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RackNRuin | Artist Profile | December 19th | BeatCulture.net

RackNRuin: Artist Profile

One of the first artists to release on the now infamous independent label – Black Butter Records. RackNRuin is an artist to keep your eyes on. ‘Righteous’ with Navigator, Illaman and Serocee along with ‘Territory’ featuring Navigator and Slarta John (Basement Jaxx) were two of the first release on Black Butter and since he has collaborated with P Money and been dubbed by DJ Magazine ‘”One of the most exciting producers working in the UK Bass scene…”

In this artist profile, a further collaboration between Vancouver, Canada based company Urban Hit Promotions, we get to find out what influenced this artist and what his plans are for the future.

RackNRuin – ‘Righteous’ ft Serocee, Navigator & Illaman

RackNRuin – ‘Territory’ ft Navigator & Slarta John

Location?
Hackney, London.

Where did your name come from?
An old English saying that I thought fitted my sound!

What artists inspired you to make music?
The Clash, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson.

Was there a defining moment that made you want to make music?
When I bought decks and started buying vinyl. And then hearing all the underground UK sounds.

How influential was reggae culture to you in the development of your style? Any artists?
Played a big part in my productions over the years. Sampling roots and dub has helped me develop my sound. People like Horace Andy, King Tubby etc… Modern reggae & basement also influence my style a lot.

How influential is rave culture to your style? Any specific artists or albums?
Very influential. jungle, d&b and garage all were massive influences. Albums like Roni Size – Reprazent and Adam F – Colours.

What was the album, artist or song that made you want to make music? (Most inspirational).
Too hard to say! Probably a Michael Jackson tune…

Top 3 DJs off all time?
Jazzy Jeff, Jackmaster, Klose One.

Top 3 Producers of all time?
Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, Photek.

Top 3 albums of all time?
Michael Jackson – Thriller, Notorious BIG – BIG, Wu Tang Clan – 36 Chambers.

What set up do you use? Any specific equipment?
Logic, loads of soft synths and a Micro KORG XL.

Most successful track(s) to date?
RackNRuin ft P Money – ‘Signal’

RackNRuin ft. Jessie Ware – ‘Soundclash’

Plans for the future?
Carry on with RackNRuin and my new project with Foamo: Gorgon City. As well as producing for other people.

Current favourite artists?
Dusky, Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid.

Current projects?
RackNRuin releases on Digital Soundboy, Black Butter and the collaborative project with Foamo.

RackNRuin Twitter
RackNRuin Facebook

Don’t forget to check out the free download from RackNRuin available now.

Words by Jamie BC

Navigator | Artist Profile | 4th December 2012 | BeatCulture.net

This series of artist profiles or mini-interviews is about connecting the past, present and future of a wide range of artists from a variety of genres. A collaborative project between Vancouver, Canada based company Urban Hit Promotions and BeatCulture.net.

We will be talking to artists from drum and bass, jungle, hip-hop, dubstep, reggae and more. We will be showing the connection and history of artists across these genres and the common bonds between all beat driven music, whatever the genre.

Navigator is a legend. Check the below documentary (in 2 parts) we released this summer for evidence. A massive supporter of Beat Culture and Urban Hit Promotions, it was only right that when we united to deliver this project Navi was the first artist we profiled.

Navigator: Artist Profile

Background?
I am a UK reggae soundboy, jungle, ragga MC and versatile artist that can integrate my vocals into practically any genre of music.

Where did your name come from?
The name Navigator was given to me by a friend who said I am a leader who has a profound ability to show people the way forward in music and life in general. I am always setting the pace and staying ahead of the game by virtue of my executive creative artistic skills.

What artists inspired you to make music?
Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Barrington Levi, Sugar Minnot, Gregory Isaac, Lone Ranger, Ranking Joe, David Rodigan, Killamanjaro Sound, Jah Tubbys UK sound, jungle music, Busta Rhymes & Biggie Smalls. To name a few.

Was there a defining moment that made you want to make music?
Listening to Lone Ranger on a Killamanjaro sound cassette tape and his album M16 in 1979 when I left school.

How influential was reggae culture to you in the development of your style? Any artists?
Rocksteady, Bluebeat, Ska & Studio 1. Jamaican and UK Reggae Dancehall/Lovers Rock and soundsystem culture is the whole reason why I make music. Most Influential artists: Dennis Brown, Bob Marley & King U-Roy, and Brigadier Jerry & Lone Ranger. Sounds: King Stur Gav, Killamanjaro, Metro Media, Stereo One, King Jammys, and Youthman Promotion.

What sort of influence did soul; jazz and funk have on you? Any artists?
Soul & Jazz, Funk were also big influences for me. James Brown, Al Green, Steve Arrington, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Evelyn Champagne King, Tom Tom Club etc…

What was the album, artist or song that made you want to make music? (most inspirational).
Bob Marley ‘Exodus’ Album & ‘Redemption’ Song. Dennis Brown ‘Revolution’. John Lennon ‘Imagine’.

Top 3 MCs of all time?
Brigadier Jerry, Lone Ranger, Busta Rhymes.

Top 3 albums of all time?
Exodus – Bob Marley, M16 – Lone Ranger, Ready to Die – Notorious BIG.

Most successful track to date?

Ruffneck – Freestylers feat Navigator

Plans for the future?
To make original classic music that gives people a positive and uplifting vibration and to spread a feeling of well being in general.

Current favourite artists?
Taurrus Riley, Christopher Martin & Etana

Current projects?
Promoting and marketing my label and brand ODT Muzik and recording new music in any genre that gives me artistic/creative inspiration.

Links:
www.navigatorofficialartist.com
www.odtmuzik.com
Navigator Facebook

Navigator – The Evolution Of A London MC (part 1)

Navigator – The Evolution Of A London MC (part 2)