Who are we?
Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
This is our first real post so might as well give you a quick idea of who we are.
Blend 4 parts Jazz musicians, 3 measures overproof Hiphop emcees and 1 shot of soul. That’s Dirty Alex. A Cardiff based hip-hop/Jazz collective hugely inspired by Guru’s 1993 album ‘Jazzmatazz’.
Forming early 2016, We released our debut EP Roadblock later that year. Adam Walton played a few of the tracks on his BBC Wales show; comparing the track ‘Unjust’ to the likes of Gill Scott Heron. We then released our 2nd studio project DA in June 2019, with the track In my head immediately being picked up by BBC Radio Wales. Working alongside musicians from Cardiff band Slowly Rolling Camera, this new EP lends itself to a cleaner, more refined jazz sound with more acutely political lyrics from the vocalists. Both EP’s are available on all digital platforms including spotify, Bandcamp and Apple music.
We’ve been building a steady following live and online by playing supporting slots in Cardiff and Bristol for artists such as Lazy Habits, Children of Zeus, Chali 2na & Krafty Kutz and The Mouse Outfit. We’ve also played several festivals including Truefest, Hub Fest, Big Love & Boomtown Fair ch10&11 . We’re the type of band that’ll improvise a track live on stage about a random conversation we had a few hours earlier. Our 2018 single/video release Jaffa Cakes Go Hard! was seeded by one of those moments.
Our interests are varied but musical influences include A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and other Jazz, Funk and Fusion artists.
“ A Huge Range of influences on that, mentioning Gil-Scott Heron, A tribe Called quest and the likes of Miles Davis – its just wonderfully rich stuff with great arrangement as well” – Adam walton BBC radio Wales
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