1st Jul 05 RUN THE ROAD @ Fabric: Roll Deep, Klashnekoff (live), Scratch Perverts, Lady Sovereign, Crazy Titch, JME, Semtex, Cameo, J33
Entrance 9:30pm - 5:00am Price £12 (£10 nus)
Advance tickets available from TICKETWEB
Wednesday, 29 June 2005
He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign. Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Tuesday, 28 June 2005
Monday, 27 June 2005
2. Wiley & Ruff Squad - Sidewinder/Tragedy (White)
3. Slew Dem Crew - Grime 2005 (White)
4. Parabeats feat Carmen Reece - You Got Me Dexplicit Rmx (Public Demand)
5. Roll Deep V's Ruff Squad - All Day Long (White)
6. Wizzbit - Grand Theft Auto/Time (Dumpvalve)
7. Roll Deep - The Avenue Refix (Relentless)
8. Riddler Records - The Riddler EP Vol 3 (Riddler Records)
9. Diesel feat Doctor and Riko - Come On (D Power)
10. JME - Don't Chat/Baraka/Calm Down (Check It)
Compiled by Sparky @ Rhythm Division, Roman Road, Bow E3. You can listen to audiio in this chart at www.rhythmdivision.co.uk
Sunday, 26 June 2005
For the last month I've been hoping to track down Richard Whiteley to review the Countdown Riddim for my Touch page, a grime banger currently blowing up Channel U which samples the famous Countdown theme tune. It's with great sadness that I just heard on the news that our trusty Countdown TV presenter has passed away after a long illness. He'd been hosting alongside Carol 'brains' Vorderman for over 20 years, and thanks to my grandma's gentle persuasion (call if force if you prefer) I used to have to watch the show everyday. As many students will recall, it's a staple part of the daytime diet. I doubt Mr Whiteley ever got to hear the Riddim, I know not whether he'd even be amused but it's here to stay - even if Countdown becomes no more.
"The 61-year-old presenter from West Yorkshire fell ill back in May and was rushed to hospital in Bradford. He had been said to be "recovering slowly". Whiteley, who fronted the show with Carol Vorderman since 1982, is still on screen as the show is pre-recorded. Ms Vorderman's agent, John Miles, confirmed Whiteley had died. Last November Whiteley was honoured with an OBE from the Queen, who is said to be a fan of the show, as was the late Queen Mother." From BBC News. Check http://www.thecountdownpage.com/ for more.
Saturday, 25 June 2005
Lady Sovereign is playing her first US gigs in July. 8th July Sonotheque, Chicago www.sonotheque.net.
13th July The Knitting Factory, New York www.knittingfactory.com. These dates are likely to sell out so make sure you get your tickets early. Send me a full report! You can also hear the JME remix of her track 9-5 on the website www.ladysovereign.com
Friday, 24 June 2005
Wednesday, 22 June 2005
Friday June 17, 2005
With films such as Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us and 10, his digital feature set entirely in a car, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has in recent years become a critics' favourite on the international film scene, even though he has been producing a stream of magnificent work since the early 1970s. Lucky for me, then, to be one of 20 students chosen to take part in an eight-day workshop, organised by the London Film School, on digital film-making led by one of the masters of that particular species of cinema. Here are four central ideas Kiarostami had us consider throughout our week together at London's French Institute last month.
Learning not teaching
Monday morning, 9am. AK cuts to the chase. "I do not have anything to teach you. I do not want to give you any advice as such. I am merely going to share information with you, and am sure I'll learn as much as you might this week. What we discuss here and what I say is not good or bad or right or wrong. It's like going to a shrink: we are just talking. I'm not here to push my own opinions on you, I give you only my feelings. Draw your own conclusions, form your own opinions. My opinions are nothing but my work. In fact, I have to admit that I don't really enjoy teaching that much."
Regardless, AK then launches into a fascinating lecture about his own digital film-making methods, using clips from his films and stopping only to pick our brains about the short films we will all be making in the coming days.
Already, even before the end of this first day, I sense AK is anxious about our potential as a group. He knows - as do we - that the only way to learn anything this week is to do and not just sit here listening. A corner of the room is piled with video cameras, while downstairs are four editing suites, ready and waiting for the fruits of our labour.
