Thanks to multi-platinum island-born superstars like Sean Paul, Shaggy and Elephant Man, the
mainstream has been primed for a rhythmic female star to step into the forefront. Besides ripping
traditional reggae tracks like a seasoned dancehall queen, the stunning 17-year-old Barbados-born
possesses a powerful singing voice that conjures up feelings and experiences way beyond her years.
It's no wonder that all it took was a quick audition with Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) - President and CEO
of Def Jam Recordings - for the green-eyed beauty to solidify a recording contract with the
multi-million dollar record company. While that performance ended up changing her life forever,
the sweet natured island girl laughs at her own naiveté at the time; "I was in the lobby
shaking!" remembers Rihanna with a healthy dose of her Bajan accent hanging onto every one of her
words, "I saw just a little bit of Jay's face down the hall and I was just like 'Oh my God!' I had
never met a celebrity, and to meet a celebrity who's also the president of the label, that was
crazy!" Luckily Rihanna was able to shake the jitters as soon as she started her impromptu
showcase, a performance that forced her future label bosses to sign the deal before she walked
out of their offices. "We were there until 4:30 in the morning closing the deal. Every time I
signed my name I was just smiling."
Growing up in the parish of St. Michael, Barbados, it never
occurred to Rihanna that one day she would be sitting in the company of mega music moguls. Before
moving to the US in 2005, Rihanna lived somewhat of a simple life on her home island where she
attended high school and like most teenage girls sang songs for fun with her friends.
winning her school's beauty and talent pageant, Rihanna never realized how talented she really was
until she attracted the attention of a New York City music producer named Evan Rogers. Evan and
his Barbadian wife Jackie were vacationing over Christmas near Rihanna’s hometown and through a
mutual friend were introduced to the young diva. After hearing her belt out a couple of tunes,
Evan realized Rihanna’s future star power and invited her to New York to record some tracks.
Rihanna, Evan and Carl Sturken (Evan's production partner) ended up creating close to a dozen
songs. Together they pulled inspiration from the dancehall and reggae that are embedded in
Rihanna’s rich musical culture and fused it with a fresh R&B soul sound - a mixture Rihanna likes
to compare to one of her favourite Caribbean dishes, callaloo - "It's like a gumbo or a stew"
explains Rihanna, "My music is mostly Caribbean beats mixed with R&B. I don't want to be pigeon
holed into being just a dance artist because I can sing too. I have ballads on the album as well
as upbeat tracks."
Rihanna’s debut album 'Music Of The Sun' promises to have all the ingredients that make musical magic. And like her
influences Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey, Rihanna is a talented songwriter who has
co-written much of her album. "Music is in my D.N.A.!" exclaims the bright eyed singer. Her first
single "Pon De Replay" is sure to mash up dancehalls worldwide with Rihanna’s soul stirring vocals
demanding the DJ to play her song again and again 'til it touches every single person within
With tracks featuring both Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, Rihanna is guaranteed to supply some
serious heat for both radio and clubs nationwide. Rihanna is indeed living a real life Cinderella
story. "If I hadn't met Evan and Carl I might have just been dreaming forever, I am so thankful
for everything they’ve done for me."
"How long have you got!! The main organisation behind F.T. is handled by
the "Inner Circle" (for want of a better name!) Me (Shylo MC), DM C.U.T,
Danny Exile and MC System, but the entire crew is made up of 9 DJ's and 3
vocalists/MC's. So, apart from the Inner Circle we have D'Zine, Bella DJ,
Diverse & Funk-Shun, Forte, Miggz, Bandwydth & Vocalist I-ONE.
How did you get the name Future Thinkin?
Thought up by one of the founder members, means so many things to so many
people. To us, it sums up our outlook on the music and towards each other.
"It's just how we live"...
How did the crew first get together?
Started with 3 lifelong D&B headz sitting in a park in Tottenham on a
sunny day in 1997 discussing the state of the scene and lack of opportunity
for new talent. These three plus one other went out and grabbed the people we
felt weren't getting the level of exposure their talent deserved and offered
them a platform to perform, namely our first event CONCEPT.
