13th December 2011
How did it begin for you? When did you say to yourself “I want to be a DJ”?
I first started getting into dance music in the early 90's, I was only about 12, listening to The Prodigy's first album 'Experience'. Then over the next few years I had friends at school who's older brothers and sisters went to all the raves like Fantazia and Dreamscape. I'd always get them to bring me back the tapes from guys like Top Buzz, Ellis Dee and a young Carl Cox, those would be on repeat on the walkman. It wasn't until I started going clubbing at The Manor near Bournemouth in the late 90's that it really clicked. Hearing Sasha for the first time blew my mind. I bought some decks and taught myself how to mix (took a while), then wherever there was a house party, I was there ready with my records!
Over the last year or so, house music has been embraced by a wider audience. Is this a good thing?
It has to be a good thing even if the music isn't that good. Hopefully it will be turning new people on to 4/4 beats and over time their tastes will develop. I know I listened to a lot of really bad commercial dance music when I was younger which I won't be naming!
Who’s to blame?
I suppose someone like David Guetta would be a prime suspect at the moment!
Where was your first gig? What do you remember from that?
It was in Bournemouth in a small club called 'The Voodoo Lounge' in 1999. It was run by the promoter from the Manor, who I knew from putting up posters for them. He knew I'd started to dj, one of his residents cancelled last minute so he asked if I thought I was up to it. I was really thrown in at the deep end. I played a 3 hour set warming up for Platipus Soundsytem, who were putting out some big records at the time. I'm pretty sure my set would have been terrible, all over the place, but I learnt a lot from it.
You’ve played all around the world at some of the biggest events ever, which ones have stood out for you?
Generally I prefer the smaller gigs of around 3-400 people where I can play a bit of a deeper sound.. although.. This year getting to play at We Love at Space in Ibiza was pretty amazing. I was in the main room alongside Pearson Sound, Apparat and James Zabiela and Spektre. Getting to play in that main room where I've spent many a night on the dancefloor over the last 10 years was a surreal experience.
Sunwaves festival in Romania a couple of years ago was a memorable one as well. I love playing in Romania, they seem to like my sound for some reason. The festival is held on the beach with about 5 big tents, with a few thousand people in each one, facing out to sea. I think when I was playing, Richie Hawtin was playing in the tent to my left and Carl Cox in the tent to my right (no doubt a lot busier!) pretty mental.
Is there somewhere you’re dying to play out but haven’t had the chance yet?
Glastonbury! Well that's kind of a lie because I have played there before a few times in the small after hours areas which is always a lot of fun, from what I can remember. But I 'd love to be able to play on one of the proper stages as a proper booking. I love it there, without a doubt my favourite weekend of the year. Gutted it's not on next year :(
This next year I really want to get some more label nights organised for around the the UK and Europe. I've been running my label, ALiVE Recordings for over 3 years now and we're starting to get quite a following from some of the big guys. So a full series of label events would be great. I'm working on it, so hopefully it will happen.
Out of your entire music collection, is there one that stands out for you as a guaranteed crowd pleaser?
Hmmmmm, tough one. I sometimes like to dig out the odd 80's record at the end of the night. Yazzoo 'Situation' or Talking Heads 'Must Be The Place' are two favourites!
You’re a firm favourite with the South Coasts High Tide parties. What is it about them that keeps you wanting to play there?
With only four or five parties a year they're always really special. Amazing sound system, great dj's, a capacity of 350 and all on a boat that's chugging up and down the solent, what couldn't be good about that? They happen on the Bank Holiday Sundays (apart from one night time Halloween one) and are more like a full day of events rather than just the boat party itself. Once the boat docks there's a few after parties, one of which I organise through ALiVE with guests from the label. Next years parties are already looking like their going to be special as it's the High Tide 20 year anniversary.
What do you do to chill out after a gig?
If it's a local gig we'll usually end up at home with a house full of people playing 80's records until long after I should have gone to bed. Either that, or just pass out as I've drunk too much!
What advice would you give to upcoming DJ’s wanting to be where you’re at?
Nowadays you have to be doing everything you possibly can. Attack it from all angles! Producing music is really important as it seems you'll only get booked now if you have a track out that people are playing. You then need to get your music to the right people. It takes time, but it's worth it. Then you need to do all the online stuff, like put your mixes on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter.. anything to get you noticed really. It helps if you're doing something different from everyone else as well.
Have you had much help from anyone in the industry?
James Zabiela is a good friend of mine and he's definitely helped to get me some amazing gigs over the years. In fact the Space gig in the summer was for his Birthday where he got to hand pick the line up. He's into what I do musically and it's nice to be chosen for something like that.
There's a few dj/producers like Jet Project from Belfast and guys from my label like Teva, Chris James and Pedramovich who I always like to bounce ideas off when working on a new track.
How did you hear about Addict and how long have you known about the brand?
I've known about Addict from the start. Being a Southampton brand, which I don't think there are many of, it's hard not to notice them. I've always been into the hoodies and jackets.
Favourite piece from the collection?
I really like my Method Track Top. The 'Alpine' bits look great too. I think I'm going to wear the full red Alpine range, the t-shirt, hooded jumper and beanie this Christmas!
Where will you be on NYE? Working or playing or both?
This New Years Eve I'll be in London. I'm playing on a boat party on the Thames with my friend Ross Evana. I did the same party a few years ago and it's pretty cool. The boat sails at 9 or 10PM and then drops the anchor right outside Big Ben at midnight for the fireworks, don't think you can get a better view than that. Following that we're heading off to a friends pub for a bit of an after party which has got trouble written all over it.
What are your plans for 2012?
