Archive for March, 2010

Facebook Knows You

March 31, 2010

Here’s an amazing fact sheet compiled by website-monitoring.com. Google, you little scamps! let the others play.

No i’m serious Goog. I’ve seen Terminator….

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Royal-T’s New Blog Launch on WTTF!

March 29, 2010

Welcome to the Fold are pleased to announce that as from today, Grime producer Royal-T will be contributing an exclusive monthly blog. Here, he will air to the world rarities, sketches, samples, remixes and other work from the Royal T archive.

We start with his remix of a classic. Ladies and Gents, I present to you…

Wiley – Ice Rink (Royal-T Remix)

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I made this after I had the original instrumental forever on repeat and became quite addicted to it! It was one of the first Grime tunes that I really, really liked – not just as a riddim but as a song in general. I liked how unorthadox it was, there was no percussion – just Wiley’s noise and space. Despite this it still kept a good rhythm and was just really cool.

To me, it cemented the fact that Grime was a new genre and didn’t have to conform to any industry standard. I used to listen to the 14 minute mix of all the vocal versions and I loved the drops on it. Scratchy’s version of Ice Rink was my favourite, although I liked Tinchy’s and Dizzee’s vocals too (the latter of which I sampled!)

So in terms of the remix, which I did a couple of years ago now, I just sampled all the different parts and brought it up to date. I made it sound Garage-y by using the subtractor bass, but kept the Grimy edge. Nothing crazy, just a bit of an update as I couldn’t take anything away from the original.

I like the novelty of the samples and the orchestral sounds – had it been my beat originaly, I probably would have used Tempz to vocal it! He could ride that halftime and make it punch – just like Next Hype!

If anything I wanted this remix to prove that Grime can stand on it’s own, have it’s own ideas and arrangements to sample from. The best bit about Grime is not knowing where to take it sometimes. So, here it is, raw and unmixed for you all!

Enjoy!

Royal-T

The original Ice Rink.

Artist Profile: Kiah Tulloch

March 28, 2010

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We at the Fold are always on the lookout for fresh artistic talent, and today we are pleased to present a short interview with Kiah Tulloch, a very talented illustrator and good friend.

Let’s get the boring standard questions out of the way first – How long have you been illustrating and what first got you into it?

I’ve been illustrating for about 6 years now. I’m a naturally arty person, I’ve always been into drawing, painting and making things, so it’s just one of my many weird and wonderful hobbies.

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What do you call your particular method of illustration?

The style is called Pointillism and it involves using solely dots to form an image. The traditional Pointillism used by artists such as Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, is a technique of painting which involved patterns of dots and/or thin, short brushstrokes to form an image. Somewhere along the way it developed into the striking black and white that I practice now.

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Yours is a very unique style that I can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone specialise in before – what first started you off drawing like this?

I started doing this when I was in my final year of college. I used the style to illustrate an A5 colour piece of a flower for my Textiles coursework, and I loved the effect so much that I just kept going. Funnily enough it was pure laziness that I started the flower in the first place.

I remember needing to get the image done and I really couldn’t be bothered because I was just so bored of using the same old drawing & colouring pencils, so I started dotting with some cheap coloured markers that I found in the bottom of my art bag. I actually thought it was going to be a lot quicker than drawing or colouring, but it turned out twice as long taking me about 2-3 weeks just to complete the A5 piece. However, the result was so amazing that I just kept experimenting.

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When shading your pieces, how do you decide where the dots go? Is there a procedure, a technique to it, or is it more erratic and random?

Shading is a little difficult to explain without a demonstration, but I’ll do my best. My tool of choice is a 0.05 Staedtler black pigment liner (which means my dots are 0.05mm in diameter – crazy I know!) so vast spaces of “shadow” (e.g. hair) mean that dots need to be extremely close together.

