Sam de Groot and I started making music together in 2010 when I ran a night called ‘I’ve Never Done This Before’. People were invited to do something they had never done before. For me it was a way to do stuff I wanted to do but for whatever reason – insecurity, embarrassment, lack of an excuse – never had. One time I did singing, then poetry, then acting. Singing + Poetry + Acting = Rapping. It suddenly seemed so vital I would rap at the next night. I expressed my intentions to Sam who reminded me that he had made beats in his youth. So his sampler and four-track came out of storage and we set to work. That first night we performed a cover of ‘Teenage Love’ by Slick Rick and our own song, ‘Making Life is Making Trouble’. This was followed a few months later by a song called ‘Glory’ and in 2012 we released an EP ‘Good at Goodbyes’. ‘Illegal Emotions’ is our debut album and came out in 2015.
Three poems from a book I made called ‘TENDER TO MISTRAL’ recorded with Tom Rosenthal playing piano.
Another from ‘TENDER TO MISTRAL’ with music composed by Viktor Dorozsmai. Check the cover – a photograph by one of my favourites, Frank Koolen.
A portrait of London as seen from the top of Cromwell Tower, one of the three residential towers in the Barbican Estate. This film combines over 5,000 photographs by Siddharth Khajuria with music by Tom Rosenthal and my poetry.
Depressed and too regularly at Walthamstow JobCentre – London 2012 came to the rescue. This poem is about a summer of Stratford, Westfield and the 97 bus.
A song with Tom Rosenthal.
Poem for a book called ‘Linear Manual’ edited by Martin Kohout. It is here designed by Rémy Dautin – he did a great job.