What radio stations have you been on before doing the quality Sunday night
sessions on Rude 88.2 FM in London? and which stations are you on now?
Aside from the Rude shows, we're on Origin FM 95.2 every Sunday & Monday
8-10, have guest shows on DrumnBassworldwide.com, LifeFM and a few
other internet stations lined up.
What other countries have the crew played in?
F.T. DJ's have played in Germany, France, Scotland, Wales, Ireland,
Poland and have a return to Poland and a debut in Athens lined-up in 2k4.
What was it like playing at what was possibly the first
Drum & Bass / pole-dancing event?
An experience to say the least!! We're just happy that Chi-Qui wanted us
to take part in the event and we're looking forward to the next one!
How did DM CUT get involved in the ITV programme
The Joy Of Decks?
DM C.U.T. was nominated by the record shop Vinyl Addiction in Camden, he
then had to battle with 300 other nominees to make it to the final 4.
Is there going to be a collaboration with the Full Cycle
crew as a result of that programme?
We're hopeful that some kinda joint project will come out of the show but
Full Cycle have a VERY busy schedule..."
Were you on any pirate radio stations before you were on London's Kiss
"Only friends' stations run out of bedrooms and top floor flats.
Which countries do you enjoy touring and why?
I enjoy playing - full stop, so as long as the equipment allows me to
play I enjoy it... that could be anywhere in the world.
What was the first rave you went to (as a raver not to DJ) and what
was it like?
I suppose all the Rapattack parties back in 83/4 were my first
experiences of raves. Alistair would play anything from Soul to Jazz,
Ragga and beyond, and mix them in a way that made me decide properly
to try and become a DJ.
What were you doing before DJing/producing?
Normal jobs - chef for a few years, anything that would give me a
piece of money to buy a few records, because that's all I used to
spend the money on.
What made you get into this industry?
Combination of a few things, my piano teacher Nigel Crouch, my
obsession with music, life, the mix.
What's the craziest thing that's happened playing in a club?
I played in the wrong one and didn't realise for a while.
Which was the worst night you've had DJing?
Plenty of those, the sound is rubbish, no soundman, decks are jumping,
you can't tune your ear to the mix and play crap, no people, it
happens to everyone, makes you always remember where you came from.
Let's go back exactly 10 years - 1993 - what is the first tune that
comes to your mind?
Has to be Music I suppose, that's when I made the track.
Are you working on any tracks or an album right now?
Not at present, a lot of touring and label responsibilities, maybe
soon, mind you it took me 10 years to right the first one!
What have you got planned for the future, for the Good Looking
Releasing the wide spectrum of music we do, try and progress the
different labels we have in the different genres... check the web for
forthcoming releases www.glo.uk.com
Can we catch the GLO anywhere on TV or radio?
Our music gets on a few commercials and different programmes, but our
own show - no.
Favourite game on the PS2/XBox...?
I haven't played for years.
Anything else you would like to say to the solidPulse.net visitors?
I feel so privileged to have been doing the label for 13 years and
DJ'ed for 17 years to so many good people, and I want to say thank you
to all those people who have supported my DJ sets and GLO."
Good Looking Organisation, 84 Queens Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2LA, UK.
Progression Sessions at The End every second Friday of the month
Cookin' at The Bridge And Tunnel every last Saturday of the month
Leonardo, Sparks, Double R, DJ Mania.
What stations were you on before Y2K FM and Itch FM?
KiK FM, Mission FM (now known as Y2K).
Do you DJ regular on Itch FM?
Yes, once a week on Sundays 8-11pm, but we trying to cut that to two hours because of gigs on
What's the best thing about playing on radio?
The reactions from people when they feel a tune, radio's a good testing ground
Which clubs have you played at?
Oh my god, loads... Oceans, Bagleys, Time And Envy, Cameo's, Propagandas,
Sanctuary Milton Keynes etc...
Do you produce your own tunes?
Yes we produce, Sparks and Leonardo are in a UK hip hop outfit called The Bury Crew, and we
also produce beats and tracks for various labels and Vault Recordings.
What tunes you banging out right now in your motor / at home?
Going through an Old Skool stage, Lauryn Hill - Miseducation is banging and also the new
DJ Clue mixtape and of course 50 Cent!
