The future is smart and bright

The future is bright, I’m not talking about me. I would like to talk about the production crew behind a campaign I took part in.

It started with a message from a lady named Emma from an organization Kastwork who spotted me on Instagram. She thought I had a look suitable for a project. She approached me and asked if I would be interested. After losing my job 4 weeks ago why not I thought.

The journey began with me arriving at Hotel next to the shoot midday Monday. I was met by a very charming young lady, who let me know that I was the first and only customer to the hotel. It had been closed over the lockdown. Aleksandra managing the hotel assured me I will make sure you get the best room you are spoiled for choice. She was very funny. We talked a little about why I was in London, and that she knew of the studio as a lot of guests are working there. Learning that I had lost my job she said this is good karma for you. This is how my trip started.

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On the morning of Wednesday 7:45 a cab picked me up and took me to the studio which was only about 5 mins away if that. I must say I was very nervous about this. Do not mess this up I kept telling my self and stay calm do not break a sweat.

Arriving at the Studio I was met by 2 very young people who turned out to be the heads of the production team. This is where my story really begins. I have never really worked on projects where I have been part of a team. I have worked with individuals and in my old job at the factory, I was part of a team but in a totally different environment (automotive). This was the first time to experience it in a professional creative sense. Remember I am a Gorrila filmmaker.

I was met by Sophie and George. They greeted me and took me around the studio introducing me to everyone. The majority of the team was young in their 20 and 30s I would like to say, and they were brilliant.

The first group I had to work with was the stylists.   Natasha and her assistant Amy. They took a look at my outfits and immediately got to work pressing my jacket and jeans getting them ready for the shoot. Natasha by one degree of separation have a mutual friend and she is quite a music person. Showing me videos of her two-year old that does the most on beat head nod you will ever see. The little girl would respond to the beat drops.

 

Once the outfits were picked I was introduced to the hair and makeup team. I’ve never experienced this anywhere before but I was in such good spirits I’m really going embrace the moment. So firstly I passed onto the Hair Team led by Chris Kurz and his assistant Maria. He is cool as funk. Very experienced they have both been working years in the industry fashion shows, shoots like this and TV. They work fast. I was then passed onto the make up artist Julia and her assistant Larisa who at 23 has only been doing makeup for the last 3 years. She discovered a talent and applied her self to in this short time proving to be one of the UK aspiring stars. It was when she was doing some touch-ups on me, getting me ready for camera I started to think about how I’m starting to see how brilliant this young generation is.   That sadly I’ve been guilty in the past thinking I know better today I was the person not in charge.

I felt inspired and optimistic about this generation. Talking and listening to everyone about their journey and also their achievements and roles they have undertaken past and present. This team was brilliant. Set designers had 2 days to come up with my set. From It’s conception to presentation for use. They got it done, they were chilled and joyful. Even though there are teams involved you can see that all the different teams were working together never against each other. There is a lesson here for us older independent type artists who are still trying to build something. We are not competing with this young generation but I’m seeing how the best of them are doing their thing. I am learning from them.  I really really enjoyed the experience 5th August 2020.

The Team was led by Angela  ( A giant in the creative world ) who has years of experience in advertising.  She had put together this outstanding team, these people are the future. Sophie is 26 years old and has total control of the shoot proceedings. Talking to her she has years already directing and managing film shoots. She is the prime example of what our children should be aiming for. She has clearly worked hard and applied herself.   I would like to the older generation that is reading this think for a second this is the standard and environment that exists out there. We should embrace it. I can only say they embraced me. They showed me a thing or two.

I was then taken down to the shoot where I was to join the photographer and very colourful Aleksandra Kingo who was very kind to me. Made me feel very at ease. I’m not used to this. I’m always behind the camera directing. Its one thing doing selfies and been directed. Now I know what I put others through. Take a look at her work and style.

Part of her team was Alex Poll, he was in control of the lighting. I can say one thing that my weakness is lighting. I have had little experience and knowledge of that. We sat down and talked about it discovering that Alex also teaches regarding this field. It was pretty cool to discover that he also is a record collector and fan of the movie ‘I’m no longer here’. He is the only person I know who has watched it. If you’re a DJ you need to see this film or research this movement cumbia music. How they are taking old records and slowing them right down and creating a new dance. That is a real subculture.

