When we sat down with Kayus Bankole backstage after their performance, everyone around us was buzzing. There were people chattering excitedly, almost giddily. So is the affect a show with that much passion and enthusiasm has on those who watch it, and indeed on those who perform in it.
Young Fathers’ early days were steeped in the will to break the hip hop status quo in Edinburgh. Now 27, Kayus explains that their first gig didn’t exactly impress the local rap aficionados.
“We recorded some music in Graham’s house from a karaoke machine on to a mini-disc. We walked up to the under-16 club to play our first gig with pre-arranged dance moves and full songs. At that time people were just doing battle raps, so us coming on stage with song arrangement and dance moves, it shocked people. The girls liked it but the hip hop heads, like in every scene, were saying ‘that’s not what you guys should be doing’.”