What are you upto when you're not on the radio?
Chill out, quality time with wifeys, work with artists, planning raves, erm... loads really.
How has the Hip Hop scene in London changed over the years you've been DJ'ing?
Yeah, it's now become more widespread and accepted. Before, there was a certain stigma
attached to it, think it could be down to how UK Garage has taken off aswell, it brought the
hip hop mc's through, there's now more girls at these raves and that is always a good thing,
so less trouble and more vibes.
Message to the solidPulse.net viewers?
Always strive for what you believe in, and like Nas said: You can do anything you want, when
you're ready to do it... Believe in self... Because you're all great.
Who is in the group and where did the name Street Politiks derive from?
Charms: "Street Politiks includes three male singers, a female singer,
and two rappers (the founders). M-Triple and I met up in Long Island
at a music festival.
M-Triple: I was doing a football scholarship at the time.
Charms: I was always out there (NY/Long Island)
Charms: We met 'Korus' through our producer on a track that we were
doing. These are the initial six people you will see from
Street Politiks first and foremost but we have more in-house artists.
M-Triple: What we're trying to do with the music is make music from the streets.
We are making music for everybody.
Why are there six of you? Are you trying to emulate the
success of other crews such as So Solid?
M-Triple: We got two other dj's, a producer - Mac 1, etc. It's trying to keep as
much stuff as in-house as possible. If you take Roc-A-Fella and Bad Boy and
they're not trying to be one or the other, they're setting themselves to be as
internal as possible. They have the capability of producing their own music,
they got their own artists, their own producers. In theory for us we won't have
to outsource because we have everything coming through in-house. So what So Solid
did there is a great thing, they've shown it can be done in this country as
well. Although they get the bad press and stigma and that, but basically they
got producers, dj's, artists 'in the house'. So realistically if they wanted to
do everything themselves they could do everything themselves, and give the full
Charms: It boils more down to creative control over your product and that's what
we're in favour of.
So do you all write your own material?
M-Triple: Yeah, we all write all our own songs. We work to a certain concept. It
would be blind for us two to go ahead and say it's going to be written this way
or that way, because our three singers have been singers for years as well as
Sian. It brings the flavour together and we all have an input into the
You mentioned Roc-A-Fella and Bad Boy, so do you want to
set up your own label as well?
Both (in unison): Yeah
Charms: That is one of our long-term goals, that's what we'll like to do, but
right now I don't think it's viable, like territorially in the industry, so we
have to come through more first.
M-Triple: We are at the stage where we are crawling on the path and you can't run
before you walk. So we've got to get up to walking on the path before we can
aspire to running, running our own label and being able to dictate and demand.
By winning that award what it is, is laying foundations for us to move off of in
the future, so that's the bigger picture for the long term.
What was it like performing in the US?
Charms: It was hot! That was where it all started, it was similar to what we got
over here with the Starlight Vibe in Sound Republic doing showcases of up and
How were the US audience, did they take to you?
Charms: Well I knew most of the people *Charms says with laughter*, it's like on
the block, in a local part, there were basketball competitions going on and a
barbecue. De La Soul was there, Keith Murray was there, every year it goes on.
M-Triple: With regards the US we've done tracks out there but haven't performed
anything as Street Politiks. But it was good we had dj's from radio stations and
our track 'Envy' was featured on Tim Westwood's album. But like we said
everything that's happened is grounded.
How was it supporting JOE and 112?
Both: It was wicked. It was really good.
Was it daunting to know that the audience came to see the
big acts and you're just a supporting act?
Charms: You know in the back of your mind they come to support Joe, but that's
not a problem coz it's his time. We go out there and we make the best of the
M-Triple: The experience itself is great. We did accapella's as well as our
track 'Get down'.
So is there anything that you've learnt from them?
M-Triple: Take your top off and girls will scream!
Charms: When the whole place is singing your song, and you can sit back and
listen, that's when you've done it, that's what they did with Joe.
M-Triple: And with people like Joe, he has immense presence, when he comes out
he's like ten feet tall because he's got so much confidence and assurance, and
the crowd love to see that.