Two students have an idea for a film which they pitch to the group. AK listens intently, asks questions, then suggests they are ready to shoot. There is no time to waste. "Tomorrow morning," he says, "take a camera and get filming. Remember, I'm not expecting great work from you. I would rather have a well-made film of only 30 seconds that is truthful and meaningful than a flashy and longer piece that doesn't tell us much about ourselves. It might even be more about sharing certain experiences than crafting complete stories. Just go out and make something to encourage the others."
Set yourself limits
"In the other workshops I have run," says AK, "we imposed limitations on ourselves. I remember creative writing class at school: when there were no limitations on our work, no one was able to produce anything. But once a restriction was imposed, everyone wrote something.'
So what form are these restrictions going to take? "I have always thought an elevator has the potential to be a good location for a film. Why? Within this enclosed room there is limited space. Presumably films set in elevators have to be of limited time. They make noises, they have flashing lights, some of them even talk to us. People get on and off - perhaps on the wrong floor - which is a good way of introducing characters. The elevator is inevitably something we encounter on the way to other things, places and people. We could even make an action film in a lift by introducing an assassin on the fifth floor. There is the potential for a whole host of activity in an elevator. And travelling in a lift also requires a certain etiquette, which might serve as a narrative device. Simply, I think an elevator could be the setting for lots of small dramas. It's a magic box for stories and might be a potential subject matter. Everyone should come up with a story which we will compile into a 90-minute package to be screened next week. By dint of every story being about elevators in some way, there will be a unity to these works, and they will support each other."
The ideas start flowing. Every conceivable use for an elevator is considered. There is, inevitably, the suggestion we make a film about how hard it is to make films about elevators. That old reflexive chestnut. AK, ill at ease because of a toothache, discards it out of hand. Someone has picked up on what he said about etiquette. "How about," says the student, "two people arguing in a lift. When it stops at a floor and someone else gets in, the two people are so embarrassed they stop arguing. There's an uncomfortable silence for the next three floors. Then the two people leave the lift and immediately continue to argue." "This is very good," says AK without emotion. "Go now, and shoot."
Exploit the medium
We are to work with digital equipment. There is no celluloid here. As AK continually suggests, and as his new work Five - a 75-minute film made up of five 15-minute single takes - makes clear, form can dictate content. "My film 10 is a couple of years old now," explains AK, "and today I'm not so fascinated by digital technology. I think this is because recently it has become clear to me just how few people actually know how to use it properly.
"The problem is that traditional Hollywood film is moving in directions inconsistent with the best digital cinema being produced. This is not easy for smaller film-makers to fight. The point is that you have to think digitally. When working with an idea, consider that your story cannot be made using traditional methods. Could you shoot it with a big 35mm camera or only on a small digital hand-held camera? Shooting 10 on 35mm would have been like taking a wrestler to a 100m dash. A wrestler should wrestle, a runner should run. And once you have chosen to use a video camera rather than film - and have chosen it for good reasons - do not compare the quality of the image with any others. Appreciate it for what it is."
Resisting my (perhaps conservative) appreciation of classical narrative cinema and my general dislike of what might be called "experimental" cinema, I head with Peter, another student, to the Victoria and Albert Museum around the corner where there are two glass elevators next to each other. Peter in one, me in the other with a camera. I jam the lens up against the glass and shoot as the lift travels up and down - the roof getting closer, moving further away. Peter floating past reciting a Shakespeare sonnet. Ten-minute takes. An "art" film. The final result is three minutes long and terribly pretentious. Just to be a contrarian I insist on not adding credits or a soundtrack.
Manipulate the actors
"A good feature film is a documentary, and vice versa," says AK. "When these two come together, we have seen a good film. In terms of working with actors, there is a fine line between tricking them into doing what you want them to do, and letting them improvise. Sometimes during filming on 10, I would sit in between the son and mother on the backseat of the car, but most of the time I just let them go and would watch the tape later. I reject the traditional job of the director. This is what the digital camera gives us, this freedom of not having to worry about the reel running out.
