“East London has been a huge influence in what I do, but also how I am doing it.”
Tell us who you are. Haseeb ‘Chilly’ Hearn, 24, Rain Crew and Soul Mavericks.
How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as playful, fun and quite abstract, however also true to bboy culture. Little cheeky too!
How did you get into breaking? Through a Hip Hop workshop at school – the teacher Kofi Mingo then brought me to a breaking class that was taught by bboys Dolby D and FM. I attended week in week out without fail and later joined Rain Crew, of which Kofi and FM are both members!
You recently joined Soul Mavericks as well, how did that come about? Me and Sunni was having our usual chinny wags and joining Soul Mavericks came up in conversation. I’ve been working jobs and dancing alongside with them for a while. I thought it was a good idea and pursued it!
How does being friends with a famous dancer like Sunni affect your approach? Sunni is a super inspiring dancer and person, he’s also very supportive of all his people around him. I push to better myself at life as well as dance in every way possible so it’s great to have Sunni around to help remind me of what I need to do.
You’re an East Londonder born and raised. How has East London influenced how you dance? East London has been a huge influence in what I do, but also how I am doing it. Being a part of one of the largest multicultural cities in the world has really helped me understand people, which I am forever grateful for! East London has helped me conduct myself in mad situations.
You’ll be battling Fababy on Easter Sunday. You picked him out as someone you wanted to take on. Why him? I like the way he breaks, very stylish and upbeat! Also young, upcoming…I thought it would be a cool exchange. Friendly competition is healthy!
What do you think you’ll need to do to win? Chill on the cigarettes.
Are you worried about battling nine rounds? Will endurance be an issue? Hahaha I know what the last answer looks like but I quite enjoy the sound of 9 rounds and usually I get more into it as it goes along. Mental pressure is more of a pain in the ass than stamina.
What kind of music are you into and how does that affect the way you break? My first choice of music is Reggae. Easy. Ummm… I don’t know if it affects my breaking and I rarely break to Reggae but it’s really uplifting when I do!
Chilly will be battling Brussels’ Fababy on April 1st at the Rain Spring Jam, in a match up being promoted by Boiled Heads. For tickets see rainspringjam2018.eventbrite.co.uk, use the code BoiledHeads for discounted tickets.