Linear notes: Young Guru lecture

You (almost) can’t read the linear notes of a Jay-Z album and not fail to notice the name of Young Guru crop up.¬† Engineer and ad-lib reference for Mr Carter spends just over 2hrs talking about his career and work to date. I have listened to every Jay-Z song and yet much of the work is done by folk like Young Guru who we know almost nothing about. I love the internet for gems like these.

One of my favourite moments is when one of the audience asks:

If you love underground hiphop why doesn’t Jay-Z rhyme to underground beats? peep the video to discover the answer!

Follow Young Guru.

Lecture: Young Guru (Madrid 2011) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.


My portrait by Nigel Goldsmith

A few weeks ago I was complaining about my avatar picture and Nigel Goldsmith, photographer and colleague offered to shoot me.

I wanted some shots that I could use for all my public accounts and conference talks that showed me in a professionally nerdy way and Nigel did a great job. The background is the stairway of the Wills Memorial Building here in lovely Bristol. Several people are shocked I stickered my laptop but it won’t get easily confused at a conference now will¬† it?