"On Tuesday the son would go swimming, so we arranged for the mother to be late when she picked him up. This meant the son was worried about his swimming race, something that really shows in the film. This was all the directing I did. It's almost as if the actor becomes the director. The key is choosing the appropriate moment for these actors - none of whom are professionals - to give you something emotional and real."
Someone asks how AK knows if a non-professional will be able to give him what he needs. "I sit and talk with them," he explains, "and turn on the camera without them knowing. After seven or eight minutes, once we've found our subject, I pretend to turn on the camera. If you see no difference between the moments before and after this flick of the switch, you know you have a good actor."
One student decides to put AK's ideas into practice. With his seven-year-old nephew as lead actor, he decides on a little story about a boy demanding payment from those wanting entry to a public lift, to be shot in the block of flats where I live. I am cast as the person who eventually throws him out of the building. For the climax, when I tell the boy to go, the director shoots only my lines. He doesn't turn the camera around to shoot his nephew's reactions and dialogue, because he has already spent the morning getting the required close-ups from the boy. By asking him personal questions totally unrelated to the script, a sincere emotional response to my lines was printed to videotape two hours ago, to be intercut with my questions later. The whole thing works beautifully.
Our final day together is spent fine-tuning our elevator films for a public screening at the French Institute's cinema that evening. The 90-minute assembly is of variable quality, but on the whole really very good. ("I apologise for calling you all lazy," says AK.) There are even some truly inventive films that have been made in only two or three days, some in a matter of hours. All are full of a profound humanism. If nothing else, this is what Kiarostami has instilled in us.
· Paul Cronin is the author of Alexander Mackendrick: On Film-Making (Faber). Three Minute Wonders screens at 7.55pm, Monday to Thursday, on Channel 4
Tuesday, 21 June 2005
Don’t make it too short, do at least 60 minutes worth.
Keep it fresh, you don’t want stuff that’s on other peoples mixtapes or are out already.
A good title helps but people aren’t going to just buy it for the name. The music will build up the name more than anything else.
Musically, do what you want. If you’re only into one type of music do that, but if like me you’re not there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be eclectic.
The order tracks go in is important. You have to make sure it’s an interesting journey.
If you are pushing yourself as a DJ then mix it but if you’re not then just make sure the transition is smooth.
Good artwork helps but the box is just as important.
Don’t make it too expensive, it’s for the streets, no Harrods prices.
Grab the Aim High Series for example!
Stars of The Bill were forced to dive for cover when shots were fired at them while they were filming. Real-life police were called in to protect their TV counterparts after the incident on a council estate in south London. A member of the crew was hit in the hand by an airgun pellet, but his glove saved him from injury. It is believed that two youths may have fired from nearby flats before fleeing the area. A show insider told The Sun: "There was a loud crack that sent everyone diving for cover. It definitely sounded like a real bullet." Scotland Yard confirmed they had attended a shooting in Hermes Way, Wallington, on Thursday afternoon last week. Police remained on the set of the ITV1 show for the rest of the day's filming.
Monday, 20 June 2005
Skepta - Private Caller [Mastabeatz]
JME - Dont Chat [Check It]
T-Star - Bounds (Instrumental) [Snakebite]
Faction G - One Step Ahead
Shola Ama - With U [Aftershock]
Doctor - Never Wanna Say
D Power ft Doctor & Riko - Come On [D Power]
Flirta D - Warp Speed [White]
Flirta D - Noises
