Rudimental Rising From The Underground
"I think the underground scene that's coming through to the mainstream has been going in London for a long time now," explained Rudimental's Kesi Dryden during a phone interview with Radio.com. Dryden is one of the group's primary members alongside Piers Agget, Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith. "It's great to see it crossing over to the mainstream," he continued. "Acts like Rudimental and Disclosure maybe six years ago wouldn't have had U.K. hits. They would've been more like underground hits. It's great to see that happen."
Rudimental's debut full-length album, Home, was released this past May. It followed a pair of chart-topping singles, "Waiting All Night" and "Feel the Love," and it echoed the group's earlier successes by debuting at the top of the British album chart.
"That was incredible, to see our album do so well," Dryden admitted. "We'd had two No. 1 singles before that, but we didn't want to be known just as an act that does singles, we wanted to be known as an album act. We want to be known as a band, because we love playing live and we love to tour. For our album to hit No. 1 was a real moment for us. We felt proud of the achievement. We put so much hard work into it. It's the Rudimental sound of what we've grown up with and been influenced by. For people around the world to appreciate it is an amazing feeling."
That "Rudimental sound" was nurtured in the area of East London known as Hackney, which Dryden says is a melting pot of music and culture. more.
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