Who am I?

Hello, I’m Steve and I work in the music industry. Fingers in pies is how I’d describe my life, it’s always been like that. I’ve never been able to focus on just one thing and I don’t think I ever will! I work at ATC Management in London, I’m also an A&R scout for Universal Records, I DJ at a monthly night I put on in London called Lo-Key and up till very recently have been radio presenting on a station in North West London called Bang 103.6FM.
Juggling everything can sometimes make me dizzy, things get hectic but you know what, that’s just how I like it! So my weekly post will be about what I’ve been up to in the world of music, where I’ve been and who I’ve seen.

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Steve Whiteley’s Christmas Podcast
21st Dec. 2009

To download this weeks Podcast click here.

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Hi Guys and Girls, so we are now well and truly into the decade of the Œteens‚ 2010 has kicked off in a hectic fashion for me. The A&R process with The Score is ongoing and it looks as though I’ll be back out in LA within the next few weeks for the next batch of recording sessions with various producers and songwriters. We are getting there and I hope to have a completed album by March with three strong singles to lead the radio campaign. A&R seems to be the order of the day as Master Shortie is currently in Paris with ATC 3 legend Kwame Kwaten recording with French super producer Freddie Chateaux. From the sounds of it, they are working on a monster of a track that has single potential written all over it. Duane Lamonte came in for a meeting today to discuss the A&R plot going forward. We are currently waiting for final mixes on tracks done by the Phrased Differently camp, once we have them in it’s all systems go!

On Sunday night I went to see an extremely talented unsigned band perform at a pub in Islington. I can’t tell you too much about them now as it’s all a bit covert but they definitely have potential! Moving on to the world of radio, I had a meeting with Shoreditch Radio last night who are looking like they are ever so near to launching. It’s exciting times as there are a group of talented and creative people behind it and I believe that they could really make it work. My part to play in it? I’ll be presenting the breakfast show and cannot wait to get involved in some banter, fun and frollocks in the morning! I will be sure to let you know when we are up and running.

www.shoreditchradio.co.uk

The weather is still mental in London, I feel like I’m in Narnia. I went sledging on the weekend with my little cousin. For some bizarre reason I thought I’d wear my new duffle coat for the experience, this turned out to be a mistake when we crashed, which caused a massive rip down the back of my jacket. I swear I was nearly in tears! Of course my cousin thought it was hysterical the little shit. I have an issue with clothes I always stain them or rip them. In fact when I went to drop some shirts off at my local dry cleaners the other day the guy working there turned round to me and said: ‘You have a lot of fun in your clothes don’t you’. I think he was referring to all the alcohol and ketchup stains that frequent them! Anyway there is light at the end of the tunnel as my friend Nick (Mr Tack Tack Tack/Swedish music guru) recently introduced me to this bit of naughtyness. It’s Hyph Mngo by Joy Orbison, chilled vibes with an old skool rave element to it. Love it!

Until next time people, stay happy x

Steve Whiteley

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Happy new year to all! I hope you are feeling revitalized and raring to go for 2010. If not and you were on the somewhat excessive side during the Christmas festivities, then I suggest you get yourself down to a beauty farm ASAP and pamper yourself! Mud bath’s, facials, wearing top dollar robes, all the good stuff in life. Failing that, bubble bath yourself whilst listening to Classic FM. Whatever you do don’t watch Celebrity Big Brother, I made the fatal mistake of doing that last night and it did not help my stress levels one bit!

OK so I am back to reality as are many of you, things are still warming up so rather then tell you about what’s been going on in my world over the past week I though I would kick off the new year with my tips for 2010. They are musical tips and nothing to do with how you should live your life this year, I will leave that to someone who actually has a clue…

In nooo particular order, here it is:

TIPS FOR 2010

TORO Y MOIhttp://www.myspace.com/toroymoi
Talamak..that’s all I’m going to say on this one!

CHIDDY BANGhttp://www.myspace.com/chiddybang
The lyrical skills of Proto and big beats of Xaphoon Jones combined to create the Swelly Express mixtape, which shows their intentions for 2010. Mouth watering stuff for your hip hop pallet’s.

ELIZA DOOLITTLEhttp://www.myspace.com/elizadoolittle
London songstress who has been developing for a while now and is ready to come out in 2010 and do very good things. Checkout Rollerblades, love it!

PENGUIN PRISONhttp://www.myspace.com/penguinprison
From NYC, straight coolness. “A Funny Thing” is the standout track. Chris Glover is the genius architect behind Penguin Prison and has been doing some vunderful remixes and this year he seems set to follow in the footsteps of Passion Pit, MGMT and Miike Snow with a similar electronic but very pop based sound.

