Rizzle Kicks set to razzle dazzle

Jordan Stephens (left) and Harley Alexander-Sule of Rizzle Kicks. Photo: PA Photo/Ray Burmiston

Jordan Stephens (left) and Harley Alexander-Sule of Rizzle Kicks. Photo: PA Photo/Ray Burmiston

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Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens is running around his west London flat in his boxer shorts while a taxi waits outside.

“You’ll have to excuse me,” says one half of the hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks, searching for a T-shirt. “I can do two things at once though.”

The car is waiting to take him to a meeting with Beats By Dre headphones, a company they’re “collaborating” with at the moment.

“No, it’s not just so we get free headphones,” says Stephens. “Cynical... There’s always a mutual interest in these things; they want exposure from being seen on our tour, and... yeah, we might get some free headphones.”

You couldn’t blame the audio company for wanting to be involved with the duo. They were, after all, speaking just before their biggest tour which visits 21 cities including Edinburgh and Glasgow last week. The fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by a now fully clothed Stephens.

“We’ve done really well to sell the tour as quickly as we have done,” says the 22-year-old. “We’ve sold well all over the country, and I think there’s been a wave of difficulty and decline for some artists in the past year. People aren’t buying tickets as much as they used to. So yeah, we’re really excited and pleased to have done what we’ve done.”

To mark the achievement, they’ve added a saxophone player and DJ to their live band and the stage design will be more elaborate than the “little boring ramp” they had last time.

“There’ll be more colour in the backgrounds, platforms, loads of stuff...” he adds. “We need to make it more of a show at every step. There are going to be a lot of fans who’ve seen us before and we don’t want to make it the same for them.”

To prepare, the band, which features Stephens’s dad Herman on bass, rehearsed before Jordan and his much quieter bandmate Harley Alexander-Sule joined them.