Once I finished the shoot I was welcomed to hang around and watch the shoot. This goes back to what I was saying. This team knew something about what I’m doing as an artist and filmmaker and asked me to feel free and see from behind the scenes for the rest of the day how things are done.

This is where I want to conclude this post. I would like to of course thank Emma for this opportunity and Sophie and the team for showing me how and when a group of people armed with exceptional talent and gifts get together, where everyone is on the same page and have a clear plan of the objective how working smart is, in fact, less hard work. This is the future.

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Premier of new trailer for Pritt Kalsi’s ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’

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This is probably the most important post to date. For years many people know of me as a filmmaker. The man behind the King of the Beats series, The Turntable Trixters and the Paul C Film.

Before any of that, I started a project titled ‘The Men & Their Music’. This film got shelved. Years later after getting separated I embarked on a new journey, starting my project ‘Looking of the Perfect Beat’. I’ve counted already 9 trips to NYC just on this Project.

In 2015 I had completed a rough of the film that at the time I felt was ok, but after taking it to NYC a few of the artists I showed asked me to use some of the footage I filmed of them almost 20 years before.

I didn’t ever work in a conventional way. When I first started going to NYC I rolled up with a camera running around the city without much of plan. Over the years I had won and earned the respect of my peers in the states who understood what I was about and saw themselves my work ethic.

I didn’t ask for funding I never asked for help, but I remember clearly many people telling me I couldn’t do this. They felt I never had the skills. How’s this factory worker think he can make a movie. That motivated me, and because I knew that the artists believed in me that I would go make this film.

I funded this on factory wages in the midlands. I have fort through many battles internally and externally, lived on beans and toast for many years, deprived my self of holidays and weekends away determined to one day get this film done.

In 2013 I did release a trailer of what was the film at the time, but over the years it has changed dramatically.

For the last 16 years, I have been working 3 shifts in a factory. That I only get 2 weeks to leave I can book my self. So time for me is very precious. I would go to NYC to film.

We are now in 2020, and in this year we endure this COVID Pandemic. Like many of the Nation I was put on to Furlough. My first reaction was 2 weeks off I’m going to work on my film. This turned into 13 weeks, which then turned into a Redundancy.

Over the period I had no idea I would not be returning to work, So I buried my head into my film I would start editing from 4 am until about 7pm every day where discovering Zoom I would do sessions with the likes Jay King, Andy Higgs, Force, Coombes, Keith, Cutmaster Swift, A.dee, Xzibet Blak, Ray West, Dexter, and Luis Tineo ,the Legion,DJ Disk Johnny Juice, Cassandra, Donna She Rock, Gary Devastate, Sparkii, Rhettmatic, Neil Armstrong Marc Davis, Dug Infinate, Casanova Rud, Finley Bradford and a number of others where we would review the day’s edits or the film.

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We would discuss the scenes and how to improve the film. We identified what was missing and looked towards who needs to be contacted to give the film what it’s missing.

This went on every single day for a minimum of 9 weeks solid. To a point, I just continued my self whilst learning about me losing my job.

One of the questions that kept coming up was how is this film going to be released. There are over 20 years of film in it. I have made two parts both 2.5 hours long. I have considered turning it to episodes. Which in the past I was against but seeing how streaming has evolved especially in this period it logically makes perfect sense to make it into a series.

I had booked a ticket to NYC leaving May 1st. Which of course was canceled by the airline. So I have a credit on that ticket. Jazzy Jay reached out for a screening of the film after we discussed my situation and that both he and his wife Broadie’s got my back to return to NYC to tie up the film.

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In the period I also let it be known I was looking for someone to come in and do an audio mix. I’m very grateful to Elliot Vaughan for rising to the Task. He is a very experienced engineer who has worked on many broadcast projects in the past.