Hector (Regal Players) - Rude Boy [Frog]
Hector (Regal Players) - Paper, Cash, Cheese, Wong [Frog]
Wiley - Merkle Man [White]
Jammer - Murcul Man Outburst [Jah Mek The World]
Jammer - Fire Hydrant [Jah Mek The World]
Footsie - War In Here [Neckle]
Kano - Watcher
Kano ft D DOuble E & Demon - Reload It 
G Double E - Harmony
Purple - Help M, Help You
Vix & Trix - Good From Far
Tinchy Stryder & Dirrty Danger - Freestyle
Essentials - Freestyle
Lethal B & Fumin - Freestyle
Moet - Dirty Girls (Instrumental)
Wonder - Step [Dumpvalve]
Jon E Cash - Battle [Black Ops]
Macabre Unit - Crusher [BLine]
Jammer & Footsie - Hooks (Instrumental) [White]
DaVinChe - Frontline [FL]
T Star - Biryani [Snakebite]
Slash - Concerto
J Sweet - Kerb [White]
Jon E Cash - Hoods Up [Black Ops]
Wiley - Firefly [White]
Footsie - Prangman (Instrumental) [Braindead]
Mark One - Marksman
Agent X - Killahertz (ALias Remix) [Heetseeker]
Alias - Warriors [White]
Dizzee Rascal - Hoe 4 [White]
Bigga & Lewi White - Chiney Chin Riddim [Neckle]
Macabre Unit - Bubble (Mark One Remix) [Twisted Beatz]
FT (Imp Batch) Ft Jai Box - Why Do You Have 2 Be
DJ LIONESS: SATURDAYS 3PM 'TIL 5PM ON RINSE 100.3FM
We say: Dizzee Rascal used to be part of Roll Deep and Wiley still is (he produced The Avenue). Their album just charted at #50 without the aid of a single. Thanks to Steve Owen of HMV for tipping us off about it. The Avenue contains a hefty sample of Heartache Avenue by The Maisonettes, a record from Christmas 1982 that sounds like it was from Christmas 1957, with added raps. Finally someone in UK hip hop has worked out how to make a credible crossover hit. We heard this twice in quick succession on Radio 1 and it sounded so good, we became convinced it could be #1 record.
I love Rossi B & Luca, not just because the former has been a great friend to me in the last four or so years but because they're great DJ's - the old skool way. The third installment of their mix series for your listening pleasure is now available over at http://www.megaupload.com/?d=16GIZNDZ
TRACKLIST IS > > > >
1: LETHAL B - UH OH
2: MIA - PULL UP THE PEOPLE (DEXPLICIT INSTRUMENTAL REMIX)
3: INTRO # 1
4: OTHER DJS GO THAT WAY LOOP
5: WONDER - WHAT (GEENEUS REMIX)
6: CRAZY TITCH - SINGALONG (ACAPELLA)
7: DEXPLICIT - BULLACAKE
8: KATIE PEARL - WHAT TIME IT IS
9: LAS - STORMFORCE
10: E3 ENTERTAINMENT
11: FIRECAMP - NO
12: WHIZZBIT - AQUARIUS REMIX
13: CARMEN REECE - U GOT ME (DEXPLICIT REMIX)
14: SKEPTA & STATIK - SKEPTIK
15: JON E CASH - SPANISH FLY
16: DIZZEE RASCAL - STAND UP TALL (ACAPELLA)
17: DJ SOB - BUMP REMIX
18: DELINQUENT Ft. SHAD - GHETTO QUEEN
19: P JAM & STEVEO - SHANK
20: FLUKES Ft. GEMMA FOX - BOXERS
21: YOUNGSTAR - UNKNOWN
21: SLK - NORTH WEEZIE
22: AGENT X - KILLAHERTZ (ALIAS REMIX)
23: LIGHTNING, STORMIN AND NASTY JACK - LIGHTS
24: LIGHTNING, STORMIN AND NASTY JACK - LIGHTS (ACAPELLA)
25: MACABRE UNIT - LIFT OFF
26: DEXPLICIT FT. NANA, FUMNIN AND BABY BLUE - ONE NIGHT STAND
27: DJ ODDZ - STRUNG UP VIP 4X4
28: DPM FT. BRUZA, NAPPER AND SHIZZLE - AVE SOME A DAT
29: IMP BATCH - FUSION (EJ REMIX)
30: ROLL DEEP - WHEN IM ERE
31: STARFOX - RED OCTOBER
32: B LIVE - MERKERS (ACAPELLA)
33: PLASTICMAN - CHA (MARK ONE REMIX)
34: SLK - HYPE HYPE (STICKY REMIX)
35: QUALIFIDE - BADMAN 4
36: ROLL DEEP FT. DONAEO - THEY DONT KNOW
37: KANO - MIC CHECK REMIX (INSTRUMENTAL)
38: KANO - MIC CHECK REMIX
39: DEXPLICIT - HENCH 2
40: DAVINCHE, BASHY AND KATIE PEARL - PRYIN
41: QUALIFIDE - SEE THE LIGHT (2 STEP MIX)
42: SCANDALOUS UNLIMITED - NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
www.more2dafloor.com n.b I've just been told this download is a nightmare due to filesize so when the new links get's uploaded, I will of course share it
Friday, 17 June 2005
“You see that guy, I was scared to stand next to him. When I met him I was like who is he? Why did God send him to mess up my head like this?” And Roll Deep Crew’s Wiley isn’t the only one getting the fear. The grime scene are on the whole seem to be packing their load over nineteen-year old Bradford street magician Dynamo, especially now he’s joined the Magic Circle.
