The two brothers’ debut EP Cheer Up Charlie sounds a bit like Jamie T at an underground rave – the perfect soundtrack to a disillusioned Britain.
Think of everyone you know. Got it? Think again.
Everyone You Know are a pair of half-brothers from almost London and the most exciting musical prospect to come out of Uxbridge since…well, ever.
Rhys Kirkby-Cox and Harvey Kirkby make music that is at simultaneously new, fresh and accessible, and yet also strangely familiar. Stylistically, it could be described as a mishmash of noughties indie, old-school hip-hop and 90s jungle. Sonically though, it blends together seamlessly into a unique new formula.
Somewhere beneath their colourful outer-shell of influence lies a realism; a deep understanding of suburban youth that has been lacking from the UK music scene for some time. Their debut EP Cheer Up Charlie [Charlie, wherever you are mate, I hope it has cheered you up], tells the tale of a generation, to the tune of your new favourite bass hook.
They took time out from their busy schedule to chat with GIGsoup about style, inspiration and success.
Hi guys, thanks for talking with us. How long have you been doing this?
We’ve been doing it together about 3 years, but individually about 8 years now.
How did the project start?
We put an EP out about 2016 and then from there went flat out, working with cool people. Just started making tunes and that’s about it really, not much to it.
Whereabouts in London are you from?
We’re from just outside London -Harvey’s from a place called Denham next to Uxbridge. I [Rhys] live near Stratford sort of area, Barking.
Let’s go through the EP a bit, which track is your favourite?
[Rhys] My favourite is, I think, Sinners. I like the energy in Sinners, the aggression in that song.
[Harvey] Yeah same for me as well, definitely Sinners. It’s wicked live as well, it’s just heavy.
[Rhys] I do love Our Generation actually as well. It does chop and change, but at the moment it’s Sinners.
Would you say you are influenced by the early noughties Indie scene?
Yeah, we’re influenced by Jamie T, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Prodigy, Oasis all that sort of stuff. Listening to that since our childhood, it goes subconsciously into our music without us really trying consciously.
People have said we have a Jamie T vibe quite a bit. We’re into all that stuff, as you can probably tell by listening to the music.
What’s Dance Like We Used To influenced by?
Yeah that was, not necessarily a darker take, but more like an observational view on going out. Not about going out to dance and get drunk, more about being in a place and looking at what people are doing, rather than just worrying about yourself type of thing.
That was just what the inspiration behind it was. But, yeah, I’d say it was almost more like a social commentary.
We prefer to go out to nights where there’s going to be an event, someone playing, garage night. Most of the clubs at the moment, other than like Fabric or Ministry of Sound, they just play stuff which ain’t my cup of tea to be honest.
Do you think the UK music scene has a voice at the minute?
Yeah, definitely. I think we do, I think certainly Suburban culture doesn’t have a great representative at the moment, like the outer London places aren’t represented at the moment.
I think inner London is absolutely smashing it, the whole grime scene, afrobeat and trap and that, that’s doing bits and that’s running things at the moment. But I wouldn’t necessarily say the outer London scene has a huge voice at the moment.
Yeah, the grime scene and all that are smashing it, like Dave and Fredo going number 1, I think that’s absolutely mad in general. Louis Theroux listening to Dave is jokes, man.
So are you trying to represent suburban culture?
I think we’re just trying to be true to who we are – we just do what we do and where we live sort of thing. Can’t go too wrong when you’re being honest, know what I mean.
I don’t think we’re trying consciously, we’re just being true to ourselves and hopefully that works in connection to people.
What’s your songwriting process like?
We normally get a melody down or a riff or whatever, guitar or piano or however we can get that down, then work on the beat. Nine times out of ten, before the beat’s completely finished, then we’ll do the lyrics, get them down then mix the beat after that.
But it does chop and change, I wouldn’t say there’s a proper formula for what we’re doing. For the EP that was more or less the process though.
How did the Adidas thing come about?
Our management got approached by an agency, and yeah our manager just showed them our stuff – they were just like we’re doing an Adidas campaign and we’d like you boys to be involved.
He sent like a brief over and we pretty much made the tune on the day, Rhys did the voiceover, was all pretty straightforward really. When they told us about it, we thought it’d be loads of people and complicated but actually we banged it out pretty quickly and the process was pretty smooth.
Are you guys football fans?
Yeah, I’m QPR and Rhys is United.
What would you say the craziest moment of your career been so far.
You know what, it’s still quite early doors for us so I don’t think we’ve had like crazy, crazy moments. We’re not packing out venues yet.
You don’t feel a fame element to your career yet?
Nah nah nah, not at all and I don’t think we ever really will, we’re not really like that, we’re not driven by the glitz and glamour, we don’t like that lifestyle and even if we do become a success, I don’t really think, there won’t really be that element to it.
It is what it is you know, we’ll carry on regardless. That’s not why we do it.
Thanks for talking to me guys.
No problem at all mate, thanks for having us.