I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks with some different projects I’ve been working on. Sorry to the lovely guys & girls whose pictures are waiting to be posted, I promise I will make time tomorrow :)
Some of you guys may know that I’m also a musician. I’ve been making music for the last 25 years or so, as a guitarist, singing and songwriting, but mostly rapping on stage and in the studio as my alter ego Rebel Soul kAYdEE. Music is really ‘my first love’ as the John Miles song goes, and will definitely be my last.
I’ve been recording again over at the home studio of a good client and friend of mine, Dylan Freed. We got on really well after he came and saw me on Greenwich one day. He heard one of my tunes I put on the video I did of the Enfield Mural and after I heard his music we both wanted to record a couple of songs. So I’ve been writing a lot again recently. It’s great cause I’m feeling really inspired but it’s taking a lot of time :(
This is a video I did a while ago with Jah Kid, a very talented roots singer. The video was produced by Ken Barnes, a friend of mine from Canada and an absolute miracle with a camera.
If you like my video, maybe you’d like to check out my myspace page. I haven’t updated it for a while but there’s some good songs on there :)
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about airbrushing. In fact I’ve been busy with some nice airbrush projects. I will post about them soon :) But I feel like talking about music and I do like some good tunes when I’m painting in my studio so I thought I’d list a couple of my favorites.
I listen to a lot of different types of music so be warned haha!
I really love this guy, everybody knows him but not every one knows just how amazing Stevie Wonder really is. I’m a huge fan of his 70s and early 80s stuff, where he recorded most of his songs on 8-track playing a lot of the instruments himself. Just for fun do a YouTube search for “Stevie Wonder Drum Solo”. Anyway, here’s Too High, one of my favorites.
I’m a big fan of Marvin Gaye, he’s got an amazing voice and he was really the first artist to do a themed album: What’s Going On (I’ve airbrushed the Album Cover on Canvas, it’s on sale here). This is one of his songs that not everybody knows is his: A Funky Space Reincarnation. He sings sparingly and subdued but really with a lot of feeling and soul.
I love a bit of dirty mothershippin’ stinkalicious 70s funk and it doesn’t get dirtier really than good old Bootsy Collins. This classic of his really sticks it good: I’d Rather Be With You.
I grew up on 90s Hip Hop and this was when a lot of really original groups were blowin up and breakin the boundaries. One of those groups was The Pharcyde and the video to their single Drop of the second album is probably one of the most original videos I’ve ever seen.
I really like fusion and orchestral productions. This is one you might recognize from Dr Dre’s hit The Next Episode. This is the original and it’s by David McCallum, called The Edge.
I couldn’t do this list without including The Legend himself: Bob Marley. I already posted some links to some of his live stuff and used War / No More Trouble in my Airbrushing Haile Selassie video, so I’m posting one of the songs I like to play on guitar. Here’s a beautiful version of Redemption Song.
Another Jamaican group of musicians I really love is Third World. This is the original of the song that was later covered by Heavy D and The Boyz: Now That We Found Love.
From Roots Rock Reggae to Jamaican Ska, here’s one of my favorites and an absolute classic: Desmond Dekker & The Aces – Israelites. I just love the heavy pumpin sound that you get from early Jamaican Ska.
Let’s get into a bit of funk rock by means of California’s Finest: Red Hot Chili Peppers. Don’t need to say much I’m sure, I’ll just link you the haunting Parallel Universe.
Since we’re on the heavy track, I wanted to post some Metallica. I think a lot of people underestimate how influential these guys have been, reachin far beyond the metal scene. I really love their first 4 albums, especially Master of Puppets and ..And Justice For All. Here’s Welcome Home (Sanitarium), one of my favorites.
Let’s finish it off with some psychodelic rock by Iron Butterfly: InAGaddaDaVida. 16+ minutes of hippie madness, you don’t get stuff like that anymore :(
I have left loooads of favorites out, because I didn’t want to make the list too long. Can’t believe I haven’t mentioned Prince, Curtis Mayfield, Talk Talk or Queen. And only one Hip Hop Anthem! Anyway, there will be other days I’m sure ;)
Hope you guys enjoyed!
Michiel aka Kader aka Rebel Soul kAYdEE