I have been playing records at clubs and bars around London Town & the UK for the past 10 years. I have played at spots from Fabric, The Jazz Café, The Big Chill House, to Glastonbury Festival (2011, 2013, 2014), supported acts including Jazzy Jeff and featured on radio shows for Diesel uMusic, NuSkool Breaks and SenseiFM. In 2012, I DJ'd a series of shows for Australian modern Funk & Soul singer Randa Khamis (Freestyle Records) on her UK tour.
I have also founded a number of long-running nights, one-off events and projects, featuring some of the best underground DJs & artists in the World.
Classic Material celebrates 30+ years of recorded rap music through a series of events, exhibitions, mixtape releases, clothing lines and more, Classic Material is a London based collective of artists, musicians, DJs, designers, photographers & film-makers founded & curated by myself & DJ/Producer, Chris Read (BBE Records).
Our most recent Classic Material project saw us team up with renowned street-style icon Normski and world-famous sneaker boutique Footpatrol launching x2 lines of exclusive t-shirts, all now sold out. The video below is taken from the launch party of our pop-up store in Soho, London, back in August 2013.
Classic Material first started as a tribute to the defining moments in Hip Hop’s colourful history through series of mixtape, t-shirt and print releases launched monthly and celebrated at a monthly party with guest DJ appearances from some of the UK's most renowned DJs. Each month was dedicated to a specific year or era. Visit the website to learn more and download free music.
Soul Much Soul
As an extension of our weekly 22Tracks playlist, Chris Read and I also run modern Funk & Soul parties at various locations across London. Check our minimix below.