Posts Tagged ‘Southampton’

Hammer – Explosive (produced by Royal-T)

August 20, 2010

After a brief foray into cheesy eurodance with ‘Mic Check’, Hammer is back with new release ‘Explosive.’ Employing the talents of Southampton-based producer Royal-T for the beat (1Up, Mega, Damn It etc), Hammer is back to what he does best – vocalling hard, fast-paced Grime.

This record has a touch of nostalgia about it with a skippy, 2003-era beat and a mellow breakdown that’s more in keeping with bubbly 2-Step than Grime. It is an enjoyable stomper nonetheless that Hammer laces with monotone ease; his vocals commanding the beat much like a Garage veteran:

Royal-T has told me a remix is on it’s way featuring a BIG guest MC…

‘Explosive’ is out October 4th from all major digital outlets.

Enjoy

Kristian

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JME & Tempz – CD is Dead (Royal T RMX) FREE D/L

August 9, 2010

All those that love their Grime hard, skippy and forward thinking rejoice! Southampton producer and personal friend of ‘The Fold, Royal T, is giving away his remix of JME & Tempz’ smash, ‘CD is Dead’ here for free.

Having been battered by the likes of Elijah & Skilliam in raves for the past couple months or so, Royal-T’s remix is now available for public consumption. The hard snares, stereo keys and raw bass make this one for the iPods as much as the clubs. The download includes the instrumental too, so DJ’s & MC’s that didn’t get it first time round need not feel left out!

Enjoy!

Click Here

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

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

Chinese New Year 2010 – Southampton

February 15, 2010

Chinese New Year celebrations @ The Civic Centre, Southampton.

Kristian

Style Society @ Orange Rooms, Sunday 14th March 2010

February 7, 2010

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Southampton’s first fashion, design and music-specific event STYLE SOCIETY has tickets on sale now!

Plus, the lovely Hepwright’s, with its myriad of fabulous vintage fare are offering 20% discount to anyone who buys their STYLE SOCIETY ticket in advance, just take your receipt to the showroom!

Visit Orange Rooms website for advance tickets, and don’t forget to RSVP on the Facebook event page!

Just in case you’ve been living your life away from Style Files lately, here’s a little more info…

The blog, Sarah-Leigh’s Style Files, presents the first of its eponymous events STYLE SOCIETY. The party aims to bring Southampton’s (and beyond!) creative minds together for an evening of music, drinks, dancing, creativity and to raise some much needed cash for Oxfam.

From Solent’s Fashion and Design faculty, to our city’s designers, budding vintage enthusiasts and simply the downright trendy – all are welcome to Southampton’s very first fashion-dedicated evening.

There on the night:

• Live bands will keep us entertained, while later DJ Ryan B will be spinning a mixture of 80’s hip hop and funk

• An auction with a host of amazing gifts to aid Oxfam – Style Society aims to build a new classroom providing education to an under privileged community – look out for exclusive gifts from the likes of Reebok, Addict and Hepwrights

• Jam-packed gift bags for the ‘best dressed’ or ‘vintage fabulous’, to be awarded to one super-stylish guy, and one glamorous girl on the night

• A ‘surprise’ fashion extravaganza, courtesy of stylist Sophie Penn

• Resident photographers will be snapping your outfits and asking all about them around the bar and in our photobooth.

• An area of Orange Rooms gives way to the HEPWRIGHT’S VINTAGE LOUNGE – a chill out come dressing up area with the finest stock from Hepwright’s vintage emporium (store located on Queen’s Terrace, Southampton)

• Gallery areas and live art (from the likes of Iris Hill’s Lisa Jean) & DIY crafts, plus many an activity to get involved with! Not to mention a host of Oxfam’s vintage stock to rifle through!

For more info email stylesociety2010@gmail.com.

P.S. Pass on the time/date/place to your fabulous fashionista friends!

All design artwork done by me! Make sure you get down there, gonna be a big night.

James

Threefold Media Update – February 2010

February 4, 2010

Already we are two months into a promising 2010. Where does the time go? Is time perception something that changes during puberty because time couldn’t pass quickly enough back then! Now weeks flash past in the blink of an eyelid and I feel like a perpetually startled deer. Oh dear.

