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The Big Questions: Wiley

18 February 2011
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Interview by Chantelle Fiddy. Originally published in Mixmag in June 2008.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I can’t remember actually, but the first job I ever did was with my dad in a bakery and he sacked me. I wasn’t happy about that.

What’s the worst club you’ve ever been to?
The one where I was stabbed… that wasn’t a fun night for me.

What are you obsessed with?
I was given this soft cake the other day and since then I’ve had cravings for it. I think it’s called red velvet cake.

And what do you hate right now?
I’m a party guy, so I don’t hate really. There are things that get on my nerves though, like hearing that I’m scared of foxes. I ain’t, I want to set the record straight.

How would you introduce yourself to someone?
Hi, I’m Wiley. I make grime.

When and where were you happiest?
I’m pretty happy now. I’ve got two gorgeous kids. I’m a real father and I’ve always got things bubbling so I’m pretty happy.

Have you ever been arrested?
That’s personal. Have you?

What’s the best record ever made?
‘Wearing My Rolex’, produced by Bless Beats coz it gives people exactly what they want without them realising.

What’s the coolest thing in your house?
My daughters.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had?
Save money for a rainy day. But it’s always raining in England so…

Who’s your all-time hero and why?
It’s a close tie between [fellow grime artists] JME and Skepta.

What do you collect – apart from records?
Friends.

What’s your vice?
Studio.

What were you doing at 2pm last Sunday afternoon?
Chilling.

Who was your first love and what?
I better not say. You never know who reads what and I don’t want anyone ringing off my phone so I’m not going to say the wrong thing.

What’s your answer to everything?
I don’t answer my phone. It pisses a lot of people off but if you were to spend just one day in the life of Wiley, you would understand why.

On a scale of one to ten, how good are you in the sack? Why?
11. I don’t need to say anymore.

What’s your most prized possession that you’ve still got from when you were a kid?
My mind.

Have you ever had a homosexual experience?
What the fuck? What kind of magazine is this?

What do you spend your money on?
Anything and everything, especially garms. I love clothes. Boy Better Know have a range which I love. Sometimes I spend silly money. I will just wake up and decide I’m going New York or to Ibiza.

What was your last big treat for yourself?
You know the last treat wasn’t bought. I just done my phone and went away. I had a day of peace.

What’s your drug of choice?
Erm… sex. Does that count?

What can’t you live without?
Money.

What would you change about yourself if you could?
Maybe I should learn to pick up the phone…

What’s the worst item of clothing you’ve ever worn?
Dunno, but I’ve had some mad hairdos.

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