What contributions do you want to bring to music?
Charms: I say we'd like to bring a greater awareness to what's going on in the
UK, in terms of Hip Hop and RnB. We do want to bring it to the forefront of the
market and want it to be more accepted. We do want to cross over to the States
and in Europe as well.
M-Triple: Fundamentally music is for enjoyment, and we want people to enjoy it
first then think about the subliminal messages.
Do you think 'black' music as it is now, portrays a
negative stereotype for black people?
M-Triple: Nah, black music is so vast, they are in Rock, Pop, RnB, and Hip Hop,
there are positive and negative in all types of music. We draw on the positives
Who have you looked up to throughout your careers so far?
Charms: Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Nas, Stevie Wonder. There are so many people, we
all aspire to different people, but they have all been strong prominent people
that have taken the music to another level.
With all the touring and performing you're doing, don't you
get tired and feel like you don't want to get out of your bed?
M-Triple: I feel like that everyday though!
Charms: That's what it's all about making our music and performing it. We don't
like the drives in-between though.
Are you setting your goals too high?
Both: Nah, you got to aim for the stars and you'll reach the sky.
M-Triple: You've got to go for the best, you can only aspire to what is possible.
Charms: There's room for everybody in this industry.
So when are you planning your first release?
Both: Early next year. We're working, doing PA's and shows all over at the
Any words of wisdom for other aspiring artists out there?
Both: 'A pound and a promise'.
Charms: People believe you've got to spend a lot of money to get to certain
places. You don't have to conform yourself to other artists. There's room for
everyone. No need for short cutting.
Both: Keep supporting each other. All it will do is strength the whole industry."
Who's your favourite DJ's and producers?
"DJ's EZ, Karl 'Tuff Enuff' Brown... Producers Todd Edwards, Wookie,
Masters At Work, Sticky plus many more.
What was the first rave you went to?
Happy Days at the Paradise Club way back in 1993. It was a
Hardcore / Drum N Bass night. I was 14 and trying to get into an
over 19's event! I remember only just getting in after getting asked
for ID. But it was well worth it, inside there was pure vibes. One of
my best all time raves.
And what about your first ever DJ booking?
At a club called HQ's in Camden. Can't remember the promotion, as it
was so long ago.
What's your all time favourite tune?
It's hard to name one because there's so many but it would have to be
out of Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack, Tears - Frankie Knuckles
and Music - LTJ Bukem.
What you pumping out in the car at the moment?
Doller Sign - Lady Stush - Sticky Mix,
Enter The Tekken - F.OFF Productions Dubplate,
Stature Of Liberty - Elephant Man, B-Live, Jokkie Mundo & Major Ace -
4 Liberty Dubplate, also a rough Funky House tape.
How did you get into DJ'ing and producing?
I was a lover of music from an earlier age. Through listening to the
early hardcore pirates such as Weekend Rush, Pulse and Kool FM, I
loved the tunes and was obsessed with how DJ's mixed tunes together. I
used to try and teach myself by using one deck and trying to get it in
time with a tune that was being played on radio. I saved up for my
first pair of decks (Soundlabs) and mastered them fairly quickly.
Realising I couldn't go much further with these decks I sold them and
got a pair of Technics 1210s. It was a natural progression.
My productions have come only recently. DJ'ing and production work
hand in hand.
When was the first time you played on radio?
Back in 1997 on a station called Gold FM. The station never took off
so got myself a slot on Chicago FM 90.6 (for those that remember). I
was on Chicago for a little while before moving to Freek 101.8 FM.
How did you get on Ice FM?
Well before Ice FM I used to play on its sister station Mac FM 92.7,
the two stations decided to merge so that's how I got on it. I've been
on a few stations as you can see but I love Ice and there's no other
pirate I would rather be on.
Have you ever played on any internet radio stations?
I haven't, but would like to.
What do you prefer, DJ'ing in clubs or on radio?
Both, but if I was forced to choose I would probably say in clubs
because of the immediate reaction you get from a live crowd. I love
radio because of the whole interaction with listeners on the phone
line. You build up your regulars and it's a wicked vibe. It's also an
outlet for my productions and breaking new tunes.
