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Precisely a year ago, I was wandering around Oxford Street with my good friend Michael ‘Forte’ Chang. We noticed there was some sort of uprising, and after walking further to discover what was going on, we saw an even greater sea of chaos. The first thought which popped into my mind was “this is history, we need to capture it”. The second thought was “via music”. We ran back to my flat not far from the location, grabbed your standard point and shoot camera (no better than a modern phone) and hit record. This my friends, was the outcome:

I was with my boy Forte, dropping him to the nearest station (Oxford Circus) when I saw a flood of protestors swarming the streets of Central London. We went to go and check it out, after all, we were there. The vibe was crazy, total anarchy. It was like Disney Land, but for adults. I’ve never seen anything like this before, and therefore part of me was kind of scared, but despite my initial impressions, the first thing that sprang to mind was the word “opportunity”.

It had to be done, I already knew what track, how I’d do it, and why I’d do it. So after calling up a few videographers I knew (they replied saying they couldn’t make it down in time), I ran back to my flat down the road, grabbed my Canon Ixus 100 (for those of you who don’t know, this is commercially available camera, but with HD video) and got Forte (generally known as a keyboardist/music producer) to film it. I trusted him, he’s been consulting me for years so he knows about my vision and attention to detail. In part, it was probably a better solution to getting a videographer, Forte captured the raw emotion of the aftermath of the riots – the chaos, confusion and stark contrast to what the general perception of London is.

We captured history, a moment in time that can never be recreated and laid a bed of music which is both very personal to me, yet strikes a connection with the scenes surrounding. For you non-Hip Hop fans, the beat is by the infamous Just Blaze, produced for Jay Electronica. Check them both out.

When I reached 300 followers on Twitter, I promised everyone I would shout “This Is Sparta” in a public place on camera. Well, here it is..

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