Hip-Hop Wired: Is being so disciplined part of your creative process today?
Alex Da Kid: Yeah, but now I guess what [I deal with] is just balancing my time. When I first started I was just being creative in once aspect, now I’m like being creative in like 50 aspects. I’m so lucky that I get to wake up every day and decide what I want to do. That’s kind of how my life works. I’m a big believer in designing your own life and making it what you want it to be.
Hip-Hop Wired: You have some huge hits to your credit, are you compelled to top yourself?
Alex Da Kid: Not to top anything. Where I come from, it was definitely like a lot of different types of music that I grew up on. I grew up on reggae, pop, rock…tons of things on the radio. You’re surrounded by different cultures in London. I just take that in now [fusing different artists] in my head…like if Prince and Nas made a song together what would that sound like? And I’ll just start making the beat, and I’ll go from there. I’m not really trying to top anything, I’m just trying to make new sounds.
Hip-Hop Wired: Do you think being from London works to your benefit?
Alex Da Kid: Yeah, absolutely. [I have a] different perspective. [Understanding] what other people think and how they think is good in life in general. You might not agree with them, but at least you kind of understand where they’re coming from. Being from London definitely helped, but I live in L.A. now and for the first time it’s starting to feel like home. That’s just started to happen in the last couple of months.