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Initially, my family were not supportive of my musical endeavours. I had to win their respect, and in due time they allowed me to pursue something I was clearly so passionate about.

Two years ago (November 2010), I proudly graduated from Leeds College of Music with first class Honours in BA Music Production. The University invited me to perform at the graduation ceremony, as I was joined on stage by my compadres, The Street Orchestra.

As far as Hip Hop goes, I don’t know if this is something a rapper has done before, but regardless, this achievement will always stand tall in my memory, as that day, I defied whatever stereotype there is of a Hip Hop artist, and that is something I will continue to do throughout my career.

UpRise Festival 2011



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At Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club 2011



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Here’s three recent performance videos I didn’t previously get a chance to post on here:

Lovebox, Victoria Park (footage by The Cut Newspaper):

UpRise Festival, Gillett Square, Dalston:

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho:

I’m not really certain whether I feel this way because of my nature, or because I should actually be unsatisfied, but either way that’s how I feel. Last night I performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club for a third time (thanks to Ruby Sings) – a feat which Hip Hop artists can’t often boast. It was great – great in the sense that for various reasons I had a good time before, during and after, but where I feel void is with my performance. I can do better.

We rocked the crowd, partially down to the brilliance of my band (The Street Orchestra), my amazing backing vocalist (Debbie Aramide), the songs, the overall vibe, and flashes of my better form, but for me that doesn’t mean anything if I don’t leave the stage feeling I performed to at least 90% of my capacity. There’s always that unobtainable-10%-margin down to being human, but I feel like I was a good 10% below that line; for me, that’s not good enough. I’m going to make sure I work harder in rehearsal, and out of rehearsal – the next show will be something.

Cynikal and The Street Orchestra perform live at the Underage Festival 2011, Victoria Park via the Roundhouse Rising stage.

Photos from my set on the Roundhouse Rising stage at this year’s Underage Festival, taken by Mister Cee.

Date: 5/8/11
Location: Victoria Park.

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Recorded at the EMI Studio, Roundhouse in 2009 with The Street Orchestra. Features on the live EP “688 Sessions”.

Photos from my 45-minute Lovebox set and beyond, captured by the man known only as Mister Cee.

Date: 16/7/11
Location: Victoria Park.

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Roundhouse

Earlier this month, the acoustic session I recorded for Roundhouse Radio as part of the build up for this year’s Underage Festival aired. Listen back here or via this link: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/listen?show_id=2610

I played the tunes I’ma Do Me and What’s My Name with Samson (percussion) and Joe (guitar) from The Street Orchestra.

Making Beats

A couple days ago I decided to stream my first live beatmaking session where I was playing around with a couple ideas. Hopefully you’ll get a little insight into how I work. You can watch it back here:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14440916

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