Wretch 32 has very much become Hollyoaks main man this year. We caught up with the star of #Wretch32Invasion with regards to all the most important things in his life; like what his kids will be getting from Santa.
You are no stranger to the Hollyoaks Music Show having appeared in our last series what’s it like to be back?
It is good to be back, I knew where my changing room was and everything, I remember it all well.
Did you manage to take time out of your busy schedule and tune in to watch the #Wretch32Invasion? what did you think?
I thought it was cool, I think it was a big look for me. Definitely because Hollyoaks looked to incorporate a rapper, I don’t think anyone has ever done that before it was a very good idea and it was executed amazingly.
You were great in the show, have you ever considered going into acting full time?
It would be interesting, it is definitely something I’d like to do, I don’t know when but yeah it might be good.
Do you still get time to watch the show?
I catch as much as I can but the thing is, being on the road you are in and out all the time, sometimes it is like three in the morning so I don’t get to see it then.
What has been your personal highlight of 2011?
There’s been quite a few, the headline tour was a big one for me, Don’t Go getting to number one, performing at Wembley with Example, the whole year has been a highlight. To ask me to pick one would be like asking me which kid do I love more, it is impossible.
What is your strangest Christmas day tradition?
My mum has this thing; we were only allowed to open the presents after we had eaten! She only wanted to tidy up the once it used to be so annoying. We just used to want to eat the food uncooked so we could open our presents quicker.
Where will you be spending Christmas this year?
Indoors I hope!
Have you done any Christmas shopping?
No, I’m one of those genius people who waits until 24th December! Genius.
Can you remember your best and worst present?
Best present? Definitely boxers and socks, they are amazing, when you are 13 you never buy pants ever, so you are relying on that stash for a whole year. The worst present is probably getting nothing. You’ve got to be grateful for whatever you receive!
What is your new year’s resolution?
I don’t have one because four years ago I thought I was funny and made a resolution to never make another New Year’s Resolution again and I’ve stuck to it.
Are there any other artists you would like to collaborate with?
I think I’d like to collaborate, Jessie J or Damien Marley that would be amazing.
Which artists have impressed you this year?
Jessie J has been in the same kind of year span as me and just seeing her rise has been incredible. Emile Sande has really blown me away too she is incredible.
Where would you like to see yourself this time next year?
Back here again!
Where are you off to next? Will you get to see a little bit of Liverpool while you’re here?
I’m off to Germany, I was in the Echo Arena last night we didn’t get back to the hotel until about three in the morning, MacDonalds breakfast you know, not that you can get an Egg McMuffin at 3am but breakfast’s no limits these days.
What do you miss most about home when you are on the road?
The family obviously, but also my bed, I love my bed but mainly I miss my kids.
Have the kids asked for anything in particular off Father Christmas?
Nothing in particular but my son has been ticking everything in the Argos catalogue, giving me a slight indication as to what is required.
What is it about North London and Tottenham that seems to consistently produce top quality acts like you, Skpeta, Chipmunk, Sway?
I think when the light was really on East London we had a lot more to prove, so I think the hunger level was higher. Over there (North London) we had more of a desire to do concerts and a desire to push each other to do better. We all know each other so yeah, we’re doing okay.
2011 was Wretch’s year, what can we expect from 2012?
I don’t know really but I’ve got no plans to slow down at all. I just want to keep going, I’m not where I want to be but I am in a great position right now, I think it is always good to aim higher and that is what I’m trying to do.