These areas I tend to do in a fairly erratic manner to get the space filled quickly, as it doesn’t really matter where the dots go as long as by the end they’re tightly packed into the space. For graduated areas it requires a more steady hand to make sure that the dots are accurately spaced to give the best contrast. There really isn’t a technique, it’s just how I prefer to work. It does require a great deal of patience and good eye for detail though.

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Which artists do you personally admire?

Wow that’s a question and a half! I’ll try to keep the list brief because I could probably fill a book with the full answer.
Pre-Raphaelite artists: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir John Everett Millais
Paper-cut artist: Hina Aoyama
Illustrators: David Downton, James Jean, Julie West, Ella Tjader, TADO
Graphic artists: I Love Dust
Street Artists: TooFly, Slinkachu, Robbo, Imminent Disaster, Aakash Nihalani

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Your pieces are primarily portraits of celebrities – is there any particular reason for this?

Portraits – yes, celebrities – no. I love faces, particularly eyes, so I find portraits most interesting to work on. I use celebrities simply because the images are so easy to get hold of. I did a couple of commissioned kids’ portraits about 2 or 3 years ago and I’ve also done a couple of animal pieces, but I always find myself back at the celeb portraits.

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As we’re friends, I know that you’ve only started drawing again in the past couple of months after an ‘extended hiatus’ shall we say, what made you pick up the pen again?

I picked up it up again because I just can’t deal with not having some form of creative outlet. It allows me time to think/daydream or helps to me to switch off after a long or stressful day since it really doesn’t require too much thought about the actual process. It’s also great for long-haul flights, so I will finally get a chance to finish my Liv Tyler portrait this August on my 15 hour flight to Las Vegas!

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Are there any plans to expand your repertoire in the future?

I don’t really know. Like I said I plan to finally finish the Liv Tyler portrait (after a year!), but other than that I don’t really know. I’m always trying to hone my skills, so I’ve been considering maybe more flora & fauna pieces or full figures as opposed to portraits…I may even tackle some runway images. You’ll just have to watch this space.

James

My Year of Mixtapes

March 24, 2010

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Yesterday a friend put me onto the blog of one Chrissy Murderbot, a ‘Chicago-based DJ/Producer in love with juke-rave-jungle-disco-dubstep-hi-NRG-gangsta-dancehall-ghetto-garage-core’. His blog, My Year of Mixtapes, is where Mr. Murderbot endeavours to post one free downloadable mixtape each week for an entire year. 52 weeks, 52 mixtapes.

The sheer scope of different genres available is pretty impressive – from early 90’s rave to ‘Neue Deutsche Welle’ each mix is accompanied by a short explanation of the roots of that genre – some of them have proven to be a fascinating read, as Chrissy’s extensive musical knowledge contextualises each individual mix. Of particular note are the Booty Bass, New Jack Swing and UK Funky mixes (well, to my ear anyway, different strokes for different folks!)

Be sure to check the blog out here.

James

Sharky Major – Shark Attack EP Release!

March 23, 2010

It’s always nice to see your work ‘go live’ – this is no exception. Having been commissioned to photograph and design Sharky major’s new projects sometime last year, we wondered if our work would ever see the light of day! But, here it is – with full digital release.

Sharky Major – Shark Attack EP available from:

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Sharky Major, legendary Grime MC and one-time member of the notorious NASTY Crew is back with his banging new single ‘Shark Attack’, available digitally from March.

Produced by Skepta (Bad Boy) ‘Shark Attack’ signals an emphatic return to form for the East London MC, whose complex lyrical style first captured imaginations in the early Noughties and continues to influence Grime MC’s to this day.

A sophisticated string-led stomper, ‘Shark Attack’ showcases Sharky’s lyrical dexterity to the fullest, as he darts between rap and vocal harmonies with ease. Hard, yet dancable, this one is for the clubs and the cars!

With the original having received heavy rotation on Logan Sama’s Kiss radio show, the release also features an exclusive remix featuring Devlin, Ghetts, Dot Rotten and P-Money – arguably the Grime scenes’ fastest rising stars. This is a feat only MC’s of Sharky’s calibre can manage!

