The Large Professor

This is one of the best acknowledgements  I could ever dream of.  Nothing like Kanye West and some Fashion designer, but something real and natural, call it a acknowledgment to your contribution to Hip Hop  and the great legacy of one of the purest groups to ever record on vinyl that is Main Source, although my contribution was tiny it meant a great deal to me and my brother Mikey D.

I was always a fan of both Main Source albums.  Large Professor as we all know is one of the greatest producers of this genre, not only did  he help develop its sound, but inspired thousands of up and coming beat makers and producers to take up the art.  He helped me develop, and yes inspired me greatly in digging for records and learning the craft of making music with samplers.  As I started working on my films, I would Analise projects such as the second Main Source LP.  Not much was known about Sir Scratch and K-Kut in comparison to Extra P but going through the Album its plain to see that their knowledge of music and production placed them amongst the greats.

This lead me to meet Mikey D in NYC who at that time was not the Mikey D you see on facebook right now.  He really wasn’t feeling that Main Source LP.  I think that was to do with a lot of personal issues he was dealing with at the time.  Its been said though sometimes great artists produce some of their best pieces in those sort of times.  Mikey a battle M.C who thrives off being the underdog in my personal opinion wrote and put together a timeless classic.  After talking to Mikey about that record, trying ever so hard to get him to try and see the record how I saw it, he agreed to come to the UK to perform the whole Album.  Originally It was to be be him and K-Kut, but Kev could not make the tour for legal reasons.  He granted me permission to act as the groups DJ for the tour.

Mikey was well received here in the UK to his surprise  i think. maybe inspiring him some to really get his act together and build him self back to the artist he was for many many years before. Thus founding his Elements of Hip Hop Project.  In April last year I was in NYC working on my project Looking for the perfect beat.  I received a call from Mikey asking me if I would like to go to Canada with him.  Kev heard I was in town and he was doing a show scheduled to perform along side Large Professor and Cormega.  He thought it would be a great idea if me and Mikey could go and then be the surprise act.  Not as easy a planned,  thinking it was a 8 hour journey turned into a 12 hour drive.  We got held at the border, searched and interrogated we was allowed to enter the country providing we left by Saturday night. Large didn’t make it either. On the journey we picked up a now addiction to Subway Cookies.

Although Me and Large Pro had met once before it was brief, we have never really got to work.  He was and is very aware of my work and what I do and I heard he supports it.  But the video above only confirms that if you put hard work in, that you will get recognition.  Not just me, my brothers Kev K – Kut and legend Mikey D.  Extra P, take my hat off to you.

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Mr Thing doing what he loves to do

I don’t normally post on my personal blog anything that i’m not working on, but this morning I saw this.

I know there are many people who still don’t use that facebook thing. This is something that should be shared and viewed by all the masses in internet land!!

Me and Marc go back a long time, He is with out a doubt in the top 3 greatest DJ’s this country has ever produced. Always a pleasure to see him in and out of work.

Press play and enjoy.

All New Video for Rock Band Feral Sun

Many years back I met and befriended Jay Stephenson.  We very quickly become good friends. I was the only Indian boy in our year and him the only Jamaican, (not forgetting Pretty and Stacia!!!! XX) which really didn’t mean much to us back then we was kids like everyone else.

In 1982 i was introduced to my first ever DJ set up, that was because Jay’s older Brother Mark was part of a Sound System.  It was until only recently I discovered that musical gifts the Stephenson boys had may of been passed down by their father who I found out was part of a well known Reggae outfit. I knew him for his Martial Arts, he was my instructor. He helped build me a lot, finding my inner strength. He told me only 2 weeks ago that before Jay or I was born he was given a choice music or martial arts. He chose Martial Arts his Son Jay chose the other.

Hip Hop came along and we were totally absorbed by it. He had  lighter fingers than me, so on our belt driven decks I could not scratch but he could. He mastered mixing from the get go, It took me a bit of time to get it, in fact I remember he taught me how to count a beat.

We would spend hours getting together at his crib having fun with turntables. Him Jason Coombes and Steve Bridger where all part of the mix. Our first gigs where are community halls. Picking out our records and what we mix we are going to drop. Really fun times. I can remember when he picked up drum sticks. His set up was in the Atic. From my house to his you could hear him practicing.

When we left High School we parted. I went off to study Design and him Sports. Many years later we met again. It was a pleasure to learn we both kept up our passion for music and things creative.

He was drumming with his band called Feral Sun. A heavy Rock outfit. Seeing that I had done some videos for hip hop acts he asked if I would be interested in taking on a Rock Video. How can I turn that down. Alongside my video partner Keith McKenzie & NeNe we met the band at their Birmingham O2 Academy to film their performance.

Here is the new single and video from Feral Sun, filmed and edited by your truly. Here is to friendship and success. Jay wish you the very best Ninja!!

I would like to dedicate this feature to our great friend Rhett Butler, who also had a real passion for music that was also in the same year. R.I.P.  I remember when you got your guitar bro