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.


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.



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.


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.

Working with Photographer Stuart Myers

Recently I got to work with photographer Stuart Myers,  Many years ago when there was no digital and it was all about film photography this was a medium that I loved and studied and graduated in. As a student I would live in the Dark Room after hours developing and printing pics.

As a child my father who was also into photography and cameras  he would teach me how to use one, load film and how to manage lighting.  Over the years I have transitioned to digital photography doing my thing with it.  Sadly though over the years I’ve forgotten most of what I’ve been taught and been lucky to get some nice shots.  So meeting photographers like Lee Crawford and Stuart Myers has put a spark back into my interest in the technical side of capturing images.


Stuart has found his calling.  I knew Stuart a few years even before he took up Photography.   Lee Crawford, I new since a child.  We hung out a few times to talk bout the music and where they are at with their photography.  What I noticed was these are two people who have become engulfed by their craft.  They absolutely live it.  There spare time revolves around them reading studying and practicing their craft.  So when the opportunity is there I become good subject matter for them both.  We all love the music and they around me and really see the journey im on.

I can remember every time Stuart would come to my home he would bring not just cameras, but arms fulls of books and a wealth of knowledge he had been picking up, He invested in him self going onto courses with well known photographers, putting what he learnt it into practice.  Stuart is a very technical photographer and his personality is very direct. He knows what he wants to try and achieve looking down a lense. We had talked about it a few times and one of things I miss in todays photography is the documentary style that I grew up on, which would appear in prints such as NME, Melody Maker and publications like that in their prime.

Stuart wanting to challenge him self offered to take a day off his schedule to follow me round and take some shots. In the old days we call these field trips.

So a few weeks later we met up at my home to do this. What I would like to do is use some of the shots Stuart takes for Diceman’s next lp. Part of my vision for the label is create a books that will accompany every record. With the Power of Now a lot of the shots capture the journey of where we came from to the point where we began working together.  Our next lp, my vision to cover the present day and where we are going.


Armed with a few lenses and reel film camera Stuart and I went to work. I can’t stress this enough It is so important to keep creatives in your circle. Especially good ones. Although we off the rador too many my circle is made from talented forward thinking competent creatives who are passionate about their craft. We work together to help build and develop each other, where we can, If your an artist I always like to encourage that way of living.

My life revolves going to work doing 3 shifts in a factory to help fund all this out side that all I do is work and look after my parents who have now reached an age where they are no longer independent as they would wish to be. So before even breaking out to do our work my first job was to get my mother to the hospital for her check ups.

She is something extraordinary, although she doesn’t fully understand what I do she has gone through it all with me and dealt with enough of her own troubles that in this time of life she only can wish the best for me and the close friends around me. If should had the strength or the money she would give it all so we could all be successful, but she doesn’t have that she painfully watches us all really grind trying to build a future that is at times has become about leaving a legacy. Her spirit is beautiful and more than enough, her presence gives me the strength to work hard towards our goals.


Following we drove to Birmingham to continue shooting. Starting at Birmingham Bakery Medicine. A very beautiful spot located in New Street. It was Stuarts first time here. These shots were a bit staged he was looking at angles.

After we went to the Birmingham art Gallery, I would often come here as a child firstly on a school trip but later with my older brother who was studying art and architecture when I was playing with lego.






Afterwards we got some more natural shots as we went to my home for many years the Diskery, possible the oldest record store in the UK. As a child id be in here again following my older brother round but as a teenager and beyond this shop become a serious part of my life. Nothing but love respect to all the staff past and present here. Many of the samples I used have come from here. Walking over to the Diskery we got drenched by a random downpour Stuart too.






On the way home we passed through my parents home to see my father who is working on his new painting. Although growing up my father was totally against me persuing the arts he really never stopped me. I’ll never forget that. We never knew up until a few years ago he could paint as he grew up in a world where art was forbidden. As a child you was built to work. You wasn’t allowed to express your ,self the arts is not an option, and for years he brought us up the way he was brought up, privatly he resented that life and always preached freedom but could not detach him self in practice to the strict  and disciplined life he had to live.  he tried to put us through that. He carries a lot of pain and anger, painting now has changed him. His attitude towards creativity and the arts has freed him.


Stuart took the images home to work on them. A week later sending me his images. In between I did go to his home to see him at work and watch his process.


To find out more about Stuart please click here.