The main thing for me at the moment is my label 'ALiVE'. I'm constantly working on it and developing the sound through regular artists around the world. I've just set up a second label 'ALiVE Black'. Where the regular label is focussed on deep house (mainly) the new label will be catering for a tougher tech house and techno sound. As I mentioned before I'm hoping to get a series of label related events over the year. We've got the first one in Bournemouth at the end of January.
How can our followers find out more about you?
All the usual places like Facebook (www.facebook.com/djtombudden), Twitter (@tombudden) and www.aliverecordings.com for everything on the label.
Tanner Ross B-Side [No.19 Music]
Adriatique & Thyladomid Feeling Good (Coat of Arms Rework) [Off Recordings]
Tom Budden All I Know [Unsigned]
Paul Mad Lies [Sintope]
Search DiP Unknown [Unsigned]
Atapy You Should Know [ALiVE Recordings]
Teva Stand Up Square [Unsigned]
Subb-an This Place [Saved]
Huxley & Russo Dollsit (Simon Baker's Bump Mix) [Leftroom Ltd.]
Uner Nuribo (Audiojack Remix) [Gruuv]
Lee Jones Moment (George Fitzgerald Remix) [Aus]
The rise of Tom Budden epitomises what can be achieved when a dance music obsessive channels all that dancefloor enthusiasm wisely. By patiently building a reputation and not being afraid of the graft as well as the good times, he’s carved out an enviable position for himself as an in-demand DJ, producer, label owner and promoter. And taking the long term, focussed approach to his passion is now paying off big time.
A lynchpin of the UK South Coast’s phenomenally productive, loosely connected house music mafia, which sees the region produce a disproportionate number of the UK’s highest achievers, Tom’s deep, rolling tech-house sounds are seeing his name regularly mentioned in the same breath as the guys who were his early inspiration.
9th December 2011
Einer der wohl authentischsten Street Artists unsere Zeit zeigt, in seinem neuestem Video eines seiner Addict Lieblingsteile, den 1965 Parka C. LAW 0.2.
8th December 2011
Noisses was born and bred in North London to a musical family, his early influences coming from his dad, a well known Jazz musician. He Started DJ’ing Garage, 2-step, Drum&Bass and Hip-Hop at the age of 15 and at 16 he got his first set-up for making tunes although it wasn’t until a few years later that he really got busy with production. Raving, parties and friends heavily influenced him as a kid and now after many years of playing at parties in places across the map,
it is his love of being able to make people get up and dance that keeps him buzzing. His sound has evolved using elements of Drum & Bass, Breaks, Garage and Hip-Hop aswell as his Jazz roots. Over the years Noisses has proved himself to be one of the most innovative DJ’s and producers to come out of the UK scene, a diverse artist who ensures integrity in whatever he puts his hand to. www.myspace.com/noissesmusic
Higher - Noisses ft. Ade
Entrance Song - Eats Everything
Battle For Middle - Julio Bashmore
Daddy, Disclosure Remix' - Emeli Sande
Soul Glo - C.R.S.T.
Bax - Mosca
Sprung - DJ Zinc
Source 16 - Redlight
Countdown - Beyonce, Jack Beats remix
Wile Out - DJ Zinc, Vato Gonzalez Remix
Girl Ninja - Bert On Beats, Hortus Musicus Remix
Crush - Nero
The Vision - Joker
Falling Down - Sub Focus
Only You, RackNRuin remix - Iman
Mother Protect Nicki And The Dove Phaleh Remix
Runnin ft. Belle Humble - Cutline
Chew Bubblegum Noisses
Our Sound/Get Down - Noisses
Green Tea - Noisses
No Light, No Light - Florence The Machine Breakage Remix
Beauty - Noisses
6th December 2011
With a long and impressive list of collaborative ties, which include the likes of Vans, G-Shock, Lucas Film, Endeavour Snowboards to name a few. UK streetwear brand Addict are proud to announce the release of the latest Winter 2011 C-Law Camo collection, which includes outerwear and footwear at London's infamous Foot Patrol Store. In addition to the footwear and outerwear release, Addict and C-Law have collaborated with Foot Patrol on an exclusive editionguest artist tee limited to 80 pieces only, featuring the Foot Patrol logo customized in the Addict C-Law Camo pattern complete with claw-like fingersreaching out from behind the gas mask.
Each customer purchasing an Addict x C-Law product (1965 C-Law Parka, Frontline Jacket, Mountain Guide Jacket and the Ahab shoe) will be given the exclusive and very limited Addict x Foot Patrol x C-Law tee.
A bit about Foot Patrol…
Foot Patrol is London’s best-known destination sneaker store, with a history in supplying the most exclusive sneakers. Originally opened in 2002, and relocated to its new store in 2010, it’s been at the heart of supplying the sneaker fraternity with the most desirable footwear and apparel. Providing a hub for the sneaker community to come and chat about what they love most. Specialising in new & classic sneakers, limited editions, Japanese exclusives and rare deadstock.
A bit about the latest Addict Camo…
"With a 2 year break from Addict Camo output, we thought it would be nice to return to one of our
staple design inspirations and re-visit my original C-Law pattern and fully remix it for 2011. The design is loosely based around a basic desert camo because I really like the rock formations in that design, but put through a ‘From Beyond’ horror filter. The shapes create boney finger claws that swell across the pattern which looks really dark - just the way I like it” - C-Law
A bit about C-Law…
Having worked with us since 2005 on numerous artist series prints, co-labs and technical jacket projects, C-Law of Crooked Tongues, UnorthodoxStyles and adidas Originals fame, finally joined the Addict crew full time in July 2010 on his return to the UK. C-Law spent the last 3 and a half years in Portland OR as lead designer for adidas Originals where he created footweardesigns, materials and colour for global and regional ‘Originals’ products, including O by O, Undftd & Beckham, artist packs with Mark Gonzalez, Aaron Horkey, Micheal Sieben and Dennis McNett as well as ltd editions for House of Pain, Def Jam and Snoop Dogg to name but a few.