What made you move to Garage from Drum & Bass?
After the peak of Jungle, the music took a change of direction that I
wasn't really feeling. I'd always listened to a little garage when I
was mixing and buying Jungle / Drum N Bass, but when the music
changed, the raw underground vibe of garage just took me.
What direction do you think Garage will be going now?
It's always changing. Four To The Floor is being produced a lot more
in the scene which is a good thing but I hope the quality is
maintained. Then you got the producers making the harder garage beats.
What other music do you listen to?
US Garage / Funky House, R'n'B and Drum N Bass. I've got an open mind
Tell us about your label and releases?
The label's Face Off Recordings. I run it along with 4 others. We
recently did the Face Off 5 EP which did quite well. We've got the
next one in the pipeline so watch this space! We always try and put
three different tracks on the EP's e.g. 2 Step, 4 To The Floor, etc.
Who would you like to work with?
An amazing vocalist like India is one that comes to mind.
What have you got planned for the future?
Setting up a brand new label for original material and also starting
up an industry night. Plus other projects which I can't mention right
Thanks to all the DJ's, promoters, producers, record labels and
distribution companies who have supported me over the years. Too many
names to mention individually. Don't forget to catch me every Sunday
8-10pm on London's leading Ice 88.4 FM for Old Skool / New Skool and
loads of exclusives! Last but not least respect to all the
How and when did you get involved in Reggae?
"I got involved with reggae at a very early age. It was the music for
me from the age of 12. I got involved professionally at the age of
What music were you listening to as a youth?
I listened to a lot of roots reggae from Jam.... Bob Marley...
Dennis Brown.... Burning Spear.... Sly And Robbie..... reggae sound
tapes from Jam.
Most Asian parents want their children to be doctors, etc. What about your parents?
My parents are different, no pressures, just do what we have to, but
always with respect to them, no drugs, no police record. I loved
school, so they always supported what we did, I love them dearly.
What were you doing before you became "Apache Indian"?
I was a welder for 6 years.
When and where was your first performance?
Back in 1989 in Birmingham..... great gig!
You haven't been in the mainstream lately, could you tell us about what you've been working on recently?
I have kept away from the charts, new stuff is more reggae, working
with artists like Luciano etc. I am just doing my own thing, just
finished recording a new track with UB40, great song! Just released a
new single in the USA called 'Throw Your Hands Up'. Always busy with
some project or another.
What's your presence like overseas?
There is a great presence around the world, people know me and what I
represent. I have just spent one month in India, one month in USA,
Australia and I am just back from Kenya. Reggae will always be popular
for those that love it. India follows the commercial reggae in the
charts, if it's not in the charts then it is still available if you
What's playing in your car right now?
I am currently listening to some African music that I picked up from
Big respect to all, I hope this new year brings good spirits for
everyone. I have nothing to plug except for good wishes and kindness
to all people."
When Flex started, did you even think you would
be reaching listeners worldwide?
"No, but would anyone back then? Like 9 years ago!
What made you want to take Flex international?
Because not only is it 'Shout to the Sutton crew', but now it's also
'Shout to the Boston crew locked on!'
It was about time too, it was time to take it one step further.
Broadcasting across London on the FM dial and live on the Internet,
with six live streams catering for everyone’s modem speed needs. As no
other pirate station has succeeded in doing this so far, we wanted to
set the new standard for pirate radio in the year 2001. With the live
shouts page on our website that allows Internet users to send in
shouts/requests for free - direct to the studio, the overall idea of
being live on the net has taken off to be a massive success. Now watch
all the other pirates follow. But remember who was there first :)
A couple of stations have been in the press
because they were interfering with nearby residents' TV signals! Has
Flex ever been in the local newspapers?
Not as yet, and hope not to be, as we use the very best in radio
What's this RawFlex business about? Have
RawMission merged with Flex?
Not yet - we ran an event together this month down at the Gass club,
but check out our website for more information.
What do you think the future is for London
pirates? Because there is absolutely no room left on the FM dial for
It's always been like this for years, the larger station will always
stay there, you will just get the smaller ones coming on and off the
dial all the time, this is what fills up the airwaves. But the future
will be the internet - as in 5 years or so time, everyone will be
connected at high speed 24/7 to it, including wireless internet
Has anyone ever tried to steal your frequency?
or even your equipment?
