So, me and me mate Bob Smoke been wanting to do a collaborative effort with Brazilian Baile Funk influences for a while.
Over the last month-and-a-bit there have been some instagram posts that I put out to showcase our use of some old gear that came out of the closet when we were inspired by some new gear. What anyone who saw these posts didn't know was that these are the foundations of Pugilist - what Bob Smoke and I have decided to call this, and possible future collaborations.
In 2006, we journeyed to São Paulo, Brazil to meet up with some fellow heads and ended up recording "Rhyme Travel" at Casa 1 Records.
- Music - we got to learn about it, share it, make it.
- Guidance - as a stand-out non-local in a relatively dangerous place with a total language barrier there's no question that my best friend was at risk and I loved being able to guide him through such a unique experience.
- Travel - we explored with impunity, picked up new skills, and delved as deeply as we wanted to into the histories and cultures of our environments.
I'm going to point something else out in case it's not super apparent already:
I'm pretty passionate about this friendship which has grown so solidly over the last 17 years and I'm so grateful that we get to come together with a serious collaborative musical effort at this point in our lives.