What is your name?
Vice of The Delegates Of Rhyme and The Kaleidoscope Show
How old are you?
29 (until June 2014!)
Where are you from?
I am currently living in Bristol, but originally I’m from Birmingham.
How long have you been making music?
Now you’re asking! I began my creative life with poetry. I wrote poems from 12 years old. At that time i was really into Garage, and i used to try and fit my poems to the music I was listening to. I realised pretty quickly that i should try and make my own music to fit the words i was saying, and so i started using Cool Edit Pro, then onto Cubase, and since 2009 i have been using Logic Pro.
How many songs /albums have you released to date?
I’ve created loads of music, but as a perfectionist it’s hard to let go! The main bits i have released to date are –
The Delegates Of Rhyme – Road To Ambition f. Alex-Is (part of UK Runnings – Estate Life Volume 2)
The Delegates Of Rhyme – Stresses & Definitions f. Seraphym & Joe Bird
The Delegates Of Rhyme – Shadows f. Jimmy Davis
The Delegates Of Rhyme – Spark (part of Rhyme Square Clothing Mixtape)
Gardna – Vinyl Records – Cuts by EKO (Production)
Kinnie Dailey – Melodies Of A Nice Guy EP (Produced, Mixed and Mastered)
2010 – 2012
Great Scott – Everything I Do Goin’ Be Funky (Vice Remix)
Genius Collective – Various releases
The Delusionists – Serious (Vice Remix)
And a variety of other independent releases on the production front.
Can you tell us about your latest project ‘Stresses And Definitions’ and the background and inspirations behind it?
The Delegates Of Rhyme – Stresses And Definitions f. Seraphym & Joe Bird is the latest full release from from The Delegates Of Rhyme and took around a year to make. The initial inspiration was to create a tribute track for Dilla, and i started flipping the sample and found it was taking on a very different vibe. I sent a rough to Donnie Numeric who absolutely loved it, and created 2 verses telling the stories of men trying to survive modern day life. After a while we decided that a female MC would be a great route for the story to develop, and after a callout for female MCs Seraphym aka DNA Deez reached out (we used to do youth work together). Her verse filled the gap and found the missing link lyrically. Once all elements were recorded Joe Bird set to work on the cuts, and finished the musical tapestry that is Stresses and Definitions.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
I think it was always bound to happen. I grew up around beautiful music; Soul, Funk, Jazz and more. I always enjoyed creative writing, and at 16 i won a national poetry award. I think at this point i knew my words could actually do something. When i went to Lincoln uni i met the Micrippers; Halo, Geo-Graphic and JD Sykez, who took me under wing, and got me involved with cyphers, open mics and learning how to use the studio. We had some crazy times there, and when i graduated I wanted to continue making music, so i setup Street Soul Productions as a record label, but found that the thing i loved most was working with young MCs and and helping them to develop. I started doing youth work, teaching music production and lyric writing for the likes of The BBC, West Ham United, Youth Music, Birmingham Children’s hospital and more, and i never looked back. I have at this point (2014) been working with young people for just over 7 years, and i still love it. They inspire me to keep making music and keep improving my skills.
What do you think of the music industry in 2014?
I think it’s hard work, like it always has been, but it feels like every year more opportunities are available for musicians. With the evolution of Boombap Festival, and many festivals, events and promoters giving Hip Hop more of a chance it feels like we are on the cusp of some big changes.
Who inspires you when you make your music?
There are many people who inspire me. It depends what kind of music i am making. If it’s Hip Hop it’s the like of TY, The Mouse Outfit, Donnie Numeric, Clear Soul Forces and a bunch of more niche artists or from other genres including Bonobo, The Hackney Colliery Band, Peshay, Essa and many more.
Who have you collaborated with so far in your Career?
I have been lucky enough to collaborate with the like of Panacea (Rawkus Records), Replife, Greg Blackman (DJ Vadim collaborator), Animate Objects, Jimmy Davis, Alto Smith / Ben Jammin On Sax (Hedkandi) and many more. They are all truly incredible musicians , and it is humbling that i have already had the chance to work with them.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
There’s so many artists i would love to work with. I guess the key ones would be Diesler, TY, Kero One, Braintax, Harleighblu, and there’s some amazing collaborations which are hopefully in the pipeline which ticks off some other names on the list!
What was the first music you bought?
As a single it was WIll Smith – Big Willie Style, album wise, it was The Fugees – The Score
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
Ah man! I love so much music, it’s hard to pick! I’m really into my Funk and Soul at the minute. One track I’m really feeling is K.Raydio & Psymun – Joyride
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?
Well i have 100+ CDs and nearly half that in vinyl so it would be tricky! BUT my original, extremely rare vinyl pressing of Hocus Pocus – 73 Touches is incredible, and my original Souls Of Mischief – ’93 Til Infifnity!
What do you think of TV music talent show competitions?
I just feel sorry for musicians who have to go down that route as they clearly feel that they can’t gain enough exposure and support on their own. Most of them are atrocious, but The Voice has some VERY talented individuals, but i’ve also known musicians who have attempted to get on and have been turned down. It’s like there’s a secret tick list of things that the “chosen ones” need to match in order to be suitable. I’ve got no problem with people who feel that is a route, i wish them well, i just think it’s a rocky road, and not something i would ever choose.
What do you do when you’re not making music?
Work! I am a youth worker, and do that full-time. In addition i have setup my own non for profit music space called Street Soul Studios in Saint Paul’s in Bristol, so when i have the time i go down there and get creative. It helps me work on graphics and have a creative space. Other than that, i occasionally go to gigs, i have my own radio show called The Kaleidoscope Show on Passion Radio Bristol, and just exploring new places and trying to stay active. I have 2 kids so that’s not too tricky!
What’s your favourite Fashion brand?
There’s lots, but mainly Dephect, THTC and King
How many pairs of trainers do you own?
Too many! I love Supra high tops, and have about 7/8 pairs of those. Then i’ve got a mixture of Heydays, PF Flyers, Adidas Limited Eds. I think i have about 30 pairs!
How many hats do you own?
Lots! From flat caps, to New Era to beanies, i think i have a hat for every occasion!
How many followers do you have on twitter?
I don’t know and don’t really care. We care more for people hearing our music, and create a genuine following through people reaching out to us and through gigs etc.