Meet 'Electronic Beat Empire' – Ice-T & Mr. X's New Dance Music Label
I confirmed as much as a swanky NYC lodge room on a Saturday evening not having a clue what to anticipate.
When I used to be initially invited to attend an intimate launch occasion a brand new dance music file label my ears perked up – nevertheless it wasn't as a result of the style music, or a elaborate invite. It was as a result of the names behind the launch.
After some small speak and assembly everybody within the lodge room (possibly 12-15 individuals) it appeared the sensation was mutual. Everyone was on edge with anticipation, curious as to what we had been in for. A phenomenal white Rolls Royce pulls up with Ice-T, his spouse CoCo and Mr. X (also referred to as Afrika Islam & Charlie Funk) inside.
Once upstairs they make their rounds, do just a few one on one chats after which we get deep into dialog with a dwell interview/Q&A (led by DJ Times) about their new dance music undertaking – Electronic Beat Empire. It's a tech/techno based mostly file label. Ice-T and Mr. X go method again so not solely are we listening to concerning the undertaking however we're getting some severe music data dropped on us from the blokes who helped pioneer music as we all know it at present. I grew up on hip-hop from the 90s, after which fell in love with dance music within the early 2000s so this was fascinating for me. Like a gathering the minds that broke down the obstacles what was attainable for music over time.
We listened to those two artists speak with full attentiveness for an excellent quantity time, and all I might assume is that these guys actually love what they do, and are devoted to the music (regardless style). They've each been within the recreation for the reason that basis was laid, and so they helped lay it. Now they're taking up a brand new journey with the fervour and fireplace nonetheless current. They're not doing it as a result of digital music is now widespread within the states, and positively not afraid attempting new issues. They are doing it to have some enjoyable and put out music they'll stand behind with out having to ask anybody permission.
Afrika Islam began out DJing in NYC with the Rock Steady Crew and studying from his mentor Afrika Bambaataa. He honed his expertise and shortly grew to become a staple in DJ tradition. He moved to LA the place he met Ice-T and the 2 grew to become pals as he produced for Ice-T. He then found and predicted the facility digital music earlier than it grew to become widespread within the states; and has been enjoying techno over in Europe below the moniker Mr. X for the previous 15 years. Mr. X is now the primary main artist to signal to their new label Electronic Beat Empire along with his first launch, The Brutal E.P.
Ice-T is a rapper, actor and file producer whose affect on American popular culture is infinite. Originally from LA, he is one the west coast’s most well-known artists, with albums like O.G. Original Gangster (1991). He's ten cited as one the important thing components in influencing the style at present often called “gangster rap,” and finest recognized at present for his function as Detective Fin on Law & Order SVU.