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Mind Blowing Decisions

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We live in an age of infinite leverage. Your actions can be multiplied by investing in capital, a podcast or having people work for you. Consequently, the impact of good decision making potentailly is higher than it used to be. One of the best decisions I’ve made with respect to the brand has been the hiring of my assistant Hodo, the unsung hero of the Deckhead imprint. 

 

I met Hodo when I was working in the youth space. She’d not too long graduated from University, yet within a short space of time she was integral to the successful delivery of the project we were working on. The consummate professional then, even more so now. More importantly she happens to be one of the nicest people you could possibly meet, superlatives fail me, an absolute pleasure to work with. 

 

When I started A Bunch Of Deckheads it made sense to employ her to assist with a number of projects where she has yet to disappoint. Whatever modicum of success the imprint has achieved to date is largely down to Hodo. She’s an invaluable asset to A Bunch Of Deckheads and our working relationship speaks to exponential impact of good decision making. 

 

Thanks Hods

Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)

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I’ve noticed I’m at my happiest when I’m creating. Admittedly on occasion I have been underwhelmed by the response to the work the team or I may have shipped in the past. Personally, I’ve been inclined to think everything we do is the shit. Nevertheless, here’s what I’ve learned.

 

Be courageous, be generous with your art and keep showing up.

 

Not everyone is going to feel the same way you do about your work.

 

The reward is in the act itself. Not the outcome.

 

Calls to action need to be earned and takes time.

 

Work harder. No one cares.

 

We’ve just released A Bunch Of Deckheads Vol 14. A series of free compilations featuring mashups from the DJs on the roster. We’ve been releasing them religiously in anticipation for when we issue our first release from the label. That’s a fourteen month and counting marketing strategy with no guarantees.

 

The guys Luca, Ollie and more recently Hwen have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Talented, consummate professionals, hardworking and reliable. I hope the imprint affords them the attention and opportunities that their talent so richly deserves. Thanks guys.

 

And finally, this week when I told my mum that I saw my old Basketball coach, she promptly replied.

 

That Fucker!

 

Yep. I’m definitely Eunice Malcolm’s boy.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sgywrxpfwvlzhk7/AADn1KySlG0s1_tXY2kQdXnaa?dl=0

 

 

Movie

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I may be guilty of going off piste here but an incident occurred this week that I want to share with you, which was a cautionary tale tell for me. Indulge me if you will. When I was seventeen, I attended The College Of North East London to do my A Levels. I had just started playing Basketball and had made the team. We were playing in a Basketball tournament and made the final. The coach who shall remain nameless, asked me to keep an eye on his bag. Miffed, I replied how could I given we we’re about to play a game. He insisted that I did, so I reluctantly obliged.

 

We lost the game. After which my coach asked me if I had watched his bag. Not really, I replied. To my astonishment he told me that someone had stolen his wallet which had seventy pounds in it and what was I going to do about it. Luckily my mum had always taught me to save so I was good for it. I never said a word to my mum on reflection I wish I did. That week I withdrew the money from my Abbey National savings account and gave it to him. That was thirty-one years ago. 

 

I saw the aforementioned coach this week and bought this up. He was very flippant about the whole affair arguing that it was my assignment. He continued had it ever occurred to me that the same thing may of have happened to him and that he had a mortgage to pay. I let him know my thoughts without it culminating with me featuring on London Tonight that evening. What was shocking was that lack off ownership on his part and the extent to which he went to justifying his malevolence.

What I gleaned from this is the importance of seeing your part in whatever you do and owning it. What he did sits with him. If he’s comfortable beguiling adolescents for monetary purposes as Mr T aptly put it, I petty the fool. I have to see my role in the movie of my life. That role being one of virtue, self-awareness, courage, grit, authenticity, creativity and more.

 

And the winner is Hope. 

 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

 

U

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I have a number of heroes as diverse my mum, Kobe Byrant to Jordan B Peterson. I’ve found utility in some of the attributes of all them. It occurred to me sometime ago that I’d want to be someone that I’d want to emulate, admire or work for. I want to set a precedent for myself that I hold myself accountable too.

 

We're all guilty of providing problems for solutions. We should on ourselves and we can be right can’ts. Well I want to be impressed by me. If everybody else is taken then it makes sense to strive to be your greatest you. 

 

No No No

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I was recommended by a friend to an event company for a very lucrative gig for BMW. I qualified the gig and thought I’d be up for that. I’m told them I’m too old to be playing Taylor Swift ann shit misspelling intended, so if that’s the case I’m not your guy. The contact assured me that wasn’t going to be the case. They needed a mix, picture and bio like yesterday. I told them hold that thought as I was at the gym clanging and banging like a malnourished Rock. 

 

Came home, knocked out a mix in one take and was in their inbox by 12am. The feedback was positive and was told they’d be in touch. It was a no. Apparently they went with another event company. Was I disappointed? A tad. The paper was nice. 

 

Overall what impressed me with was my response. The opportunity inconvenienced me massively and there was the pressure of delivering a mix with little time to prepare. I managed to exceed the event company’s expectations by turning around their requirements as quickly as I did. What did I glean from this? Have no expectations of others. If they exceed them Merry Fucking Christmas, if they don’t Merry Fucking Christmas. Exceed others expectations by owning what you can own. The reward is in the act not the reward itself. If I kept that up I’ll be sorted like a pack of peanuts. 

 

Bug A Boo

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More like bug bear would be more apt. Nothing peeves me more than when you raise a grievance with someone and they respond by raising one of their own. Fucking pisses me off. The irony is I was applauding the efforts of the team only last week only for one of them to fuck me right off this week. 

 

I’m not going to air the dirty laundry but as with all occurrences, catastrophes and anomalies I try to find utility in them. The culture of any organisation comes from the top down. You can have all the talent in the world and the aforementioned individual has but give me a motherfucking pitbull anytime. A grafter, someone who wants it like a man who’s head is on fire wants a fucking pond. Is it me or is it getting hot in here.

 

Iron sharpeneth Iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend 

Proverbs 27:17

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