The Manchester Cypher

Oh... my... days... did I have fun filming this one. The energy was simply amazing. So much talent. So much passion. So much skill. All of it expertly brought together by the Mic Check MCR team for yours truly to have the pleasure of capturing. In the end it was a very long shoot for… Continue reading The Manchester Cypher

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Mic Check III

Been a lot of fun shooting promos for Mic Check, a quarterly live music event scheduled to take place tomorrow evening in the Levenshulme district of Manchester. The editing has taken up most of my evenings over the last couple of weeks but it's been worth it to play around with footage and some of… Continue reading Mic Check III

2 DJs, 7 MCs and One Long Night of Filming

So this was without question the most physically taxing shoot to date. What had originally been planned as a 30-minute studio session with 7 of Manchester's most talented MCs, extended into an hour-long set. By the end my shoulders and back were on fire from holding up the weight of my shoulder rig to film… Continue reading 2 DJs, 7 MCs and One Long Night of Filming

Does Manchester Have a Unity Problem?

"Here in Manchester... If we'd support each other, like London does, then we'd be up there. But [instead] it's like every man for himself." Pretty startling comment isn't it. It belongs to JE, a member of Manchester-based rap group, TTS. I had the pleasure of filming an interview with them (see below) last night ahead… Continue reading Does Manchester Have a Unity Problem?

Grime, Hip Hop and the City

If American hip-hop – along with dancehall and garage music – are the parents, grime has since emerged from their shadow as the rebellious adolescent ready to forge its own path, becoming the voice of choice for British millenials tired of hearing tales of streetlife narrated from across the Atlantic. It's for this reason I've… Continue reading Grime, Hip Hop and the City

‘Hearing guys that sounded like me opened my eyes’: An Interview With ‘Mic Check’ Founder, Leigh O’Neill

I got the chance this week to interview Leigh O’Neill, the founder and organiser of Manchester’s latest grime and hip-hop night, Mic Check. Right now, grime is growing faster than any other genre in Britain, with some of its highest profile artists – like Skepta and Stormzy – competing with the likes of Drake and… Continue reading ‘Hearing guys that sounded like me opened my eyes’: An Interview With ‘Mic Check’ Founder, Leigh O’Neill