Anyway, I would like to apologise on behalf of the team for the lack of updates over the past month. Before we broke up for Christmas, Threefold Media sat down over a few cold ones and thrashed out the action plan for the New Year. Therefore, when we reconvened – fat and full of Quality Street – we diverted most of our energy and attention into kick starting our business plans off.

And I am happy to say, so far so good!

2010, I can safely say, is going to be a big year for us. From humble beginnings as a shared ‘concept’ between three friends to a sharp, professional creative agency, Threefold Media is growing stronger everyday – making contacts and steering projects in the process.

We continue to make moves in the Grime scene, a genre we are all huge fans of, and have a number of new media projects that we hope to start later in the year. Working with Dirtee Stank, Tim & Barry, Logan Sama, Butterz, No Hats No Hoods, MSM Studios and various MC’s, producers and DJ’s, we feel confident that we, and indeed Grime, will achieve new successes this year and that our shared cultural and financial capital will grow stronger.

To achieve this we will be stepping away from traditional Grime representations and stereotypes and promoting something fresh and original, that is still true to Grime’s roots, artists and fans. No more alleyways or paint splatters please! As a genre that’s often at the mercy of advertising companies and brands looking for a cheap way to ‘buy’ sub-cultural cool, we hope to demonstrate that Grime is a forward-thinking, innovative movement that deserves dignity and above all respect.

In fashion, another passion of ours, we have a number of projects and collaborations coming up, working specifically with young, fresh and talented designers and labels from both Southampton and London. In collaboration with Mpdclick Managing Editor Sarah Leigh, we are helping host a trend-setting fashion-themed event in March that will be the first of its kind in Southampton and promises to be a great success, building on the city’s growing reputation as a burgeoning cultural centre. More details on that soon!

The popularity of our interview with Logan Sama, as well as the growing demand for the visual medium, has led us to the conclusion that video is the way forward. Therefore we will be investing in video equipment this year – not only will this add further depth to our repertoire, but it will allow us to develop other avenues of creativity.

Having spent the past couple of years photographing and documenting our city, and working with a multitude of local council bodies, event staff and media outlets, I now have enough material to build my own exhibition. Scheduled for the latter half of the year, the exhibition will be called ‘Capturing Southampton’ and will feature Southampton citizens from all walks of life in their magnificent glory! As a passionate photojournalist, this is one project I am especially looking forward to!

As well as all this, we continue to photograph, design, write and publish work for clients looking for a new creative direction. We are releasing a PDF soon, profiling examples of our best work. If you would like a copy or simply talk further about our projects, message me on twitter (@threefoldmedia) or email me at Kristian at threefoldmedia dot co dot uk.

Here’s to a prosperous new year!

Regards,

Kristian on behalf of Threefold Media

2 Days To Go – Royal T 1UP Giveaway

December 26, 2009

Put down those stupid turkey sandwiches Grime Fans and get your fingertips ready, because with two days to go until Royal T’s ‘1UP’ EP hits digital stores, he has another exclusive fo’ yo’ ass! As if you didn’t know, Royal T has had a fantastic year and is a sure bet for Best Newcomer 2009. His productions have peppered sets and backed some of the most memorable radio performances of the year (Big H on 1UP or P-Money over Mega anyone?)

Therefore, Royal T has compiled all of them (along with some of his favourite beats from other producers) into a short but devastating mix.

Royal T presents:

Royal-T – Boxing Day Mix

Tracklist –

1. Royal-T – Gargoyle (Silencer Remix)
2. Royal-T – Beat Fighter
3. Royal-T – Axel
4. Rude Kid – Emergency
5. Swindle – Airmiles
6. Royal-T – 1UP (Rockz Remix)
7. Royal-T – 1UP
8. Rude Kid – Electric
9. Rude Kid & Terror Danjah – Best Crawler
10. P Money, Blacks & Little Dee – Hot Ones (Royal-T Remix)
11. Royal-T – Mega (J-Beatz Remix)

Enjoy!