“I’m quite confused” producer and MC Jammer told NME. “I don’t believe in magic but I saw him pull a lit cigarette through a coin backstage at the Lil Jon party and that shit was real.” So was the £80 tip Lil Jon gave him. “Midgets have special powers, I told you. He even body pops his way through it all” adds the less phased but equally freaky Lady Sovereign.
Dynamo isn’t totally down with the bling brigade though. “If I could throw my own party it’d be with people like Sway, The Streets, Roll Deep, Dizzee, Kano and MC’s off Run The Road. It was crazy coming to London and meeting people like Wiley cause they’re a big thing to me.”
Honing his skills outside night clubs such as The Jump Off, Ministry of Sound’s Smoove and any grime rave that actually happens, Dynamo turns tricks on gangsters, wannabe’s and celebrities. He’s already psyched out Busta Rhymes, Pharrell, Avid Merrion (“who thinks I’m Damien The Omen) and Prince Charles.
“I’ve come from performing on council estates and ended up on Royal estates. How may times do you have Camilla Parker Bowls chasing after you shouting “Dynamo! You’ve got to come and see the kids”? I’ve even met David Blaine and did some stuff he’d never seen before. He was saying “Maan this kid knows what he’s doing.”
While Dynamo continues his battle with Chron’s disease his television series and DVD project are well underway while the likes of Wiley are desperate to get him all up in the video.
“I don’t know whether he could sit in a box like Blaine, but who cares. His magic’s real not like what you see on TV. Actually, I want him on my next album cover too… but I guess I’m going to have to join the queue.”
Dynamo’s Underground Magic DVD hits road soon.
Words: Chantelle Fiddy
A version of this article appeared in NME, May 2005.
And here's Terror Danjah's Chart.
1. Terror Danjah & Shola Ama - With U (After Shock)
2. Valentine feat 2 Nice - Untitled (After Shock)
3. Davinche feat Katie and Kano - Leave Me Alone (Paperchase Recordings)
4. P Jam - Real Rmx (Dice Recordings)
5. Big ED - Davinche's Frontline Rmx (FL Records)
6. Roll Deep - Heat Up (Roll Deep)
7. Terror Danjah - Industry Standard EP 2 (After Shock)
8. Footsie & D Double E - Prang Man (Brain Dead)
9. Black Ops - Reverse (Black Ops Recs)
10. D.O.K. - The Shock Anthem (After Shock)
And Rhythm Division too.
1. Lethal B – Forward Riddim (white)
2. Alias – Gladiator 2 (white)
3. Misty Dubs – Outta Love (white)
4. Delinquent – R U Ready (Spoilt Rotten Recordings)
5. DJ Marsta – Gridlock Rmx/Deadlock (white)
6. R Kelly – Happy People Rmx (white)
7. DJ Mexx – DTM Vip (white)
8. 3 Of A Kind – Baby Cakes (Relentless Promo)
9. Davinche feat KT & Kano – Leave Me Alone (Paperchase)
10. Statik – Charge VIP (Highly Flammable)
Wednesday, 15 June 2005
I just received a Love Rap from Pete Cashmore. Be afraid, be very afraid...
Me and Chan Fiddy we like to hit the herbals
Kick verbals, spittin' shit that's sicker than Goebbels
Running up in Hoxton committing mad splifference
Getting our love on despite the age difference
When the buddha is blessed we get undressed
Although I insist she always keeps on the Club vest
Blaze the skins like a bomber, make her my baby mama
And then roll her off so I can watch Futurama.
