Archy Marshall AKA King Krule is 19-years-old, an afro-punk-jazz prodigy living with his mother in South London and, quite possibly, the next great hope for British music. Alongside images shot by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Alister Mackie, in an interview with Paul Morley, here we present a born and bred Londoner’s thoughts on the city that brought him up.
“I was exposed to so much music, and that was just natural. I listened to everything I was exposed to and I was open to everything, especially living in London.”
“It’s all about how to find your own space amongst all the clutter and commotion and all the people, not quite looking you in the eye so that it’s harder and harder to see eye to eye with anyone.”
“There are parts of South London that are like Lagos – no-go zones, no police, and you just know something is going to happen, even if sometimes it’s nothing much. There’s all this chaos and all this quiet, and everything in between.”
“When I go out in London, you get the feeling people are beginning to forget how to be with each other and there is a lot of tension at the same time as there is a lot of comfort, so that a revolution makes no sense, or if it begins to happen it soon becomes just something else you hate.”
“I like feeling out of place. I like wandering around London getting lost. The lonely guy looking for a fucked-up headline. Sometimes in Peckham you walk into a room and there are like ten criminals just hanging out. You join in.”