Scroobius Pip is a UK spoken word and hip hop recording artist (performing with Dan le Sac most famously on top 40 hit, ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ – the video has had over 3.5 million views on YouTube) from Essex. He has performed at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Bestival, Coachella, Pukkelpop and Fujipop.

His Xfm radio show, The Beatdown, won the ‘best specialist music programme’ at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2014, ahead of Zane Lowe and Mark Radcliffe. In 2010, he published Poetry in (e)Motion (Titan Books), a book of his poetry drawn as comic strips.

The Distraction Pieces podcast series, hosted by spoken word and hip-hop recording artist Scroobius Pip, is the fastest-growing podcast in the UK, and has topped the iTunes podcast chart. Featuring interviews with some of the most interesting names in the creative arts, from Alan Moore to Simon Pegg, Billy Bragg to Jon Ronson, Distraction Pieces allows Scroobius Pip’s guests to express themselves unedited. The resulting conversations are revealing, intelligent insights into the creative world. 

The Distraction Pieces book (Octopus, August 2016) features curated highlights from the podcast, as well as exclusive new content, with entries grouped thematically into sections including Music, Social Media, Politics, Comedy and more. Contributors include: Akala, Riz Ahmed, Russell Brand, Adam Buxton, Richard Herring, Dylan Moran, Amanda Palmer, Sarah Pascoe, Howard Marks, Kate Tempest and many more.

Illustrated with drawings by tattoo artist Mr Heggie, this will be a must-have for fans of the podcast, and a must-read for anyone interested in the creative mind. 

‘He disarms his subjects into revealing more than they would in a conventional Q&A’ – Guardian