If this is the kind of effect I have on men then it's no wonder I have a nervous disposition. Where did It all start going wrong for me? Now I go to his second offering entitled 'Fiddy Who Fiddy WHAAAT?'
Chan Chan Chan Fiddy
Lives in London city
Super grimy gritty
Gotta get the dough
To get crunked up wit' she
Girl's hella pretty
Super fine and witty
Rollin' tank top diggy
Shortie, not a biggy
Once upon a time
With Pete she get jiggy
Freelance stuff she writty
Makes loot like Frank Nitty
Isn't full-time yet
But that is not a pity
Cause she ain't never quitty
Turn you on like rubbin' clitty
I want to get her norks out
And be sucking them like 'Bitty!'
Chan Chan Chan Fiddy
That ode you wrote for me
Was the type shizznitty
So let's get married
I wonder what my answer will be.
There I was, minding my own business, desperately seeking mouse poison for our latest house pet Mickey when I bumped into Doogz (sorry Goodz). Aside from buying food he's busy in the studio putting the finishing touches to his debut album due for release on Polydor. If you haven't yet got hold of a copy of his Durrty Whirl mixtape sampler then do... he's in his own world.
Tuesday, 14 June 2005
What does JME stand for?
Jme actually doesnt stand for anything, yep, nothing. I didnt want to make up an MC name because its hard to make up a name that you will stick with and won’t jepordise your carreer at some point or have a change of heart about so I stuck with the name mummy gave me - JME shortened from Jamie. I might actually make up something; Jack Man Everyday, Just Merk Everything, Jump Man Ediot.
When did you start producing/MCing?
I started producing as soon as i could. I didnt note down the date though.... I was about13 or 14 or younger on ringtones, then Mario Paint then came Game Boy camera then Music 2000 then Fruityloops. Till now I will produce on anything anywhere. Mcing was a joke at first, i remixed everyones lyrics then we made the Meridian Crew, me, Dan and Bossman Birdie that’s when I started to take it serious, serious.
What are you working on right now?
My pecs, my coursework, and my album. I’m in no rush to complete my album, as everyones doing one as if its easy. I’m going to make sure that everybody that listens to our music says "JME’s album is heavy starr" coz i am putting only the best of my music on there and if thats not good enough then i dont know what is.
I have alot of ideas on who would go well together on a track but the problem with our scene is that we dont communicate well enough half the mcs you see on collaboration tracks do not know each other so dream combos might never happen.
Who you feeling (and I mean musically not touching up)?
I’m feeling anyone who makes me forget what music I’m listening to, who is real,
someone whose style is not just different, but unique and they’re not scared to explore music, you know not just stick to the same sheet.
Is Meridian still going?
Meridian is in the blood.
What's going on with Bossman?
Bossman has been charged and will be released early October. His career decisions are still not clear in my head from when I visited him but I hope he sticks with the music as he is as talented if not more talented than me. I’ve known him longer than anyone else other than Skepta of course, and I know that he has what it takes to be one of the best.
And how come you and Skepta have joined Roll Deep?
Joining Roll Deep will help Roll Deep and it will help us in the same way. We haven’t left Meridian. Never. Please dont get it twisup. But joining Roll Deep made me stronger and smarter, a new phase is always good, it encourages you to write and think more and seeing as Meridian had to be put on hold for a while
joining Roll Deep has kept my name on fire while we were goin’ through some intense shit. But Rolldeep have helped me a lot more than some people that are closer to me so they are family now.
JME – Baraka is out now on white label. Promo’s of his Lady Sovereign 9-5 remix landing now.
A version of this appeared in B&S.
