For Moses Boyd, it’s been a remarkable journey already. A multi-award-winning drummer, producer, composer and BBC 1Xtra resident, fiercely independent and powered by a vast array of influences and experiences, he’s ready to step up onto another plane altogether. His first CD was a gift his older brother brought back from a school band trip to Canada (musical talent runs in the family). That CD would “set the tone” for his teens: it was Fly or Die by N.E.R.D. “It’s my favourite record ever. Here’s this black skateboarding punk band, and I was an aspiring skater too.”Moses fell in love with southern hip hop like Outkast and Master P, as well as Tupac, Nas and Jay-Z -and he was also growing up immersed in the uniquely London sound of Grime. “I was surrounded by it. It was normal because my friends and I were making beats and swapping them via bluetooth, using the ringtone composer on the Nokia 3310, or cheap software like FruityLoops. It was a lived culture, it was right in front of me,” Moses says.