Kristian

Threefold Media meets Royal-T

December 7, 2009

We met up with Southampton-based producer Royal-T, they guy behind this year’s Grime smash ‘1UP’ as well as set favourites ‘Gargoyle’ and ‘Mega’, to discuss Grime and his upcoming debut EP release on No Hats No Hoods.

So, fundamentals first, who are you and where are you from and what do you do?

I’m Mark A.K.A Royal-T, from Southampton and I’m a beat maker. I would say ‘producer’ but I won’t do that until I start getting paid an annual rate!

You were the man behind 1up, undoubtedly one of the biggest grime tunes released this year. With it you have been catapulted up the producer rankings. When you were making the tune did you have any idea how big it would become?

Not at all. I remember sending it to Elijah and he asked me who else I’d sent it to, and told me to get a vocal straight away. Luckily I had a group of DJ’s that pushed the beat – DJ Smallz, Butterz DJ’s, Logan, Score Five and Vectra.

What did you think when you first heard P-Money’s version?

I thought it was perfect. The only person I ever had in mind for the vocal was him. At the moment, in Grime, he’s the best in the scene. He’s bringing back those old-skool Grime elements along with something original. He isn’t all about content or blah, blah, blah. P-Money is a 2009 D Double E – he’s got skippiness as well as catchy flows…He is what Grime is about.

All the content stuff…leave that to hip-hop.

Your new EP ‘1Up or Shatap’ is out now on NHNH. What does it feel like to have your work published?

It hasn’t quite sunk in yet just because of my location – all the business stuff has been done over the internet or phone. I can’t go up to London as much as I’d like to [and so] I haven’t met any people, or heard my tunes played out at a rave. Once I get the vinyl in my hands it will all feel a bit more ‘real.’

How would you describe your sound and how does it differ from what else is out there?

I’m not sure. It might sound a bit cliché, but I don’t follow everyone else. I know what I want my Grime to sound like and I think that sounds a lot different to what’s out there now. Gargoyle and Mega are similar tracks in the way that they are structured – both have a string intro that leads into a big drop. For me, it’s fast paced and hard. I don’t really like Drum ‘n’ Bass, but I suppose I’ve taken a lot of elements from it – the skippiness, the pace.

I always work on my ‘drops’ and make tunes for clubs. Being based in Southampton I’ve never been able to base tunes around MC’s – which is perfect as most producers will go into studio to make beats for them, whereas I make beats for DJ’s to be played out.

It’s a big statement but I think that without MC’s I think Grime could survive on its own. It just needs a bit of originality and that’s why I make 2-Step rhythms because if I made halftime tunes, it would be Dubstep. If I went slower, it would be Hip Hop. I think Dubstep now is what Grime should be – there’s more bass, frequencies etc…

Do you think Hip Hop has become too big an influence in Grime now?

Yes. It’s not that MC’s have necessarily picked bits out of Hip Hop in terms of lyrics or anything like that, but to gain credibility they’ve taken elements in their flow and content. Grime was punchlines and flows. Now it’s concepts.

You say you make music for the club and for a live environment, do you think that because raves aren’t as regular as they used to be, the Hip Hop element has come into play because people are listening to it more at home and on iPods?

I think it’s down to what people listen to. In London it’s a community. Everyone is swapping tunes and everyone hears what is going on. It’s got so competitive that making ‘hip-hop’ has become the trend. I can’t make Hip Hop, I listen to more UK based stuff.

Back to the release, how has it been working with Magic?

Really good! He has really helped me with this release. Leading up to the release date there will be a lot more promotion – I think we have a Crib session with Westwood planned. I probably wouldn’t be where I am without his help.

How did he get in contact with you?

He reached out to me on Grime Forum. We spoke about work and gradually it happened. We didn’t sit down and plan an EP, it was more of a case of a few phone calls here and there. This all took place around the time Big H went on Logan’s show.

What can fans and MC’s find on the EP?

Grime. There are different remixes, but I’m proud of it. It’ s Grime tunes being remixed and not the other way around.

The B-Side, ‘Beatfighter’ has been on heavy rotation ever since I got it – how did that come about?