RUMERhttp://www.myspace.com/rumerlovesyou
Pure class… Aretha does wonders for the soul! The next Norah Jones?

YEASAYERhttp://www.myspace.com/yeasayer
OK so technically they are not a brand spanking new band as they had an album released in 2007, however their 2nd album Fake Blood is due for release in February and I think it will absolutely stonk it based on the first single “Ambling Alp”.

JAKWOBhttp://www.myspace.com/jakwob
Oh my gosh, check out his latest remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Under The Sheets”, it’s bigger than a BK triple whopper! Next big UK producer/remixer in the making…

THE GRANTShttp://www.myspace.com/thegrantsrock
I’ve been following this band from Liverpool for a while now and think they offer something very different to many of the other UK bands out there. “Our Story” and “I Am The One” are their best tracks. I have the finished versions which sound far more polished than the demo’s on Myspace.

WASHED OUThttp://www.myspace.com/thebabeinthewoods
Trippy, dreamy lo-fi electronica, liking “New Theory” a lot.

ELLIE GOULDINGhttp://www.myspace.com/elliegoulding
Polydor’s priority act for 2010. Unique voice and great electro/folk/pop sound which will work wonders to the masses, she’s beautiful too which always helps. Supporting Passion Pit on tour in March.

GIGGShttp://www.myspace.com/trapstargiggs
Sold over 100,000 mixtapes over the past two years. Signed to XL, the boy from Peckham’s done good! Offering a completely different style and flow to all other UK rappers out there, he is going to push through to the mainstream this year. The music industry has shown concern about his ‘criminal’ background and stint in prison, but So Solid overcame that and so can he. Love his vids!

ERIK HASSLEhttp://www.myspace.com/erikhassle
Epic pop sounds from the man from Sweden. Hurtful works very nicely for me! Supporting Mika on a UK tour commencing in February.

DELPHIChttp://www.myspace.com/delphic
Cool ass UK band who do great remixes too. Counterpoint is their big track to date.

THEOPHILUS LONDONhttp://www.myspace.com/theophiluslondon
This Charming mixtape was a great introduction to the rapper and his eclectic hip hop sounds and lyrics. Humdrum Town makes me do more then just tap my feet…

BODY LANGUAGEhttp://www.myspace.com/bodylanguage
Check out the track Sandwiches…making a not so sexy subject sizzling hot!

ALEX MILLShttp://www.myspace.com/alexmillsmusic
Female solo artist from London, already done loads of collaborations and performed on Later With Jools Holland..amazing soulful voice. Check out Yo Mama, although to be honest all the songs on her Myspace sound great. Check out this Tricky track Puppy Toy which Alex features in, it’s big!

And to finish off with something trippy for your asses, check out this nice little homemade video by Vision Of Trees for their track “Cult Of Cobra”.

Until next time people, stay happy x

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Hey peeps,

So Christmas has crept up on us, how quickly did that come around?! I am currently in Egypt plotting world domination for 2010 so i don’t have a great deal to report to you, apart from it’s nice and hot here!! Still, being the kind of guy that I am, for those spending their Christmas in a cold climate I’ve made you a Tropical Playlist part two:

Tropical Getaway part 2

TROPICAL PLAYLIST PART 2

I’ve also got a free giveaway to add to your Christmas presents, it’s Master Shortie‘s A.D.H.Dubstep album! It’s his whole album remixed a la dubstep stylee by the very talented producer Axxon. Yours to download, just click on the image below. Ho ho ho ho.

For those Londoners that are undecided where to go on NYE, head down to the Lockside Lounge in Camden. I’m doing a surprise appearance on the wheels of steel, in a back to back set with my DJ partner in crime Charlie Black. Expect a full on mash up party set! Details of the event are here: Lockside Lounge NYE bash – tickets

Have a great Christmas everyone, stuff yourself with turkey, mince pies and all the other good stuff in life.

Until next time, stay happy people.

Steve x

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Happy Wednesday people! OK in London we are officially in the Christmas season as today the snow made it’s premier appearance! One word of advice,
if you are planning on going outside when it’s snowing and are wearing vans, DON’T! I cannot feel my feet at the moment, even the woolly hat that I bought the other week cannot help me.

So this past week I had a meeting with Shola Ama who we’ve just started consulting for. It was actually quite a weird feeling as it was about nine
years ago that I played her single “Imagine” (the Dark Asylum Remix) all the time! Every time I used to DJ out at a garage rave I’d play this and it was game over!

