DJ Semtex Launches New Weekly Podcast Series, Hip Hop Raised Me

British broadcaster, DJ, producer and author, DJ Semtex, has launched the trailer for a new podcast entitled Hip Hop Raised Me, featuring “exclusive, no-holds-barred conversations with the artists that define the culture”.

Hip Hop Raised Me is produced by Nikita Chauhan and is available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.

Chauhan produced BBC 1xtra radio shows including The Friday night Hip Hop show with DJ Semtex and Destination Africa, hosted by DJ Edu.

The weekly series starts on January 11 with the legendary Chuck D of Public Enemy, who joins DJ Semtex for a conversation about Public Enemy and the group’s contributions to hip hop music and to the larger community.

They also discuss the making of the 2020 remix to their hit Fight The Power. Upcoming episodes feature Busta Rhymes, French Montana, Jeezy, Sheff G, and more.

Semtex has played a key role in breaking some of the biggest hip-hop acts on both sides of the Atlantic.

He joined the Global-owned UK radio station Capital XTRA in October 2018 after leaving BBC Radio 1 after 15 years, where he hosted the 1Xtra hip-hop show. He’s also the host of the popular UK-focused Spotify podcast, Who We Be Talks.

The broadcaster’s relationship with, and history in, the hip-hop community is detailed in his 2016 bestselling book, Hip Hop Raised Me.

“THESE ARE IN DEPTH CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS ACROSS THE GLOBE, NO AGENDA.”

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DJ Semtex said: “These are in depth conversations with artists across the globe, no agenda. New cutting-edge artists. A-list artists. Architects of sound. Moguls. Icons.”

“Hip Hop is now the biggest art form of this generation. It is the Rock and Roll of the youth, a genre that transcends race and culture, this it isn’t going to stop anytime soon.”

Q&A: Have You Met.. Tina Edwards

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Tina Edwards has been at the forefront of the emerging Jazz scene for five years, living and breathing it in its epicentre, South London as a DJ, broadcaster, writer and promoter. As the first host of WW Daily, the morning show on Gilles Peterson’s award-winning Worldwide FM, Tina returns after a short break with Universal Sanctuary, a new show that explores the junction between Jazz, electronic music and DJ culture.

Tina will be teaming up with fellow DJ, broadcaster and promoter, Charles Vaughan. Who also has a number of ventures bubbling in London’s underground electronic music scene, from his  Resolution Birdland Kissa, and A Place of Love. The duo will be in Manchester for the penultimate show of their Universal Sanctuary tour, you can buy tickets, here

Tina took some time to join our Q&A series:

Tell us about your new show on Worldwide FM, What defines universal sanctuary?

We want Universal Sanctuary to feel like a venue; somewhere you can enter for a couple of hours, where you can listen to music and react with no inhibitions. We’re exploring an area between live Jazz, electronic music and club culture. We’re gonna have some really great features too, where we’ll call on our friends living around the world.

How did your relationship develop with Charles? 

I got to know Charles after he booked me to play Birdland Kissa, one of his many nights (he’s also behind Resolution and A Place Of Love). We got on super well, nerding out about music. We both know a lot about Jazz and electronic music but have introduced each other to a lot of artists that we weren’t listening to previously. At the time around we met, I was looking for a producer for the then unnamed Universal Sanctuary, and I clicked that Charles would be perfect. I’m very happy that he agreed. We’re now touring Universal Sanctuary around the UK together, leading towards the first broadcast later this year. It’s been great doing it this way around, as we’re working out exactly what US is, before we present it to a wider audience on air.

Has music always been your passion, do you have any other creative pursuits? 

Most of my creative energy is applied to music, whether it’s DJing, radio, writing, workshopping, whatever it may be. Over the last couple years my love for art has grown; I’m regularly in galleries, and do some painting from time to time.

Which emerging artists in the Jazz scene should we be looking out?

I always love this question; Odd Okoddo are an interesting duo from Kenya/Germany, Daniel Maunick is about to release an incredible debut on Far Out Recordings that draws on Brazilian dance and club culture, and on the other end of the spectrum, bassist Junius Paul is just about to release his long awaited debut as a bandleader – he’s a touring member of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. The new record brings together Chicago’s avant-garde black expressionism a la 1960s with the city’s current, edgy and DIY outlook. It’s killer.

