Posts Tagged ‘bermuda’

Its official, if you’re joining me in Bermuda this is the place where its all going down. Winter Wonderland 2012 is the event, Victoria Grill is the venue and DJ Exist is the man! Come through and bring in the new year with your feet stomping the floor, sweat dripping down your back and some absolute stranger teaching you how to Dougie! From Electro to Hip Hop, Dancehall to Dubstep and everything in between, we’ve got it locked!


Working with Desta on this project was a pretty dope experience.  I’ve worked behind the scenes on a bunch of mixtapes, EP’s and mix cd’s with various mc’s and deejays but this one was a bit different because I was able to bring a street element – the mixtape – to a vocalist.

As a producer, I always aim to balance an artist’s personal style with something slightly different but not too far off the wall.  Desta comes from an old school reggae & soul background so I wanted to capture that essence while creating street anthems that work well on underground dance floors.

Highlight: “Separate/Fast or Slow” – not exactly reggae or dancehall, but a combination of the two topped off with a wobble bass at 140bpm.  The idea of putting a dubplate on the back of  a standard song brings the whole track back to a raw/rave feel where there are no rules.

The end result is a one drop, hip hop, dubstep & dancehall amalgam designed to rock out your iPod or your Serato.

Desta Tsion- “One Step Forward” DOWNLOAD

A few spliffs being passed around, whistling frogs serenading the night and the humid air sweeping across your brow.  Those were some of the best nights I spent in Bermuda around the studio.  You name it, I did it; from the mixing board to running to the corner store, I was involved in every aspect of dubplate cutting..which to this day is best part of recording for me. I had the pleasure of meeting and learning from some of dancehall and reggae’s greats from Sean Paul to Buju Banton, Luciano to Bunny Wailer.  Theres nothing better than spending an evening in the studio working on material, making the best mix you can on the fly and hearing it getting played only hours later in the dancehall.

Music at its best, raw and unpolished but overflowing with emotion

Make you mine

Posted: 06/02/2011 in Collabs
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What originally started off as a grungy hip hop instrumental quickly morphed into a melodic and dynamic RnB collaboration . Zion called me randomly from the train to explain that he was halfway to my place with his guitar and suitcase in tow; two things he’s hardly without. As we set down and talked about our musical past, different interests in music and where we want to take our respective styles, we somehow concocted Make You Mine from a few lyrics he had already started. The kid’s vocals are always soft yet extremely dynamic and unmistakable which match perfect with my gritty productions.

The boys are back in action over at and they called on yours truly to lace the intro. Doing an intro is always live because its one part jingle, one part freestyle. You try to make it fun and entertaining as always, but not too lyrical or deep cause it needs to be memorable and somewhat catchy. I didn’t realize I hadn’t recorded the intro until about 2 hours before the show’s seasonal debut!! So after taking 20minutes to record it, mix and send it off I was blessed with a text message saying..”thanks, we were panicking for a minute! This is dope man” -J. Gully

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It’s good to see Bermudian organization like Chewstick constantly growing and developing while remaining grounded to their roots. For anyone who isn’t familiar with Chewstick, they’re a charity which started off a few years back as a place where poets, musicians and intellectuals gathered for open mic nights. They’ve blossomed into not just a charity organization, but Bermuda’s best promoters and a grassroots platform where any musician can practice, share and hone their craft. They continue to push out positive vibes and support the local arts in ways that no other entity can compare. A living testament to that is their annual Beachfest celebration which showcases amateur acts and draws thousands of people year after year.
Chewstick is at the heart of Bermudian music

The video to Headphones has been released and has taken off pretty well for its first 24 hours.  I wanna send a big shout out to J Gully for the feature on his EP, my man CJ aka Chop Chop, Andreas & Andreas, Jon and of course Jas The Cat.  Much thanks to everyone who’s supported the projects over the year, helped with all the hard work and most importantly the fans.  Looking forward to letting loose like a cannon in 2011!

(Available on iTunes January 2011)