It’s actually been meetings galore recently, The Score‘s label, Coast Music, were in town on Friday, so we had a meeting about plans for 2010 including the remaining recording schedule for the band, the live plot going forward and online strategy. This was fine as the meeting lasted an hour, anything over that and my mind usually goes walkies! We also had a meeting with Duane Lamonte about the plan going forward, lots of exciting things lie ahead including working on some very strong recording material. I did manage to squeeze a Master Shortie performance in between as he was supporting N-Dubz at Shepherds Bush Empire. During their performance they brought a fan onto the stage for an entire song. I have to say it was quite a moment as the fan was crying her eyes out as N-Dubz performed to her. Never underestimate the power of music!

OK a couple of things I’m loving at the moment, one is the Chris Evans biography ‘Its What You Think’. A very entertaining read, which I finished in three days. Anybody who wants an insight into the mind of a creative genius and has a strong interest in the world of radio and television needs to check it out. It’s easy to forget how much he has accomplished as he packed it all in for a while to go travelling, but boy has he had an amazing life! For those that haven’t heard of Chris, he is an English broadcaster who has had to date an illustrious career as a TV and radio broadcaster, which has never been short of controversy. He is currently the breakfast show presenter on BBC Radio 2.
Chris Evans
I’m also loving Toro Y Moi, an artist whose real name is Chaz Bundick and is from South Carolina. He is a 23-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist whiz-kid and graphic design graduate who grew up in New York with a Filippino mum and African-American dad listening to everyone from Daft Punk to J Dilla, and everything from freak-folk to French House, he’s also got a dance alias, Les Sins. Bundick is apparently working on two different Toro Y Moi albums for release in 2010. His stand out track to date is “Talamak”, which has a warm, fuzzy and distorted lo-fi electronic sound.

Toro Y Moi “Talamak”:

I’m going to finish with my favourite Christmas record of all time. OK so the lyrics don’t actually mention Christmas, but that’s besides the point. It was released at the end of 1994 and remained at the top for five weeks and was the year’s Christmas number-one. Everyone has fond memories of certain Christmas’ and can remember what that year’s number one was, well this is mine!

Until next time people, stay happy x

Steve Whiteley

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Hi to all the Wednesday massive! Firstly apologies if this post might sound a bit disjointed, I have just got back from LA and am most definitely jet lagging. I’ll rewind to last Thursday before I explain the LA trip. I gave a heads up a few weeks back about an unsigned artist called Rumer (www.myspace.com/rumerlovesyou), well we are officially managing her now and she is generating a lot of ‘industry buzz’. We are going through the ‘courting’ stage at the moment, where labels and publishers are coming down to her producers studio to hear and see her sing. Now I’m sure I’m going to sound slightly biased when i say this, but Rumer seriously has one of those voices that takes you on a journey. And I don’t mean the typical stressed out City rush hour type of journeys either. Oh no, I mean this takes you somewhere magical. I’ve even named it a new genre of music, it’s called ‘psuedo bubble bath music’. OK I made that last bit up but you see where I’m going with this. Her voice is so beautiful that in one of the studio performances the head of A&R at a major label (who will be called Mr Sniffles for this story) was actually brought to tears he was so moved by it! So on Thursday I was at the studio all day whilst labels and publishers came to check out if the ‘Rumer’ they heard was true (See what I did there, Ok I did warn you this post would be rather disjointed). If Rumer’s voice was a picture this is what it would look like:

Anyway whilst this was going on, I was on the old crackberry with The Score’s LA based label Coast Music and Curtis Richardson organizing last minute details for the upcoming recording sessions. During this exchange of communication we came to the conclusion that in fact it would be worthwhile if I flew to LA for the sessions. So 18 hours later I was on a plane out there, I love doing a lastminute.com trip! The Rumer meetings lasted longer than expected and I ended up being twenty minutes late for a date that evening. I turned up red faced and out of breath after jumping out of the taxi due to rush hour traffic and running to meet my date in question. All was forgiven though as we saw an amazing show that I cannot recommend strongly enough. It’s called La Clique (www.lacliquelondon.com) and is a fusion of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary vaudeville,  it’s showing at the Roundhouse Theatre in Camden.

So I flew out to LA on Friday and went straight from the airport to the studio where I pretty much stayed for most of my stay, before returning to London today. The sessions went great and I’m genuinely excited for what lies ahead. I think Curtis and the guys had a good chemistry and built up a strong creative rapport. By Tuesday three tracks had been recorded and I’ll be sure to post one of them on here once they have been mixed and mastered.

