BIYI ALO got a taste of the rockstar lifestyle when he swapped his VW Golf for a Ferrari.
But the wheels of the prop-star’s music career almost took off when he realized he was driving a £100,000 sports car with a handbrake.
Wasp’s rapping Rucker has also gone from biting burgers to spitting bars as the pre-Premiership’s heaviest player tunes himself in and out of the pitch.
but it was during filming Music video for their track Blame GameIn that laid-back Londoner Elo learned that life in the fast-lane behind the wheel of a classic supercar was not for him.
27-year-old who is lying close to Half a Million Downloads on Spotify, said: “I didn’t realize the thing with older cars that they didn’t have power steering and stuff like that.
“My VW Golf has an automatic handbrake … and with the Ferrari I forgot to lift the handbrake the whole time and the whole shoot almost stopped.
“I’m done with classic cars now!”
Speaking to SunSport at his recording studio at the West London Art Factory, Allo revealed that his double life as a bone-crunching tight-headed recording artist took people by surprise.
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At least not his teammates in Wasps.
He added: “People think you should do one or the other.
“You wouldn’t expect someone to go from rugby to music because it’s a public school, white male sport.
“You really wouldn’t expect a black man from London to be in professional rugby.
“It’s a good association, but in a rugby match the music is all around you.
“When I wrote my first song, I played it for myself and I didn’t want to play it with any of my teammates.
“So I had some people over for dinner, put it on and left the room. I came back and realized most of my worries were in my head.
“I put my heart on my sleeve and people praised it a lot.
“There’s a whole variety of people in the changing room and people I didn’t expect come up to me and say, ‘I love that song,’ or repeat lines from a song I did.
“I’d be like, ‘You always play the Frozen soundtrack at the gym — I didn’t think my stuff would connect with yours!’
“However, I stay far away from music at Wasps, because I don’t know if my taste is for everyone.
“There are some people out there who won’t listen to anyone but Oasis.”
Alo throws himself into his art during the days of off and downtime.
Hawking has become more prop fit, as a result, incorporating his emotions into his music has helped him lose four stone at 24 once he topped the chart.
Asked about being the former heaviest player in the league, he laughed: “Thanks for reminding me – that was in my Worcester days.
“I’m far from it now and I’m in good shape – my Wasps coach is really happy.
“After pre-season I think it was a shock to some people that, ‘Oh bye sitting there didn’t eat for four weeks. That really worked.’
“I knew this season was going to be huge and I didn’t want to give anyone reason to doubt the rate of my work.
“It’s been a journey, but the decisions of my life will no longer hold me back on that.
“Before I was eating too much or eating emotionally – when I was angry or angry and not thinking about the big picture.
“I think, ‘This burger is good, I’ll eat it.’ Now I wonder why I feel a certain way and I feel like I’ve grown up a little bit.”
Elo is releasing their second EP next month, having just recorded a new video for the new track Chopper Sounds.
And after his rugby career, he hopes to move forward in the music industry.
I want to do tours and shows. I want people to come to see me at some festival. I believe in my music.
He said: “I just take things on a day to day basis with music.
“I want music that can fit in multiple places. I want to tour and do shows. I want people to come to see me at an event.
“I believe in my music and I want to connect with the audience. I’ve been really lucky with rugby.
“The help I have received from my family and my coaches has helped me rise to the top of my game.
“Music should be more difficult because everyone has an opinion.
“Drake dropped an album the other week and people said it was the worst thing ever.
“Music is tricky because you have to tune out some of the noise.”