Monday, 13 June 2005
Lord Of The Mic DVD Signed By Directors Ratty & Capo
Lifetime VIP Membership
Signed Copy Of Donae'o United Record
Lord Of The Decks 3 Double DVD & CD Signed By Directors Ratty & Capo
Signed Copy Of Akala - The War Mixtape
Heat In The Street - Volume 2
Official Kano Signed T-Shirt
Signed Copy Of The Remember Me Kano Record
Signed Copy Of The Remember Me Kano CD
Signed Copy Of Lady Sovereign's Bitchin EP Record
Signed Copy Of Lady Sovereign's Next Single Advance Promo
Friday, 10 June 2005
Thursday, 9 June 2005
Wednesday, 8 June 2005
MAKING MONEY FROM LICENSING YOUR MUSIC
Joe, LOWLIFE RECORDINGS
Dan Stacey, 679 RECORDS / RUN THE ROAD compilation
Paul Jordan, BUG MUSIC
Simon, MILK MUSIC / FOUND SOUNDS (DJ MAG)
Host: Tony Nwachukwu, CDR / BURNT PROGRESS
The final session in this series of three seminars brings together another A list panel for an essential look at licensing in all its shapes and forms. Designed as a general guide for artists and labels who have previously based their income mainly on direct record sales, the discussion will cover:
- licensing to compilations, from TV advertised releases to mid-price
- synchronisation deals (placing music on TV, film, ads, etc)
- an insight into the way these areas select the music they use and the type
of deals they offer
- other ways of exploiting your catalogue and the value of back catalogue
As before, this will be mainly an open discussion session rather than a lecture by the panel so you can ask any relevant questions throughout theevening. Free drinks available on the night too. Hope you can make it along. For more info, e-mail email@example.com. Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, London E15 1BX, Tel. 0208 536 0630,Transport: Stratford station (Central / Jubilee / DLR / North London lines).
Tuesday, 7 June 2005
One of the best writers I know, he's funny, a Countdown champion and able to corrupt most christian women. He also gives me vests... well two. The first was from Club International, his old haunting ground (one of our first meetings was actually at a five or six girl orgy but that's a different story and Cashmore I beg you not to disclose it). The second is from new home Nuts, one of the UK's best mens mags right (and I'm not only saying that cause Pete works for them, honest, although I hear Zoo pay better. If they gave me some f'ing work I might be able to elaborate further). Hopefully see you later young man. Happy Birthday, spread the love.
With a serious lack of women sitting behind the mixing desk, Mizz Beats is hoping to inspire a generation…
Studio’s are testosterone battlegrounds yet it was always going to be a matter of time until we found our potential Missy. Cliché perhaps, but we’ve got a contender and armed with her fruity loops program, eighteen year old Mizz Beats is looking to master her destiny and make history.
While grime girlies Lady Sovereign and Maihem have been known to dabble in production, Mizz Beats is the first to drop bombs on vinyl.
Her name’s been spreading the streets of London like wild fire since her first heater on Nekkle Records, ‘Signal’, featuring the vocal talents of legendary MC D Double E. Future collaborations already in the bag include ‘They Never Saw It Coming’ with Wiley, JME, Footsie, Jammer and Ears and a bag of goodies for rapper Klashnekoff.
“A lot of people have been wondering why it’s taken me so long to get something out cause I’ve been building up for time but I had to wait and see where I was heading. I had to be ready.”
An only child, Mizz Beats, otherwise known as Iman Yanee (“I was named after the model but the name means faith and I’ve got that”) was born into a musical family; her grandad playing the piano and guitar while her four uncles were in a reggae band. Growing up in and around Leytonstone, east London, Iman got used to enjoying her alone time and It was soon after taking up piano lessons herself, and at only 12 years old, she found herself recording keyboard sequences onto a four-track. More heavily influenced by her parents jazz and soul collection than anything else the likes of Roy Ayers, Quincy Jones, The Neptunes and Missy Elliott have also sculpted her sound.
“I don’t make one sound, I’m original and a musician first and foremost, I don’t want to pigeonhole anything. I am signed to Jammer’s label but my style is ‘I am music’.”
Now 18 she’s further honing her skills at college (“well It’s like college but it’s in a warehouse in Islington”), studying music technology and business, learning to play the guitar, penning tracks for girlfriends and doing her upmost to stay away from singing.
“I guess being a girl has actually made it easier because certain guys don’t see me as competition but there’s others who see it’s not about gender but the individual, my stuff will sound angrier and darker than theirs and they can’t work out how I do it.”
Words: Chantelle Fiddy
Mizz Beats feat. D Double E ‘Signal’ is out now on Nekkle Records. A version of this article appeared in i-D Magazine, May 2005.
