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Cellar Door’s Mark Sarfo-Kantanka and Farouk Deen appear in The Leaders Council podcast alongside Lord Blunkett

September 16, 2020

The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is currently in the process of talking to leadership figures from across the nation in an attempt to understand this universal trait and what it means in Britain and Northern Ireland today.

Our guys, Mark Sarfo-Kantanka and Farouk Deen were invited onto an episode of the podcast, which also included an interview with Lord Blunkett. Host Scott Challinor asked guests a series of questions about leadership and the role it has played in their careers to date.

Scott Challinor commented, “Hosting a show like this, where you speak to genuine leaders who have been there and done it, either on a national stage or within a crucial industry sector, is an absolute honour”.

Mark Sarfo-Kantanka said, “We are delighted to be involved in this podcast and contribute to the subject matter of leadership. Also highlighting the effects of Covid-19 we hope will stimulate further action from the UK Government”

Lord Blunkett, chairman of The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland said, “I think the most informative element of each episode is the first part, where Scott Challinor is able to sit down with someone who really gets how their industry works and knows how to make their organisation tick. Someone who’s there day in day out working hard and inspiring others. That’s what leadership is all about”.

The complete podcast is available to listen to on YouTube here: 

 or alternatively on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1XwYfgH3n6lw1wiRl9LBOe?si=KWvXBcu2QZWwRsQOFTGcaQ

Milli Major Drops Soundtrack To Major Paper

September 11, 2020

MILLI MAJOR BRINGS THE UK SCENE TOGETHER ON THE RELEASE OF THE FULLSOUNDTRACK FROM HIS SHORT FILM ‘MAJOR PAPER’

Following the release last month of his critically acclaimed debut film ‘Major Paper’ that has been featured with the likes of Complex, Trench and the Voice Newspaper, Milli Major releases the full 5 track soundtrack.

Following on from teaser singles ‘Driller’s’ featuring Nines, Paper Pabs and Bossman Birdie, this was then followed with the high ocatane release ‘Madness’ ft Deepee, Tion Wayne and Big Narstie. Independently curated in its entirety, the ‘Major Paper’ film and soundtrack features an all-star cast or talent from the rich pool of UK’s Rap scene and its borders. The film itself features Paper Pabs, Lippy Lickshot, So Large and Tempa T whilst the exclusive, self-curated music, which is pivotal to the gripping plot of the 12-minute short, sees some of the scenes biggest names including Paper Pabs, Bossman Birdie, Nines, Flirta D, Deepee, Tion Wayne, Big Narstie, Armz Korleone, Tempa T, Scrufizzer and Bushkin add each of their own spins to create a culturally iconic piece for the UK rap scene.

With fantastic support from national radio and various tastemakers, the UK’s thriving black music scene is placing its full weight behind the ground-breaking move from Milli Major. Centred on the harsh realties of crime and gang culture from London’s inner-city streets, both the storyline and the music are centred on reality and experience that is identifiable to many and fascinating to others

 ‘Major Paper’ as described by Wonderland is a ‘ground-breaking new project’ and it’s clear that it’s been a painstaking process to identify the exact people, producers, sounds and styles to make this project work. Tapping in on a broad range of influences and A&R’ing some pleasingly surprising collaborations, the soundtrack features Instagram sensation and fitness instructor Armz Korleone alongside Tempa T for ‘Pre-Workous Season’ before taking on a garage vibe in track 5 ‘Mr Lover’ featuring Scrufizzer and Bushkin. The experienced producer roster also hits hard with the likes of Heavy Trackerz, Coco, OH91 and Jack Junior stepping in to bring their musical magic.

From drill to grime, Milli Major has created a blockbuster soundtrack with an all-star line-up and energy that is exceptionally representative of the UK scene right now, as well as bridging the gap to the film world.

Talking to international Rap DJ Charlie Sloth, Milli Major says “I depict my reality, all of this is a part of me, you never know what you will get when you see my name on a track, I have many sounds, I might make a drill tune today and then make a grime tune tomorrow. My sound is a hidden treasure.”

STREAM/DOWNLOAD/WATCH: MILLI MAJOR – MAJOR PAPER

Stay up to date with MILLI MAJOR by following his socials for news about upcoming releases & more.
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#ukdrill #majorpaper #millimajor #soundtrack #ukdrillscene #ukdrillmusic #ukurbanscene #ukrappers #ukmusicscene

Grime Pioneer Striver Returns With New Project

September 11, 2020

‘ANTHEM’ AND PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD RECORDINGS OF FLIRTA D & SCRUFIZZER ARE EXCLUSIVELY RELEASED AS PRODUCER STRIVER DROPS ‘RECOVERED DRIVE 1’.

