Where does the name 220 Kid come from?
I ran 220 miles for charity a few years ago, 9 marathons in 7 days, in memory of my mate and godfather who passed away in the same month, it was a bit of a therapy for the grief as I didn’t really train but it taught me that anything is possible. It’s a number that represents strength for me.
How would you describe your style?
A mix of streetstyle, a few classic designs, and then some thrown in madness, bright colours, often clashing colours and just trying to be bold. When I was younger I didn’t have any role models for style and it was uncomfortable, so when working with my stylist we decided we needed to be that role model for anyone else who needed it, changing hair designs, painting nails. Just showing its ok to be whoever you want to be without having to shy away.
What influences and inspires your music?
Everyday life, love, relationships, observing people and situations, its more an expression for me. Unlike a lot of people I don’t write every day. I only write when I have something to say, unless its sincere and I am expressing myself I can’t do it.
What are your three proudest moments?
The 220 mile run, getting a biology degree and masters (as a dyslexic managing to do a 21,000 word thesis was quite something) and having a top 10 record. It took 7 years to get there and so many knock backs along the way.
What are three things you want people to know about you?
I’m old for the industry. I broke through at 31 – I want people to know it’s never to late and to never give up, if you have a dream go for it.
I have a great team of strong women around me, I have a lot of men working on my projects but my closest teams are female and I’m a strong champion of boss females in the music industry.
And something funny – as a fat kid with a ginger afro I belly danced on ITV!
In the past people were buried with the items they would need in the afterlife, what would you want buried with you so you could use it in the afterlife?
My laptop so I could write and record, my spin bike so I could stay healthy and my therapy techniques (if I can’t take my therapist). It’s important for me to be a big advocate for therapy especially in men, it’s been a real life-changer and a key part of my success.
If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?
Id learn a spell to make the food they have at Hogwarts, then I’d throw a massive banquet like they had for all my close friends and family and colleagues so we can celebrate life after such a ridiculous year!!
What’s your secret talent?
I don’t quit, I find it impossible whatever the challenge. Call it the cockroach mentality, if you are the last one standing you will always succeed.