As well as being a song writer, Curtis is also A&R for Scion Music Group and from what he played me, is developing some hot new acts. I have a feeling that we are going to be working with Curtis on many projects going forward, he’s a great guy who happens to do the worst impression of a cockney I have ever heard (like most Americans do, such as Don Cheadle in Ocean’s 11).

A couple of things I’m loving at the moment are the video to Yeasayer’s new single ‘Ambling Alp’, both the song and the video are utterly brilliant! The single is from their forthcoming album Odd Blood out on February 9th, which I personally cannot wait to get.

The second is another music video and this time it’s Raekwon single ‘House Of Flying Daggers’. The track features Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man and is off of his new album Only Built For Cuban Linx Part 2. The video features animated cameos from GZA, RZA, and the song’s producer, the late J Dilla. Vintage Wu Tang baby, this video is off the richter!

Check out my latest podcast which will be uploaded very soon! Until next time people, stay happy.

Steve x

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Hi All. I’m going to start off by saying the weather in London right now sucks, sorry to start on a negative but I had to get it off my chest. Call me a wimp, but I bought a woolly hat recently that I’ve even resorted to wearing at work. When it’s this cold it’s important to have lots of sunny music on your iPod. In fact go one step further and create a ‘tropical’ playlist so you can at least pretend it’s hot where you are. Unless you’re reading this from a hot climate right now, in which case, take that smug look off your face!  So here’s some recommendations of music to add to your ‘tropical’ playlist:

Tropical Sleepaway

Part 2 will be posted on the next cold Wednesday (hmm next week I’m guessing).

So last Thursday I attended a gig called Go West at Madame Jojo’s in Soho (http://www.madamejojos.com/showcases/go_west/index.html).
A band we manage called Pandering and The Golddiggers (www.myspace.com/panderingandthegolddiggers) were performing at the event. The first comparison to anyone who comes across this band will be Scissor Sisters, not in sound but image. They are electro pop driven and look amazing! They have been developing for the past year and a half and they are now at a stage where they are really nailing their live performances. Highlight for me was their acappella version of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s I Like Big Butts.
Pandering and The Golddiggers

Duane Lamonte’s performance at 1xtra Live in Sheffield went down a treat and funnily enough it was the guys that were going more crazy to the performance of his forthcoming single ‘No Regrets’ than the girls, which I take as a good sign. Everyone remembers him from X-Factor so of course just think he’s your average X-Factor ‘reject’. What people don’t realize is that he’s also a choreographer and has dance moves for days! So on Saturday he brought four dancers for the performance and surprised everyone. Check out footage of him rehearsing with dancers the day before the event (at this point they’d spent just two hours learning the choreography).

He’s performing next Monday at the opening night of a new private members pop up bar in Soho called Quintessentially. Other acts performing on the night include the Chewlips (www.myspace.com/chewlips) who have a very cool vibe and an electro pop sound. Their debut single was released on the oh so fashionable French label Kitsune. Also on the bill is the acoustic led Kerry Leatham (www.myspace.com/kerryleatham) and another young female solo artist who recently signed to Virgin, Eliza Doolittle. Details of the event are here: http://uk.glam.com/articles/features/pop_at_quintessentially_soho

Video of Chewlips – Solo

On the DJ side of things, our monthly night Lo-Key is moving venues and we are kicking off our first night on NYE! We’re moving to the Lockside Lounge in Camden, which is a cool venue on the canal. We’re sorting out details for the NYE party at the moment so I’ll be sure to let you know details as soon as they are confirmed.

Two things’ I love right now, mulled wine and The Cat Empire Two Shoes Album. You know when you’ve had an album that you RINSED for maybe 6 months?! That was the case with this album, I bought it when it was released in 2005 and thought it was the best thing I’d discovered since Sherbert Dip(what a moment that was). Anyway after playing it incessantly I’d had enough. Well I’ve just come back to it and remembered how genius it is. I’m telling you, if you haven’t come across them before you HAVE to get the album! It was recorded at the legendary Egrem Sudio in Havana, Cuba, where the Buena Vista Social Club and countless other Cuban artists recorded their albums. Hip-hop, latin, jazz, reggae, rock and ska, this album takes you on a genre bending journey that is like a sunny day on the beach, sipping pims and playing beach footy!

The Cat Empire Two Shoes album coverThe Cat Empire (check out the hairy arms)

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Check out this track Hello from their album Two Shoes:

Until next week people, stay happy.