Tell me more about the Chicago x London, what was your vision behind the project?

There’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Chicago’s Jazz scene; the city and its musician have a really distinctive way of exploring Jazz; it’s fearless, striking, sometimes political and always outside of the norm. I’d been sharing music with DJ and broadcaster King Hippo for a long while – who has been equally as enamoured with the London Jazz scene – and became increasingly in awe of International Anthem, a label who’re releasing albums by Makaya McCraven, Jaimie Branch, Ben Lamar Gay and more. They’re passionately involved in the live side of things, too. I got to know the co-founder, Scottie McNeice, fairly well over email, chatting back and forth about music, and he was into what I was doing with my platform, EZH (then called Jazz Standard). Scottie realised that a lot of his artists were going to be in Europe later that year, so we thought, why don’t we do a thing? To me, London and Chicago are the world’s most exciting and progressive Jazz scenes right now, and I was excited to form a stronger bridge between them. Since then, there’s been plenty of music written or recorded that bring together talent from the two cities. For me, the CHICAGOxLONDON mixtape – which came together from three nights of live music making in that week of October 2017 – documents the strengthening of that bridge.

You’ve travelled and DJ’ed in various places around the world from USA, to Singapore. Where’s been your most memorable experience DJing?

Not to sound overly obsessed with Chicago here, but I have a soft spot for the night I performed at Ben Lamar Gay’s debut album launch in 2018. It was at a derelict social club in Southside, where the decor hadn’t been touched for at least 50 years. In comes Ben’s band and I, throwing at it all of our creativity. I brought a lot of UK Jazz and club music into my set and the crowd absolutely loved it. When I played ‘Rye Lane Shuffle’, a woman hugged the speaker with all her might then ran over to me and said “what do you CALL this music?!”.

You so much already but have explored producing music, if not, do you see it in your future

No plans, but never say never.

Are there any other artists outside of Jazz that you think we should be listening to 

For sure; Lava La Rue is gonna be big. She’s a West London MC, general creative and mother of NINE 8 Collective. I saw her a couple of years ago at Birthdays when we shared a line-up. It was early, there must have been 15 people in the room, and I remember being blown away by her charisma. She’s got a huge presence and a unique way of documenting culture. As a queer woman of colour too, she’s saying a lot that needs to be said.

 You manage a huge workload from DJing, writing, and curating events, how do you manage that, and what advice would you give to other young creatives in the music industry?

I think having ADHD gives me a productivity super power. But in all honestly, I look at things like this; know what your passions, skills and agenda are, then bring them together in every way that makes sense. Jazz has something to do with most of my activity in the music industry.

Know what you love, and then work out all of the different ways that you would enjoy applying that passion. I’m basically just spreading the word on music I appreciate – using a few different methods – with the confidence that others will appreciate that music, too.

 

 

 

First Thoughts: Alton Miller – All Things Good

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With the release date going back to the 1st of June, established producer and DJ; Alton Miller’s EP titled ‘All Good Things’ was clearly slept on. Released through electronic music record label Waella’s Choice, who have just surpassed a year since their debut release from artist’ Warren Harris aka Hanna’. Waella’s focus on soulful dancefloor rhythms, have them slowly becoming a firm favourite for us, having already caught our eye with the sonically gifting work from Portable earlier in the year (read here). Which combined the poetic lullaby vocals from the South African group ‘Korus’ with pulsing persistent deep house beats.

And so, with continuing their focus on soulful sounds, Detroit raised Alton Miller’s 5-track EP perfectly follows suit. Growing up in Detroit, he naturally developed his deejaying and passion for house music, eventually taking that further, with the eventual opening of Detroit’s legendary dance club; ‘The Music Institute’ in 1988.
Miller has cleverly created a mood which combines ethereal reflective elements to more upbeat funk-inspired house elements. ‘In the D’ has enough engrossing percussion tones to keep you entertained, as to the backdrop of gentle kicks and claps, the bouncing synths, and persistent bells create a great mood to move any dancefloor.

Whilst, the resonating tranquil synthesised strings and echoing xylophone sounds in the stand out track ‘The Storm’, builds the perfect immersive energy which, along to the sampled empowering spoken word piece makes for an uplifting feel-good track, which would close a set nicely in any nightclub.

You can have listen to the EP via bandcamp: