That song probably sums up my attitude the best out of all the tracks on the EP because I went from just doing rap and just doing hip-hop, you know, like a spoken approach rather than doing the singing and doing the instrumentation and the keyboard stuff.
So, that whole track was, kind of, me getting a bit sick of doing one thing. So, yeah, Testing The Water came from that.
We didn't know the EP was going to be called that until that track came out. But, I think it really summed me up because I was becoming a bit frustrated with just being associated with one medium when I know that I'm capable of much more.
So, that's why Testing The Water came out, yeah.
With that track, in particular, I wanted it to be almost bipolar, quite mercurial if you will. So, like, I wanted it to be like... go from one extreme to another just because... yeah, like, with an unsigned artist it is very hard to get money off this, you know, and I'm still struggling myself but I can make... I can see a positive from it, you know what I mean, because I've got no restrictions in my career, thus far, and I can just do what I want and enjoy it for that.
But, a lot of people - even people that are signed - they struggle to make a, like a good income from music. So they have to find, like, alternative mediums of work. So... yeah, but I don't want to be one of those guys doing a 9 to 5. I want do this as a job for the rest of my life. So I want to pursue that.
So, with Waking Life that's like one of my favourite films and it's like a film where somebody talks about all... talks to all the elders of the universe and speaks to, like, major psychologists, major philosophers and it's all a bit of a lucid dream, you know.
I feel like my career's almost a lucid dream because it's pretty surreal that I can control every single aspect of it. But, I think that track was more a reference to just being awake at stupid times and just getting wound up at how people were talking about me.
I remember one exact moment I was with my girlfriend at the time where we was watching Waking Life at, like, 3 o'clock in the morning and I was just getting wound up just because I'd seen loads of hate from my Mark Grist battle, just piling up on my Twitter.
So, I just, like, threw my phone to the other side of the room and just, like, was in a bit of a mood and went to sleep on a bad note. I remember waking up and it was still, like, playing on my mind because it appeared in my dream.
So, that lyric always stayed true to me because I wrote it down on a piece of paper so I remembered that exact mind state I was in.
Someone once said to me that a real fan will never leave you stranded at the point of your biggest creative boost - something along them lines.
But, it’s part of me trying to find my sound and, you know, trying to find where I truly fit in, in the industry.
So, that was, kind of, a message to my fans to stick with me, at this point, because I’m learning, you know.