Monday, 6 June 2005
Sov wanted to recreate the picture we took a year or so ago after my trip to Miami but I didn't have time to get her back in my bed... we settled for the sofa instead. Catch a fresh Dirty Dozen in the next issue of Blues & Soul. Just to keep you in the know, Lady Sovereigns first official Island release will be 9-5, currently scheduled for August 1st. Remixes include an offering from JME as well as a work of art by The Ordinary Boys. I'll holler when promos arrive but in the meantime Sov and Medasyn have also done a remix of The Ordinary Boys new single so listen out for that one. Big like bottom.
Had the pleasure of finally seeing Plan B do the accoustic thing at Cargo the other night. Shockingly good stuff. Safe guy as well. Hear his mixtapes nearly done so bound to be a treat. Pyrotechnic have just uploaded a rather good interview too (http://www.pyrotechnicradio.com/template/Index.aspx). Also caught a couple of tracks by Son Of Dave. Not my normal cup of rosie but really feeling it. To my surprise I turned on Jools Holland this Friday gone and there the man was again. If KT Tunstall wore a suit, shaved off her hair, added a bit of beatboxing into the biz then you'd be somewhere near Son Of Dave... I think.
Doors open at 10.30 till 5am Dress Code is strictly no trainers, hoods or caps £15 / £12 NUS SMOOVE LIVE, Ministry of Sound
103 Gaunt St, London, SE1 6DP.
Sunday, 5 June 2005
JME - Don't Chat [Check It]
Lowdeep - Str8 Flush [Colourful State]
Purple - Help me, Help You
Terror Danjah - Piano Madness [Aftershock]
Purple - Another String
DPM ft Doctor - Wicked & Bad [White]
D-Power ft Doctor & Riko - Come On [D Power]
J-Sweet ft Doctor, Remerdee & Jendor - Bring It [White]
Doctor, Fresh & Ryder - something Wrong
Ryder - Slew Wasteman
Lethal B - Uh Oh (I'm Back) [V2]
Crazy Titch ft Keisha - Gully [White]
The Allance - Stop (DaVinChe Remix) [White]
Faction G - Freestyle
Baraka - Blue Portal [Check It]
Kano - Mic Check 1,2 (Instrumental Remix) 
Kano - Brown Eyes 
Kano - Signs In Life 
Kano ft Demon & Ghetto - Mic Check 1,2 (Remix) 
Tinchy Stryder - Undergroud [Ruff Sqwad]
Slicks & Tinchy Stryder - Guns & Roses [White]
Jammer - Freestyle
Roll Deep - Flying Away [Relentless]
Moet - Dirty Girls
Mariah Carey - We Belong [Island]
Jon E Cash - Hoods Up [Black Ops]
Terror Danjah - Nite Crawler 2 [FL]
Wiley - Firefly [White]
Wiley - Icepole (Remix) [White]
DaVinChe - Shut Down Shop (Instrumental) [Paperchase]
Fire Camp - No [White]
Agent X - Killahertz (Alias Remix) [Heatseeker]
Plasticman - Cha (Mark One Remix)
Macabre Unit - Crusher [B Line]
Bigga, Lewi White & Jammer - Phantom Riddim [Jah Mek The World]
Wiley - Colder (Remix) [White]
Slew Dem - Terrorist EP [White]
Nii-O - Descent [Breakbeat]
Jammer - Fire Hydrant [Jah Mek The World]
Wonder - Face [Dumpvalve]
Macabre Unit - Lift Off [Terrorhythm]
J-Sweet - Kerb [White]
DJ LIONESS: SATURDAYS 3PM 'TIL 5PM ON RINSE 100.3FM
Wednesday, 1 June 2005
A new DVD, North West @Large and the Best of West, drops soon. The dvd will be showcasing a wide variety of talent from both north west and west London, artists featured include Flirta D, SLK, Bashy, Purple, Renegade Boys, Nasty Jack, Musical Mob, Bronzy & Jakal plus more.The boxset contains 2 dvd's and a mixtape featuring unreleased tracks from Flirta D, SLK, Bashy w/Katie Pearl & Davinche, Donaeo, Purple, Hot Off The Block etc... The DVD has already been posted up on UK Recordshop in the dvd's section if you want to check out the preview.