Justin Clark, better known as “Ghetts,” is currently touring the UK promoting his incredibly emotional albumÂ Rebel With a Cause. Â Prior to the start of the tour, Verge had the opportunity to speak with the Grime artist about his new video, tour, and inspiration.
Ghetts:Â Honestly, I was just talking with my mum about family history and what not.Â Iâ€™m very close to my gram, sheâ€™s the head of my family and she came from Jamaica back in the day and came and built a life for herself here.Â It was inspirational for me to think about her leaving somewhere she was used to to come here and work and pay two mortgages; itâ€™s amazing to me.Â So, I wrote a song about the working people being the heroes, especially in todayâ€™s day and age where people worship celebrity life on Twitter and Instagram; I wanted to remind everyone that the working people are the heroes.Â
Verge: Your music goes from being very grimy to having guitars on it-quite a broad spectrum! Â When you’re writing, where do you draw inspiration from?Â
Ghetts: Because I like so many things, itâ€™s not me deciding â€œwhat angleâ€ I want to take my songs to â€œmake sense.â€Â People may find it a bit weird that one minute Iâ€™m keeping it grimey and then the next minute Iâ€™m not, but itâ€™s because Iâ€™m able to, and I feel like I shouldnâ€™t have to choose one thing.Â I love Grime and what not, but at the same time, Grime came into my life when I was 16, but I loved music 16 years before that.Â I just try and incorporate all of my influences into my music and then sit down and figure out how to incorporate my music into an album.
Verge: What can we expect from The Rebel Tour?
Ghetts: Honestly, itâ€™s just going to be a sick show.Â Itâ€™s going to be filmed, and I want people to leave just feeling exhilarated and excited.Â I donâ€™t want people to feel that once theyâ€™ve seen me once, theyâ€™ve seen it all; itâ€™s never going to be the same thing, every time people come to see me, itâ€™s going to be an amazing show.
Verge: What would you say sets “Rebel With a Cause” apart from previous albums you’ve released?
Ghetts: The most uncomfortable thing as an artist is releasing something that people may not find â€œhard.â€Â This is my truest piece of work, the most honest, I wear my heart on my sleeve the whole time.Â If I were to meet someone and could no longer speak, but wanted them to get to know me, I would give them â€œRebel With a Cause.â€Â
Verge: Can you leave us with a piece of advice for students who are looking to follow their dreams of careers in the music industry?
Ghetts: I would tell them to make sure, that even when times get hard, to enjoy it and live in the moment.Â Sometimes I havenâ€™t lived in the moment because Iâ€™ve been stressing so much, and I look back in hindsight and I regret not enjoying the experience.Â Â Just live in the moment and enjoy what youâ€™re doing, itâ€™s the most important thing.
Watch Ghetts’ new video for “Fire Burning” hereÂ
Make sure to follow Ghetts on Twitter: @JCLARKE_GHETTS to keep up with his latest news!