Within the first 3 weeks of the Covid period, I produced 2 new trailers. The day I completed the first trailer was the first day I began to hear of friends passing on. My dear friend Micheal Lewington who lived across the street from my parents who the first family we got to know when we arrived here. He was a man that put me onto so many good Jazz records. Also, Passing was the son of my good friend Grand Master Caz who is in my film. That was the beginning. In those 8 weeks I lost 3 family members, (RIP my mother in law Elana Antonio) and 5 friends including TY.

When that happens and it all happens at once. It only makes you question your own mortality. This Covid is serious and it can be any one of us. This is one of the main reasons I chose to put this trailer out. Time is very precious and I must get this film done and out just in case it’s my turn next. If I don’t do this then I would never have achieved what I wanted.

I had to get in contact with Grand Master Caz and Preemo to make sure they were on board and still remember me as they were filmed many years ago. Maybe they forgot me. I was delighted and overwhelmed that they still believed in me and remembered me. Granting me the permission to go ahead with the film.

I have gone through some battles to make this film but honestly, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, close friends, and the many Artists who always supported me, although at times I feel alone. I would honestly not be here if it was not for you. For 2 years I woke up every morning wanting to die but having this, keeping myself busy making my music, helping others, working on my film does not give me the time to think of the bad things.

I would like to present one trailer. So that you can see what is in the making. Thank you to everyone that really supported my work.

I did not film the drone shots.  Id love to get them done though.

 

Producer – Director of the Cigar Cabin Shows with Des Hammond

Just prior to the Covid Pandemic I had reconnected with my old school chum Richard Hammond. As kids we met in High school. We very quickly became friends as we had a mutual love for Hip Hop Music.   We had come from two different Middle Schools and were both heavily into the music.

Although we haven’t spent much time together over the years the friendship has always been there. We bumped into each other in town. He spoke to me about something he wanted to put together. A web show where he reviewed Cigars. He acquired a love for smoking them over the years.

I asked him to do a photoshoot with me, to see how he looks on Camera. We drove over to the City and took some shots in Digbeth.   Looking at the pics I could see clearly the potential that he has on film.

Richard is also known as Des Told me that I had to see his Cabin where he wanted to film the show. So I went and had a look. Immediately after seeing the cabin offered to film and produce a show.

We filmed a few episodes to get comfortable working together. We had to fine-tune the show and think about a format of how we were going to present it. It took about 14 episodes to where I feel I’m happy with it.

We work as a good team, and that is what it takes. Everyone involved needs to be on board and serious about how we manage our time. Hopefully, as the show grows we can branch out on our travels.

If you are interested in putting together a show and would like me to help in directing and producing get in touch. I am available to film and direct.

2020 Exhibition of work in partnership with the National Trust – Attingham Park

 

 

I have not for years had the experience to enjoy nature and all it has to offer. I have never been for a walk in the country of cherished in the joys of walking round a manor home, not since a child for sure.

Last year I was approached by the National Trust and their team from Attingham Park.   I had never heard of the place or had any idea of what it was like. I had been recommended to them for a project that they felt I was a suitable candidate for.

They was looking for different type of photographer to capture some images for a project titled ‘Everybody needs Nature’. The park draws many visitors and they wanted to capture some images, photographs of people that enjoying their time at the park.

This was to lead towards an Exhibition which you can see right now. Prior to starting the project I went down to the Park to meet the team and take a walk around its grounds. This was a first for me. I am city person at heart. The Attingham reminded me of my childhood. Walking around woods. I really enjoyed. To sit on field where wild deer were only 50 ft away from me.

You get a sense of freedom and then realized what I had been missing. I need to give time to the outdoors.

I spent 2 days in October at Attingham taking pictures. Joined by the National Trusts very own Saraid who together we made a dynamic due, getting patrons to the park to join in with the project.

The plan was to exhibit the images throughout the home but because of the current Covid Pandemic with places slowly opening up. The work is now being exhibited in the courtyard. To comply with Social Distancing Practices.

If you would like to see the work, I believe the Exhibition will stay there until October 2020. Enjoy what Attingham has to offer. Wonderful grounds, friendly staff and great food.

I enjoyed the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and endure and take part in this project. It was a great experience for me.

