I am currently producing events with art house collective Soul labels. Our focus is on experimental excursions into radio, film and live performance. One example is Palm Wine Beats Live, a celebration of Africa and the diaspora. The panel discussion about archiving was particularly fascinating – an intergenerational conversation about heritage, identity and preserving one's culture. This short film by Dan Fontanelli will give you a real sense of the occasion. It was a great day in Dalston.

Another is photographer Eddie Otchere's Icons of Wu, a one-day symposium of hip-hop culture focusing on the career of legendary group the Wu-Tang Clan. You can watch a short film about the project here. I curated and chaired the panel, organised a production workshop with CDR in association with Native Instruments, provided general project management and assisted on the PR campaign. 


In 2007 I helped to launch monthly club session Basement Soul, together with Graham Luckhurst (aka Greymatter) and Simon See, at Jazz Place in Brighton. Our aim was simple: to reinvigorate the music scene on the south coast by championing "proper music for the headz, hips and feet". All styles: from Brazilian to broken beat, from hip hop to house. Building on the success of the night, I compiled the following album with the boys – Sounds from the Floor Volume 1. Click here to stream the album and here to read reactions from a few respected names.


You can also listen to the following interview with Graham, Simon and myself as we chat to DJ Culture host Jeannie Hopper live on WBAI radio in New York. 

Basement Soul circa 2007: Amar Patel, Graham Luckhurst and Simon See

Basement Soul circa 2007: Amar Patel, Graham Luckhurst and Simon See

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A year later we helped Tokyo-based Aroop Roy, who appeared on our first release, to compile an album of progressive sounds collected from friends and associates in Japan. Graham and I DJ'ed at Aroop's highly influential Absolute! club night in Shibuya, the culmination of a life-affirming two weeks in the Far East.

  Graham and I also toured Estonia and Latvia a few years before, appearing at the legendary Mutant Disco night with Raul Saaramets and Rhythm Doctor. You can listen to us in the mix, peppered with brief moments of inaudible chatter, on Raul's radio show here.

 

Graham and I also toured Estonia and Latvia a few years before, appearing at the legendary Mutant Disco night with Raul Saaramets and Rhythm Doctor. You can listen to us in the mix, peppered with brief moments of inaudible chatter, on Raul's radio show here.

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