Steve x

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Hi All,

I can’t believe Wednesday’s come around again , the weeks are flying by! So the Score’s recording sessions are booked in for the first week of December in LA with songwriter Curtis Richardson. He began his song writing career working alongside Zelma Davis (formerly of C&C Music Factory). His track, the legendary 90’s hit “Power” helped Davis comeback album take the number 1 spot on the Billboard Dance Club Charts. He has also worked with the likes of J-Lo, LL Cool J, Joss Stone, Rihanna and a whole host of other established artists. So hopefully they will come out of the studio with an early Christmas present in the shape of a hit! Elsewhere Duane Lamonte has been asked to perform at 1xtra live in Sheffield. The line up reads like the who’s who of the UK urban scene and includes Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk, Taio Cruz, Jay Sean, JLS and more. For years the press has always labeled this genre of music as ‘urban’ however now that it has entered into the mainstream I think it’s most relevant term is ‘popular music’. The likes of Dizzee, Tinchy and Chipmunk all worked hard in the underground grime scene for years before reaching commercial success so deserve to be where they are today.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/1xtralive/2009/lineup/

Master Shortie is still on the road supporting N-Dubz on tour. Half way through his set he gives fans the chance of winning a pair of his Pigeonheadz trainers by texting a number he announces. The phone has been ringing and receiving texts non stop! People LOVE a freebie!

Two things I’m loving at the moment. One is The xx, who are a band from London, consisting of three 20 year old’s. Their debut album (xx) was released on Young Turks (an imprint of XL) in August. They recorded the album in a small garage that was part of the XL studios, often at night, which contributed to the sleek, whispery nature of the album. Their music is serious sex, sorry I mean chill out music! My favourite track on the album is Crystalised.

My other love of the moment is another TV series called The Wire. I know you must think I’m a geek who spends all his time listening to music and watching TV, sadly it’s a pretty accurate description. Anyway it first aired on HBO in 2002, but I only got into it last month and am now on series three. The characters are immense, the story lines are water tight and the dialogue is phenomenal! For those that haven’t seen it yet, here’s a little taster. All I’m going to say is FUUCCKKK!

Unsigned act of the week is a female solo artist by the name of Rumer, with a silky voice and an ability to write songs such as Aretha, I heard a ‘Rumer’ that she will be big in no time at all!

Checkout my podcast which will be available to download and stream this Friday. Plenty of fresh music for your ears.

Stay happy people, Steve x

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Hello all and good Wednesday to you!

I’ll begin with what’s been going on with the management side of things this past week. A few months ago I picked some producers to work on remixes for The Score’s latest single “Girls Gone Wild”. Remixes are a very important area for an artists campaign, they allow the music to be heard by a completely different demographic that normally wouldn’t necessarily be into it. So I chose The Phantom’s Revenge a French disco house remixer, E-Squire a big house producer, Dubstep led Balistiq beats, and another French producer called Anoraak (great remix of Metronomy’s ‘Heartbreaker’) for a pop lead remix. This resulted in a nice varied package that is currently sitting at number 23 in the upfront club charts (aim is for it to reach top 10). Getting remixes done is one of my favorite things. I love taking a punt on producers who are unheard of and seeing how they translate the song into their own sound. There’s always some major chicken head dancing going on when I get the remixes in! Checkout the E-Squire remix at the bottom of the blog.

I mentioned a few weeks back that I was looking for a lead singer for the French producer we manage, Freddie Chateux. Well I think we may have found our man, he demo’d one of the bands tracks and sent it to us, which sounds great. Following that we set up a meeting at our office for Freddie to meet him (he will remain anonymous for now). Anyway they got on really well and the band are all meeting at Freddie’s studio in Paris at the beginning of December to record some tracks together. The drummer is from Belgium, Freddie from Paris and the bassist from the UK, very Euro! Name for the band is yet to be decided, any thoughts? To give you an idea, it’s a romantic pop driven sound (I’ll put up a finished track when it’s ready). In the same blog I talked about a crooner type artist that I was considering managing, I’m off to see him perform tomorrow at the London Jazz Festival which runs Fri 13 – Sun 22 at venues all over London, so I will let you know how that goes in my next post.

Master Shortie supported the one and only Pitbull on Monday night at the O2 Indigo in London. OK I’ll admit, the first 5 times I heard Pitbull’s ‘I Know You Want Me’, I thought it was pretty bad. But the thing about it is, I kept hearing it on the radio over and over and eventually ended up singing along to it word for word! Anyway he clearly has a big fan base as the place was rammed full of Latino’s! It was great for Shortie, he  got to perform to a potential whole new fan base.