New Chapter -Embarking on as full-time freelance Artist.

 

This post marks a new chapter in my life.  For so many years people have been telling me that  I should have gone for it as an artist.  Of course, it has always been a dream of mine to do that since a child.

Fear of the unknown has always prevented me. That and the responsibilities of a house and all that comes with it.  The 2020 Covid period presented an opportunity for me.  For those that follow my blog or know me will know for many years, I had been working on my film.  The time needed to focus on it became shorter and shorter as the Label I was record label I was building drew most of my time.

For 16 years I had been working 3 shifts and doing all this music and art stuff on the side.  From Filming, Editing, Photography, Painting, Designing, producing music arranging Albums, mentoring others I did it all outside my work hours.

As thousands of people across the land and the world, the aftermath of this pandemic is beginning to reveal its self.  Companies are losing business and companies have to restructure.  I have found my self in this new position.

I was furloughed back in March. Thinking it would only be for 2 weeks I got stuck into my film.  Looking at this as opportunity to get some work done.  I would get up 4am every morning and edit until I dropped.   I also discovered Zoom, so my evening was spent having online meetings were using the screen share I was able to screen the film as I was working on it.  Discussing scenes.  Listening to others people views I would make notes and throughout the following day make edits.

Two weeks become 8.  I never left my home other than going to the local supermarket one time a week.  I just worked non stop.  I was fuelled by the sad news I was learning daily of friends and family passing over this time.  I love 3 family members and 5 friends over this time.  2 of my closest friends also suffered with the virus and managed to fight it off.  This brought on the realization at the time that If I go, I got nothing to leave.  My film is what I’m meant to leave behind me. So I focused on it.

Thinking I would be returning to work at some point. 8 weeks turned to 10.  Now things are clear.  I have entered new territory.  I had never been funded or sponsored for my work.  My job paid for it all.  Coming to terms thinking forward I’m going to make a go of it. I have to try once in my life.

A few people suggested I should look at Patreon.com to try to get some support Which is what I am presenting here today.  It was pointed out to me that I’m very poor at self-promoting.    I don’t shout about my self, or my skillset and what I am actually capable of doing.

This is a new chapter, a new beginning for me. To make a living of my art. To use the skill sets I’ve gained to earn for my self.  Using my photography, filming, and editing skills to earn a buck as they used to say.  I can only ask that those that understand the situation also champion me, and of course, that is your choice.

One of the streams I’ve set up Patreon Page. Where for your support as a supporter you can not just support me, but be part of my journey.  With exclusive rewards for your support.

The video at the top of the page is a short version introduction to my page.  Here Below is the greater detailed version.  If you think I’m worthy of your support, even if its a share. It is much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes – Si Spex – 2 Sides of Barry.

2 months ago we released the Album by Si Spex – Two Sides of Barry. For those who purchased the LP would see that mentioned on the Press Release, there was a private link to this film.

We decided due to the current situation and epidemic that we would now make this film available to the public as we have found our selves in a time where streaming film is at an all-time high.

What we present is a behind the scenes look at the project from the King of the beats Perspective.  Back in 1993  I met both Si Spex and Juliano from The Creators in Birmingham’s legendary spot Samebeat Records.  I was introduced to them by Damian who along Steve ran the store.   At that time I had already started my journey digging and sampling records.  It didn’t take long to realize that they were out of my league.

There knowledge and dedication to their art surpassed me.  It was the likes of them and Mark B that inspired me to go harder at it.

Years Later when I started filming people working on their craft we worked together on my project the King of the Beats, which was originally a film.  Both me and Si Spex kept in touch and maintained contact,  which years later led to this project.

I would like to thank all those who supported the project.  From purchasing it to all those who helped behind the scenes.

 

 

 

 

 

Now Shipping. Si Spex – 2 Sides of Barry.

We are now shipping orders.  We would like to thank all those that have supported the project so far making pre-orders.  My Self, Si Spex and the KOTB crew not to forget the team at AM Screenprint and Viynl Presents have worked hard together to present this superb package from one of the UKs finest producers.  If you have not ordered your copy yet go to shop here get yours now.

