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.
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.