With Hackney Weekend just days away, we thought it would be good to introduce you to a number of the acts playing the Introducing Stage over the weekend. There's an amazing variety of styles, from punk to pop, hip hop to electronica.
Headlining the Introducing Stage on Saturday is innovative rock-rapper Random Impulse, who has previously supported fellow Hackney Weekenders Rizzle Kicks, Pro Green and Ed Sheeran on tour. Here's what he had to say:
Introduce yourself: I'm a rapper that plays electric guitar drums and bass. Sounds a lot weirder than it actually is trust me!
How did you get started in music?I was always writing rhymes here and there but was obsessed with bands so I thought, why don't I teach myself how to play instruments and mix all the sounds I love together?
What are you looking forward to most about Hackney Weekend 2012? Definitely playing for the crowd at the introducing stage. I remember seeing Rizzle Kicks doing it last year and I've always hoped to get a chance to play too
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Hackney? Both my heroes playing on the same day! Jay-Z and Jack White
What's the best piece of advice you've been given? As long as the next week is better than the week before, you have no reason to not believe in yourself
What would be your tip for Introducing artists to help them get discovered? No matter how crazy your ideas, ALWAYS go with it. Even if no one agrees, the minute it starts working everyone will change their tune. Never be afraid of your own ideas man
Who would be your dream collaboration? Dead easy. Jack White, Jay-Z or Alex Turner
See the full line-up for the Introducing Stage at Hackney Weekend and keep across the whole site for videos and photos throughout the weekend.