Every week since the official release of this lp The Power of Now we have been dropping a video. This week we are doing something special. To end the year and see in the new one. We are dropping today the Film Power of Now.

The film chonicles two Journey’s.  Diceman shares his vision, and some stories that lead up to making this album,  Pritt Kalsi’s Journey behind the scenes on how he manufactured the product as it happened.  The film also features some of the people who were also part of the journey who’s role and contribution helped make this project a very special one.  From Chris Malbon who worked on the cover art as well as Phil East a very unique character who was behind the pressing of the actual vinyl. 

Chris and Pritt went to school together and from pre – hip hop and graffiti would have drawing competition against each other as small children.  Both went on to study together, Chris further pursuing his career going onto be one of the worlds leading contemporary graphic designers, working for Nike, Disney and Marvel to name a few.

Phil East i was introduced to by Kevin Da Costa also featured in the film who is probably the longest serving vinyl pressing expert in the UK.  Over 30 years experience pressing records he allowed me to come to the plant not just to film the record be made but to learn and be taught how to do it.  its people like him that we often forget. but meeting him he explained how he likes to sit with a project listen to it over and over to work out the best settings to set his machine so to give present the record and the sound at its best. This is a man who is living the dream. He lives for his job and loves it.

Kevin De Costa helped a lot behind the scenes not just playing the middle man between me and the plant but more than that he throughout the project has kept both me and Dice on track.  making sure we kept the energy at high not loosing direction. He was was the first person to acknowledge and really see what me and Dice was trying to achieve.

The film also features Dicemans uncle Sinbad, one of the first and original members of the Black Spades who’s members later went onto to birth and set the foundation of the culture we know as hip hop.  Sinbad belonged to the very first chapter and division of the Black Spades working closely to Disco King Mario. As Jazzy put it to me, these were the guys before him. The guys they took over from.  Years before i was told about Sinbad via Moe Love and Marc Davis who along side Rooney Todd suggested to me i should look for him to do an interview with him as he is one of the very important people who helped found this culture that never gets talked about.  It turns out he was Dicemans uncle.  Dice coming from the Bronx and as a child under his uncles wing would and did experience hip hop as it was being built. He was the child on the right side of the ropes at Jams getting a look at the very early DJ’s and M.Cs rocking these events.

Also featured is the group the Legion. Members Molecules and Chucky Smash get a first look at the project.  That trip to NYC was not just about me going over there to shoot the videos for the album but to present the album finished.  Unfortunately we got the press the record a week after i came back so I had to think fast and go to NYC with a mock up  getting a one off pressed.  I was able to show some of my mentors and friends the album and where i was going as far as presenting music on my label.

The film features Jazzy Jay and Moe Love who we did and evening together going through the album twice to get their feedback.  Likewise the film features the moment i presented the test pressing to Jay King who was actually the first winner of the king of the beats events who worked together with Key Figures on the skit on the exit of side A.  Andy Higgs Photographer and DJ who is part of this family was also there.

The film also features veteran giant DJ Eclipse who has been championing underground hip hop music for many years on NYC airwaves.  He managed the Legion and also has a leading role at Fat Beats.  Prior to this meeting he was kept in the dark as far this album was concerned and that this time was us revealing the project to him.  Dice had arranged a meeting with him and the group.  I was there filming the whole thing.  In the Past i have worked 2 times with Eclipse and never spoke to each other.  That was at 2 Zulu Nation Events. We literary would be on each end of speakers carrying them out together and loading up the van and never speaking.  We both had a job to do.  My memory of him and the impression those times i had with him was that he was a grafter.  He loves this hip hop thing just as i do.

But this time was the first time we had the chance to sit with each other and engage in conversation.  I chose to make him a major character in the film as offered a lot of honest great insight, advice and direction to us both.  I know that beyond the radio show for years Eclipse has been mentoring many artists. Some we know as house hold names and many who never made it. Looking through the view finder I was capturing him at work.  He wants us to succeed.  It was a real pleasure to have that expeience and share that platform.  I got learn a few things.  There i was thinking we can just role up and get onto radio, In the Uk those channels are a lot easier, as i discovered there are months of planning and programming gone ahead into putting on a radio show.

Overall I present this film, it captured a moment and i hope you will be able to see and gage the work that we put into making this record.  We are true independents.  We are the experienced underdogs.  I would like to thank my friend the original 2000. A. Dee the Artful Dodger who came over while ive been sick to help me see this film though.

