different producers/ beat makers there’s some Boom Bap , Grime and Modern Rap in the vein of D Block Europe and Nafe Smallz minus the auto tune which I’m not opposed to using but didn’t think it would fit with the project this time around.
NLM: What is/are your favourite single(s) from the album and why?
It depends what mood I’m in but I’m pleased with the lead single Not A Yout Anymore. The Chorus kept getting stuck in my head so we shot a video for it with Chris Lucas of Arun productions in Bristol you can watch it here:
I also really like how the track path that I choose turned out in terms of production.
NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the album, who would it be and why
TR: Probably Potter Payper although I’m not really sure if he’s classed as mainstream, but I’m feeling all the stuff he’s been putting out recently and followed him Since the beginning of his career.
Met him a couple of times once in Manchester and then at a gig in Birmingham and he was really safe plus he went in with his performance.
NLM: Did the Covid pandemic presented any drawbacks in the production of your EP?
TR: Yeah potentially would have had some features on the project if the rappers I had in mind had access to a studio but COVID meant they couldn’t record, also the project was started just before COVID with the intention of having it all mixed by one of the beat makers on the project but when it kicked in he ended up having other commitments to fulfil so I ended up mixing it myself which was good because I enjoy the production side of things.
NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021
TR: Working on a couple of features should have a track dropping with a rapper called Thrash Thorn from LA produced by Yello Blac who I’ve done tracks with in the past.
NLM: How can potential fans find you
NLM: Finally, any special shoutouts to those involved in the production of ‘Not A Yout Anymore’?
TR: Yeah I’d like to shout out Subvert The Cynic
Trooh Hippi, Nineteen, Chris Lucas and the Raptographer also all my friends and family and anyone who helped throughout the project. Also like so say thanks to you for interviewing me and always supporting bless up.
Trigga Ryder’s ‘Not A Yout Anymore’ is now out on download/streaming sites.
Fantastic album review with this one .. worthy artist to interview, I’m definitely going to give his work a gander – hopefully I’ll see what all the crack is about 😉