Hit up Sharky on Twitter @sharkymajor

Big up Sharky, Logan, James and anybody else involved. Let’s hope Sharky’s mixtape ‘Major League’ follows soon!

Kristian

Style Society – Interview With Sarah Leigh

March 19, 2010

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Sunday 14th March saw Style Society, a fashion and live music event put on by dear friend of the Fold Sarah Leigh, descend upon Orange Rooms, Southampton. Seeing as the night was such a success, we felt it necessary to have a quick chat with Sarah about the night – the highs, the lows and plans for the future.

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Just for the benefit of our readers, what exactly was Style Society?

In a nutshell, Style Society was, and will be a bi-annual event created to enjoy the talent of Southampton’s local fashion brands and professionals, artists and musicians – to put all this creativity under one roof for an informal evening of networking and entertainment.

What inspired you to put this event on in the first place?

The concept came about when I started my blog; Sarah-Leigh’s Style Files. I’ve been working in the fashion industry for a few years now and wanted a space to document my day to day experiences, sights and give my opinion on things I’m passionate about. The blog has proved successful and I have found it a great platform to promote local fashion and design talent and to speak about up and coming names. It was this idea that lead me to think about putting an event on; to gather many of my friends and contacts together in one location and empower them to show off their skills to a live audience, promote themselves and have a really great time while they do it. Initially I discussed the idea with Sophie Penn, my friend and a Southampton-based writer and stylist, who was also looking to do something locally too to promote herself and the designers she regularly uses, and Style Society was born.

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What was the biggest highlight of the night for you?

The highlight was seeing it all come together at about 7pm! We’d spent the whole day setting up Orange Rooms, the bar where the event was held, to house all of our exhibitors and entertainment, not to mention 4 months planning it all, and to see everyone in place and guests start arriving was so rewarding. It looked just how I’d imagined.

What was the biggest headache you encountered?

The biggest headache in the run-up to the event was the fact that it was on a Sunday, and Mothering Sunday to be exact! As far as promoting was concerned, we really had our work cut out, but this just meant that we ensured our event had something for everyone (Mums too), and that there was enough entertainment to ensure people stayed all night long!

On the day space was a small headache, just because of the number of people involved, and we wanted to make sure everyone has a great location to promote their products or services. Room was a little tight, but it turned out fantastically!

In hindsight, what would you choose to do differently, if anything?

In hindsight, I would have been aware of the date of Mothering Sunday! Although the event was a huge success, it could have been one less thing to worry about!

How well suited do you feel Southampton is as a city to hold events such as these?

To be honest, Southampton has an unfair reputation of lacking creativity, but I wanted to prove that there is an underground scene here, with hoards of fantastic artists, singers, fashion designers and stores looking to spread their message and inspire others. In Solent University, we have a hotbed of creative talent emerging, and the event was just as much about promoting this as established organizations.

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Style Society featured live art, illustrators, vintage boutiques, live music and DJs. If there is the possibility of a follow-up event sometime in the future, are there any other avenues you’d particularly like to explore?

I would love to do another event, perhaps in the summer, so that we could have some of the entertainment outdoors – a fashion festival would be ideal!! Its early days, put I’ve got my planning hat back on already! I would love to include more designers, brands and bands who have now approached me, and really I think there’s room for all kinds of creative outlet – as long as it fits with the ethos of Style Society.

How much money did you raise altogether? Where will it be going?

On the night we raised around £900, which is just fantastic – I’m overwhelmed by the people who came out and supported the event. Donations are still pouring in this week, and so we look set to hit our £1000 goal. £1000 will aid Oxfam to build a classroom in one of the world’s poorest communities – I strongly support education, and this overall aim fitted perfectly with our support of promoting emerging individuals.

What has the reaction been from the people that contributed on the night?

Everyone I have spoke to, that was involved with the event has been so kind and generous following it, and have all offered their services for next time. I think we’ve found a fantastic set of people who have a lot in common and have proved to be quite a forceful collective!