Thanks to Keith, Malcolm. Tommo, Tha 4Orce, Casz, Damian, Jay, 2000 A .Dee Andy Higgs Dexter and Lee Crawford who encouraged me to get this film done while i been sick.





After winning the BMA’s 2018 for best music producer there was little backlash especially from the people within the music scene I love so much. Felt like silence to be honest.

That hurt to be honest because I went into a open genre catogary armed using only tools made up of a drum machine / sampler a turntable a mixer and bunch of records that Ive been collecting since a child. I went into an arena where we already know this Genre HIP HOP has a bastardised name. It’s had its day and really doesn’t get respect it truly deserves.

There was 6 music industry judges that carefully looked at all the canditates and chose me to win. This was the first time in the UK that an unkown not popular but dedicated to this Genre Hip Hop in its purest form ever won a award like this. Still for people in the scene not good enough. In saying that it was a few very real cats that stood from a distance and understood what this meant, Chuck D and A.G from DITC being the first to reach out wish me the best and congratulated me.

They saw what it was and how I saw it and if you read back my posts from before and the language I used this was a win for us a win for Hip Hop music and for all those practice and really believe in it. For those that have speant a lifetime digging in the crates.   Yet whole experience could have been missed if it wasn’t for someone nominating me the award.

Finesse said to me him self sat in the Holiday Inn Hotel Pritt ‘people just don’t see what you do even though its out there, they don’t want to do the work to see how much you put into it because the hours you put in, it’s a wake up call to others that they are not putting it in, so its easier not to acknowledge it’.

Taking that on board I delivered the Power of Now by the Diceman not just produced by me but also executivly produced by me. If you really understand this culture, I was a B-Boy to start. If you are not going to give it up Im going to take it. You only have to buy the power of now and look at the book and see the pics of where I came from to give you an idea of what sort of person I am beneath.

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Months later a film awards was announced the Birmingham Film Festival, an international festival in its 3rd year. I close friend suggested I should submit my film who knows. So I went to the site and followed the instructions and submitted two films, Firstly my film ‘Memories Of Paul C Revisted and my baby ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’. For months I heard nothing not knowing at all that over 800 films from local, British and International film makers were submitted. All of which had to be watched and reviewed and carefully selected. I know my films are both over 2 hours long, so its not difficult to tell that they organisers had their work cut out.

Come Sept 30th 2018 I got the notification that both of my films were selected in the category of best Documentary. The film festival will begin the week 20th of November.

This whole period though was me concentrating on the Power of Now and also 4Orce’s album Setting Standards 2.

For those who know me, Film is my thing. I’ve invested my life into this. To tell the stories of the artists that inspired and shaped the way I am. Not just their music but their character influenced me. Those like Jazzy Jay, Ultras, A.Gee Large Professor, Finesse, Diamond,Minnie,Mr Walt, P.E Casanova Rud and BBLOU just to name a few are some of the best examples of this art and beyond the finished piece their world and dedication to their craft is matched by no others. Diamond is great example just to say he has reverted to his childhood passion for Djing and cutting breaks and at almost 50 is out there touring doing and sharing his passion for his music and its clear that he is one of the best examples of this artform. It’s this that I wanted to show, the passion and drive behind the music, hence my first major film was titled ‘THE MEN & THEIR MUSIC’.

When I started making films I was influenced by the Artful Dodger for his film ‘Get the Message’ I was also influenced by Kilo who captured B-Boying and Graff and the elements of hip hop that captivated me.

My first films I used VHS tapes and cheap cameras that were falling apart. As a child my father was one of the first people in the area to get a camera, he always since a child was fascinated by them, so when video came out he got one so that we could document family functions and prayers. I was that 8 year old who had stand in the corner of a room for hours on end ontop of a chair filming while strapped to huge Battery back not made from plastic but metal as big as any old vhs video recorder.

I’ve always loved film and as student my major was a film in which I took thousands of photographs and sequenced them into a movie shooting each shot using a cine camera and trigger creating an animation that I scored to the music of the Beastie Boys.

So embarking on these films, the turning point for me was when I started on Men and Their Music. Things became very serious. I built friendships in the states and trust amongst the artists. Friendships that I have to this day. Working on that film was a struggle as it took so long because of the lack of funds available to me I was working a job at £160 week. I had a family that really should of come first.