As co-author and designer of the iconic reference book “Sneakers - The Ultimate Collectors Guide” published by Thames & Hudson and with an ever increasing personal collection of definitive trainers last clocked at over 500 pairs, C-Law’s knowledge and understanding of trainer culture and style is well respected within the industry and shoe collectors communities.
images below courtesy of Foot Patrol. www.footpatrol.co.uk
9th December sees the launch of our Winter 2011 C-Law co-lab products in Londons infamous Foot Patrol stor, 80 Berwick Street W1F 8TU, London. www.footpatrol.co.uk We have produced an exclusive limited edition Co-Lab tee featuring a customised 'C-Law' version of the Foot Patrol logo in full colour C-Law.02 camo on an Addict 180g custom T-shirt, 80 units only have been produced and will be given away with every purchase of Addict C-Law camo products available in store only at Foot Patrol.
The C-Law.02 Ahab 'twisted nautical vulc' Shoe, C-Law.02 Camo heavyweight 1965 Parka, C-Law.02 Camo Moutain Guide Jacket and the C-Law.02 Frontline jacket launch is store on the 9th
December, limited to 80 peices with each purchase customers will receive the exclusive ltd edition co-lab Addict X C-Law X Foot Patrol t-shirt. As co-author and designer of the iconic reference book “Sneakers - The Ultimate Collectors Guide” published by Thames & Hudson and with an ever increasing personal collection of definitive trainers last clocked at over 500 pairs, C-Law’s knowledge and understanding of trainer culture and style is well respected within the industry and shoe collectors communities.
“Bringing a strong British design aesthetic with a twist” is how he describes the AW11 Addict footwear line. “Classic, timeless styles that won’t date, easy to wear dressed up or down.” C-LAW.
27th November 2011
Having worked with us since 2005 on numerous artist series prints, co-labs and technical jacket projects, C-Law aka Chris Law of Crooked Tongues, Unorthodox Styles and adidas Originals fame, finally joined the Addict crew full time in July 2010 on his return to the UK. C-Law spent the last 3 and a half years in Portland OR as lead designer for adidas Originals where he created footwear designs, materials and colour for global and regional ‘Originals’ products, including O by O, Undftd & Beckham, artist packs with Mark Gonzales, Aaron Horkey, Micheal Sieben and Dennis McNett as well as ltd editions for House of Pain, Redman, Def Jam and Snoop Dogg to name but a few.
As co-author and designer of the iconic reference book 'Sneakers – The Ultimate Collectors Guide' published by Thames & Hudson, and with an ever increasing personal collection of definitive trainers last clocked at over 500 pairs, the C-Law knowledge and understanding of trainer culture and style is well respected within both sneaker industry and shoe collector communities alike. 'Bringing a strong British design aesthetic with a twist' is how he describes the AW11 Addict footwear line.'Classic, timeless styles that won’t date, easy to wear dressed up or down.' C-Law.
18th November 2011
Leaving behind the material ramblings of an archetypal MC, listening to Devlin, you’re more likely to hear tales of conspiracy theories, politics and Pavarotti. A lover of Bob Marley, The Supremes and Bruce Springsteen, Devlin isn’t your average grime artist. The enigmatic, Dagenham born Devlin set the bar for a new generation of Grime music in 2006 with his underground classic, Tales from the Crypt.
Devlin’s first CD was It Was Written by Nas, and he began listening to garage music at a young age, which developed in to a love for Grime similarly to many of his music-loving counterparts. East London Grime groups such as Outakers and Nasty Crew and the MC’s within those groups such as Kano, Sharkey Major and D Double E were so original they inspired Devlin not to imitate, but to mastermind his own presence in the music scene.
Devlin joined Dagenham grime entourage Outakers (or O.T) in 2004, when he was just 15. His crew-mates included Dagenham-MC Dogzilla and the manager of OT Recordings, Michael Carnegie who were both instrumental in his introduction into the grime scene. Devlin’s first ventures onto pirate radio at Flava FM and began to establish him amongst musical peers from East London and further afield.
The most significant episode during this time was the release of Tales from The Crypt; a dark, intelligent first mixtape allowing Devlin to shoot gritty lyrics over 19 tracks, pouring over his thoughts and encapsulating teen angst at it’s darkest ebb; drugs, sex and violence, a catalogue of Devlin’s spare thoughts reads like a comic thriller; jumping from Friday hype on Firein, Dealers and Tales from the Crypt to a contemplative Sunday over Community Outcast, High Rise and Take Me Away.
The mix of personal introvert & musical extrovert makes Devlin’s music a hotchpotch of passion, vigour, sincerity & intelligence. Admiration for his innovative and overt use of language and lyric began to establish Devlin as a new-age poet; his online following grew, as did an influx of overseas followers.
Devlin’s new found hiatus in the music scene led to the rekindling of his friendship with Plaistow MC Ghetts who had formed an allegiance with a number of the most influential MC’s in Grime and asked Devlin to be a part of it. It was called The Movement, and as well as Devlin and Ghetts, it featured MC’s Scorcher and Wretch 32. A mixtape was released entitled Tempo Specialists and a memorable edition of F*ck Radio was recorded before the enterprise came to a natural demise a year or so later.
Prior to his subsequent mixtape release, The DEVZ EP was a four track special, given away complimentary to fans who had been requesting tracks such as Nothing New, Super Trigger, Dumplin and From the Bottom to the Top; the four tracks were on heavy radio rotation, across the UK on stations such as Rinse, BBC Radio 1Xtra and Kiss FM.
Devlin released The Art of Rolling in 2008, the 14 track strong mixtape included tracks Why, Paid my Dues and Shot Gritty. Hungry fans were given a dose of Devlin’s vigorous flow and punching lyrics whilst he continued to work on his album behind the scenes. The release prompted a sell out signing and performance at Soho’s Uptown Records in London.Furthermore in 2008 Devlin enjoyed a window of fame after Kanye West posted a video of him MCing on his Blog, labelled ‘Gangster Rap’, a freestyle video featuring Dogzilla which was posted on Youtube in 2006.
Devlin was on our screens more than ever in 2009, after signing with independent music label 360 Records and EGA Music Management. Head of Music Colin Batsa took over as his manager released 3 videos in as many months; London City, Community Outcast 2009 and Giant, have totted up over 2 million Youtube views combined, to date. London City remained at number one of the Channel AKA music charts, unmoved, for 10 weeks.
In December 2009 Devlin was named on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 Longlist, cited as ‘one of the hottest names on the underground grime scene’.
Addict has had a deep connection with the UK music scene since day one, and this season we continue to pledge our support by teaming up with young British Rapper/MC ‘Devlin’. A rising star and current festival stalwart, Devlin took time out of his demanding schedule to participate in a photo shoot with Addict and Joe McGorty from the acclaimed Stem Agency.
The results demonstrate just how good the gear looks when worn on the streets, in all weathers. Leaving behind the material ramblings of an archetypal MC, listening to Devlin, you’re more likely to hear tales of conspiracy theories, politics and Pavarotti.A lover of Bob Marley, The Supremes and Bruce Springsteen, Devlin isn’t your average grime artist.
The enigmatic, Dagenham born Devlin set the bar for a new generation of Grime music in 2006 with his underground classic, Tales from the Crypt. In December 2009 Devlin was named on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 Longlist, cited as ‘one of the hottest names on the underground grime scene’. In March 2010 Devlin was signed to Island/Universal.
His official debut album ‘bud, sweat & beers’ was released in November 2010. 2011 saw Devlin on the festival circuit performing at Glastonbury, Radio 1’s Big Weekend alongside other British artists like Example, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and more. Devlin also joined Jessie J live on tour to perform the ‘Shux remix’ version of the massive hit ‘Price Tag’ making 2011 one of his biggest years to date.
16th November 2011
Peven Everett Stuck (Phil Asher Mix)
Sample (Artful Dodger - What Ya Gonna D)
Sample (Antonio - Hyperfunk) Reel People featuring Darien - Alibi (Dennis Ferrer's Out on Bail Mix
Artful Dodger Rewind (Snippit ;-)
Toddla T Feat Shola Ama Take It Back
Tina Moore Never Gonna Let You Go (Kelly G Bump N Go mix)
Donae'o Check My Swagger Out
Sample (Armand Van Helden - Funk Phenomenon Acapella)
Sample (Q-Tip - Breathe and Stop Acapella)
Stanton Warriors Shake It Up (Hook N Sling Remix)
Sample ( Wildchild - Renegade Master acapella)
Sample (MJ Cole - Sincere)
Sample (Shakedown - At Night Acapella)
Fedde Le Grand feat Ida Corr Let Me Think About It
Magnetic Man I Need Air
Sample (De La Soul - All Good (MJ Cole Remix))
Sample (Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger Acapella)
Flux Pavillion and Doctor P Superbad
Mark Hill, original member of Artful Dodger and the producer and writer of tracks such as “Re-Rewind“, “Fill Me In” (with Craig David) Movin’ Too Fast (with Romina Johnson) and many more. Since he began releasing music in 1997, Mark has achieved four Ivor Novello awards, a number one album, two number one singles and over 10 million records sales worldwide.
The Artful Dodger music was primarily UK Garage way back in the late 90s and 2000/2001, however, the current “Artful” music covers a broad spectrum of musical genres, although his love of 2-step beats will never leave completely. After a long hiatus since “It’s All About The Stragglers” he's back with a brand new album, and planning a tour and lot’s of other exciting stuff.
9th November 2011
After an astonishing rise to fame DJ and production duo The Prototypes have rapidly become one of the most recognized names among the 'new breed' in drum and bass. Accredited as amongst the freshest and most exciting talents to emerge in recent years we are pleased and excited to announce the exclusive signing of The Prototypes to Shogun Audio.
With a trademark big room sound support for The Prototypes has come from all areas including Andy C, Friction, Sub Focus, Roni Size, Fresh, Pendulum and more. Off to a great start they were recently announced as one of ATM magazine's 2010 'Leaders of the Nu-Skool' and are proud to have hosted a UKF podcast that's reached a phenomenal 250,000 downloads and counting.
Their infections track 'Cascade' has brought them massive Radio 1 support from the likes of Zane Lowe, Annie Nightingale, Annie Mac, Fabio & Grooverider and had also earned them a highly acclaimed mini-mix as part of Jaguar Skills' 'Jag Fest'. All this plus forthcoming remixes on Ninja Tune and Sony BMG, the boys are demonstrating serious versatility.
Sitting amongst the Shogun camp, The Prototypes will no doubt bring a different angle to the current spectrum and are a welcome addition to the shogun family. Interesting things to come from these ones; be prepared for some fatal releases, and even an LP in the near future.