Tuesday night the N-Dubz tour kicked off which Shortie is supporting. For those that don’t know, Ndubz are the MOBO award-winning trio from Camden consisting of cousins Dappy, Tulisa and Frazer. They were initially signed to Polydor Records before being dropped and were then signed to All Around The World Records. Their first single to be released was “You Better Not Waste My Time” available for download only until their 2006 self-released single, “I Swear”, won them their first mainstream notice. It wasn’t until 2007’s “Feva Las Vegas” (also self-released) that the group appeared on the UK charts, peaking at #57. Their debut album Uncle B was released a year ago and thus far has sold over 500,000 records. Their story shows that perseverance and hard work does pay off! Their second album Against All Odds is out now.

N-Dubz documentary

One thing I’m very excited about. Charlie Black and I are looking to put Lo-Key on in NYC in March. We are in talks with a few venues at the moment and will keep you updated once all is confirmed. It’s going to be a BIG night, where you’re going to hear the likes of this:
Dilated Peoples – Worst Come To Worst

Outside of music world, I just watched the latest episode of Curb Your Enthusiasms 7th season. It’s the funniest SHIT I’ve ever seen, seriously if you are feeling down or need to laugh then watch it. The guy has made a niche of being socially awkward, seriously he’s a genius. For those that don’t know check this out:
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Big Vagina

So this week rather than give you an unsigned artists track to listen to, here’s the E-Squire remix of The Score’s Girls Gone Wild. Uplifting stuff!

Until next week people stay happy, my next podcast will be available to download/stream next Friday

Steve x

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Hello hello! Firstly, apologies for my lack of blogging last week, it was all bit mental and everything went by in a blur. Anyway lots to tell. Btw I can never write these blogs chronologically as I don’t remember anything in order, it all comes out in a jumbled mess. So if I skip from Friday to Wednesday to Monday etc… then that’s why OK!

Last Wednesday I had a BIG decision to make, do I see my beloved Arsenal FC and their free flowing football in the champions league Vs Az Alkmaar. Or do  I take free Jay-Z tickets to see the big man play at Alexandra Palace in North London?? Hmm decisions decisions, I chose the latter. ‘Ali Pali’ as is its nickname, stands on a hill with views over looking London, the building itself is pretty spectacular. Inside it was rammed, I mean people’s armpits in your face in London Underground rush hour kind of rammed. Jay-Z himself was on form, performing both old classics such as Big Pimpin‘ and tracks from Blueprint 3 – Empire State Of Mind and Forever Young, for which Mr Hudson joined Hova on stage to perform. The thing is, once you’ve witnessed the Jay-Z gig at Glastonbury or the 2003 Wembley Arena performance where Nas joined him on stage for the first time, well it doesn’t really compare. Meanwhile Arsenal won 4-1, lesson learned, NEVER EVER put Arsenal as second choice again!!

On Thursday night I went to see the Heartless Crew at Yoyo’s in Notting Hill. They consist of DJ Fonti and two MC’s, Bushkin and Mighty Mo who all hail from Finsbury Park, North London. Back in the day (1998) I used to listen to these guys every Sunday night on the pirate station Freek FM, everyone in my area used to record their shows and we’d all pump them loud in our cars on 6×9 speakers. Anyway, seeing them perform brought back memories, they kept it old skool and worked the place up into a frenzy! DJ Fonti is a ridiculously talented DJ.

Heartless Crew:

On the A&R side of things Chew Fu (recently produced Wiley’s massive track ‘Take That’) sent me over some beats for Master Shortie and The Score, which are sounding hotter than the jerk chicken served at Mr Cee’s on Hornsey Road (God that place is good). The Score are soon to be going into the studio in NYC with a very talented song writer by the name of Curtis Richardson. I have a feeling that they will be coming out with some hits. I’ve also started working with another artist, Duane Lamonte from this years X-Factor and I’m telling ya, the boy can sing! He’s been in the studio for the past two weeks recording tracks and has come up with two future singles already, which I will be posting here very soon. Check out Duane in the studio:

