Saturday, 3 October 2009
Bring on the Hardcore Then!
Music ‘jams’ an element in all are lives; and I’ve never as yet met anyone who says they don’t like music per se" in and of it. But you never know there may be someone out there who’s not into any sort of music full stop.
I love music always have and always will. My tastes are multifarious and many-sided but definitely far ranging; from what the youngster’s listen too today to the ballads of the 50s classical and even opera or folk. So you couldn’t be more fucked up than that, and pardon my French! By a strange accident of fate a grate many of my friends happen to be musicians and artists, and for five years, I lived and helped ran a community that had set the pace in the modern 'Rave Sense' here in London and during the course of the last 20 years. That community was a part of the Clays Lane Housing Cooperative sadly closed down by the government and it friends in the Housing Corporation and Newham Council to make way for the Olympics in 2012, but that is another allegory some of which I’ve wrote about on this blog during the last two years, but still it’s very telling that the powers that be 'opted' to cast off adjunctly 550 people by moving them far and wide. Some of the parties we held are what legends are made from; they lasted for days on end, and with so many people in attendance at one gig, dancing and partying the water main was fractured. Before I get back to my thread which is about music and its part if not its impotence, it may be of interest to some readers of this blog to learn that some founding members of ‘Reclaim the Streets’ came from the Lane, as we use to call it; the police use to call it the smog, not that we had any problems with them you understand! They were too frightened to come up!
In the 1970s I was sitting having a beer with some friends in a pub in Islington when I came across for the first time the original ‘Punk Rockers’ in their infancy or if you like at their birth, and during the course of that decade I attended many a punk gig around North London. I was living in a squat in Kings Cross and amongst the London punk fraternity in the end, who were also for the most part into squatting, they were wonderful guys many of whom still remain friend’s years on and some are still punks! Punk rock has it roots so they say in the US, its rock music genre developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Rooted in garage rock, glam rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed the perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. To me it was fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. All of that was just up my street and it embraced a DIY (do it yourself) ethic, with many bands self-producing their recordings and distributing them through informal channels cutting out some of the profiteering of the greedy music industry.
To be honest in the late 1980s I moved on from punk in some respects, but will always hold found memories of that great time in my life!
Every generation has its own music and sound, that it either creates or it develops upon from other ideas, no matter what the route is, the thing is what you get out of it, that’s all that matters.
I have recently come across a new 'phenomenon' in music and it’s very similar to what some of my friends do here in London. I came across it in a roundabout way you could say, and through a young man who after having heard some of the tracks that he’s been involved with; leaves me in no doubts about his talent and his passion for his music - But let him say it in his own words:
What inspired you to become a MC- When I was still at school I think about 12-13 I got hold of my first Dizstruxshon tape'Dizstruxshon VI Saturday the 15th of May 2004 DJ Hixxy MC Peta Pan'
And it just set in me in my hardcore mind; it was like the tape was made just for me.
After that i started to get more and more tapes and CD's from Dizstruxshon and Uprising. Then two years later I met a lad who u could call a bit Bonkers lol LUKE GOLDIE GOLDTHORPE. He started off been a quite mouth at school till I brought him in with the right crowd and found out he loved hardcore vibes to (no lie we was the only two people at school who liked hardcore and got every fuker else into it HAHA) so anyways started going round 2 his and was always on his dads Decks but we had no microphone so we robbed one from school then we started trying 2 MC but really was shit haha! Moving on two years later I moved to Cottingham and meet T-Brom Aka Dj Damage he got me “moved on as an MC making more and more lyrics that could be understood and also got me my first booking @ Horizon on Saturday the 31st of may 2008 and since then I’ve progressed and progressed.
The Hardcore music scene is what this MC is describing, as I’ve already said my knowledge of hardcore is very limited, and me thinks that at my age it’s going to stay that way; and that’s not putting it down as I stopped going to raves when I turned 50 three years ago, I may go to the odd one now and again but I’ve other things to do like this blog. Anyhow it seems that Hardcore has a supremely supportive following and growing around the country. The MC that I refer to is from Hull he works his magic under the name of MC Stee and is performing in towns and cities up and down the North for now. But I believe he has the talent and reach to go much further
What the world needs right now is more music – less war and needless confrontation!
For more information about MC Stee visit him on facebook - So bring on the Hardcore!
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