Shogun Audio - Since its inception in 2004 Shogun Audio has gone on to become one of the most essential labels in dance music today. Driven by it’s founders Friction and business partner K-Tee the Shogun brand has developed in such a way that it is now an all-encompassing drum and bass juggernaut releasing anything from the deep and minimal sounds of Icicle to the dirty tech grooves of Break and the tear-out party anthems of Spor and indeed Friction & K-Tee themselves.
Artists to have released music through Shogun include not only their exclusive signings of Alix Perez and Icicle but also the likes of Jonny L, Break, Marcus Intalex, Spectrasoul, Noisia, Klute, Spirit and of course Friction & K-Tee. In doing so the back catalogue has become one of absolute quality in a relatively short space oftime.
The Prototypes Born To Rise
Loadstar Hit The Ground
Camo & Krooked Crytkeeper
Friction Someone - The Prototypes Remix
Nero New Life
Optiv & BTK Let It Hit Em
Hamilton Soundboy VIP
Bladerunner All For You
DirtyPhonics The Shadow Knows
Metrik I See You Feat. Kathy Brown
Sigma The Jungle - Sub Zero Remix
The Prototypes Your Future
Sub Focus TimeWarp VIP
Optiv & BTK Mind Over Matter
Porter Robinson Spitfire - Kill The Noise Remix (edit)
Ed Sheeran Lego House - The Prototypes Remix
Serial Killaz Send Dem
The Prototypes Subterrestrial VIP
Disaszt Terror War
Sub Focus Stomp
Avicii & Sebastien Drums My Feelings For You - The Prototypes Remix
Supreme Being Unison
Drumsound & Bassline Smith 1995
Sasha Xpander - Futurebounds 2010 d'nb mix
DJ Die Slow Burn
The Qemists Be Electric
The Prototypes Cascade
Original Sin Phantasam
The Prototypes Taking Me Over Feat. Laura Vane
21st October 2011
So popular is Skitz's UK Sound that ex-Galliano rapper Rob G writes a track all about searching for the elusive Skitz track. He also gets sampled by US producer Dallas Austin for Monicas huge R’n'B album on which he is also credited.Countryman wins Hip Hop album of the year at the 2001 Hip Hop awards.
The year 2003 also saw the growth of his own label Titan Sounds. Set up alongside friend and talented producer Mickle and featuring MC's Riddla, the Extremists , Skeme and Big P. Skitz has been on the cover of Hip Hop Connection, Fatboss, Touch and Straight no Chaser.
1Xtra is born. A sister station to radio 1 but only on digital format it features the cream of the crop of black music DJs from all genres and Skitz and Rodney P are asked to present the flagship Hip Hop show playing British rap alongside American and interviewing big names from both sides of the atlantic. Original Fever gets a phenomenal response from around the whole world. He interviews 50 Cent, Redman and Method Man, Ludacriss, Chuck D, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Beanie Seagal, Memphis Bleek, Pharrell from the Neptunes, Nappy Roots and the Clipse to name a few. Skitz produces the track alongside Agzilla that launches the station which features Beverly Knight, Roots Manuva, Rodney P and Gemma Fox.
Skitz is commissioned to launch a new compilation series BAD MEANING GOOD. Skitz remixes for Skint Records Freq Nasty and also festival favourites lamb and Grand Centrals Funky Fresh Few all to critical acclaim. Skitz tours Australia with Rodney P and also plays out in Miami, Taiwan, Greece, Scandanavia and Europe.
Once again Skitz is asked to launch a new series of compilations. ‘Homegrown’…. Put together for React Music. Skitz and Rodney P in their capacity as 1xtra deejays together support Jay Z, Kanye West , Ghostface Killah and the Roots. Silent Soundz team up with Skitz to present Homegrown Volume 2. Skitz also lets off Million Dans mixtape Infra Red to critical acclaim.
His second production album STICKSMAN is out now. Featuring artists such as Kardinal Offishal, Rodney P, Masta Ace, Deadly Hunta, HarryShotta, Dynamite MC, Nathan ‚Flutebox’ Lee and foreign beggars to name a few. Smashin up the airwaves and seedy condensation dripping bassments and outernationally on the festival circuit Skitz ain't going nowhere!!
Sticksman Out Now.....
2011 Things are runnin’….watch this space……feel the bass bins rumble…….
Way back in 1996 his debut 12” is released on Ronin. 'Skitz alongside Roots Manuva' and gains him immediate success. The song not only causes a stir on the Hip-Hop underground but it also crosses over to the Jazz scene.
The track gets picked up by Giles Peterson and also Patrick Forge who later use the track for the Rebirth of Cool series. The single also opens doors for the talented Roots Manuva.
Since then he's been on the front cover of most UK Hip-Hop magazines and has won countless awards. He's a firm favourite with the Addict crew.
2011 Things are runnin’….watch this space……feel the bass bins rumble……
Addict - Designed With Passion, Worn With Pride
21st October 2011
How was the recent Soul Motion gig with London Elektricity?
yeh really good, always good to play in Germany, plus I always have Schnitzel before the show. Man I love Schnitzel.
You've got a jam packed schedule full of dates…are there any you're looking forward to more?
Erm... Australia is always a great place to tour and looking forward to our American tour next year.
As well as being a busy MC, you're also managing some of the UK's best talent….how do you find the time?
I don't just talk about 'working hard', I actually work hard! Its a juggle, but time management is the key and having great people around you. Life is about balance as they say!
It seems it's been a great time for British music, what have been your highlights?