We at King of the Beats pride our selves on putting together more than just a lp, we are dedicated to putting together projects that capture the artists through the Medium of Sound, Audio and Visual.  Hip Hop Preservation.

We have changed our strategy on this project for future projects.  With the LP also now comes an exclusive film capturing an alternative behind the scenes look at how the LP Package was made.

TR LOVE – IN STREET CONCENTRATION LIMITED EDITION LP

To follow up both Moe Loves LP and this years earlier release Dicemans ‘The Power Of Now’, we at King of the Beats are very proud to release the 3rd lp from the Looking for the perfect beat series.  From the legendary group the Ultramagnetic M.C’s TR Love Presents ‘In Street Concentration’.

Imagine being a fly on the wall in Ced Gee Ultra lab as the group worked, experimented and developed their sound.  They contribution to Hip Hop was part of its Evolution.  TR Love presented a tape cassette that was recorded at the time.  It documents through the hands eyes and ears of TR LOVE his versions of some of the tracks that later appeared on the Iconic Classic ‘Critical Beatdown’. 

Some of his ideas that never made it too the album but as important, this lp gives examples of his mind state and vision as a programmer and beatmaker.

They helped create the blueprint, they changed the direction of hip hop music alongside producers like Marley Marl, 45 King and Jazzy Jay they pushed the boundaries of sample based music.

Here we present a behind the scenes look at the manufacturing of the record.  We would like to thank long time supporters Kev DaCosta and photographer Stuart Myers that joined me on the trip to the pressing plant.  Tha 4Orce for not just working on the LP but coming down to work with me pressing and packing the LP.  We are truly independent label,  From creating artwork, graphics photography and video.  We are involved in every process from original concept to delivering the end product to the market place.  We are the artists, delivering special packages direct to the consumer.

King of the Beats evolved over the years and changed its direction whilst working on tha 4Orces LP ‘Setting Standards’.  We decided to set the standard when it comes to creating a package that allows us not to just deliver musically but to equally deliver on visuals.

We would like to thank the Pressing Plant for allowing us to come in and film.  Phil East for his time and patience.  Breakbeat Lou, Marc Davis, Chris Malbon who all contributed to the film above.

We would like to thank everyone for your support.  Buy the LP here. 

Presenting new release TR LOVE – In Street Concentration. Order Now – Limited Edition.

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We proudly return with this special release Ultramagnetic M.Cs member The Funk Igniter TR Love presents IN STREETS CONCENTRATION.  A history lesson from one Hip Hops most interesting artists.

TR Love along side Pritt Kalsi put together this very special limited edition Vinyl Package that chonicles some early demos and experimental ideas that went onto changing the sound of hip hop. The Ultramagnetic M.Cs  were pioneers who played a huge part in the evolution of hip Hop sample based music.  This records I a music lesson, a journal through the eyes and ears of one of its members TR LOVE  This is his scrapbook, his beat tape.

As Ced Gee was developing the Ultralab he also taught and developed the groups members Moe Love and TR Love who both were serious music heads.  For the first time you will hear some of the session ideas personal versions of tracks as this music was being created.

Recorded from cassette tape and mastered by tha 4orce this is a beautiful time capsule collector’s item. This record is more than just an LP this is one for the archive.  The first 200 copies will feature 2 tracks from TR’s Tapes, two tracks that never made it on to the classic LP Critical Beatdown.

This is the 3rd LP from the Soundtrack from the Film Looking for the Perfect Beat by Pritt Kalsi, to be released 2020.  The record will be shipped later this month.  Pre Order your copy now. Get in Early to get a free copy of the bonus 45.

BBE RECORD STORE JUNE 2019

We returned to the BBE Store to launch the second installment of the Setting Standards series Saturday, June 2019.  Special crew guests DJ Devastate, Mr. Higgs and Mr. Parker joined myself and host THA FORCE for the daytime event.  

We would like to personally thank the staff at BBE and those that came to support the days proceedings.  Archa, Keith, Gordon, Chris Read, Mantis among others who hung out with the crew.  We really appreciate the support.  Below are some shots from the day.