FunkyStepz on MTV Wrap Up

This young production trio have spent many years mastering their individual crafts and are now finally reaching a point where they‘re able to reflect in hindsight, and see what recognition they have accomplished and plan for future steps to further their achievements. Funkystepz, also known as Maxsin (23), Stimpy (21) and Renay (19), came to know of each other through their own musical capacities and eventually joined together to become a reckoning force of producers/DJs within the UK funky circuit. Together, the trio have found a niche for themselves that has taken them on a journey that they’re happy to continue…

To continue reading on MTV Wrap Up website click here

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Delerious ft Pheobe: High Off Your Love

Delerious is a young producer that doesn’t get enough recognition on the scene. With the quality of his music, it has to be wondered why?

Teaming up with Pheobe on this occasion to bring us ‘High Off Your Love’…. Check out the video.

Delerious is definitely one to keep an eye on and showing a little support won’t hurt!

Roska – Jackpot!

It’s been a while since Roska has graced us with another one of his cartoonised videos and this one includes a well known partner in crime of his Jamie George. This teaser is for Jackpot which we can expect to be released early in the new year…….

Can’t wait to see the rest but in the meantime, Roska has been nominated for Best Producer by DJ Mag for 2010. Why not give him your vote by clicking here?

Look out for the full Jackpot video being released on Christmas Day!!

MA1 in HD

He stormed on to the scene in it’s early days and made a major impact with ‘I’m Right Here‘ when he teamed up with Sophia, then he followed it up with ‘Give It Up‘ when he teamed up with Sim Simi….. DJ/Producer MA1 first featured when he gave us the details of his musical background and his thoughts on the future of the UK Funky scene (read here). Since he has produced heavily favoured instrumentals (Waterfalls, High Definition and Tribes of Africa), done more across seas bookings and teamed up with DJ Supa D for the release of the ‘I Love Funky‘ compilation released on the Rinse FM label. DJ/Producer MA1 is continuously earning and retaining his stripes on the scene.

Here’s the big man talking about what he has been up to himself, including what he thinks about the music scene at the moment and what he has planned for the future:

Pirates of the UK: The search for producers Treasure

No it’s not another epic featuring Captain Jack Black; this one in fact stars you.

That is if you fall into the category of a Pirate?

This isn’t skull and crossbones business; this is theft, piracy if you like, of the secret Treasure known as UK & US House music producers tracks.

Late 2008 heading into 2009 saw the birth of a trend emerge in the UK, budding Musicians/pretend producers/artists/mc whatever you want to call them, have found it ok to take an up and coming or existing track spit bars on it aka chat fart (in some cases) and claim it as their “Riddim” to be released through the underground grapevine in the quest for those 5 minutes of fame.

Imagine just for a second if one these tracks were to be bigger than we could imagine, the interviewer turns to the artist/mc/whatever? and says:

“So where did you get your inspiration?”

“How did you go about making the beats, bass and everything fit together?”

What would be the answer? Even the most brazen pirate wouldn’t answer it was inspiration through blood, sweat and tears in front of my keyboard and Logic/Cubase/Reason/Pro tools!

More like… “Boyyyy man was having a laugh over this beat and thought it sounded good so I just ran wid it still….. true dem man thought it was nang I emailed it to couple funky dj’s innit”

How can you feel that hijacking someone’s inspiration and talking over the top of it makes it yours? Some might say it’s the lyrics – please don’t make me quote, some people might get embarrassed. If I stole from your house it doesn’t make anything mine, it makes me a thief!

This isn’t the Reggae industry, we don’t have artists giving their take on a dropleaf riddim, or a taxi riddim. One producer, one track.

It has long been said that creativity is the key, what will send this scene to an early grave is the lack of it! How many nursery rhyme tunes were posted on you tube and facebook after Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes? How many Dance move/Skank tunes have there been since?

I remember someone at school that used to hate me copying their homework if I didn’t do mine (I was bad like that lol), If I were a music producer and someone took my beat I think I’d feel like that kid used to, that someone took or copied my work and is getting props from it.

I think to the some of the scenes current producers in the U.K. the likes of Apple, Footsteps, and at least two of Lil Silva’s beats that have been held to ransom by Pirates, reworking it with a 16 bar or the steps to new dance move. How must they feel?

Many of us, the slightly older crowd, came up through the raving ranks. Through the times of Jungle, D&B, and Garage and can remember the versatility and range of tracks that made these genres as successful as they were and last for as long as they did or have.

The music we listened to over those years has no doubt influenced many of the sounds we hear today, for the young guns coming up through grime and now funky, if the message is one of support for unofficial mc/skank tracks using a Apple or Silva banger then that’s exactly what some will do in order get in the game!

We now have a whole catalogue of these tunes!!

This scene is still relatively quite new as many would agree, and has yet to hit the heights of the number ones and top tens achieved in UK Garage, but there is no reason its potential cannot be reached if the sound is creative and innovative.

This is not mc bashing, grime hating, skank hating or any kind of hating, and although some of you may have read through this, there will be the odd few that read the above line and miss the point that says NOT HATING OF ANY KIND!

There are enough singers, MC’s with catchy one liners, and Producers in this scene to keep it progressing and remain one of the fastest growing underground forms of UK Music. Collaborating is something that I would encourage, imagine your favourite singer or mc making a big tune with your favourite producer? It can only be a good thing!

To take something and use it as your own is not collaborating, and could ruin a fruitful relationship if permission was not sought after before use.

I leave you now with a few definitions, food for thought maybe.

Theft – (noun): the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another.

Pirate – (noun): a person who uses or reproduces the work or invention of another without authorization

Creative – (adjective): resulting from originality of thought, expression

Article by: Ghost-writer

It’s Alot Magazine Launch Party

Friday evening saw the launch of It’s Alot Magazine. Teaming up with BM Soho to present a UK Funky Producer Showcase with the UK House & Funky scene being the magazine’s main focus.

DJ/Producer MA-1 started off as the shop started fill up, with a good turnout already evident within 15mins…..

Followed by a back 2 back from Sami Sanchez & D-Malice, interrupted midway for a Live Performance from Rebecca Knight performing her latest single Poison produced by D-Malice himself

The vibe within the shop was very pleasant with people also coming down trying to market their own productions, as well as a couple of barefaced brazen bedroom DJs trying to sell mix CDs of their own instead of supporting the cause. Never mind, it shows that they felt It’s Alot Magazine held a good following for them to network within and try to make a name for themselves.

I do have to wonder how many mix CDs they sold however, considering a number of CDs were being given away for free.

Anyway, the night was brought to a pleasant close with a magnificent closing performance from L. A. Cartier performing her single Call Me produced by the highly respected Fuzzy Logik.

Look out for the OFFICIAL video soon to be released…….

It Really Is….. ALOT!!!

It's Alot Magazine!!

It's Alot Magazine!!

It’s Alot Magazine has landed and has taken it’s stance and the feedback has been phenomenal. For those that are still unaware of what It’s Alot Magazine is about, it is a NEW online magazine that focuses heavily on the UK House & Funky movement. To accompany the magazine is a mix which can be streamed or alternatively downloaded.

The It’s Alot Team have vowed to build upon what is currently It’s Alot Magazine to bring more content which surrounds the culture of which the magazine is based within. The team is also looking forward to their launch party in conjunction with BM Soho Records presenting a UK Funky Producer Showcase which includes LIVE performances and Dezy the Bongoman!!

Will YOU be there??

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If you haven’t taken the liberty of reading It’s Alot Magazine, just click here!!