It is I guess. There's still a lot of crap out there, but the kids seem to actually be into supporting our own British talent now, rather sending their hard earnt cash to the states, which has been the case for so many years. I'm excited by all the acts we manage (obviously), but I'm also really feeling acts like The Weeknd, Switch's new track 'I Still Love You' and this amazing new soul band from Essex called The Milk.
Who do you think's doing the best job of waving the British flag for the UK music scene?
Adele, Dizzee and dance music in general. America has only just woken up to dance music, so now its on our terms abit more really.
You recently signed up the artist Byron….what was it about him that stood out for you?
For me he's the truth. Clever, individual and lyrically gifted on a different level to any other MC I've ever heard. I'm so bored of rappers talking about insular issues that only apply to London life. There's a whole country out there to talk to, and Byron for me is that guy. He talks to the suburbs. He talks to the regular person on the street. Similar to what Eminem and Mike Skinner have done in the past.
What can we expect to see from him?
A lot! Look out for his next mixtape 'Dirty Beats and Dirty Lyrics 2', and then singles and an album towards the end of next year.
Wrec talked about his latest signing Byron, probably got you all wondering a little bit?
Already being talked about as a future star by the likes of MTV and The Guardian. Byron Chadwick from Slough is in the early stages of his career, but has already received the nod of approval from East London's grimest Ghetts and Dot Rotton, not to mention chart topping pop-stress Emeli Sande. Infact he's already cut records with all three of them! Expect to hear the fruits of his labour and these collabs on his debut album towards the end of 2012, but not before he gives the world the 2nd part of his 'Dirty Beats, Dirty Lyrics' mixtape. This is a true story teller, representing for grey, suburban Britian with flows that can match any emcee anywhere.
Byron has all the ingredients that Addict looks for when supporting an artist. With exceptional talent, guts, will and determination to go all the way, staying true to his roots and sticking by his guns is one of the many reasons Addict have shown an interest in Byron.
Check out the latest Byron video - ‘Gangster’ Produced by Z Dot and remember...He's the truth, so get ready! - www.itsbyron.com
21st October 2011
After another "Ram Jam" year of international shows, sound clashes & festivals we are proud to present the legendary David Rodigan, back in town for his annual Brighton show. In recent years Rodigan has re-emergerd as a hero of bass heavy music, bringing his extensive sound & knowledge to a new generation of music lovers. If you have yet to witness one of his legendary sets then this show can't be missed. Supporting David on the night will be The Heatwave & Klose One...
Main Room: David Rodigan, The Heatwave, Klose One, Snakes & Monkey
The Bar: Flatline DJ's, Hyper Hyper Crew
Tickets: £10+Booking Fee adv available from:
Online - www.concorde2.co.uk
Resident Records (Brighton) Rounder Records (Brighton) Dance 2 Records (Brighton)
20th October 2011
It’s getting cold outside and it’s now time to draw for your winter garms, so we’ve decided to put together a competition with our bass heavy friends, The Urban Nerds.
One lucky follower will win a £200 voucher to be used on our new web site on anything that takes your fancy!
Alongside this we’re throwing in a pair of VIP tickets to the Urban Nerds Halloween & Snowbombing warm up party with Black Butter Records on the 28th October at Crucifix Lane and 10 drinks tokens courtesy of Eristoff.
Quite a bounty we’re sure you’ll agree!
Prize includes: £200 worth of Addict clothing / 2 VIP tickets / 10 FREE drinks courtesy of Eristoff
So what do you have to do to win we hear you ask? There are two simple ways.
1) Firstly head to the Addict facebook page and press “Like” on their profile, you can do this by clicking here. Once you have done this simply put a comment in the comments box telling us who you are most looking forward to seeing at the Urban Nerds Halloween & Snowbombing warm up special on Friday 28th Oct. By doing this you will have registered for the competition. Simples.
2) The other way to enter is for all the twitter crew out there, all you have to do is follow the Addict twitter account by clicking here, once you have done this copy the text below and post it from your own account.
Copy and paste the sentence below into your twitter account:
Win £200 of @addictclothing garms + VIP tickets to @urban_nerds Halloween & @snowbombing party! http://tinyurl.com/63ovkfc #addictnerds RT
We'll be picking the winner at random later today around 3pm so get your entry in quick! To enter the competiton you MUST be over 18 years old and entry to the club will be at the bouncers discretion. Good luck!
19th October 2011
Addict and Size? have been working together kitting out trend setters, hipsters and street wear connoisseurs since late 2010. Size? Edinburgh recently shot a lookbook with some of the brands they liked. Addict were amongst those chosen by the staff. Key pieces included the Alpine tee and Expedition Sweat. We'd spoken to the lads in the Edinburgh store and they passed on these comments:
"Essential winter pieces that compliment any wardrobe."
"Branding is tasteful and understated"
"The outerwear is a hard wearing and a good weight, it couples obvious workwear influences with classic design"
"The new logo cleverly represents Addict's heritage without being unashamedly British"
"The 'Alpine' t-shirt has two great on trend colour choices and also offers a really clever print for Autumn/Winter"
Cheers guys!! Glad you're all enjoying the range. - Addict Crew
4th October 2011
departments who think they know best. Its all “make that bigger”, “don’t like the colours!” not happy unless they see a hundred roughs and then go with the first one! And of course you are always fighting with what you have done and the associationsyou’ve made. Even this morning I had the comment – “We don’t want it to look like a Talkin’Loud sleeve” – well it was only 14 years ago! I’ve always known it but it’s harder now than ever to find people to work with who trust designers and are willing to let us go with it and control the process rather than being a slave to the process. I can honestly say that Paul Bradshaw of Straight No Chaser magazine has been the only person I’ve worked with in the last 15 years who actually understands the designer’s role and therefore gets the most out of it. SNC is still one of the most respected magazines in the world and, in terms of art direction, still cutting it when, for the most part, DTP design has made most mag design mundane and boring.