Well at the time I was listening to a lot of old skool stuff and thought that there aren’t any 8-bar switches anymore – tunes back in the day that used to get reloads. When I make tunes I make them so someone can get a reload out of them after the drop. The best example I can think of off the top of my head is FWD Riddim. 8 bar switches define Grime and I wanted to bring it back. It was easy to make as I had a Street Fighter sample pack.

It’s quite current with Grime MC’s and DJ’s battling each other on SF4 now…Was that something that inspired you to make it?

It was a bit. But I just thought it was a cool idea. Funny thing is I don’t even play SF4! Obviously I played it on SNES or whatever, I just like the sounds and the melodies.

Is sampling computer games to become one of your producing traits?

It wasn’t really intentional but people will relate me to it. A lot of other people are starting to do it and I’ll leave it to them…

SRC has sampled Mario and other computer effects. Is this a declaration of war do you think? To see who is the best SNES sampler?!

I don’t know! I will let my music speak for itself. I made ‘1UP’, maybe his tracks would be about if ‘1UP’ wasn’t made. But I’m gonna stop doing it now. I’ve got ‘Mega’ which is completely different to all that – with violins and stuff. Retro gaming is what I was into and that’s why I made them.

P-Money seems at home on your tunes – he smashes Gargoyle live and one of his most memorable reloads on Logan was over Mega during the epic ‘M.O.E.’ set. Do you plan to work together again?

Definitely. We’ve been speaking for the last two months actually, we’ve got a lot in the pipeline. Again it might sound cliché, as everybody says that, but we are bouncing ideas off each other. We are on the same wavelength and have similar ideas. If you imagine Tempa T and Silencer, Tinchy and Maniac, then there is P-Money and Royal T. I’ve shown him beats and we have about four or five tracks that we are going to do. These might not even be for mixtapes but it’s just good to make music.

Would you both consider doing something like the Tinchy vs Maniac CD?

Yeah man, I would love to but I don’t want to go down that ‘VS’ route where the producer is in the spotlight. I’d rather produce a P-Money project and be credited as such. That’s the thing with Grime – there is no proven direction to go in. I know that P has a few things coming up so I’m going to try and get involved where I can.

What about the rest of the OG’z? You have worked with Blacks, do you plan to work with him again?

Yeah, I did the booklet for Sick Individual and we do speak. He did my first vocal (I Know My Place feat. Jendor) and at the start he took me under his wing. He told me to keep working and gave me targets. He made me stay focussed and I’m grateful for that because he didn’t have to – we’ve never met. We are definitely going to be working.

Do you think an OG’z vocal of beatfighter could happen because I know people would want to hear that!?

There is one being done already, but I would love it to happen. I know Blacks really liked it and it would be good to hear him on it – but there would be no project after.

Have any other MC’s shown interest in collaborating with you? If so, who?

Griminal, Lil’ Nasty, M.I.K. and Lee Brasco…

Which artists have you been feeling this year?

Erm…P-Money, JME, Skepta, Frisco. In terms of tracks, Don’t Phone me was a big one. To be honest I haven’t been keeping up this year as I’m seeing the scene from a different perspective. Oh, I’ve been listening to a lot of Burial. It’s the darkest garage you can get and it’s not sequenced – it’s all free-flowing. That’s like an urban movie. I’d like to do something like that – evoke emotions and make songs with soul. Songs that have a start, middle and end.

What has been your highlight of the year so far?

Apart from the ‘1UP’ vocal, it has to be Dizzee spitting over my beat on Logan’s Newham Generals set. That was surreal – I jumped around the room when I heard it! Hearing things like that keep me optimistic.

What have you got planned for 2010?

A CD, another EP. I’ve made 6 EP-worthy tracks. I’m not really on making mixtape-fillers – I want to boost raves, just bring that influence back.

Can you give us a sneak peak of what you have in store?

Sure.

1UP E.P. is out today on NHNH records.

RaNdOm SoUtHaMpToN!

October 22, 2009

A wacky selection of shots from my hometown in no particular order, and of no particular relevence.

Kristian