Spindle Look

Spindle Look: Tiggs Da Author ‘Kinshasa Riddim’

Monday 28 January 2019
Words Mimi Wright

Spindle Look dives deeply into our favourite new releases. Currently, it’s a new drop by Tiggs Da Author, a Tanzania-born London-grown rapper.

Tiggs Da Author kills it in his new track ‘Kinshasa Riddim’ with Blade Brown. The collaboration is downright sick, and it’s evident that creating enticing music comes naturally to Tiggs.

This new track is the first to be revealed from Tiggs’ new mixtape set to be released over the next few months. He is also currently working on an album featuring new solo material.

We got to know Tiggs Da Author better by asking him a little bit more about his collab with Blade Brown, what a typical day in the studio is like and more…

How did your link up with Blade Brown happen for your new track ‘KINSHASA RIDDIM’? Did you have him in mind when you initially started creating the track?
So myself and Blade have worked together a few times in the past, and it always comes out sounding great. For Kinshasa, I actually posted a clip of the chorus on my insta, and Blade messaged me with the eyes emoji. I told him to come down, and he killed it.

Can you give us some background on the meaning of ‘KINSHASA RIDDIM’? Why did you want this to be the lead single?
So Kinshasa is the capital of the Congo and growing up, I used to listen to a lot of Congolese music that my mum would play. The vibe and the energy reminded me of that time, and I always wanted to reference it somewhere in one of my songs, and this one felt perfect. 

The music video for it is so impressive too! What was your artistic motivation and inspiration while making it?  
I just wanted to do something performance-based and capture the energy of the song. I worked with a great director called Ray Fiasco, and we chatted for a while about different concepts. I just wanted it to feel like a vibe and get people moving. We also wanted to do something a bit different, so we used the VHS camera, so it wasn’t super polished.

You’re releasing a mixtape this year. What can we expect from this record?
I don’t want to give too much away, but there are some cool collabs. The mixtape is basically a load of riddims I have been working on over the last year or so. I wanted to do a project that could bring all of these amazing artists together. Some I have previously worked with, some are new ones. The mixtape is for the mandem. It’s the sort of music I like, my friends like. It is for the streets, but hopefully it’s still accessible. 

What type of sound did you strive for while creating it? Did you step out of your comfort zone and experiment? 
Yes, in some ways. So I actually produced a few of the tracks on there. I always like to experiment with different vibes and sounds and work with artists you may not necessarily think would work. 

Are there any collaborations on the record that you’re particularly excited for?

Describe your new mixtape in five words or less. 
Cold riddims for these streets. 

What was a typical day in the studio like when you were creating your upcoming project?   
So usually people would roll through the studio, and I’d play them a few ideas, and we would find something that sounds right and start working on ideas. I had a list of people I wanted to get on the tape, and I wanted it to feel really natural and come together organically. It takes a little longer for it to come together, but the finished product is better.