Update #2 Rap Credentials

I started to listen to hip hop records when I was 15. My friend Jason lent me a tape of Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers. I used to buy the HHC (Hip Hop Connection) magazine, it centred around the British Hip Hop scene. I had a drum machine I got on my birthday, and me and my bro started our own rap recorded on the four track mixer my brother owned. I remember the folder I kept. My brother later bought a QY20 sequencer. On that machine, you could take the beats on there to a studio and make a full hip hop track out of it.

Wu-Tang Clan were advertised in Newham Recorder, it was billed as the whole nine members, at the Ilford Island. Me and Jason turned up, the venue was filled with weed smoke. Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Prodigal Son turned up rapping off the DAT. ODB was swigging on a wine bottle.

At college I met DJ Excalibuh at the E block. He invited me on a track with a whole load of other emcees and characters. He came up with my rap name back then, ‘Guardian’. He invited me to the Stratford Theatre variety night , where I performed my track ‘The Elixir’. It was recorded on video by my folks., Backstage I met one of the line-up, Mr Hectic, who was passing out his contact details. I rang him up and went to see him in White City.

I went to see him every week, he was working on his Discovery EP, and I was working for his label Dig-A-Ble Records. I gave him a copy of the EP I had recorded at an engineer called Adrian Wyatt studio in his flat in WEst Hampsted. It was a mixture of samples from all over the place. I got inspiration from vinyl, on a record player my friend Vernon James sold to me for £15. I performed with Mr Hectic in Camden and did a collaboration on some songs we went to The Dairy to record.

I worked on an EP, and it wasmet with a response from a talent scout called Thembi, of Big Dada records, who expressed her response in the material. She put me in a studio awith her brother, an engineer, in Ham Park road, forest gate. I put together a second EP, and a few other tracks.

Tracks

1. The Roots
2. The Elixir
3. Lines from The Border
4. Hell
5. Tune IN, Tune Out
6. Someday
7. Thrill of the CHase
8. Agnieska
9. A Good Time
10. Old Days
11. Four Walls
12. Know This Name
13. World Is My Family
14. Dafa Hao

I met Ubik Heredia through Myspace my song Dafa Hao made it onto his mixtape called Red Sulphur.

Eaghams Update #1

Indie Background

I wrote my first song at 13 years of age. I bought my first guitar when I was 15.I went to college at NewVIC and hung out at the E block music department and collaborated with some musicians. We performed at the college and some secondary schools.

My brother (the folk artist Art Block) bought the NME back then it showcased a lot of emerging indie artists on independent labels. We shared the same CD collection, merging his and mine together underneath the hi-fi we had in the lounge. We had a diverse range of music from PInk Floyd, Radiohead, Cornershop, Puressence and lots of others. There was a total of 100 CDs between us.

I went to see Suede video set for their song ‘Film Star’. I never really checked to see if I can be seen in the video. I went to see Embrace live, and I got their autographs. My friends were into a few bands. My friend Paul got me into one of The Smiths albums The Queen is Dead. Jason had a CD of U2 Zooroopa, that he got me into. We tried to form a band along with Ali, but we went out separate ways. Jason to Ireland. Me and Ali in England.

I performed at The College, performing one of my numbers with a celloist, It went downa treat. One midde-aged gentleman came up to me at comment on enjoying the piece.

My friend Rasheed was an aspiring singer, who got me in touch with an A&R, who invited me to an event showcase at The Garage, that my friend Andy came to see. At university, my friend Phil Walker introduced me to Joseph Arthur.I reeled in drunk into his room listening to Big City Secrets, it sounded so good. I later to see him play an acoustic set in Camden. I got one of the other guys to take a picture of me and Joseph Arthur and he autographed one of his albums Our Shadows Will Remain. I recorded Fall of The Tyrants at Rubycue studios in Hackney, not too far from where I live. Nick Hunt, engineering credits include Placebo. He engineered the tracks Fall of The Tyrants and Withdraw. My song about the persecution of the peaceful tai chi type group Falun Gong group who adhere to the tenants of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. Yet the CCP regime has killed over 3,600 of it’s adherents. The Clash wrote a song about the same issue, in their song ‘Love to the Falun Gong.’

My track Prospect Calendar, I sent to CD Baby Derek Sivers complimented us with the comment ‘Wonderful!’.

Tracks from The Lyric Play:

1. Prospect Calendar

2. Fall of The Tyrants

3. Withdraw

4. Parallelogram Telegram

5. Age of Love and Friendship

6. Road Less Travelled

7. Sage Fire

8. Silence