10 Questions with The Scribes

Alternative hip hop trio The Scribes combine their unique talents and tastes to create their vision of future hip hop

Bristol (by way of Plymouth) alternative hip hop trio The Scribes combine their talents to create a refreshingly unique sound and write-home-about live show, fusing elements from funk to rock to create their own exciting vision for the future of hip hop.

The Scribes combine their talents to create a refreshingly unique sound and write-home-about live show, fusing elements from funk to rock to create their own exciting vision for the future of hip hop

Lyricist and multi instrumentalist Shaun Amos aka Ill Literate, rapper Jonny Steele and beatbox artisan Lacey have been pushing the boundaries of modern hip hop on the local scene and beyond, building up a catalogue of future classics whilst touring with huge names like Macklemore, Dizzy Rascal, Lethal Bizzle, Example, Pendulum, De La Soul, Wu Tang Clan’s GZA, Wiley, Coolio, Plan B, Goldie, Tinie Tempah, MF Doom and Chase & Status

The Scribes’ contagious energy on stage has won them countless best live act awards and recognition from the likes of NME. Don’t miss a chance to catch them on their own turf this month.


1.)     What have you learned today?
Jonny: That people still believe in a flat Earth theory.

Shaun: Probably a bit behind on this one, but I learned that a millionaire hid some treasure in Yellowstone park and left a poem full of clues for people to try and find it. Had a go at cracking it, but no luck so far. Probably best stick to music for now.

Lacey: What have I learned today? Have I learned anything? I don’t think I have…

2.)     Favourite track of all time?
Shaun: Currently, Blur – To The End, though I do change my mind a lot.

Jonny: Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell.

Lacey: Of all time? Too many to choose! My playlist is always changing but my current top song has got to be Sean Price – Bully Rap.


3.)     It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
Lacey: Mine’s got to be They Know by Shaun Dean – the bassline remix.

Shaun: I’d be long in bed by then, so ideally something quiet!

Jonny: Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says.

4.)     Who are your top three acts right now?
Jonny: Joyner Lucas, Ocean Wisdom and Oddisee.

Shaun: Sonreal, Big Sean and Tyler.

Lacey: The Scribes. That’s a no-brainer. And then probably Stormzy and Run The Jewels.

5.)     If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
Shaun: Pro-wrestler. Definitely. Probably a heel (bad guy) manager.

Jonny: Snake charmer.

Lacey: I’d be a vet – always wanted to be one but never got round to it.

6.)     What was the last book you read?
Lacey: A Child Called It ­– some deep ish right there.

Shaun: In The Vatican Cellars by Andre Gide. Was pretty dope.

Jonny: SuperFreakenomics.

7.)     Favourite thing on TV?
Jonny: GoT.

Lacy: At the minute I am loving Preacher and Ozark.

Shaun: Lucha Underground. It’s like Mexican wrestling meets a horror movie and it’s mental.

8.)     Are you afraid of anything?
Shaun: Fear itself. And spiders. Mostly spiders.

Jonny: Anything, no. Everything, yes.

Lacey: I’m afraid of nothing!

9.)     Tell us something people don’t know about you…
Shaun: I am currently overly obsessed with board games. It’s like the lamest addiction for a musician ever.

Lacey: I often wish I was Chinese.

Shaun: Why?!

Lacey: I don’t know. It’s just a thing. I think I was Chinese in a past life. I love kung fu and I often watch subtitled films without the subtitles on and somehow still know what they’re talking about.

Shaun: A-mazing.

Jonny: My middle name in Tamil is an anagram for Rasputin.

Shaun: Good work everyone, some real gems there.

10.)   What are you doing tomorrow?
Jonny: Hunting the world’s most dangerous game.

Lacey: Tomorrow is my anniversary, so I’m taking my wife out for a nice meal.

Shaun: Board game picnic. It’s exactly as cool as it sounds.

THE SCRIBES LIVE: 30 September – Mr Wolf’s // 4 November – The Golden Lion

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Photos by Rachael Amos and Lukasz Kaminski

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