We introduce the director duo The Coyle-Larner Brothers
Loyle Carner has made a name for himself as one of rap's most thoughtful talents in recent years. The real name Ben Coyle-Larner (his misspelled musical nickname is a nod to dyslexic), the south London rapper's intimate and introspective lyrics, taking the traditional money and sex theme of hip-hop to more personal subjects, from diagnosed with ADHD to towards ADHD, dodging personal loss and the value of therapy.
The Croydon-born rapper father left as a young child and let his mother Jean raise him single-handedly. That was until his stepfather Nik, a music obsessed who appeared as Steven Vengeance, stepped into her life, followed by his now half-brother Ryan.
His debut album, Yesterday & # 39; s Gone, spoke with disarming honesty about his father leaving and stepfather arriving only for him to tragically pass away. For this work he was nominated for the Mercury Prize and two Brit Awards in 2017. The 2019 album, Not Waving, But Drowning, was inspired by Stevie Smith's 1957 poem about a man who dies before viewers can see what actually happened, similarly touched on his personal journey of transition into adulthood.
Ben's latest venture is the Coyle-Larner Brothers, a directorial partnership with his half-brother Ryan that is the result of their shared love of film and visual storytelling. Before he got into music, Ben was actually more interested in theater and was supposed to go to Central Saint Martin's renowned Drama Center London before his stepfather passed away in 2014. Meanwhile, Ryan was intrigued by what was going on behind the camera. "Growing up, I got interested in popular films, watched classics and wanted to know a little more about how they were all put together," he says when CR catches up with the duo on Zoom.