On Saturday night just gone, I had my monthly night I put on with Mr Charlie Black (v. talented producer and DJ, whose remixes I shall be putting up shortly). The night’s called Lo-Key and takes place on the 1st of every month at the Jerusalem Bar on Rathbone Place which is off Oxford Street, London. The soulful Matti Roots kicked off proceedings for us by performing a 15 minute medley which went down very well. Then Charlie Black took to the decks playing some soulful hip hop beats and tore the place up. Yours truly went on next and played a mash up party set. I still haven’t converted to Serrato 100% yet so I was CDJing it. Every time I DJ I always get myself into a right mess, CD’s and Vinyls go flying everywhere, the headphone wire gets wrapped round me somehow and I end up sweating and panting my way through the set. I’m what you call a real kamikaze DJ, still fun was had. Only bad move of the night was Charlie Black asking his very drunken mate to carry his Technic 1210 to the car, which he inevitably dropped and broke. Lesson number 2 learned, never get a drunk friend to carry your turntables for you, in fact never get a drunk person to carry anything for you!
Steve and Matti Roots representing Lo-Key at Jerusalem Bar, London.

I just bought Blockheads latest album ‘The Music Scene’. If you’re into your down tempo, chilled out trip hop then you need to be checking Blockhead out, a very talented and original producer. This cool video is from his track Insomniac Olympics, which I’m sure many of us can relate to:

Unsigned act of the week is: Chiddy Bang, who are currently promoting their mixtape, The Swelly Express. They’re a Hip Hop group from Philadelphia and consist of two college kids Chiddy and Xaphoon Jones. I don’t think it will take long for these guys to get signed. You can check them out at www.myspace.com/chiddybang.

I love this track All Things Go featuring Stufjan Stevens.

My next podcast episode will be available to download on Friday, featuring as usual a mishmash of music for your audio pleasure. Stay happy people!

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Ok, so loads has been going on recently. Last Monday I was at In The City, the infamous annual music industry conference held in Manchester, which was devised by the late Tony Wilson of Factory Records. I went up with the rest of the @oddoneoutmusic crew as @kwamekwaten and @mastershortie were on the panel of ‘They Never Said Rap Would Make It This Far’ with @djsemtex and @hattiecollins. It was very interesting and led to discussions on the current state of the UK urban scene (evidently very healthy) and how it can be sustained. My very simple line of thinking is if artists carry on making great music and new acts evolve then the scene will continue to prosper and grow. Everyone needs to work together to make things happen! After the panel we jumped straight on a train to Birmingham as Master Shortie was doing an in-store performance at Schuh to mark the release of his very own pair of trainers the Pigeonheadz. There was a big queue of fans outside and the performance went down a treat, particularly with the screaming teenage girls. A UK rapper releasing his own brand of trainers is a great indicator of the way the industry is finding new strands of income and promotion.

Fans queuing outside Schuh to see Master Shortie’s performance.

Later in the week I went to see an artist I’m thinking of managing, he’s a real crooner. Think of a cross between Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum. I’m meeting him tomorrow so I’ll let you know how it goes in my next post!

@joeyswarbrick (One of Shorties manager’s also my jogging partner) and I had a meeting with an awesome French producer we manage called Freddie Chateaux who has formed a band as a side project. Songs, drummer, keys man and bassist are there, only thing missing is the lead singer! So our first task is to find the right lead man, any offers? I also met up with a very talented young producer who I’m going to get to remix some of our artists, he has a very unique sound. It’s kind of like a cross between Burial and J Dilla, I’ll reveal more and post one of his tracks soon.

I got some BIG tracks in for @wearethescore to record, so plenty of chicken head dancing going on! The guys will be in the UK soon on studio lock down in preparation for the physical CD release of their album early next year.

Here’s The Score‘s EPK – a taste of what’s to come!

At the beginning of this week I had an A&R meeting at Universal to give them a heads up about a fantastically talented female singer songwriter, again I can’t say anymore yet but will do so very soon.

I also had my first session DJing on Serato, wow it really is dope. Before I was a CDJ man, now I’m converted! For those who are unsure of what it is check out www.serato.com.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot the highlight of the past week. On Saturday night 10 friends, all guys (boys night in), came over to mine to watch the X-Factor, how macho of us! John and Edward, still in and Miss Frank out, all I’m going to say is WTF….

Unsigned artist of the week is www.myspace.com/jessmorganacoustic. It’s a rough demo, but still what a voice!

And finally So Solid Crew are back! What do you think of their new single and video?

Lookout for the 2nd episode of my Podcast which will be available to stream & download here on Friday. until next wee, stay happy people.

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This week I’ve been working on A&R for an R&B band I manage called The Score, so I spent the majority of the day listening to songs penned by various songwriters. Our management company is in an open plan office so whenever I listen to tracks sent to me for the first time, it’s always on my headphones. If I hear one I like, it inevitably leads me to do the chicken head dance which always encounters funny looks from my colleagues. Out of the 15 I heard, 1 had potential, so not a great deal of chicken head dancing going on.