I just accepted my journey would take longer to make sure that my family obligations were also taken care off. What I didn’t see was that the whole of my marriage I never took a holiday or even a weekend vacation away my life time was making these films. 14 years later it cost me my marriage. I thought I was a great husband never argued with my wife but she had become depressed and was battling issues I never saw the signs. When she left it crippled me as I was doing all this for her to give a better life, but it didn’t happen quick enough.

All that time I was married and even before I met Jen I had gone for funding for my film and was refused. Im my fathers son and no body is going to tell me I can’t do something. If there is a problem we don’t run from it we deal with it. That’s what I did I went and got a factory job brought my own equipment and paid for my films my self.


I was in a very dark place it was friends like Jazzy Jay who honestly came to my rescue. Who came over and offered to support me and help me get my life on track. Sparkii, A.Gee, Johnny Juice, Dex, Supreme, Breakbeat Lou, King Of Chill, Big Gordon TR who would talk to my mother who here had to deal with me. It was my friends here Jay King, Casz, Kevin and Indy, Andy who stuck by me and got me through this period.

This lead to me completing my film about Paul C and embark on my film LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT BEAT.

There are two versions of the film about Paul C the first version I made to souly to get the attention of Large Professor, there are 1000s of miles between us and in the past I had made some mistakes, this version was to show him that there was more to me, that where I the place I come from is a place of deep integrity. We talked and shot all the scenes that made the film ‘Memories of Paul C Revisited’.

The film looking for the perfect beat began in 2013. My divorce proceedings had just began. In one ear Im hearing from her and her solicitor I’m gonna destroy, im going to take everything, right down to your pension. I couldn’t afford a solicitor my self and decided Id fight and rep my self in court. Thanks to my cousins Tish and Bubbly and Nat that advised me and guided me. On the other side I saw this time as my time. Im free and this window is an opportunity to show the world what I can do. I sold prints of Graffiti I had done years before to raise the money to go to the states as I was depending on my job to fund my divorce.

Prior to leaving for the states my oldest bro Inder got throat Cancer and every weekend was spent going to London by bus to sit with him. Andy Higgs would come to the hospital to have meetings with me in Hammersmith hotel lobby to plan how we was going to organize our selves for this trip. Inder was waiting his surgery.


Alongside 4orce and Andy we went to NYC to start shooting this film. Every day was a 7am start and would normally get back in maybe 3am where they would sleep and my job was to recharge batteries and download all the footage. I never slept in a bed I would be found asleep in a chair at the kitchen table with my head in the laptop. The day I was leaving for Canada with Mikey D to go see K-Cut I received a call from my cousin telling me that Inder Condition took a turn. Andy and 4orce was with me. I called my parents to see what I should do, they said finish your job. I left for Canada.

When we returned to the UK, a week after returning Inder passed. His last words to me, was ‘you’re a great guy it should never happened to you’.

I returned to my house and carried on my film.

Between 2013 and 2018 I returned to the states every year to continue filming by myself. Operating 2 cameras and sound by myself. Jazzy and his family put a roof over my head.

By early 2015 I had already a rough of the film. One person that would always check on me was my friend Mark B who I met through Damian Wilkes in the early 90s. He had moved to Germany and occasionally we would catch up on Viber. In 2015 we talked before I was set out to go to NYC to shoot more footage. He was excited I was excited he had started to make music again and I was going to NYC to show my rough version to Marley Marl and others.   He played me his music and I gave him a link to my movie. We would do these viber video calls drinking beers pushing each other. That time we planned for him to spend Christmas together at my house with my family. My parents know Mark and when his father passed on he talked to my mother for some comfort.

The last time I spoke to Mark was just before I left for NYC he had watched my film and loved it. He was motivated. Returning from NYC weeks later after returning I was alerted by Marks Friends that he had gone missing. Boxing day 2015 I was informed of his passing.

When people say wheres your film pritt they have no idea what your dealing with behind closed doors. You work so hard with very little support apart from the artists taking part and handful of people outside that really don’t have the power to help but are there to push you. Working in Manufacturing doesn’t do much for your soul, but it puts a roof over my head. I’ve never worked with funding or sponsorship available to me, I only know hard work. My father could give me no advise this is different world all he knows is to be tough. He was put to work age 5. When life gets hard you got to take it on the chip and fuck it.

