Here are some sneaky screenshots from the forthcoming Scribe video "Babygirl". Cut from footage shot on location in Samoa on tour last year. Some beautiful stuff. Cant wait to drop the finished clip on you! Watch this space...
Last week I happened to meet an auckland based songwriter who works his day job as a personal trainer (he's also an ex-body builder). We worked on a track together (more on that at a later date) and during the session I made the flippant remark "you should get me in the gym bro". How stupid I was, lol! The challenge was made then and there for me to hit the gym on monday.
I have been thinking for about a year now that I really need to get in shape. So I followed through on my word and turned up for my first session on monday. My goal is simply to lose the excess body fat, increase fitness and generally be in better physical shape [no, Im not trying to get MASSIVE like timbo or Dre]. Monday was not too bad actually. We worked mostly upper body and I left feeling pretty damn good! Then tuesday, same again but I was starting to feel some stiffness in my arms. Keep in mind I have NEVER done any sort of training or sporting activity my entire life! (I celebrated my 30th b'day this year, so thats a whole lot of inactivity). Wednesday morn arrived and I was starting to feel a little bit of soreness all over, but nothing major. We worked on my legs and core and shoulders that day. It really tested me. My trainer pushed me to the point where my limbs failed on nearly every exercise. I left that session feeling f**ked!
Then later that night I had a charity Lingerie fashion show to play with PNC (jealous? lol). And even the rather simple task of standing on stage and spinning some tracks for 10 mins felt like a strain. My legs were wasted and lifting my arms up was pretty uncomfortable. Add to that parking in the city was a mission so I ended up parked on the 11th floor of a parking building with NO elevator. Yes folks, add an 11 flight stair climb (twice!) to round out my day... nice.
Not to be discouraged, I turned up on time for my 4th session in a row today and we went through the same lower body routine. Im a determined dude and I persevered through it although I did get a bit dizzy at one point. My trainer is the man and let me catch my breathe for a minute and then we completed the sets. Once I got home though my legs really started seizing up. If I sat down for too long it was difficult to get up again. I have a good sense of humour about how wimpy I can be so it provided me and Evan with a lot of laughs in the studio today. I totally looked like a cripple old man (and sounding like one at points "oooaahhh").
Im committed to a 9 week plan [at least] so no doubt there will be more updates to follow. I just hope I can get out of bed in the morning, literally!
(pictured L to R: Me and Tiki, in Kingsland with our gold plaques a couple weeks ago)
Dirty Records, Dirty Dub, Rhythm Method & TikiDub productions are proud to announce that sales of the Tiki album 'Past Present Future' surpassed 15,000 copies today. That's Platinum status in NZ buddy! Congrats again to Mr. Tiki Taane and all involved in contributing to the continued success of this release. Yeeha, It's a good day!
Primo absolutely murdered this beat. I wish I could find the original sample to hear just where/how he got the sounds. I love finding Primo's samples because it always trips me out the way he flips shit. But anyways this shit is ill and Reks kills it too (so much so that I will forgive him for stealing the homie Mareko's nickname, ha). Reks actually has been around for quite awhile in the underground. I remember an old 12 inch of his I had back in '99 (2000?). This is my fav East Coast record since Pete Rock's "We Roll".
Its 2:30pm on Sunday and I just got up. Feeling rested but a little dehydrated after our first 2 shows of the tour. Started with Whangarei on Friday (the 13th!! oooh)...at Heaven Bar. The crew consisted of PNC, David Dallas, our driver E-Double aka Big Earls aka Leave your keys in the motel and drive back to Whangarei to get them after you just got back to Auckland bro and myself. We arrived to see the local version of our tour poster stating that we were at the "P-Money Rapper & DJ Tour" with "MC Dave Dallas" lol.
We did 2 shows that night. All ages first and R18 later on. Unfortunately some tickets for the all ages show had been stolen from one of the re-sellers and then scalped at a local high school (gotta give it to the whangarei youngsters for those misplaced entrepreneurial skills). The stolen tickets could not be honored at the venue which meant some unlucky customers were turned away, although they were offered entry at a discounted rate as consolation. Both the performances went down smooth and served as a great warm up to the tour.
Saturday night was the Papakura show at Stampede. It was a pleasure to be back in my old stomping grounds and the hometown fans really showed us love. The family vibe even led Papatoetoe-bred David Dallas to remark "why is everyone so happy here??" lol. 'Kura was in very good spirits. Cheers!
Our next show and the remainder of the tour commence in July. Stay tuned for more tales from the road...and some pictures/video/audio.
Making our way up to Whangarei and back out south to Papakura this weekend as the 2 Rappers & A DJ Tour 2008 commences! Grab your tickets at the venues and check the amended tour dates on the poster above (and typed below)...
Friday June 13th / Heaven Bar / Whangarei Saturday June 14th / Stampede / Papakura Friday July 11th / Powderhorn / Ohakune Saturday July 12th / Brook Ale House / New Plymouth Saturday July 19th / The Commercial Hotel / Whakatane Wednesday July 23rd / The Blue Pub / Methven Thursday July 24th / Millies / Ashburton Friday July 25th / Red Rocks / Wanaka Saturday July 26th / Subculture / Queenstown
Have you seen this new show, Making Tracks on C4? You should. Its gotta be the best music-based travel show (travel-based music show?) ever. The basic gist of it is that presenter Nick D (thats him in the awesome promo shot above^ lol) travels around the globe discovering the music of the world and in turn introduces the world to New Zealand music. It's a great idea and the show is really entertaining. Last week featured a trip to Israel and a Palestinian remix of Scribe's "Not Many" which has to be seen to be believed! (im trying to get an upload of that as we speak) Also one other dope aspects of the show is that each episode is scored (or has theme/incidental music provided) by a local NZ producer or musician. Which of course brings me to the main point for this post... your buddy P-Money has provided the beats for tonight's episode (Wed 11-Jun). The episode is all about India and also features a Bollywood version of Bic Runga's "Sway". So be sure to tune in.
Making Tracks ONAIR:Wed-11-Jun 20:30 C4
DURATION: 60 mins GENRE: General Entertainment RATING: AO
Sorry but what the hell is Pharrell doing with that new Madonna single/video?!? I was born in '78 so that means I am quite aware of Madonna as a pop icon throughout the 80's and early 90's. And I can only imagine it's got to be cool, in a retrospective way, to be invited to work on her tracks...but this shit still sucks. Unfortunately I dont think even he (nor timbo for that matter) have succeeded in disguising that fact that this woman is a dinosaur. Has anyone ever heard the term aging gracefully?? Pharrell kinda missed on this one...but I still fuckin love the N.E.R.D. Everybody Nose shit (original & remix versions) ..so hes still alright... but as for Madge... nah.
The Wyclef remix that I mentioned a little while ago is now all cleared and has been serviced to radio this week. You can listen to it on Scribe's Myspace. Go take a listen and let us know what you think!