Rizzle Kicks "idolise" Damon Albarn.
The 'Down with the Trumpets' duo - Harley Suleeach and Jordan Stephens – love the work the Blur frontman has done with his cartoon band Gorillaz, and feel "connected" with him, though he isn't the only star they admire.
Harley said: "Gorillaz are a big inspiration for us. We love what Damon Albarn has done with them and the way that they've stuck around for so long. He's an idol. We've kind of got a connection with him as we worked with his cousin on our album.
"We really like the stuff Dappy has done and when we've met him he's always a really nice guy. We love Mike Skinner and The Streets too."
The pair also claimed they have received a lot more attention from women since finding fame but take the adoration in their stride.
Harley said: "We get a lot more attention from girls now that we've become a bit more well known. I guess that's just natural, it's going to happen. But we've learnt to deal with it fine. We don’t feel exploited by or anything."
And the duo – who have been family friends since the age of four before drifting apart and meeting up again when they were 11 – have maintained a "great friendship" despite the added pressures of fame.
Harley added: "We have a great friendship, get on really well and never argue so it's all good."