Yes, but can't comment on that one.
Big up all the people involved on www.flexfm.net and all the FLEX
103.6 FM family keeping it alive!!!"
When did you start DJ'ing, and when was the
first time you played on radio?
"I started dj'ing in 1995 and the first time I played on radio was on a
station called LOVE FM 95.2 in late 1997, before me and some friends
of mine setup a station in late 1998 called LIVE FM 107.8.
Then in March 1999 I joined LUSH FM for 18 months before joining
TOUCHDOWN FM 89.6 in September of last year. I have been on Touchdown
recently, however with constant battles between pirate stations, they
have had troubles on air. In March of this year I joined FREEK FM,
briefly playing out for them and doing late night radio shows before
joining RAWMISSION 90.0 FM in June of this year where I am currently
doing Tuesday nights 10pm-12am, and also 4-6pm midweek show on
FREEK FM to be confirmed.
What about your first time in front of a crowd,
what was that like?
The first time I played in front of a crowd was at a Bigga Fish event
in early 1999 and I was very nervous but had encouraging support from
friends and the ravers on the night. Every time I play out in a club I
always learn something new about dj'ing - when I talk about dj'ing I
am not talking about quartz lock mixing or having the latest dubplates
that aren't coming out for years, but I'm talking about awareness,
anticipation and judgement - these are skills that no one can teach
you apart from yourself.
Have you always been into House & Garage or were
you into Drum & Bass / Jungle before?
I first started dj'ing in 1995 mixing Drum & Bass.
When did you make the move to Garage?
In 1997 I started to collect some House & Garage classics for the
musical library, then before I knew it I was hooked. Another factor in
my change was the fact that to be an up & coming DJ in the Drum & Bass
scene at that time was like selling ice to Eskimos - not easy, and I
guess I needed something else to test my skills as a DJ.
Have you been in the studio to make any tracks?
I have been in the studio throwing ideas around but little else at the
moment, but watch this space as I should have some tracks out before
Are you planning to set up your own label?
One of my MC's has just started a label L.D. Cats Records which is
doing really well on the underground scene at the moment, as for
myself I aim to set up a label early next year aimed towards the
What clubs do you play out at?
I am a resident at SUBTERANIA. Others include EDGWARE FC, Q BAR,
Z BAR, GASS CLUB, PEPPERS (Watford), TIME BAR, STAGES (Chesham),
HQ's + more.
What's your weirdest experience you've had
playing out in a club?
The weirdest experience I have had whilst playing out is finishing my
set at Stages in Chesham. Outside the club no cab station in sight,
train station closed for the night and looking for a mini cab that
would take five people to London? - no chance. So anyway I meet one of
the locals (some geezer called Matthew) who knows all the mini cabs
around the area but yet no joy in finding a way home. Convinced that
we were staying the night in the train station, we were set to make
the walk to the station when Matthew said 'you lot are alright you can
stay at mine until the morning' it was like god was watching us that
night. It all ended up good, we were up until early hours talking
about the club night and before we knew it the time was 7:00am and it
was time to get back to the city, and that's the weirdest experience.
And what about on radio?
The weirdest experience I have had playing on radio is when I done a
6 hour mix-a-thon on Touchdown FM in October 2000.
Which producers are you feeling at the moment?
The producers I am feeling at the moment are Jameson, Sticky,
Black Ops, Zinc, Sovereign, Wesley J.
What do you listen to when you're chillin at
When I'm at home chilling out I like to listen to Drum & Bass,
Old Skool Garage and RnB.
Garage is currently heading in a breakbeat
direction, do you think that the sound of Garage should go back to the
bouncy 4 to the floor style? Because in most your sets you include a
few of these classic tunes (for the connoisseurs).
I think the different styles of Garage music that emerges through the
scene can only make the scene better as it caters for a wider
audience, plus there is more room for up & coming producers & DJ's
with alternate flavas. On the other hand my personal love for the
music comes from the 4x4 sound and I am happy to welcome different
styles of Garage music as long as the original four to the floor style
is not forgotten.
