I've really enjoyed these first 2 parts of the J Dilla documentary that Stussy have produced with the help of Dilla's friends, family and record label Stones Throw Records. Well worth a look if you are interested in the man and his music.
Man this week has flown by! Kicked off with the 2 day video shoot, which went really well. There's a bit of work in post production to do on this one. We will air the finished product in a couple weeks time.
I caught a weird little nose and throat virus thing on wednesday morning (no doubt a result of letting the body relax after the big two weeks of work leading up to and culminating with the shoot). It's still hanging around bothering me but there's a ton of work to get on with so Im trying my best to battle it. Caught up with Scribe on wednesday and we spoke about his current and upcoming recording plans. Good to see him excited and motivated about his new project/s. Scribe currently features on new the J. Williams single "You Got Me" which debuted at No. 12 on the Rianz Top 40 chart this week. Congrats JW, Illegal Muzik and Scribe for that big debut.
My mate and co-director in Dirty Records & Dirty Mgmt, Mr. Callum August returned from a European work trip this week. There was a good amount of catching up to do with him as we suss out international plans for our various acts, including myself. Thursday was more meetings, got a merchandise deal together (new tees and a re-run of the very popular NZ hats are on the way) plus web design meeting (yes, the blog is finally going to get some love and grow into a proper site, at last!). PNC dropped in on thursday to lay some quick raps to a soundtrack song (I'm doing the score for a NZ short film at present). Then it was breakfast radio for 3 hours this morning on George FM and a trip to see my graphic design dude to do the artwork for my upcoming single. Got home from that and picked up the phone to co-ordinate promo and gig dates for next month in NZ and Oz. It's a very busy month ahead but right now I gotta finish up the tracks for the short film so I can tick that job off the list. Need some dinner though, when do I find time to eat?
As I mentioned on twitter earlier this week. I love my career, even when it gets hectic. But most importantly the one thing I'm most excited to share is that... I have new music on the way!
Sitting here staring into my coffee for a second at Gisborne Airport. The lone cafe takes up about half the terminal, the place is that small. I arrived a little early on purpose in order to grab some breakfast before my flight home. Strike one for me - V2 Cafe & Bar in Gisborne Airport don't do cooked breakfast. Shit.
So I ate the requisite ham and cheese croissant with much interest as to how you can heat a pastry in such a way that the cheese inside melts yet the exterior remains at a temperature just above freezing (in a grill no less!).
Alas my morning is not so triumphant but at least I'm not hungover. As I'm sure many of the happy customers who attended the show at Soho Bar last night may well be.
The venue was a sauna last night. So hot that my jeans were still soaked through this morning as I packed my bags to leave. Usually it takes a lot for me to break a sweat but last night I was dripping, it was so humid. I know it's gross but there is something special about djing in a super hot room with people goin crazy that adds to the intensity of the night. Just make sure you drink lots of water, preferably from a bottle. Sweat and condensation dripping into an open glass is not the one (pretty sure O.S.H. would agree!).
And now I await my flight home to Auckland, not to rest but to get set for our video shoot tomorrow. There is a fair bit of stuff to pull together, collecting props and sorting out wardrobe is my main job today. The perceived glamour of the music business may lead you to believe we have a huge staff of people to take care of these details for us, but no. In NZ, even with a reasonable budget, its a do-it-yourself affair.
We have a 2 day shoot ahead. I won't disclose the details of the song, treatment or the featured artists just yet but I will say its a P-Money record from my forthcoming album and if you follow me and/or some of my friends on twitter over the next couple days you may very well see it all unfold.