Any plans to put another event on in the future?

Yes I thinks so, Sophie and I would love to repeat Style Society, and there are a few more charity and networking orientated events I’ve been asked to get involved with. This has been the first event I planned beginning to end, and let’s just say I’ve caught the bug – stay tuned to Sarah-Leigh’s Style Files for news!

Visit Sarah’s blog for full coverage of the night!

James

Bi Polar Reviews: Shutter Island

March 18, 2010

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There’s certainly a purpose to all this madness—though to discuss how the film achieves this would be giving the game away. Rest assured dear reader, there are no spoilers in this review.

This week’s Bi-Polar Review: Shutter Island

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Martin Scorsese is from the New Hollywood school of thought. A title given to aspiring directors in the sixties and seventies; the generation of “movie brats” who had grown up with the cinema, studied the visual image and begun breaking down the studio contrivances in a (then) predominantly conservative industry. A self confessed film nerd, able to pluck inspiration from films ranging from Italian neo-realism to (in Shutter Islands case) concrete Hitchcock thrillers. Scorsese’s films have always played homage to films of past, but have also been coupled with his trademark stamp of death and onanism.

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Scorsese’s latest effort Shutter Island is no different, offering a structured gothic noir exhumed from a more than capable novelist. Mr. Lehane’s work is merely a framework with which Scorsese could etch, sculpt and mould from a lifetime as a movie admirer and decades as an esteemed director and auteur.

No surprises who takes the lead this time round. Leonardo DiCaprio, collaborates with Scorsese for the third successive time. Bringing with him that understated Bostonian drawl in the shape of U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels, summoned to the Island after a patient mysteriously disappears in Jonathon Creek fashion. As DiCaprio and his partner (a suitably restrained Mark Ruffalo) make inquiries of the patients and staff, they’re flummoxed by the seemingly implausible escape of a woman evaporating from a secure cell with around the clock surveillance, and second by how a patient could leave an island that makes Alcatraz look like the Isle of Wight. All theories point to Sir Ben of Kingsley, both Jekyll and Hyde of the hospital, a shrink who treats the prisoners as patients rather than criminals, but seems to be hiding something from poor Teddy. For his part, DiCaprio brings his own share of personal baggage: Still plagued by harrowing visions of Dachau, and his wife’s death in an apartment fire.

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What starts off as crime procedural slowly transforms into psychological thriller, as more torrid conclusions arrive, the pressure and claustrophobic atmosphere gradually start to eat away at Daniels’ nerves. Scorsese relishes in his protagonists nightmarish dream sequences and flashbacks that engulf his situation while heavily clouding his judgment. Shutter Island may initially seem like a nervy genre piece à la Cape Fear, but I would contend it lends itself more to a Hitchcockian tale, a carnival show where it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between the troubled and troublesome. Imagine walking into your neighbour’s house after there has been a less than cosy confrontation. You are unsure as to why the atmosphere in the room is so bloody tense, but if you had any sense – you wouldn’t bother asking.

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Teddy’s problems are never too much for Scorsese and DiCaprio to handle, who in their third collaboration in a row have developed a definite rhythm that is evident in every scene. It is almost effortless how Teddy’s anxieties begin to creep into our own, the director makes the most of this, by choosing claustrophobic close ups, moving the camera in a little too close for comfort so we can see and more poignantly feel the characters every last nuance. All in all, it won’t be a beloved film to most, inspiring more dissertations and smug berets than popcorn fanatics and box office receipts. While this may not bring many happy faces around conference tables in Hollywood, they should take comfort in the fact that Shutter Island has not only a clear sense of self and purpose, but demonstrates a director (and production team for that matter) on the top of their game. Put simply, this is Scorsese at its best and noir at its darkest.

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Part Two

If Shutter Island were a blog it would be a page dedicated to 9/11 ‘truthers’, awash with theories on Bush speeches and Dan Brown numerology, tales of secret establishments and handshakes. The kind of site that hosts stock gifs and secondary colour schemes – all-caps and Bill Hicks prophecies. Don’t trust The Man yeah?

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As soon as US marshal Teddy Daniels steps onto the docks of Shutter Island. We’re thrown into a world of storms, loonies, liquids, Sir Ben Kingsley and surprisingly lucid dreams. Oh yeah, there’s a musical score that would make the Queen Mary blush. Conspiracies arise in droves as a Nazi, a murderer, and some diabolical experiments are thrown into the mix – add a touch of British weather for good measure and you have yourselves one confused looking Teddy.

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Teddy’s running out of time, and for a while we don’t know exactly why. Once we do, Scorsese sets about wrapping things up a bit too fast, like a lecturer who spends two hours talking about student indulgence and apathy before realising he has ten minutes left to actually get to the point. This tendency to overindulge in Teddy’s mind state leaves us lingering in the mind of a clearly confused protagonist cocooned in his own anxieties and as such – confused and cocooned ourselves.

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At this point you are not quite sure whether it is you or Scorsese who are beginning to lose their marbles. Has DiCaprio stepped into a nightmarish noir thriller or a Scooby Doo episode? He’s not sure, we’re not sure, but Scorsese, the ever present conductor, quickly prepares for the next act – audience, I present to you – some rats!

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Running in at just under two and a half hours, there is a lot of food for thought for what is essentially a revitalised gothic B-movie. The narrative and pacing is completely at odds with the director’s presentation; disproportionate handling of both the technique and homage’s to the works of Hitchcock and Kubrick. When the secrets of Shutter Island are finally presented to the audience in such quick succession – you are with little time to digest. Imagine Paula Radcliffe running the first three legs of a 4×100 relay, she plods along in earnest bounds, gracious and dignified, while others piss past her (sorry, couldn’t resist). She isn’t going to be drawn into the sprint; she’s in it for the long haul after all. It’s taken two hours to get three hundred metres but she enjoyed the journey and for the most part, it was nice seeing her get through it. But wait, who is this on the horizon?

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‘Take ya Tena Lady Radders, Usain got this!’

Dré

Style Society @ Orange Rooms, Southampton

March 17, 2010

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Here’s some pics from Sarah Leigh’s Style Society event at Orange Rooms last Sunday. A very successful evening, with much fun had by all! Rumours have it that there might be another event in the not to distant future!

Big up Sarah, Sophie the models and all those that lent a helping hand.

Kristian

Sunday, Mid-March… It Can Mean Only One Thing!

March 14, 2010

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As a tribute to those first ladies in all our lives, Welcome To The Fold is pleased to present what we hope will be the first of many poetic contributions to our little blog – a short and light-hearted piece by our friend Greg.

A Tribute To Mum

It’s morning, so time for breakfast in bed,
Have some toast and tea while you rest your head,
We got you a card and chocolates to show that we care,
But honestly, when it comes to the chocolates we hope that you share!
Then later in the day put your favourite film on the TV,
While me and dad try and cook dinner which ends in catastrophe!

So we end up going out for a meal,
Don’t worry about paying because we’ve got the bill,
Time to indulge yourself, what will it hurt?
Help yourself to a starter, main and dessert,
When you’ve finished and drank all the coffee from your cup,
Time to take you home so you can put your feet up!

You’re always there for us through rain, wind or shine,
Even though we can be a pain in the ass some of the time!
And when we’re feeling down, you help put us in a good mood,
Usually by feeding us with your delicious cooked food!
You keep us organised and lead like a boss,
Without you our family would be lost.
Mum…this day is all about you,
So we can say thank you for the things that you do!

J Beatz Interview

March 13, 2010

J Beatz is a young up-and-coming Grime producer whose ‘Dutty’ riddim has been all over radio in the past few months. A favourite selection of Logan’s, Spooky’s and Butterz DJ’s, it was eventually vocalled by Big H and became one of the biggest tunes of 2009.

With a bag of work in tow, J Beatz gave us a quick interview to tell us what he’s got planned, and whether he and Big H will do another stomping collabo.

First and foremost, can you tell our readers who you are and what you do.

I’m J Beatz, Grime producer and DJ. I mainly make Grime, but I also do other types of music.

How long have you been producing for?

Since 2006 – so that makes it three or four years now!

What was the idea behind your new ‘1st Of The Month EP’?

I hadn’t released an EP or promo in almost a year. I dropped ‘Have a Butchers Vol. II’ around Christmas 2008 and to be honest I listen back to it now and I think it’s crap! Obviously the levels have gone much higher since then.

I had a plan to drop a promo CD with loads of my biggest beats mixed by a DJ, but so many DJ’s parred it. They never got around to doing it. So I scrapped that, and went ahead with a download EP just to keep my name bubblin’ until my vinyl and digital EP’s are out. I think producers should be putting in as much work as MC’s.

Your remix of Wiley’s ‘Bang’ is a personal highlight. Do you plan to do many more remixes this year?

I just do remixes when I’m bored. I’ll get an idea and I’ll just do it. I had loads of them lying around [doing nothing] so I put all of them onto one thing. It wasn’t a conscious decision to make a remix E.P. To answer the question, probably we’ll see how it goes. We’ll see what happens.

There’s Grime, Bassline and Funky on the EP. Do you like to keep your output varied or did you want to cater for different audiences?

There wasn’t a point where I thought ‘yeah I’ll tap into the funky or bassline crowd.’ Never that! These are tunes that I had lying around, a couple of which I thought were going to get released. The Migraine Skank remix I thought was going to set signed as the B-Side…That’s what Gracious K told me anyway, but it got taken away.

I just had to get them out there – [the migraine skank remix] got 43,000 views on You Tube ‘cos I released it when the original first surfaced.

I have funky on there ‘cos I rave to it. I make what I like!

You produced ‘Dutty’ which of course featured on Big H’s CD Street Crime UK. How do you feel the track was received by fans?

It was received very well! The thing with that beat was that I had forgotten about it! I originally sent it to 9 Milli Major, after I met him in the studio the year before. I sent him some beats and unknown to me he passed them to H. When I got a copy of Street Crime UK I was like ‘Oh my God!” it was a tune!

I started getting love and I now think it’s one of the best Grime tunes of 2009 – definitely my biggest vocal. The instrumental (Dutty) is actually coming out on No Hats No Hoods, on Digital and Vinyl. We are just waiting for the remixes to get done first.

Are their plans to work with Big H again?

Definitely man – I’m on ‘Fire & Smoke’ which should be out in a couple of months – I got two or three tunes on there. I keep meaning to send him more beats. I sent him some, but it turned out to be that fake Big H guy on twitter! That guy messaged me and said he wanted beats and that Logan wanted tunes. I sent them, only to see JME and Logan question the guy.

Then everyone clocked it was fake and I was pissed! He actually rang me at two o’clock in the morning, playing my beats down the phone, on a private number! He hasn’t leaked them yet, but if he does he can go ahead. It’s not going to stop the workrate!

On this blog, Logan said you were one to watch in 2010. How does it feel to have Logan co-signing you?

It’s bless man, Logan has been supporting ever since ‘Dutty’ came out. I used to send him tunes – they never got played but he still used to shout me out. One time when Lay-z was one he bigged me up – I was in bed listening going ‘rahh!’

What are your plans for this year – do you have any CD releases coming up?

Right now I just want to raise my profile, release the EP’s and free promo’s and try cement my name in the scene. I want to elevate as a producer and hopefully get some more remix and vocal work.

Why should people download this E.P?

If you’re waiting for the vinyl/digital EP’s to drop, then download the free EP’s in the meantime to keep your taste buds going.

Lastly, any Shouts?

Big up Magic, Logan Sama, Butterz, J Man, K, all the DJ’s and blogs supporting.

Download J Beatz ‘1st Of The Month EP here

Check his Myspace here

Kristian