You’ve recently turned your hand to TV and film. How have you found the transition?
Do you find it a more anonymous trade? It’s been a five-year long struggle – from my first break with Smack The Pony and later Derren Brown and Monkey Magic – its obviously about getting connected with the right people. Just through people I know it started slowly but now I spend more and more time in the TV and film world. It’s very exciting for me now to work in this medium fusing moving graphics with sound, it seemed a logical progression. But it took me a decade to accept that – I almost had to get the print work out of my system before I felt that I had enough clout to tackle new industries. At the moment I feel happy doing a very mixed bag ofwork from sleeves to magazines, logos and fonts to motion graphics and now skateboard graphics and bits of art. I feel happy that I’ve managed to fit so much in so far, when most designers never realise their full potential.
We always seem to travel to do our best shows. Why do you think the UK seems to show less interest in new design and art than anywhere else in the world? Has banal Brit Art put everyone off? Or is it an education issue?
I’ve done a few shows and it’s something I’d like to do more of. Again I come across that same old attitude that because I’ve made a name for myself doing graphics people think that’s all I do. AndI constantly remind myself that before graphics I was actually more interested in being a fine artist. I studied art and design for 5 years before pursuing a career in graphics and only really chose that route because I knew I could make money quicker. The art world is a funny one, it’s about hype – playing the game – convincing people your particular brand of creating is original or new. To me it’s all bollocks really – the new so-called Brit Art is incredibly bland and I can’t believe half of these people (naming no names) are actually making a living out of it! There has to be more room for the graphic arts in this country, yet abroad, particularly the States, there seems to be more openness towards more graphical works being accepted in the gallery setting. But I don’t see the same attitude here, which makes the whole thing feel a bit closed shoppish. I actually think British creativity is the best in the world – we could wipe the floor clean with our integrity, honesty and darn right coolness! That’s why our talents should be shown off more and given the space to breath in an international arena that somehow doesn’t seem to happen! Certainly I am on a bit of a mission to educate people that designers have a different talent that is worth pursuing and there’s more to it than our last record sleeve! Watch out world! I ain't finished yet! – Swifty
Swifty Interview by Mitch
For me as a student back in the early 90’s the first time I’d seen design fused with graffiti was your work with Mo Wax, it was definitive stuff. I know this was a long time ago, but how has this association with graffiti affected you over the years and how do you think things have changed regarding record cover design?
Graffiti has always been an influence on me, ever since the Spray can Art and Subway Art books came out whilst I was at college. For me it was one of the first visual references to street and youth culture I could identify with. Skateboard graphics was my first introduction to brand culture in themid-seventies, along with punk and later the mod revival. So when James Lavelle mentioned he wanted to use graffiti on sleeves I was all for it, and of course he hooked up Futura 2000 to supply art for the sleeves, which for me was inspirational. I remember not wanting to put any graphics on the sleeves at all. In my opinion they should have been left clean! But in terms of marketing and the design, these types of concepts were unheard of and still are pretty hard to do now.
One of the things I always strive for at Talkin’ Loud was to produce more abstract sleeves or type only sleeves, but marketing and sales departments couldn’t hack that, its always been a battle for me between what was possible and what was the acceptable! If anything, my work almost paved the way for a more acceptable range of options on sleeves, but in a funny kind of way I was never allowed to actually get away with it!
In my opinion there’s no harm in any kind of pastiche, or visual sampling as I used to call it. In the early nineties when the Young Disciples asked me to do a Reid Miles style sleeve I again had no objection – at a time when that type of work was frowned upon. My attitude was to go with the flow, and as the music was mostly sampled or replayed in the spirit of – it seemed ok to do the same with the graphics. And with Saul Bass, who has been a massive inspiration to me, it seemed fitting to do the same, thus expanding the awareness of his work at a time when his legacy was unheard of apart from a few die-hard fans. Anyway, who complains when it’s done in an art context! Why should design be any different!
Who else inspires you?
The list is endless but the main ones are Saul Bass, Reid Miles,Gerry Anderson, Paul Rand, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichten stein, Andy Warhol, Charles Eames, Verner Panton, Neville Brody, Peter Saville, Malcolm Garret,Miro, Franz Kline and Kurt Shwitters to name a few! And indeed most culturefrom the 60’s and 70’s. The music biz has been in decline for a while now. Will design survive the MP3? I feel the whole music industry is in a weird state at the moment, it’s all sales related – the next big thing is what everybody wants – no one is prepared to put their necks out. Personally I am very bored with the whole thing in terms of the design and process. Not enough people out there wanting to take a risk. Having designed hundreds of sleeves you’d think I would have an easy time but I have a harder time doing anything interesting now more than ever. Most of the time designers now are just yes men bowing down to the mighty sales
SPRAY CAN GRAFIX PART 2 â€¨continues on from the success of last seasons spray range, so we’re back again for some fresh Swifty grafix!! This time we have dug a bit deeper and also provided some new â€¨twists on the cult classics.â€¨“Studying the iconography of graffiti and urban styles has become a â€¨bit of an obsessive past time in the Swifty shed of late â€¨and I’ve found myself producing more and more vintage spray can â€¨styles and installations to suit the growing demand.â€¨Producing some of these customised spray cans can be a long winded â€¨process.
