Category Archives: Interviews



And so, the next generation continue to take over the city. M20 Collective have already made a substantial mark in the make-up of the city, and their forthcoming event on 24 April looks set to continue the proliferation of their unique outlook. Groovement decided it was time to catch up. Thanks to Yemi for facilitating and Joel for answering so

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Looking back and facing forward: The Mouse Outfit

Releasing Escape Music was definitely a key event in our career and the catalyst for us being taken seriously as a group. – CHINI       Agent J here. I spoke to Chini recently in the build to the new Mouse Outfit album, and it got me reflecting.   Beginnings My history with The Mouse Outfit is a long

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Interview: Super-Helpful Kwame

            To me, Kwame is one of the most passionate up-and-comers in the independent rap game.   The Brooklyn native is an embracer of more abstract sounds, as heard to maximum effect on his most recent full body of work, SoBeR. A contemporary of Pro Era, Kwame (then known as Kwame3000) formed one third of Super

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In Conversation: Fumaça Preta

The original, shorter version of this article can be found in Now Then Manchester issue 15 (Jan 2014), brilliantly backgrounded with some Mysterious Cities of Gold art from Kid Acne.  My final gig of last year was also the best. To call Fumaça Preta ‘incendiary’ in their live incarnation is entirely apt (their name means ‘black smoke’ in Portuguese) but

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Interview and preview: SheBeKeke – Abecedarian EP

Entrenched firmly in Manchester’s creative community, Keke Thompson is a multi-talented artist and performer who’s lining up her debut, self-released EP. First published as a poet at the age of 10, Keke has since been published in various antholgies and is a core member of Manchester’s youth writing groups Young Identity and Inna Voice. She’s opened up for the likes

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Interview: DJ Yoda previews Breakfast of Champions at Band on the Wall

This Friday night will see the culmination of a week’s residency between DJ Yoda and a lucky team of collaborators working at Band on the Wall. Potential partners were asked to apply for the residency, but places were already cemented for Manc rappers Truthos Mufasa (Ape Cult), Sparkz (Voodoo Black) together with Rex Domino. Find details on the collaborators and keep

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Groovement Interview: CHARLES EDISON

I was blown away by Charles’ track My Name Is t’other month – you can find it right at the end of this Groovement episode. I holla’d at him with some questions to delve a little deeper. Catch him on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud. He even has his own website here. Also have a look at Beats Laying About and their

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Interview: Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill are Ugly Heroes

  Here are the basics on Ugly Heroes, an interview for Mello Music Group, if you’re unfamiliar…   The crew (comprised of producer Apollo Brown and lyricists Red Pill and Verbal Kent) made their Manchester debut this week at Band on the Wall, the final date of their first group tour. I walked in to Apollo Brown punching some dark

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE // Exclusive interview and ‘Frontrow’ video

  In an exclusive first look for Groovement, we have Substance Abuse‘s new video, Frontrow, taken from the Background Music album – we also got the chance to talk to them below. Buy Background Music here. GROOVEMENT FIRST LOOK // SUBSTANCE ABUSE: FRONTROW Substance Abuse are Eso Tre and Subz – you may have heard of them most recently through the

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Manchester is standing at the forefront of a hip hop and beats revolution at the minute. The Mouse Outfit have disturbed the underground with their brand of funky hip hop, while the Room 2 imprint (download debut label release Kydroponics Vol 2 here) looks set to be a prolific representation of the Manc underground over the coming years – more

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