Interview: Young Fathers

‘We don’t intend to make statements for anybody else but ourselves, but that always seems to make a statement,’ says Young Fathers’ Graham ‘G’ Hastings.

The Edinburgh trio attended The Ivor Novello awards last week (23 May) where they were nominated in the Best Album category.

Although the award eventually went to Idles’ for Joy as an Act of Resistance, the band aren’t strangers to this type of recognition.

Having formed in 2008 while still in their teens, Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham ‘G’ Hastings collected the Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY Award) for their second mixtape, Tape Two, in 2012.

Their debut album Dead arrived in 2014 and was awarded the Mercury Prize.

The band have subsequently released White Men Are Black Men Too in 2015 and also contributed the track Only God Knows to the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack.

2018 saw the release of the band’s third long player Cocoa Sugar, which became their highest charting album to date.

Ahead of The Ivors ceremony we chatted to the band about how meaningful awards are, their biggest achievements so far, and why the best advice for emerging artists is to stay true to yourself. Check out the video below…

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