Also an artist we manage called Master Shortie was supporting Lil Wayne (Weezy F) for his Hammersmith Apollo dates this past week. For those who don’t know, check out www.mastershortie.com. It’s always difficult for a support act no matter what. The crowd are there to see the main act and a support act is just delaying that. Especially in London, the crowd are usually too cool for school. But if you BIG UP the main act in a massive way, get the crowd chanting his name and associate your self with the crowd as a massive fan then you are on your way to getting them on your side. This is exactly what Shortie did and the combination of that with a BIG performance made him plenty of new fans and got the crowd in a frenzy for Weezy F. The lil man then came on and went straight into his set with A Milli, which was a bold start. Verdict: He’s a fantastic performer with a lot of energy and some great hits, but too many fillers in between. Also I like prom queen but the rest of his ‘rock’ segment wasn’t all that.

Here’s Master Shortie’s ‘Bringing It back’ video

Also Here’s my new favorite unsigned artist of the week is Matti Roots. Some nice soulful sounds for you!

For a free download click here (limited time only!)

Look out for my Friday podcast, where I’ll be playing some BIG tunes, expect to hear anything from soul to hip hop, d and b, dubstep to electro, both old and new

Steve Whiteley

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Ok so loads has been going on recently. Last Monday I was at In The City, the infamous annual music industry conference held in Manchester, which was devised by the late Tony Wilson of Factory Records. I went up with the rest of the @oddoneoutmusic crew as @kwamekwaten and @mastershortie were on the panel of ‘They Never Said Rap Would Make It This Far’ with @djsemtex and @hattiecollins. It was very interesting and led to discussions on the current state of the UK urban scene (evidently very healthy) and how it can be sustained. My very simple line of thinking is if artists carry on making great music and new acts evolve then the scene will continue to prosper and grow. Everyone needs to work together to make things happen! After the panel we jumped straight on a train to Birmingham as Master Shortie was doing an in-store performance at Schuh to mark the release of his very own pair of trainers the Pigeonheadz. There was a big queue of fans outside and the performance went down a treat, particularly with the screaming teenage girls. A UK rapper releasing his own brand of trainers is a great indicator of the way the industry is finding new strands of income and promotion. Later in the week I went to see an artist I’m thinking of managing, he’s a real crooner. Think a cross between Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum. Anyway I’m meeting him tomorrow so will let you know how it goes on my next post!

(pic with caption underneath ‘fans queuing outside Schuh to see Master Shortie’s performance)

@joeyswarbrick (One of Shorties manager’s and my jogging partner) and I had a meeting with an awesome French producer we manage called Freddie Chateaux who has formed a band as a side project. Songs, drummer, keys man and bassist are there, only thing missing is the lead singer! So our first task is to find the right lead man, should be fun! I also met up with a very talented young producer who I’m going to get to remix some of our artists, he has a very unique sound. It’s kind of like a cross between Burial and J Dilla, I’ll reveal more and post one of his tracks soon. Got some BIG tracks in for @wearethescore to record, so plenty of chicken head dancing going on! The guys will be in the UK soon on studio lock down in preparation for the physical CD release of their album early next year. At the beginning of this week I had an A&R meeting at Universal to give them a heads up about a fantastically talented female singer songwriter, again I can’t say anymore yet but will do so very soon.

The Score’s EPK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia8V__LmvAE

I also had my first session DJing on Serato, wow it really is dope. Before I was a CDJ man, now I’m converted! For those who are unsure what it is check out www.serato.com. Oh yeah, I almost forgot the highlight of the past week. On Saturday night 10 friends, all guys (boys night in) came over to mine to watch the X-Factor, how macho of us! John and Edward, still in and Miss Frank out, all I’m going to say is WTF….

And finally So Solid Crew are back! What do you think of their new single and video?

Lookout for the 2nd episode of my podcast which will be available to download and stream here on Friday. Until next week, stay happy people.

Unsigned artist of the week is www.myspace.com/jessmorganacoustic. It’s a rough demo, but still what a voice!

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3 Responses to “Whiteley’s Wednesday”


  1. 1 Wayne October 27, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    loving the podcast! smooth

    Shout Out!

  2. 2 Bradley November 2, 2009 at 5:54 AM

    Nice work Steve!

    Looking forward to the next one…

    Peace

  3. 3 Abou Diaby November 2, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    love it darling. being the ambassador has its ups and downs, this is most definitely an “up” ….


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