After the can of paint has been used i leave it outside for up to 6 months to weather and rust in â€¨natural conditions to achieve the look I’m after before usingâ€¨ a digital transfer technique to finish off the can with my own graphics. Its a slow and â€¨sometimesâ€¨ painful process that doesn’t always go to plan, but hey… where there’s a â€¨will there’s a way!”So there you have it, enjoy & don’t forget…‘Addict Spray Paint’ the only paint approved by Swifty Shop Swifty Tees
4th October 2011
What were you doing when you got the call to work on a Guest Artist tee for Addict?
I was probably downing coffee and checking emails, sorting shit for the new studio, when I got the call. Good way to start the day.
Before becoming a tattooist you were part of the infamous graffiti crew ‘World Domination’. What were those years like and how did they prepare you for what you’re doing now?
World Doms yes....formative years. Since 87. I would say it prepared me for various life situations by way of ending up in crazy-ass situations and dealing with crazy-ass people. Good for determination levels having a team of unstoppable rag-tag rogues alongside you. The importance of having a tight crew you can trust. Other than that it was all a huge wild good for nothing exciting ride! Will never forget those years.
You must have some crazy stories? Any in particular you want to share?
I guess one of the most prominent memories I have is of the train parties, late 88ish I think. A group or sometimes 200+ folks, mostly party people, coupla guys with stereos and a handful of eager writers.... met up at assigned station, jump on the circle line, start the party when the train pulls out, un-hook the strip lights, boooom! Pop the lights back in the next station, sit down, chill, till them doors closed....regular passengers looking on in total shock (no one ever got fucked with, until some ruffneck dudes started coming to the jams and mugging passengers, soon stopped the whole gig after that happened, it was all about funtimes, not trouble.) Had to switch trains/lines frequently to avoid b.t.p interferance....also because every train we left or station we changed at got battered with graf. Unbeleivable levels of tags....amazing! Couldnt stop us, jumping the tracks to hit trains on the other side... each jam lasted about 2-3 hours or so....then we’d usually go mud club....or discotheque. Busby’s crew!! Amazing times for sure!!
What was it that made you want change from marker and spray can to a tattoo gun?
The changeover was inevitable. I was interested in learning all about tattooing after my first one. I was 18-19, got it done at tattoo mikes in the old part of Oslo city. Grimey! My girls bag got dipped for her purse. My spraycan tat was executed ( i mean executed too...) in less than 5 mins. Blurry as shit! I knew it could be better than that...took years until I met per kristian (horisize) who i started kidsloveink with...
Do you still find time to paint?
Have only painted coupla bits in the last few years, but have the bug fully. Will make some time this summer for some wall-time. Enjoying it a lot! No pressure now, just for fun. Just need some time off work!!there’s a couple of shops that have been top of the pile for the last years, it’s time for some new folks to join them...
You’ve been tattooing/painting here there, pretty much everywhere. How does it feel being back in UK and how does it compare to the places you’ve worked?
I find london to be the hardest place to work, dont know why. It’s where I’m from, but still I have to slug it out. Glad I have the studio now. I can concentrate on getting new roots, having a solid HQ where everyone knows they can come and get some friendly top quality tattoos. London will not keep me down!! I think London has had one of the worst tattoo scenes, it’s getting better now, but there’s a couple of shops that have been top of the pile for the last years, it’s time for some new folks to join them...
You recently set up the Kids Love Ink Studio in Brick Lane, how’s it going?
So far so good. Just over a month open now...still breaking the place in like new shoes, but it’s got a good relaxed vibe about the place. Seems to attract good folks in. I think people are after the custom non-flash designs now. It brings them into the experience....no more just choosing no.23 heart and scroll off the wall. All about the customer care...and letting us do the right thing for you.
You’ve done a lot of work on artists including She One, do you ever feel on edge working on some of these guys?
Not at all, because I’m as detail fussy as them. So it balances nicely in fact. I always enjoy inking other artists, always good sessions. In fact more of them need to come through....in fact She One and o2 are due a visit again soon...
Talk us through the designs for your latest Addict tees. How different was it designing a tattoo to designing something for a garment? Is there a difference?
To be honest, it’s much easier to design for a tee,. I don’t need to think about fitting the design onto a non flat, flexible limb or body part. Even though all the designs could easily be transfered to skin and would look sick as tattoos, but I’m glad I got to use some of the stuff that’s more complex and hectic. I like complicated art. Blood,sweat’n’tears type shit...
The arrows feature heavily in your designs, what is it about the shape of the arrow that appeals to you?
Arrows, arrows, arrows. They are wild cards, you can do anything with em. No better way of showing motion. Great for arming designs, pieces, tattoos. Gives your shit an element of ninja throwing stars i.e, the shuriken factor! Some graf can become outdated, but arrows stand strong and can poke your eye out. Awesome.
Best bit of tattoo advice you can give someone? Make it a gem.
Best advice...find a top quality artist. Trust them. Don’t haggle over money. Don’t ask to play your music in the studio. Turn your phone off. Sit still. then ye shall reap the rewards of excellent ink and forming a good relationship with the artist.
see y’all soon peoples! xxx
Charlie Shazer here, I have always been drawing/making a mess since a kid, as a teen in the mid 80’s, as did many, I picked up markers and spray cans, ran with them for a good bunch of years alongside my WORLD DOMINATION brothers...then in the late 90’s started to wield a tattoo machine, totally addicted...still am. During this time KIDSLOVEINK came to be. I’ve been lucky
enough to work with SEEN and the TATTOO SEEN FAMILY in the Bronx and Paris. I have been making more mess on canvas recently, Merging whatever graf/tattoo influences that are in my head. I used this thinking in my designs for these tees... skulls, arrows, etc. Good strong timeless images. Stuff I love, hope y’all do too. Shop Charlie Shazer Tees