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Sometimes

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I think it’s no secret that I love music. It helps if you fucking DJ. I don’t know if it’s because I’m writing the book but I’m becoming acutely aware of lyrics. While showering I was listening to The Brand News Heavies Sometimes, a personal fav of mine for a minute. Bearing in mind it was released in 1997 on this occasion it was as if I heard it for the first time. 

 

Gotta do right, you gotta do right, ah sometimes

 

Talking about a revolution, or maybe just a change of mind

Working on my constitution, I began to realize

I've been doing wrong forever, trouble was my favourite game, yeah

Breaking hearts I thought was so clever

But I'm the one who got hurt playing

I never could see it comin', no

Never could feel it until it's come and gone

But all of that don't mean nothin', no

When you're all alone, oh

 

I was like FUCK, I lived that verse. Years of failed relationships summarised in a fucking verse and shit I’m not proud of which haunts me to this day. I wouldn’t even hazard a guess how many times I’ve listened to this track and never fucking heard it before. I’m not saying had I even listened and I mean really listened to it, the subsequent shit would not have ensued. Momentarily sad, yet buoyed by the revolution that would eventually occur. 

 

Why am I sharing this? To encourage the art of listening. Hearing what you don’t want to hear. It’s that whisper with the proclivity to say the shit we don’t want to do or confront. It implores you to go where you don’t want to fucking go. 

 

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. 

Joseph Campbell

 

Listen to where it’s telling you to go and go.

 

You're welcome

 

 

Is This The Future?

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With restrictions being lifted I’ve had to resume work with the agency which is why I didn’t post this last week since it wasn’t a priority. Short of DJs my first week back I was faced with the prospect of telling my clients that I may not be able to resource their venue’s. Not on my fu£king watch, we managed to pull it off like socks. 

 

What pi55ed me off however was the number of DJs who were hedging their bets by holding out for more lucrative gigs elsewhere which they're entitled too. This made for a challenging start to the week, I hope for their sake that they continue to be afforded work from the venues and promoters concerned. Meow. 

 

This episode got me thinking. We’re all guilty of myopic thinking. It’s easy, it serves an immediate need or impulse, no sacrifice is required. I think the trick is to reframe such thinking where it’s just as easily done as said. Ideally you want to cultivate the habit of having your future self, thank you. There are a few things as horrifying as being in a situation where you pose the following to yourself, if I’d have known and there’s fuck all you can do about it.

So ask your future self, will they be happy with the decision you’re about to make now. 

 

You’re welcome 

 

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Chinese Proverb 

 

Cuz If Don’t Say I’m The Best Tell Me Who The Hell Will

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I love my brand. A Bunch Of Deckheads is like a child to me. I feel incredibly fortunate since what started out as a hobby, a side hustle has now become a full time concern which I monetise from. I get to play figuratively and literally. It reminds of MCA of The Beastie Boys line in No Sleep Til Brooklyn my job ain’t a job it’s a damn good time. What might seems like work to others is play to me. 

 

I’m proud of the work my team has done to date, I could be bias of course but I think what we do is the shit and we’re only getting better, it’s just a matter of time before we convince others to feel the same. In the interim check out our Spotify Playlists. 

 

A Bunch Of Deckheads Spotify 90s RnB playlist. A suitable accompaniment for whether you're working or entertaining and want something radio friendly music because the kids deh bout then click the link below. Beats Magic or Smooth FM. 

 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5mB5v6BRS2dXbHiVrgsBEq?si=ac1379b9778d45f2

 

A Bunch Of Deckheads Spotify 90s Hip Hop playlist. You're clanging and banging soundtrack for the gym even when it's leg day man dem. We know how much you hate leg day.

 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3bXOHwVPSWqyFR477rx72I?si=2cbcfd30ce03467d

 

A Bunch Of Deckheads Spotify 00s RnB playlist. I could be guilty of historical bias here but this playlist captures the period before Akon and David Guetta Fu£ked up RnB. How this has six likes I have no idea.

 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6c37zxc6lCLhbRsA0NGXMu?si=209d175010e94aac

 

A Bunch Of Deckheads Spotify 00s Hip Hop playlist. This will get you through a tax return, a dead life personal best and thump down ah bwoy like you name Tyson. Straight up Bangers like Walls. 

 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3QrQP1U2k52XIfPUleHWQn?si=30e880025948435b

 

A Bunch Of Deckheads Spotify Soul playlist. Not the shit you hear on every Soul compilation out there. Just some grown and sexy left field Soul shit. 

 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/599jE3bFFTUBMUnX3mlCXn?si=bf736ea8a3e84e18

 

A Bunch Of Deckheads Spotify Not On The Radio playlist. I'm not going to insult your intelligence by expanding on the title. What I will say however is that this playlist does what DJs did Once Upon In A Rav break raves/artist. We might be on to something there. 

