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Origin Hackney, London, England
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts
  • Amir Amor
  • Piers Agget
  • Kesi Dryden
  • DJ Locksmith

Rudimental are an English drum and bass band signed to Asylum Records and independent label Black Butter. The group consists of Piers Agget, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith (Leon Rolle).

They were nominated for a Mercury Prize[1] in 2013, and won several awards including the Brit Award, and the Mobo Award for Best Album.[2] Rudimental also received nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best New Act, and Best UK and Ireland act.[3] Rudimental have achieved multiple Platinum awards for record sales in several countries[4] including in the United Kingdom and Australia.

The group rose to prominence in 2012 when their single "Feel the Love", featuring singer John Newman, topped the UK Singles Chart,[5] and for which they were also nominated for a BRIT Award in 2013. "Feel the Love" was also used for the opening credits of the 2013 documentary movie Spark: A Burning Man Story.

The group have released further singles, including "Not Giving In" (featuring Newman and Alex Clare), "Waiting All Night" (featuring Ella Eyre) which also topped the chart in the UK, "Right Here" (featuring Foxes), "Free" (featuring Emeli Sandé), and "Powerless" (featuring Becky Hill). Rudimental were named by the BBC as the festival band of the summer. In 2013 Rudimental's album Home debuted at number 1 in the UK Albums Chart and was also nominated for a Mercury Music Prize.


2011–12: Beginnings[edit]

Agget, Dryden and Rolle have known each other from an early age, growing up on the same street and attending the same school. In regards to the name "Rudimental", Kesi Dryden said, "When I was a kid I used to go to piano lessons. There was a book called the Book of Rudiments, and my teacher would always have a go at me for forgetting it. I always used to hear 'rudiments, rudiments, where's your rudiments?' When I was a teenager, I was looking for a producer name for myself, and I would call myself 'Rudiments'. And when we started collaborating and sharing music together, Rudimental sort of felt better for a group name."[6]

In March 2011, the band released their debut single "Deep in the Valley" featuring MC Shantie. In June 2011 they released "Speeding" featuring Adiyam.

In late 2011 the group approached Amir Amor as a record producer and songwriter. This initial collaboration resulted in the songs "Feel the Love", "Not Giving In" and "Spoons". He was then subsequently asked to join the group.[7][8][9]

2012–14: Home[edit]

On 20 February 2012, Rudimental released "Spoons" featuring MNEK and Syron as the debut single from their debut studio album Home.

On 14 May 2012, they released "Feel the Love", featuring vocals from John Newman, as the album's lead single. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 1, making it their first number 1 single in the UK. The song also was a top-5 hit in Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands and New Zealand, also charting in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Ireland. On 18 November 2012, they released the album's second single "Not Giving In", featuring vocals from Newman and Alex Clare. It debuted and peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. "Hell Could Freeze", featuring vocals from Angel Haze, was released on 14 January 2013 as a promotional free download. "Waiting All Night", featuring Ella Eyre, was released as the third single from the album in 2013, reaching number 1 in the UK Singles Chart on 21 April 2013.

Home was released on 29 April 2013 and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, as well as being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The album cover features a 'peace mural' street scene in the band's home borough of Hackney. Rudimental donated £10,000 to ensure the upkeep of the mural.[10] The group were also nominated for three MTV EMA awards in Amsterdam in November 2013. On 19 October 2013, during 2013 MOBO Awards in Glasgow, Rudimental received the Best Album award for Home.[11]

As well as having toured extensively in the UK, Rudimental toured in Europe, Australia and the USA throughout 2013. In August 2013, the band were invited by Jay Z's label Roc Nation to perform at the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia. They also performed at Outsidelands in San Francisco and Future Music Festival in Australia. Rudimental kicked off 2014 with a performance on Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny. They continued in 2014 with a sell-out UK tour including three consecutive dates at Brixton academy. The next single released was "Powerless" featuring Becky Hill. Rudimental have stated in interviews that they are writing and recording new song ideas while on the road in preparation for their second album. "Waiting All Night" won Rudimental the BRIT Award for Best British Single on 19 February 2014.[12]

2014–15: We the Generation[edit]

The second album is We the Generation and was released on 2 October 2015.

Rudimental were given a writing credit on "Bloodstream" by Ed Sheeran, taken from his second album x. On 28 April 2015, the band unveiled a new song called "Never Let You Go", which was the lead single from the album.[13]

On 23 May 2015 the band appeared on the in New Music We Trust Stage at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at Earlham Park in Norwich, Norfolk.

On 8 August 2015 the band headlined Saturday night at Boardmasters festival in Newquay, Cornwall.

On 14 August 2015 the band headlined Friday night at Karklė Live Music Beach festival in Klaipėda county, Lithuania.


Studio albums[edit]


  • Home Tour: 2012–14


  1. ^ "BBC Newsbeat – Mercury Prize 2013 contender: Rudimental". 25 October 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rudimental, Naughty Boy, Tinie Tempah win at 2013 MOBO Awards". Digital Spy. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "MTV European Award nominations announced". Telegraph. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Cromie, Claire (10 June 2013). "Tennent's Vital: Avicii, Tinie Tempah and Rudimental announced for third day". Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rudimental > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
  6. ^ "Interview: Rudimental". 2015-07-31. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  7. ^ "RUDIMENTAL IN THE STUDIO". DJMag. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  8. ^ Life+Times. "Rudimental Speaks on Videos, Soul-Searching and Debut LP | Life+Times". Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  9. ^ "Interview: Rudimental | MTV UK". Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  10. ^ Syma Mohammed. "Plan for Dalston Peace Mural worries campaigners". Hackney Gazette. 
  11. ^ "Rudimental Win Best Album at the 18th Anniversary MOBO Awards". What's Good? Online. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  12. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (2014-02-19). "Rudimental win best British Single at The Brit Awards 2014 - 3am & Mirror Online". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  13. ^ "NME News Rudimental unveil brand new song 'Never Let You Go' - listen". 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 

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