Rudimental's DJ Locksmith, Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, and Amir Amor
Photo: Danny North
Fun Times With Rudimental
Members of British electronic band Rudimental recently participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview to discuss the group's formation, their musical influences, collaborating with other artists, and the elements of "Rudimental culture," among other topics.
"Something we learned over the years is that when we're having fun, when we're enjoying ourselves onstage and we're showing people the Rudimental culture … people want to be a part of that," said DJ Locksmith. "It's infectious and that's what we love."
Comprising DJ Locksmith (aka Leon Rolle), Piers Aggett (organ), Amir Amor (guitar), and Kesi Dryden (keyboards), Rudimental were influenced by artists such as GRAMMY winners Dr. Dre and Lauryn Hill as well as the dance music scene in their London hometown. In 2012 the quartet released their breakthrough hit, "Feel The Love" featuring John Newman, which peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles chart. They subsequently released the UK Singles Top 20 hit "Not Giving In" featuring Newman and Alex Clare.
Released in 2013, Rudimental's debut studio album, Home, topped the UK Albums chart and peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart. Home features 12 tracks, including collaborations with GRAMMY winner Foxes ("Right Here"), Emeli Sandé ("Free") and Ella Eyre ("Waiting All Night"). The latter topped the UK Singles chart and garnered the band a 2014 Brit Award for British Single of the Year.