Teenage Norfolk rappers set sights on Latitude festival
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An aspiring Hopton rapper has set his sights on performing to crowds at the Latitude festival this summer.
Aidan Wright, 16, first took an interest in rap at 14 and is taking an Access to Music course in Norwich to help him achieve his dream.
The former Cliff Park High School student - who performs under the name A-Don - has teamed up with a Norwich rapper to try to break into the festival circuit, and the pair have just recorded a music video called 'Pop Off'.
'We literally just used the Chapelfield car park in Norwich and the producer is putting loads of graphics in,' explained Aidan, of Old Church Road. 'This year we're trying to perform at Latitude and get as many gigs as we can to get the music videos going.'
Aidan has more than 115,000 hits on website Youtube, has been a support act at Norwich venue the Waterfront and has had airtime on local radio.
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A group of Norfolk rappers that he performs with - the East Coast All Stars - has expanded to six artists, now taking in King's Lynn as well as Attleborough, Norwich and Hopton.
'It's all just falling into place,' smiled Aidan. 'I'm starting to get a lot more views from all over the UK.'
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He has collaborated with Norwich rapper Elliot Mace, 17, and they hope to perform at Latitude as a duo.
Elliot records under the name Elskin, and says he is improving every day.
'I've been rapping for about a year now,' said Elliot, of Goulburn Road. 'I did a song called Hometown and mixed up footage of Norwich and Africa, where my dad's from.
'I've done a few radio shows out in Gambia and have some songs on TV over there.'
When the Mercury first reported on Aidan in April 2012 he had 65,000 Youtube views - which has now almost doubled - and had sold out his first mixtape called A-Don Presents Take Off 2011.
He plans to release a further mixtape later this year.
Aidan, who lives with mum Amanda and her six cats, began his journey in rap began when a friend took him to a Norwich recording studio, in Motum Road, in 2011.
He is currently looking to perform at more gigs.
To get in touch with him, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To listen to some of his tracks, log onto www.youtube.com/ADonUK
To hear Elliot's music see www.youtube.com/elskinartist