Too Many T's pledge to bring 'hip hop you can dance to' to Bish Bash
Comprising Leon Rhymes and Ross Standaloft, Too Many T's are a rap and hip hop band from London whose sound has been compared to the Beastie Boys.
The pair have just landed back in the UK after a three-and-a-half month tour of Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and India, and now they are heading to Stortford.
"The recent tour was nuts," says Ross. "It's been part-travel and part-gigging, we averaged a gig a week. We never really went on the whole 'gap year' thing when we were younger, so we called the tour Rap Year."
Too Many T's manage themselves, with a team around them including an agent and publisher. They organised the Asia/Australia tour by putting a shout out on the band's Facebook fan page.
"It was amazing how many people knew someone that could get us a gig somewhere. By the time you've had about four conversations, you've got a gig in Bangalore! I couldn't believe it, because we are probably a little bit premature in our career to do a tour like that, but it all worked out," Ross explains.
"We played a real mix of shows. Some of the nights were filled with a lot of ex-pats, crowds similar to the UK. In some places it was all locals, but it went down in a similar way throughout – really well. People were gawping and wondering what on earth we were doing!"
Ross and Leon have been working together for about seven years, and have known each other for 12. "We always met up and wrote raps around Camberwell in south London. About seven years ago we began writing more seriously. Back-to-back rap writing is really fun to do. We decided to do a gig just for a laugh – our mate was running a pub in Stockwell – and it went down better than we were expecting! We wanted to do more, so we just got on with it. Within a year we were doing it properly, pouring a lot more time in, quitting our jobs and self-booking a tour. We collected email addresses after gigs and built a little fanbase."
Their debut album South City was released in September 2017, and they have a new track out this week, a collaboration called Dream with electronic artist RHINO.
"It's got a wicked old blues sample in it, it sounds real nice," continues Ross. "We shot the video in Amsterdam. While we were away on this tour we wrote the start of the next album, as well as an EP we are making with a bunch of French artists, due out in October."
So what can the Bish Bash audience expect from Too Many T's? "They will have a lot of fun. Our show is really high energy, we get the crowd involved. People can let loose - it's hip hop you can dance to.
"I've actually been to Stortford before, back when I had an office job about 20 miles south of the town. We had some clients in Bishop's Stortford, so we went there and talked about buildings!
"It's worth checking out our YouTube channel, as we put loads of effort into the videos for the album. We made seven new videos for it, and a few of them were world firsts in terms of how they were made.
"There was a lot of time, energy and money spent, but we had amazing ideas for them and had to make them happen."
Too Many T's embark on their first headline tour in a couple of years this November, which will take them around the UK. They will appear on the Bish stage on Sunday (May 5) at 8.30pm.
More by this authorTom Ryder