Loyle Carner on getting ahead in life: ‘Don’t care what other people are doing’

At our NME #Lifehacks event in London last week, acclaimed rapper and NME cover star Loyle Carner co-headlined alongside Chelsea and England footballer Eni Aluko.

The pair teamed up for an ‘in conversation’ session in which Aluko advised young people that it’s vital to find a sweet spot where your skill meets your passion. Meanwhile, Carner told the audience of budding creatives that music often helps him when he’s feeling low.

After the panel, Carner visited NME backstage to share some advice for young people who are still working out what to do in life.


“Don’t care about what your friends or other people are doing,” he said. “Half of them you won’t be hanging out with later in life. The other half, if they’re doing well, they won’t have anything to do with you. So go and do your own thing.”

He added: “Friendship and social life is very important. But also, make sure that yourself is something, and you can stand on your own if you have to.” Watch the full interview with Carner below.


NME teamed up with University of Salford and youth initiative Create Jobs to lay on the #Lifehacks event at London’s Islington Metal Words last Thursday (23 November). The aim was to inspire and inform young people who are thinking about pursuing careers in the creative industries. Here’s the full story of the event in pictures.