Tricky Challenges Simon Cowell To Duel

Trip hop luminary throws down gauntlet to X Factor bigwig in latest Noisey video

Bristol trip hop pioneer Tricky has challenged X Factor mogul Simon Cowell to a musical duel in the latest instalment of Noisey’s British Masters series, which you can watch above.

Speaking to tQ editor John Doran, he says: "I’d like to go on that show and let anybody of them judge me. I’d say, ‘do you know what? I’ll give you a day’s studio time and I’ll have a day’s studio time, let’s do an EP and let’s see what you do and let’s see what I do’."

Tricky also called into question Cowell’s sartorial choices, saying: "Who is the guy? Who is this guy whether someone is good or not? How could he have an opinion? Who is he? He’s just a guy who dresses badly."

Also, in the video, Tricky tells John about first making music at the encouragement of The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart – "Great guy. He’s got a big mouth though, a big mouth though that sometimes needs a slap" – and his 2011 performance with Beyonce at Glastonbury, of which he says: "To be honest with you I had to do it for the perversity. It’s so perverse to go on stage, it’s so perverse. And do you know what? My mic didn’t work, and there was smoke and lights and dancers and then when my mic didn’t work for the first few seconds, it was like I was just watching. And it was like, this is crazy!"

Head to Noisey’s YouTube channel to watch the British Masters series in full.

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