This exclusive Tinie Tempah interview was conducted by The Future Tense as part of the ON/OFF project.
Each artist was asked the same series of questions relating to the live music experience, before being photographed just before and again immediately after performing.
Artist: Tinie Tempah
Interviewee: Tinie Tempah
Venue: KOKO, London
Date: October 27th 2010
What is your most memorable live moment as a fan?
Wireless 2008 was pretty special for me. Jay-Z was headlining and it was the first ever festival I played. It’s still amazing to think that a year later I was supporting him on tour!
What is your most memorable live moment as a performer?
Performing on the Pyramid stage with Snoop Dogg at Glastonbury was the highlight so far. It felt like a special moment in modern music history – a bona fide hip-hop legend performing with a new British talent.
Have you had any disasters on stage?
I did slip on stage once, yeah. I’d just got some brand new Nike Air Max 1’s and began jumping around on stage but the floor was slippery and I fell right over. Fortunately it was at the beginning of the set so I had plenty of time to make the audience forget about it.
Do you have any live performance aspirations?
To do a sell out Arena tour. That would be amazing!
Any pre/post performance rituals?
Just vocal warm ups, say a prayer, bring everyone in to the dressing room about half an hour before we go on and get a bit of a party atmosphere going on. Tell some jokes and get in the mood!
A full list of featured artists and interviews can be found here.
Dates: 2009 to 2014
Photographer: Tom Oldham
Curator: Ed Bartlett (The Future Tense)
Featured Artists: Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Beady Eye, Beth Ditto, Chase & Status, CSS, Duran Duran, Editors, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Faithless, Flying Lotus, Friendly Fires, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Jessie J, The Kills, Labrinth, Lana del Rey, Lykke Li, MIA, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Mystery Jets, Paul Weller, Plan B, Primal Scream, Prodigy, Pulled Apart by Horses, Rizzle Kicks, Rudimental, Snoop Dogg, Suede, Swedish House Mafia, Take That, Tinie Tempah, The Vaccines, Warpaint.
Partners: War Child, Pledge Music