I confirmed as much as a swanky NYC resort room on a Saturday evening not having a clue what to anticipate.
When I used to be initially invited to attend an intimate launch occasion of a brand new dance music report label my ears perked up – however it wasn’t due to the style of music, or a elaborate invite. It was due to the names behind the launch.
After some small speak and assembly everybody within the resort room (perhaps 12-15 folks) it appeared the sensation was mutual. Everyone was on edge with anticipation, curious as to what we had been in for. A gorgeous white Rolls Royce pulls up with Ice-T, his spouse CoCo and Mr. X (also referred to as Afrika Islam & Charlie Funk) inside.
Once upstairs they make their rounds, do a couple of one on one chats after which we get deep into dialog with a dwell interview/Q&A (led by DJ Times) about their new dance music mission – Electronic Beat Empire. It’s a tech/techno based mostly report label. Ice-T and Mr. X go approach again so not solely are we listening to concerning the mission however we’re getting some severe music information dropped on us from the fellows who helped pioneer music as we all know it at the moment. I grew up on hip-hop from the 90s, after which fell in love with dance music within the early 2000s so this was fascinating for me. Like a gathering of the minds that broke down the limitations of what was doable for music through the years.
We listened to those two artists speak with full attentiveness for an excellent period of time, and all I might suppose is that these guys actually love what they do, and are devoted to the music (no matter style). They’ve each been within the sport because the basis was laid, and so they helped lay it. Now they’re taking over a brand new journey with the eagerness and fireplace nonetheless current. They’re not doing it as a result of digital music is now well-liked within the states, and undoubtedly not afraid of attempting new issues. They are doing it to have some enjoyable and put out music they will stand behind with out having to ask anybody permission.
Afrika Islam began out DJing in NYC with the Rock Steady Crew and studying from his mentor Afrika Bambaataa. He honed his abilities and rapidly turned a staple in DJ tradition. He moved to LA the place he met Ice-T and the 2 turned mates as he produced for Ice-T. He then found and predicted the facility of digital music earlier than it turned well-liked within the states; and has been taking part in techno over in Europe below the moniker Mr. X for the previous 15 years. Mr. X is now the primary main artist to signal to their new label Electronic Beat Empire along with his first launch, The Brutal E.P.
Ice-T is a rapper, actor and report producer whose affect on American popular culture is infinite. Originally from LA, he is one of many west coast’s most well-known artists, with albums like O.G. Original Gangster (1991). He’s usually cited as one of many key elements in influencing the style at the moment generally known as “gangster rap,” and greatest identified at the moment for his function as Detective Fin on Law & Order SVU.