‘Equal’ was released earlier this year alongside the initial singles from the collective’s EP ‘Pure’ - if you haven’t already, go watch it! The film for me, explores young adulthood in London, touching on the dynamics and events that can make or break relationships, showing the way a crisis or one event can have a heavy impact on a group of individuals. The cinematography is gritty and intimate, it feels like the audience get a keyhole look into these characters lives, and when the credits roll you’re left wanting more while wondering what actually is it you just witnessed. The film is cryptic in some senses, Wi-Fi states this was the result of the open collaborative style the project had, although himself and Taurean originally wrote the script, ideas from each member was taken on board. The movie was slowly adapted until it was quite different from what they had originally set out to make.“We wanted to show the realities of life. In all of our lives, at that moment of time, a lot was happening where we felt like there’s a cloudy day and then the next day it rains. Life is like that, when you feel like you’re meant to get a break sometimes life is it’s hardest.” The film illustrates how quickly misfortune can strike, turning life around; by introducing us to characters with a seemingly carefree and hedonistic gaze, we immediately see how chaos impacts them. “Let’s say the crash, once we crashed and was in the room, we were almost against each other. We were such a strong team but that one moment in life will make you, go against you and you and you. But at the same time, after that, life just kind of goes on […] we are putting the group through certain moments, showing characters you might not like, that might be a bit different and difficult, but hopefully when the audience sees them set through a task that makes them go against each other, they feel empathy”. Even though the characters are not perfect when shit goes down, you can’t help but feel for them. However, I wondered if the characters were completely fictional or if LNIP were playing fictionalised versions of themselves, Jordon confirms “we was playing to what people already think of us”. The team’s focus was more on each members outer persona or image, amplifying some of their traits, “we set out to almost depict certain people as certain characters. […] KC for instance was like ‘that guy’, the loud mouth, gyalist. That’s what some people think of him, so we played with that”.
‘Equal’ is set in the same world as LNIP’s first short film ‘Pure’, using the same mysterious black liquid we were previously introduced to. When watching the films, I understood the liquid as a metaphor for some form of drug or addiction but Jordon simply stated, “It can be used as a drug and we can depict it as a drug […] but I feel like the black liquid is the magic, everyone has their own meaning for it and that’s how we like it.” The next question is of course, will there be more? It feels like ‘Pure’ and ‘Equal’ are the beginning of something that could be part of a longer series. So, I ask if we should expect a short to accompany future music releases and the response is positive, “I wish I could. I will try too, I promise I will try.”
Overall, what I find most refreshing about the interview with Wi-Fi was his outlook, there’s a real sense of consistent growth. Relating to their film-making, he’s not afraid to admit “We are still practising. I feel like the quality is good, our thing is execution. You can do anything but you have to execute it right, with a certain standard”. As a collective, Jordon states that they’re still “trying to gather talents and teach ourselves different things.” When I ask about their future ambitions, he responds “We have the opportunity to develop and build a brand that can be strong. I feel like it’s at the waviest it’s been right now. We have a base to do a lot of things and it is time to cement ourselves on a tier.”