So I changed over the years, I just become more brutal. When I did RIP, Supreme and Curoc really wasn’t feeling my idea, but I pushed them and told them that’s what im gonna do. Look how that turned out.


2018 two of my films were nominated, on the 23rd of November at 8pm they were screened at Millennium Point, the largest Screen in the UK. I posted a number of times on my social media the screening was on. Turning up to the event with my two closest friends Casz and Kev Dekosta sat in reasonable audience in which no people from the Hip Hop community turned up. I was later informed that Bobbito who screened his film had a sold out event to a film that I worked on and I was told he even shouted me out at the screening and asked where I was. Cats Like Bobbito know. Here in the UK I found like different.

First film was the Memories of Paul C. I was nervous as the quality of the film is so poor it was made from clips collected over almost 20 years. But the story captured the audience. I was watching peoples reactions and it was no what I expected. Then came Looking for the perfect beat. This is where I am now as a film maker. I was asked to do 20 min versions of the films as the festival had 300 films to screen. For some reason we don’t know 8 mins into the film it cut and the next film started TR LOVE was in mid sentence and it cut..There was a loud sigh in the audience the film had captivated them.. After 4 more great films where screened I was dying to the loo and as I was making my escape the events organizer Dean Williams called the film makers to the stage. I was not at all prepared for it. So I answered nervously some questions and could not wait to get of the stage.

I felt embarrassed Speaking to Kev and Casz im not going to let that happen tomorrow if I have to go up. Ive worked to hard and gave to much to fuck this up.

Saturday comes the Gala event was held at The Cube in Birmingham a suited affair. Ive never been to anything like this, the BMA’s you could wear what you wanted there was no dress code. Picking up Kev we into the City. Visiting Bourne and CO to get some dutch courage.

Arriving at the event we was seated to our table and watched as the ceremony began. Respect to all those who submitted, it is not easy making a film. I understand the work the time and energy that goes into making a film it terrible hard work and anybody that thinks otherwise isn’t making a good film, they are making youtube clips. I was sat in a room full of people who all work hard on their craft. A room full of international artists, actors, actresses the people who’s roles are vital in making a film what it is, including make up artists, stylists and musicians.

My Category came up and it was announced Looking for the perfect Beat is the winner. I had no speech prepared just one line in my head I kept saying to my self..’Getting up 4 am every day’. Yes I was nervous but I wanted to get across what its took me to get here, what ive lost how much its took out of me, even when people who should support your cause claiming to your friends you see, you can feel they don’t really support. That is through pure passion and determination Im here. I had to acknowledge all the artists that supported my work and took part in my films because they believed and still believe. This award was worth all the pain, its worth all the lack of support, shame on all those that could of supported me, but chose not too. For those that did support me this is our win. For TR LOVE, JAZZY, FINESSE,JOHNNY JUICE, MAIN SOURCE, DAMIAN, KEV, CASZ, KEITH, JAY, SPARKII, ANDY, 4ORCE, MALCOME, MOM and DAD and the many more who took part in this film, this is just the beinning!

For the next few hours you never to this day every heard so many people talking about Paul C and Hip Hop so much. People where asking me more about Paul and drum machines. The fist person that stopped me and wanted to talk to me was Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran who was there with his mother. He won an award for best original movie score. He said he totally got what I said and it hit spot with him. He told me about his beginnings are where he came from and how know one supported him and that everyone just thought and made him feel like it was just a dream but he carried on and made it real. Although I never met him before and there some years between us I do know the area hes from, there is nothing there for young people still to this day.


This year has been something. Recently my mother went through major hear surgery we thought this was it. But she came through and now is a period of long recovery I’m so blessed she got to see these rewards and acknowledgments for music and film because she seen me doing this and put with me doing this stuff since I a was child. She never wanted me to be a graff artist DJ breaking film maker, she wanted me to be a professional and have a family. But I believe god did give me a gift and a reason to be here, and I’m living it.

For those that never supported me or wished it was them, could you honestly say you put the hours in? since 96 no vacations no weekends away never sit on a beach and relax only doing this.

2018 say the outside world recognizing my work in music and film with 2 winning awards. I do apologize for sounding arrogant, im not Im angry and relieved about what its took to get here,   I walk round everyday in pain but i got to my job i have to be here for others.

Thank you dearly to all those who supported from seeing my work at the fesitival will take time to follow my progress or even showcase my work.   When it comes to this culture and art im as pure, honest hardworking as it gets.