High Rankin's worst interview
- By Jack Preston -
- Sep 06, 2012
Following on from High Rankin's first interview, the DJ tells us all about his worst times. Including some alarming end of year plans...
The worst aspect of touring is putting on weight, the last time I toured America I put on a stone and a half in just over six weeks.
The worst gig I had was in the middle of nowhere in Portugal. It was in this big industrial estate, about 17 people turned up. I had to be there at 10 in the evening and didn’t end up playing until 5am, to make things even better I had food poisoning.
The worst job I’ve had was probably doing laundry in an old person’s home. There was also this call centre I worked in that was literally run by monkeys, deranged apes of men. It was like being in a prison where all the inmates are constantly being fed Viagra and speed before being told to sell double glazing. The sad thing is you get far greater sales figures on heroin, it just allows you to see the bigger picture.
"It was like being in a prison where all the inmates are constantly being fed Viagra and speed before being told to sell double glazing..."
My worst memory comes from one of my first DJ performances. I was at college and had just started, I had no idea what I was doing. There was a DJ showcase in the common room, the whole school was there and I turned up with my set list on a piece of paper. It went catastrophically wrong and everyone was staring at me, so I decided to duck down behind the decks where there was a cupboard. I stayed in the cupboard until I heard someone else playing different music, then slunk out the back door.
The worst thing I’ve released at times feels like the bloody ‘Meow, Meow’ track. It’s like the Alan Partridge effect. You create something that becomes incredibly popular but to you it’s just incredibly annoying. You’re like “look at these clever string arrangements on my new track” but they’re just like “NO, WE LIKE THE BLOODY CAT SONG”.
The worst review I read was a recent one, it was a bit like [Rankin puts on his best toff voice] “Oh oh nothing new here really, wah wah wah.” You know what, I don’t think they’d heard dubstep before. There was also a lot of spelling mistakes.
The worst album I bought was an All Saints album, I did it to impress a girl. I don’t know what I was expecting, maybe a blowjob? I got nothing out of it. Nothing.
The worst film I’ve seen was a Troma film called the 'A Nymphoid Barbarian In Dinosaur Hell'. Oh and this other one called 'Surf Nazi’s Must Die'. Do no watch.
My target before the end of the year is to grow pubic hair, 28 years old and it still hasn’t happened! It’s getting ridiculous. I’d also like to kill a man and get away with it. If achieve either of those two I’ll be happy. I hope they don’t put me on some sort of list for those comments.
Did you enjoy those worst times? How about some more from; The Ting Tings, We Are Augustines, Katie Melua, The Jezabels, Sleigh Bells, Kyla La Grange, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Blood Red Shoes, Charlie Simpson, The Futureheads, Lostprophets, Tom Williams & The Boat, Andrew W.K., Ane Brun or Niki & The Dove or Sharon Van Etten?