Welcome back to the fourteenth feature from the Collective Series by The Idle Man. Where we meet up with interesting men who either work in the creative industry, or we just admire the work they do. Styled in our most recent collections, drops, and photographed by our Editor Cal McIntyre, read the full feature below as we believe it's more about what we do, rather than what we wear. To shop the products Everyone You Know are wearing simply click the images.
Meet Rhys and Harvey Kirkby, half-brothers and London duo from Everything You Know (EYK). Born in West London, the duo has broken through London’s array of musical talent proving themselves to be a unique force to be reckoned with. Combining and blending musical genres, their music hints at punk, jungle and hip-hop, the pair have mastered their art with one singing and the other mixing the music.
Dropping their album ‘Cheer Up Charlie’ last year featuring tracks such as ‘Sinners’, ‘Our Generation’ and ‘Cheer Up Charlie’, the album depicts the lives of young suburban men going through life and the experiences of mundane work and rebellious evenings. Their songs are written with honesty and truth about their own experiences making them relatable to the everyday man.
Rhys’ lyrics in ‘Our Generation” ring clear in today’s society, singing with a soft and warming tone in the chorus he says, “my generation is fucked, we don’t know how to love”. They share the idea of society being desensitised and lost, growing up without a direction and end up living for the weekend benders.
Growing up both Rhys and Harvey were brought up listening to their dad's collection of East-Coast hip-hop and jungle music. Enjoying music from a young age there’s no doubt that they picked up their own style from early on. London has already started embracing the new and exciting duo and with a fresh feeling to their music, they have been picked up by BBC Music Introducing. They have also worked on Adidas’ Team Mode campaign, in which they produced the music in the background behind the likes of Paul Pogba and Leo Messi. Shooting them above the rest of 2019’s breakthrough artists, EYK are only just getting started but what a start they’ve already had.
Some would say their sound has it all, but when it’s all mixed together with Harvey’s special touch it becomes something which entraps you into their world. You’ll feel the beat of the music pumping through your body which you can’t help but move to, you’ll be playing their tracks over and over. The mixture of levels between their music also adds deeper meaning to the sound they produce, whether meaning to or not, you’ll constantly find something new each time you listen whether it’s within the sound or lyrics.
Now before you move off this page to listen to their EP, The Idle Man is sitting down with both Rhys and Harvey to find out more about the duo and what EYK means to them. If you're London based, EYK are playing a headline gig at The Courtyard Theatre on the 18th of April, and they will be headlining BBC Introducing at The Lexington on Thursday 2nd May. If that doesn't work for you, the boys will be playing at Reading Festival in the Summertime so you'll definitely see them around.
Working alongside family can be both a blessing and a curse, what do you enjoy the most about working so closely together?
Harvey: I couldn’t say there’s one thing I enjoy most about working with my brother, what I would say is there’s no bullshit. We get straight to the point and make sure we get the best out of each other which I don’t think we’d be able to do if we were just pals.
Rhys: I think there are loads of things that are enjoyable about working together to be fair. But I would say the most important thing is that we get the best out of each other. There's no-nonsense when it comes to the music.
Who are your biggest influences?
Harvey: My family & friends. I get so much inspiration from the people around me, without our family and friends EYK (Everyone You Know) wouldn’t be what it is.
Rhys: My biggest influences are my friends and family. In music and in life in general. They're the reason we do what we do.
Have you both always wanted to pursue a musical career or did you both have other plans?
Harvey: Yeah I think so when I was proper young I wanted to be a footballer just like most other kids. But I got to about nine or ten and started messing about with records and turntables and that’s when I discovered my passion for music and knew that I wanted to go into that industry.
Rhys: No other plans for me. I worked loads of other shitty jobs in the past, but they were just to pay the bills and whatnot. I never took any of them seriously.
What plans do you have for the summer?
Harvey: No idea. Got a couple of festivals booked in and we’ll be working on our album but other than that, spending time with the family and going out with my mates getting on the piss probably.
Rhys: Got quite a decent summer coming up to be fair. A few festivals plus a couple of weekends away and that. If I get a chance I'm gonna try and go away with my family too. All that hopefully, plus cracking on with the album.
Besides music, what other hobbies do you have?
Harvey: I’m a big football and boxing fan. Also, collect records and Stone Island clobber if you could call that a hobby.
Rhys: I play football three times a week. I've never had any other hobbies other than music and football really. I love boxing too, but I don't do it. The rest of the time I'm just with my pals and family.
If you could pick a song or film to describe you, what would it be?
Harvey: Haha, I have not got a clue. I would probably say... The Firm (without the hooligan element) as I can relate to the clothing attire, going out with the boys and grafting.
Rhys: There's a question. Prior to having my daughter I would have said 'Typical Me' by Kano probably would have summed me up well mainly because I was a bit fucking hectic. But since having my daughter I'm a soppy bastard, so now it would probably have to be 'No Woman, No Cry'.
Where do you find your inspiration for your music?
Harvey: As always, family and friends.
Rhys: I find inspiration in everything around me really. Friends, family, nights out, the state of my bank account, knob head bouncers… literally, any small situation that I see or hear could inspire me to write a tune.
Do you have a favourite venue? (Possibly a memorable place you’ve played or somewhere you aspire to perform)
Harvey: I couldn’t choose. One of my favourite venues I’ve been to but haven’t played is Printworks, love it there. Also love Ally Pally, wicked venue and would love to do a gig there one day.
Rhys: I would love to play Ally Pally. I was lucky enough to go and see The Prodigy there in November last year and the place was electric. I think playing there would be top draw.
If you could write a collaboration, who would you like to collaborate with?
Harvey: Liam Howlett from The Prodigy or Mike Skinner (The Streets).
Rhys: I'm not mad into collaborations, to be honest. There are a load of artists that I love, but I don't know if I would wanna work with them right now.
Photography by Cal McIntyre.