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Fresh off a national tour with Mark Ronson, Alex can now be seen loitering around Donno Market in his sheepskin coat, trying to knock down traders with his savvy market skills and play down his local profile;
“The Valerie remix video just blew up summat sweet,” he says, “none of us expected that to happen…least of all Amy...”
The Baby J remix video reached no.1 in the MTV Base and Dance charts, progressing onto MTV Hits as a Superhit, and catapulted Alex from a familiar name in the UK’s underground Hip Hop movement into the mainstream music scene with his cheeky ska/reggae skanking sound.
Alex is now building on the strong support shown by Radio 1, Channel U and MTV for his earlier underground work.
“Getting playlisted so early on was the dog’s…and after we switched up the sound with Say Hello there was no looking back.”
Say Hello (a bootleg built from the Stranglers Peaches sample) received airtime from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and Colin Murray and marked Alex’s transition from respected Hip Hop MC to misunderstood 80’s throwback two-tone wideboy.
“Around that time I was doing a lot of gigs with a local funk band, and was really vibing off live musicians. That’s how the New Sound was born...”
Back in his Derby Lockup Alex was drawing on countless inspirations - from Marc Bolan to Toots & Maytalls to Funkadelic, – to diversify his sound and push his own boundaries,
“I’ve always listened to a wide variety of music, Ska and Reggae being my favourite, but Rock n Roll, 80s pop, Hip Hop…they all play a part in the sound I’m moving with now.”
Alex’s lyrics blend his humorous take on social surreality with satirical wit and observational imagery, creating entertaining and sometimes controversial dittys.
“I’ve always been aware that I see the world in a fairly odd way; I cant really take anything I see seriously, yet I notice lots of serious things, leading to some ironic and off-key concepts for songs.”
Between peddling used cars and brunching on toasties at the local café, Alex is preparing a live tour for 2008 with a merry band of fellow skankers, looking to take a batch of fresh new material out of the safety deposit box and onto the road.
“Check out the Alex Blood Saga on the website – we might not charge you…”
Will Alex fork out for that new Merc? Will Acropolis cafe shut down before filming of the feature length “Bullet Proof Sheepskin” is given the go-ahead? Will we ever get access to the hallowed Lockup?
These and other pertinent issues are tackled at www.alexblood.com
Sounds like a rapper who took smoked too much pot and listened to way too much 70s music, then thought it would be a good idea to \"diversify\" and starting singing.
No but ive pushed people off stage if that counts.
They can expect drunken skanking sounds with a merry hip hop twist.
I caught sean lennon snorting coke with daniel merriweather backstage in bristol. I saw Lilly Allens bare breast backstage at O2 Wireless Festival. I nearly got thrown out of a Jay Z concert by security after being on stage 5 mins previous, for not having the right pass.
Doobie Brothers - Livin\' On The Fault Line (1977)
Anyone who wants to take up arms and storm the houses of parliament.
Neither, Rose Wine.
O2 Wireless again. To try and see more of Lily Allens flesh.
Not pay taxes, not need policing, not need credit, make dope legal, outlaw supermarkets.
Any that will fund an armed revolution.
Im a middle finger to pompous pretentious muso\'s and the bullshit joke of a world we live in, and im a superb rapper turned singer with an 80s throw back dress sense.
Rose Wine. Access of Dogs allowed throughout the venue. Blind eye to ganja. Freedom of speech. 70s/80s DJ after gig.
No it might kill an innocent passer by. Id throw a TV at a police officer.
Its revolved. Back in time.
To have a pad out in LA where i can hang out with Michael McDonald and Phil Collins. Maybe Rod Stewart if he learns to drop the attitude.
Im not together. Im all over the shop.
Zone out on how unreal the world really is.
My parents gave it to me, then the signed the rights over to the state, who now beleive i am their chatel property.
Cause im great. Cause i swear alot. (unless its a fundraiser) I encourage disrespect of authority. I pay my parking fines with a burning deep resent. Im just like you.
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