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Ahead of his appearance at the Latitude Festival, Litro talks to one of the hottest names on London’s spoken word scene.
Litro: What’s your dream festival lineup, if you could select artists from any era?
George the Poet: I just really wanna see Michael Jackson.
Litro: How important are lyrics in your musical process?
George the Poet: Lyrics are everything to me, I build songs around them.
Litro: Do you have a favourite lyric from someone else’s song?
George the Poet: That’s hard. Probably Sam Cooke “Change is gonna come”.
Litro: Do you read much, either at home or on tour?
George the Poet: Yeah reading really stimulates my writing
Litro: How much does your reading influence your music?
George the Poet: Words are gateways into other worlds, so reading helps me bring different things out of my music.
Litro: If you weren’t a musician, what would you like to be doing?
George the Poet: I’d be making more money and working with kids.
Litro: Will you be checking out the other stages at Latitude?
George the Poet: I’ll be checking everything!
Litro: Who/what do you want to see?
George the Poet: I haven’t seen Ady Suleiman in a while and he’s sick, can’t wait to check the progress. I’m excited for loads of people though.
Litro: Whose work – director, author, artist – would you like to write a musical score for?
George the Poet: Charlie Brooker. If you see him please tell him George would like a word.