CLASSIC GRIME INSTRUMENTALS AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MATERIAL FEATURING FLIRTA D AND SCRUFIZZER ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO THE WORLD.

With a slew of grime heritage to his name, including one of the genres most iconic instrumentals, producer and engineer Striver, celebrates his legacy with the release of ‘Recovered Drive 1’. A selection of his decade-old archive into the present day, Recovered Drive 1 is Striver’s 8-track, 2020 project, presenting classic Grime instrumentals, new beats and guest features from Flirta D, Gully Ranjah, Vener Remah and Scrufizzer.

Beginning his musical career as a DJ at the age of 14, Striver was born of the pirate radio era, having been inspired by tuning in to So Solid Sundays on Delight FM in 1999. Music production and a doggedly determined DIY attitude to establishing a music career, soon landed Striver with a residency on pirate radio station Elite FM and his initiation into South London collective Nu Brand Flexxx. With an in-house producer now on board that could capture the young, energetic and raw talent of the crews MC’s Sas Killa, Boya, Tinie Tempah and Peigh, a perfect match was made.

Striver’s first release was “Dreaming” feat. Chanel, Sas Killa, Mr Wong (2005) and dominated seminal TV station Channel U before filtering into nationwide radio station BBC 1xtra. 2006 saw the release of grime classic “Gash by da Hour” also produced by Striver, which launched onto TV screens and went straight to no.1 spot for 13 weeks on Channel U, hitting BBC 1xtra, Choice FM (now Capital Xtra), BBC Radio 1 and UK underground stations like RINSE FM as well as CD compilations over the including UK Grime vol.1 and Pure Grime.

Following the success of Gash by da Hour, Striver created the 2007 remake of Maxwell D’s “Serious” while Nu Brand Flexxx recruited MCs Meter, Hoodlem, Infa red, Blacks, TK and Brags. The growing collective then released “Anthem”, which entered the Channel U charts at no.1 and remained there for 10 weeks.

Executively producing Nu Brand Flexxx’s debut album “Rangoose Vol.1” in 2008, Striver lead the recording and mixing of the project. His production skill has also been used to work alongside artists including Wiley, Tinchy Stryder, Nasty Crew, Roll Deep, Crazy Titch, Big Narstie, Flirta D, Carns Hill, Jae5, Randy Valentine, Mr.Wong, Maxwell D, P Money & Blacks. On the live circuit he has performed his music in London, Amsterdam and Ayia Napa, and also counts Lovebox, Luton Carnival, Anti-Racist Festival, Victoria Park Festival, Lewisham Peoples Day, Choice FM @ Emirates stadium and the O2 arena for football star Kanu amongst some of his live shows.

In 2020, Striver is back on the buttons and in the studio. Working closely with younger cousin Jae5 it is clear to see that visionary sounds in exciting genres are at the fingertips of this family from generation to generation. Making a marked return by releasing Recovered Drive 1, Striver explains: “Recovered Drive 1 is a mixture of some of my most classic instrumentals along with new instrumentals that capture the essence of grime”

I lost most of my hard drive with archived music a while ago and recently recovered the entire drive, which was a wake up call – it was the energy I needed to put music out again as well as creatively tap into my production zone. 

– Striver

One of my motivations to creative music is to spark someone to pick up a mic and write about their life experiences but also boost, brag and embrace the all-round hype energy that grime brings. More than anything, Recovered Drive 1 is to let people know that Striver is back!”

Presenting classic Grime instrumentals that have never before been available, new beats and guest features from Flirta D, Gully, Vener, Ranjah and Scrufizzer, Recovered Drive 1 also invites Creative Director Almass Badat to collaboratively curate the 8-track project and visualise the artwork, which is a contemporary take rooted in where it all began – Striver’s South London 2007 studio.

Tracklist:

  1. SLY SHUTTLE
  2. OUT MY WINDOW
  3. LEVELLER
  4. SERGEANT 
  5. DIFFERENT AIMS
  6. SHO SHO
  7. CLAPMAN UP ft Gully Ranjah, Vener Remah, Flirta D
  8. BAD Ft Scruffizer

Check out RECOVERED DRIVE 1 out now across all DSP’s.

STREAM/PURCHASE: STRIVER – RECOVERED DRIVE 1

Stay up to date with STRIVER by following his socials for news about upcoming releases & more.

WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

#music #grimemusic #ukmusic #musicproducer #grimepioneer #urbanmusic #grime #ukgrimescene #ukmusicscene

HOW TO HOST YOUR CREATIVE WORKSHOP ONLINE

September 7, 2020

Calling all creatives!!! Are you a creative who’s ever wanted to teach your skills or have lost an income from IRL workshops due to COVID 19? Then there is something that will be perfect for you. On the 9/9/2020 there is an online workshop that will teach you how to host a creative workshop online, taking you through everything from hosting a workshop to marketing. The event will be hosted by Swakara Antwell-Bennett @swakara_shares, founder of the art market place Better Shared and a creative business consultant.

Things you will learn at this workshop

  • How to choose your topic
  • 3 creative workshop styles
  • A step-by-step guide to setting up
  • Pricing techniques
  • How to market your workshop

When will this be taking place?

Wednesday 9th Sept 2020

(UK) BST: 7pm | EST: 2pm

On Zoom (you’ll receive the link up to 24 hours before)

You can get your tickets for this event here. This will be a great workshop for artist, designers, photographers and makers who want to host a creative workshop online. You don’t want to miss this workshop.

Time lapse – Pepsi MAX presents The UEFA Champions League Final 2020 – Stonor Park

September 2, 2020

Cellar Door Group were commissioned to produce a Drive-In experience that showcased the UEFA Champions League Final on 23rd August 2020 for PepsiCo (Pepsi MAX®). We were delighted to secure Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames as our venue, where this video captures the screen and truss build as part of the rigging set up.

The live events sector has been hit hard due to the impact of Covid-19 and we encourage colleagues in the industry to keep showing resilience during these times.

With thanks to Pearl & Dean

Time lapse captured by © Ian MacClean
Shot using the Nikon D810 DSLR camera

Courtesy of ‘The Thinker

The Bring In

August 19, 2020

Radio presenter Kamilla Rose launches her new initiative, The Bring In. The Bring In is an online platform that provides the next-gen of creatives, who are looking to work within the world of audio, TV and journalism, with advice, tips and tricks and mentorship. The aim of The Bring In, is to increase diversity within the media industry.

“It’s all birthed from some free mentoring sessions I wanted to offer black individuals looking for a career in these spaces, which inspired me to create something bigger to reach those I was unable to speak to”.

– Kamilla Rose

The Bring In will also host quarterly panel discussions with already established creatives, dishing up some of their experiences and gems of wisdom with emerging creative. The mentors that will be part of the 1-2-1 mentorship programme, will be from a carefully curated talent pool of senior industry figures. This will be an amazing opportunity for any emerging creative.

Kamilla Rose

Kamilla Rose is a freelancer radio presenter/producer and NCTJ presenter journalist, with over 7 years in the media industry. Kamilla started her journey in the world of journalism with no family ties or friend connections to the industry, working her way up to a producer. “I really wanted to launch a platform where creatives could share experiences and knowledge, bring together a community of working people and those looking to work in these industries”.

Check out The Bring In on: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook. Share the links with someone you know who will also benefit from this platform.

Too keep updated with whats happening at The Bring In sign up to their newsletter and keep your eyes peeled for their latest news, tips/advice. Newsletter sign up

#Nike #YouCantStopUs @WiedenKennedy #adland

August 5, 2020

Nike, You Can't Stop Us, You Can't Stop Sport, colin kaepernick, cheerleader, Sport

Applause to agency: Wieden + Kennedy

Courtesy of: ‘The Thinker

#Beyoncé, #ShattaWale, #MajorLazer – ALREADY (Official #Video) #newmusic

July 31, 2020

Black, BLM, Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer ALREADY, new music, ghana, goat, Official Video

Courtesy of ‘The Thinker

#LiZiQi #TraditionalChineseTechniques #10M+YouTubeSubscribers #InternetCelebrity

July 7, 2020

With the whole world being packed with influencers everywhere, there is a different kind of online influencer that takes us to explore something unknown and brings us a fresh yet mysterious feeling. As a result, we think we would like to introduce someone different from the massive commercial influencers in fashion and style, which is quite common in today’s world.

Li Ziqi, a Chinese food and country-life blogger with over 10M subscribers on YouTube(!!), is known for creating food and handicraft preparation videos in her hometown of rural Pingwu, Mianyang City, Sichuan Province, often from basic ingredients and tools using traditional Chinese techniques.

This is a video of her making traditional Chinese rice puddings (Zongzi) for Dragon Boat Festival that usually takes place in June. This year 2020, it falls in the end of June.

This video shows how she is doing the traditional Chinese embroidery–Shu Embroidery (蜀绣), and making a traditional dress.

This one shows how she’s making a blusher, lipstick and eyebrow liner from scratch!

 

Enjoy watching! You can also follow her channel here.

 

Courtesy of ‘The Designer’

#RedArmy #BeatIt #MondayFun #Laughs

June 22, 2020

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