 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4qP2EkDdvaqCKJ24Qsz9K4?si=db44a0a2db554da6

 

You're welcome. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner

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Bill Bowman coach of the legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps devised the acronym WIN, What’s Important Now when working together. Bowan states that the difference between Phelps and other swimmers was if they don’t feel good, they wouldn't swim good. This was not the case with Phelps who would swim well regardless of how he felt, his action towards his goal was his main priority and we know how that played out.

 

This got me thinking about the aftermath of the Euro Finals. It begs belief, the criticism they received. Let’s put this in perspective, it’s a fucking game, no one died. I understand the historical significance and what it would have meant had England won, it’s still a game nonetheless. There has to be a winner and loser. 

 

It’s an astounding accomplishment for a nineteen-year-old to position themselves to be considered to deliver in a situation of such magnitude. I disagree with them being too young, if they were deemed capable to play then why not, taking penalties is a prerequisite of the game. Besides, I would imagine that this was a scenario they would have  rehearsed on numerous occasions growing up learning to play the game. It's what every aspiring young athlete dreams of realising.

 

What tickles me about those who took issue with the Rashford, Sancho and Saka missing their penalties and the shameful shit they spewed behind their keyboards is why weren’t they on hand for Gareth Southgate to call on to take a penalty? Maybe they weren’t capable of doing so, perhaps they were at some point but didn’t feel like putting in the work or they were too preoccupied with relieving themselves of their pent up frustrations with the aid of a FHM centrefold magazine pinup in their bedroom's. 

 

What those young men have achieved to date is remarkable. There was call to triumph which they were brave enough to answer. So they fell short, the fact they answered the call make them winners in my eyes nonetheless. 

We don't quit. We don't cower. We don't run. We endure and conquer.

Kobe Bryant

 

Who at 18 shot four air balls in a must-win playoff game against the Utah Jazz which the Lakers lost in overtime 98-93 and went on to become a Five time NBA Champion 

 

Well-done lads. I for one am proud of you.

 

A Friend

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I thought I’d share a brief story from my forthcoming book HOPE. I hope that doesn’t sound as pretentious as it felt writing it. Nick Garwood is someone who I’ve admired for as long as I can remember. I’ve known him since I was eleven. How we met and became friends can only be described as serendipity. Our friendship gave voice to the first premonition I recall, whispering  that I would know Nick for the rest of my life. Here we are some thirty-eight years later.

 

We’re on our way home from school one afternoon, I’m fourteen with designs on becoming a professional Tennis player, the first Black British player to win Wimbledon. Embarrassed at the prospect of telling anyone I assess who can tell. Mum bless her wouldn’t have Scooby, my brother Chich is on an hiatus at Her Majesty's Pleasure at the time so that left Nick. 

 

I muster up the courage to tell him braced for the embarrassment I felt would ensue. 

 

Well, somebody’s got to do it Kin’s. Why not you?

 

Kins was one of the many monikers I held at school, along with John BlackEnroe. Him saying that meant the world to me and inspired me to want to attain it. 

 

Let me preface the following by saying this. My people are good people and there’s one race and that’s the human race. Nevertheless, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t somewhat perturbed by the monetisation of black subculture by people from other cultures.

 

In no way do I begrudge the parties concerned because that’s not the work. You can’t legislate for what happens to you or what is prevalent, however you can take responsibility where you can. It’s one of the reason’s why I intend to self-publish my book, started my own Record Label, Merchandise Line, champion and support Nick’s efforts with HUGE Online 

 

HUGE Online is an online offer which sells black owned organic and vegan hair and skincare products. Having built the website and brokered relationships with manufacturers throughout the initial lockdown, I was privy to how hard he’s work and the sacrifices made to bring HUGE Online to market. I haven't been prompted to do this, neither do I stand to benefit financially from doing so. It's just that Nick’s not the kind of guy to shout about the work he’s done and is doing to empower the black community.

 

Well, somebody’s got to do it Nick. Why not me?

 

https://www.huge-online.co.uk

 

 

 

Super Sharp Shooter

by Super User
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For as long as I can remember I’ve never had the most conventional aspirations. The majority of which I fell short of realising, there’s a litanty of reasons. The irony with goals is not necessary their attainment which more frequently than not tends to be transient. One of the highlights of my DJ’ing career to date was opening for Stormzy at Snowboxx. The attention and adulation that ensued barely bore any significance since I was alone. With no family or friends to share the experience with, it may as well not happened. I’m not about to get this Pity Party started right, I had a remarkable time nonetheless. 

 

What I learned however is the goal itself is not the reward, it’s who we become during its attainment. The attributes, habits, quirks and dare I say idiosyncrasies are exponential, encouraging congruence. What lead to the Snowboxx gig lead to more. There's utility in process. Failure is part of that and part payment for success. You get what you pay for, so Imma keep shooting.

 

If you haven't already check out our Spotify Not On The Radio Playlist. It's the 5hit even if I do say so myself. 

 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4qP2EkDdvaqCKJ24Qsz9K4?si=291d0def912d4610

 

 

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