Born in London in the late 60's, C started MCing in London clubs aged 16 and soon earned a reputation as a vivacious rapper working with LWR's Ron Tom, Jasper the Vinyl Junkie and Jazzy M. Mr.C has organised and been resident DJ at: Fantasy ('88), Base (Dungeons '89), Release (91), Harmony (92), Drop (93), Cyclone (94), Vapourspace (94-95), Flavour (The End 95-96), Subterrain (The End 95 -2002), Superfreq (Worldwide 2002-Present) and SuperDiscoFreq (L.A 2010-2013). Mr.C held down a weekly radio show on Kiss 100FM from 93-02 and has presented TV shows for MTV, VH1, VIVA and BBC.
Here’s what we loved about Mr. C.
He was a teenager in the 80s, in London, and decided he was going to be a white rapper (okay, maybe he didn’t decide to be white, but you know what I mean). He just knew he was going to succeed.
And he did. As the frontman of The Shamen, he sold tons of records with hits like “Move Any Mountain” and “Ebenezer Goode.” He toured the world, won awards and was at the forefront of the short-lived hip-house genre, and then went on to be a founder of the tech house genre and of London’s The End nightclub which was said to be among the best nights out in the world.
Now, 30 years later, he runs his label Superfreq Records, teaches transcendental meditation and connects with fans with the same spirit of that teenager. He just know it’s all going to work.
That’s not to say he doesn’t take the work very seriously. To hear him tell it, he sees his job as less about selling records and more about creating a magical journey that helps people celebrate life.
House fans will appreciate the old school references. Everyone can learn from Mr. C’s example of self-knowledge and sound financial decision making.
It wasn’t always this way.
Once upon a time, dubstep was the underground alternative to the overly commercial direction UK garage took in the mid-2000s. Dubstep was dark, sparse, and a direct link back to the drum and bass roots.
Our guests today remember dubstep’s formative days, because they were there. Although the genre was well established in the UK by then, Caspa and Rusko's 2007 collab Fabriclive.37 helped introduce dubstep to audiences around the world.
They also know what it’s like to lose the plot. Following the success of Fabriclive.37, they got caught up in touring and their partnership just sort of faded. They never exactly split up, but ended up not working together for more than half a decade. Now, they’re back together and making the kind of music they love, starting with the formidable new single, Blouse an Skirt.
Along the way they’ve learned some important lessons about hard work, commitment, and avoiding the trap of making music to satisfy the crowd instead of making what you love.
Listen in and learn what we learned. Then leave us a comment and a one-million star review. And don’t forget to come back next week for more.
Mix Engineer: James Soriano