Interview by Carl Marsh - April 2015
Firstly, Rough Copy, why the name choice?
The name came from Sterling, and the reasons for the name is as simple as this; we will go through our career and we will push it to the maximum level, and once we are done, we will stamp it as a 'Rough Copy' . This is because nothing is perfect, nothing is ever finished, there is always another challenge ahead, another chance to improve, and push more!
And you are the new RnB Avengers, tell me more?
We like to call ourselves the UK RnB avengers merely because we are one of very few artists in the UK that are doing RnB and trying to revive it, it's what we know, and what we are not afraid to do.
Kaz, on the X-Factor you were the probably the most original group ever to appear on it, so what have you been up to since then?
Where do we start? Well when we came out of the show, we were fortunate enough to get our first major record deal with Sony (Epic Records), where we were able to release our first official single under a major label 'Street Love', which charted top 40 in the official RNB charts. Along with the perks that come along with being signed and coming out of the X-Factor, we have done numerous shows ranging from ITV to CBBC, festivals, corporate functions, and so on. Now we are looking to the future, as we have our new single 'Same Formula' coming out and we are supporting 'Damage' on their UK 'Ghetto Romance' tour. This kicks off on the 23rd April in Sheffield.
So Sterling, your soon-to-be released track is called Same Formula, where did you get the inspiration?
The inspiration came from going out on a Saturday night like most of us do, and having a good time in the club, nothing but the same formula (laughing).
And you all must be over-the-moon with how this is being received by everyone, even though it is not officially out until May 17th 2015?
The response has been amazing, it's been nothing but positive feedback since the day we recorded the song until now, it's gone from strength to strength.
Your career has been great and you have come a long way in such a short time, but is there anything you would change?
To be honest, we don't think we would change anything about our career, even the mistakes, as it is important to make mistakes, so that you can learn from them.
What does the future hold for Rough Copy, the next 12 months for instance?
We don't quite know what the future holds for Rough Copy, but we know we are going to be working really, really hard, so that we can put ourselves in a better position where we can release more music for our supporters/fan. We plan to tour the country, and also there has been a lot of talk recently to travel and gig around Europe and overseas, so that will be exciting and a good experience for us, so yeah lots to come!
What gets you all out of bed in the morning, what motivates you all?
Well for us it's knowing that “We” are finally doing something we have always wanted to do. We have lived the life of getting up early in the morning to do a job that we don't necessarily want to do, so now we are in a job that we love, and it is so much easier to get out of bed in the morning and strive for something that we want. Plus knowing your fridge is full also helps!
How was school and education for you Joe?
I loved school; it was such a joy to always learn new things and to gain the knowledge that would one day lead me on to my career path. And also, I just enjoyed being with all my friends - friends who are still in my life today. A childhood is a precious experience, that you should always hold close to you.
And would you be much of a book reader Joe?
I don't really read much but when I do, it's my Bible that I do read. My Bible is very important to me because it is my connection to Christianity, and I am very serious about my religion. One thing I would say though is if you have time to read, then you most definitely should, as it helps you to gain knowledge and wisdom.
What has been your most memorable musical experience so far?
For us it was when we were on the X-Factor tour, and we performed at the O2 Arena to 10,000 people. When the doors opened, it took our breath away, and we will never forget it.
What makes Rough Copy sad?
The rain makes us sad because it always messes up our outfits (laughing).
What makes you all happy?
We are most happy when we are on stage performing, and the bigger the crowd, the happier we are.
Last question, and I normally ask everyone if they were to describe themselves as an animal, what would it be and why but.... as I want to use base it around the RnB Avengers theme. So, if you were an animal with special powers, what would it be and why?
(Joe) - I would probably be an Eagle so I could fly everywhere, as I love seeing new exciting places. My power would be to have the ability to transform back into myself, at any given time.
(Sterling) - I'd be a lion because they are strong, powerful, and determined animals. And my power would be able to control Mother Nature, with just a roar!
(Kaz) - That's a very interesting question (laughing), I love that.
Well, if I was an animal with special powers, imagine a lion with the ability of a chameleon and able to soar like a phoenix. The reason I would choose this animal is because of my strong personality and the self assurance I have in my ability as an artist. The chameleon ability is due to the fact that I am able to diversify myself in different situations, whilst still keeping my RnB hat on through my voice.
And last but not least, a phoenix soars and that's exactly what I (we) have been doing for the past 7 and a half years; being together, and never giving up on our dreams and anything we put our minds to, we can achieve, even if it's a fraction of it.
I don't know what it's called though, maybe you can give that animal a name?!
Thanks Kaz, let me think about that!
Would you all care to end with some words for your fans?
We thank you for all for your support, and we hope you continue to follow and support us on our journey, as we have a lot to offer, and so much more to give.