How did you get the name Dice?
When I came out of Drum & Bass and into Garage I felt I needed a name
that would describe my style of music and mixing, and I guess Dice was
it. It described not only my style of music and mixing but also
described my personality which is unpredictable and unexpected.
Which tune stands out to remind you of when you
The one tune that stands out to remind me of when I started dj'ing is
"On That Dust" by DJ Hype on Ganja Records, that was the first record
I bought in 1995 (before I even had turntables).
Shouts to my Mum, Excalibur (FlavaForce), Black Ops Movement,
Vince @ Bassline Records, Doug Cooper @ 4 Liberty, Angel-T @
Relentless, Essie @ Ice Cold/Stallion, all the record labels, DJ's,
MC's, pirate stations and you lot, all the listeners and ravers
supporting Dice DJ, watch this space."
How did you get into Drum & Bass MC'ing?
"Back when I was in school, I already knew Jnr Buzz and Bizza, when they
were practising mixing I used to just pick up the mic and say a couple of
lyrics, it just came naturally I guess.
Then when did the rest of the crew get together?
Well myself and Junior Buzz, Bizza and O.D. have known each other since
school days, SLB and Skinz we met through the internet radio scene, we moved in
the same circles and played on the same station (interFACE) we all just found
that each of us have different qualities that benefit us all that’s why we work
so well together.
How did you get on Abyss / InterFACE / UK Rumble?
I was originally on Hart FM 90.4 which later changed to Face FM and then
went on the internet and is now known as interFACE. The management from UK
Rumble and Abyss FM heard about us through interFACE.
What's different in your lives now, since you started out?
Well we’ve been doing it for so long now it IS part of our lives so it
seems like nothings changed. Honestly being on the radio, internet, stage or in
the studio is just part of everyday life now, we just love it more and more.
What about your label?
Yes we are currently in the studio working on both Garage and Drum & Bass tracks so watch
this space for forthcoming Mi5 releases. I don’t want to give too much away but our stuff
is a lot different from anything you will have heard before but definitely for the ravers.
What do you think of the current Garage scene that's taken over the clubs and radio?
Well I like Garage as much as I like Drum & Bass personally and there is some good music,
I just think it’s a shame that some people in the Garage scene try to portray a certain
image that isn't true e.g. All the Designer wear and champs, it's not about that it's
At the moment, the FM band in London is full of Garage stations,
although, slowly but surely we're starting to hear more Drum & Bass on radio again, but do
you think there will be more Drum & Bass stations than Garage - like it was back in
I definitely think there will more Drum & Bass stations emerging in the near future. A lot
more people are going back to the Drum & Bass scene slowly but surely so I think yes, if
not more Drum & Bass stations there will be more stations like Abyss FM which play
Drum & Bass / Old Skool on Friday / Saturday and Garage on Sunday.
Or is internet radio the future for Drum & Bass, especially now the
government said they are going to 'switch off' analogue FM signals after some few years?
Yes definitely as the government are going to switch off analogue signals but also the
quality of the sounds the listeners is getting is a lot better and also the DJ’s/MC’s can
feel more relaxed because the risk of having your equipment taken by the DTI is gone.
In your experience, what do you prefer performing on: FM radio, internet or in clubs?
Love it! I love it all but if I had to say, I like the club best because you get an
instant reaction from the crowd and feeling you get being up there doing your thing for all
the people, I just can't explain it. But I also love being on the radio and internet
Best thing of the year 2000?
Playing at Fabric definitely, the vibe in that club is just
Shouts to SLB, Adam F, J Magik, Swift, Grooverider oh and Francis the
steward joker! Thanks to solidPulse, Kurtis, Mad Ash, Jag, Alx,
Patch, Sleepa, Arceye, K.O. and most of all, all the listeners of
UK Rumble, Abyss FM and interFACE, oh and all the people that said we
couldn't do what we are now doing, thank you because it pushes us
harder to succeed, and kiss my ass. Later."
Mi5 consists of J Swif, Jnr Buzz, SLB, Skinz, Bizza and O.D.