Orig­i­nal Rude­boys Q&A,

North in­ner-city Dublin­ers Orig­i­nal Rude­boys only formed in March, but their acous­tic hip-hop at­tracted a huge on­line fol­low­ing and they’ve been added to the Ox­e­gen bill. Sean Arkins tells Brian Boyd about life in the fast lane

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There’s three of us, we’re from the Five Lamps area of north in­ner-city Dublin and we’ve an av­er­age age of 21. We be­gan by just up­load­ing a video on to YouTube – the song Stars in My Eyes – and we just got thou­sands upon thou­sands of hits. How peo­ple have found us is be­yond me, but the re­sponse on YouTube and Face­book has been in­cred­i­ble. We’d go back ev­ery day think­ing that would be it in terms of in­ter­est, but we’d find that the 10,000 hits had be­come 20,000. We only put up the songs for our mates to hear, so the idea of get­ting all this at­ten­tion from so many peo­ple is re­ally strange. the tiny Ir­ish hip-hop world for years, and my big in­spi­ra­tions would be Tu­pac Shakur and No­to­ri­ous B.I.G. And I re­ally look up to and ad­mire Mike Skin­ner. It’s the po­etry that gets me – I can re­late to him more than any other artist. The Dublin­ers and Damian Dempsey get men­tioned some­times as well, which is fine by us be­cause we’re huge fans of both. We’ve no idea. We did the an­a­lyt­ics on our Face­book and YouTube pages, where you can see where all the hits are com­ing from, and it’s not just Ire­land: we’re get­ting played in the UK, Aus­tralia and the US. We’ve got a lot more new tracks ready to go now but the three of us wouldn’t know the first thing about in­de­pen­dently re­leas­ing an al­bum, so we’ll just have to wait and see. All of our songs are writ­ten from just sitting around and jam­ming. Robert [Burch, gui­tarist] and Sean [ Walsh, ukulele] and my­self just get them that way. With Stars in My Eyes, Robert had the melody line and I sup­pose the lyrics are just about the celebrity world and all those dream­ers out there. You can’t get too spe­cific about what songs mean. We’ve got man­age­ment now, so that helps. The im­me­di­ate plan is to keep on play­ing live. We also want to record all the new ma­te­rial we have, which is lots.

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