In 1996 Professor Groove and DJ Static from Montreal teamed up to start what would eventually become one of the worlds longest running internet radios. Despite the fact that the show is run a 100% voluntarily, they kept up the grind over the years and gradually expanded their network of listeners. The last years they’ve been touring Europe, enabling the European listeners to experience their shows live. In December 2012, the two DJ’s visited Copenhagen.
Seek has many years behind him as an active writer. He witnessed the bombed trains in New York and was in the first generation of writers applying the new art form to the sides of Marseilles subway cars. Besides Finland, Ireland, Macedonia and Albania, he has travelled every country in Europe and in 4 years he can celebrate his 30th anniversary with graffiti. Introducing the globetrotter from Planete Mars…
Back at it again! In this forth episode of Midnight Marauders – The Lost Tapes we are taking it back to a time when DSB presented one of numerous attempts to attenuate the volume of graffiti on their beloved S-trains: The G4S guards.
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Most Danes know Kølig Kaj.
On March 1st 1997 he stole the attention from the remaining Danish Eurovision Song Contest participants and rapped his way into a first place in the traditional pop challenge. With “Stemmen I Mit Liv”(The Voice In My Life), he was sent to the Eurovision Song Contest finals, where 1,037,000 Danish TV viewers plus ‘a few’ from the rest of Europe watched his performance.
The story of a rapper selling out and going mainstream is daily life in these gold chain at times, but in 1997, it was in many ways a milestone in Danish hip hop. And certainly something that we can get something out of and learn from today.
What many do not know is that Kølig Kaj was among the Danish hip hop pioneers. He knows almost everything about the time when hip hop came to Pindstrup north of Aarhus. And he helped to shape Danish hip hop to be more than just a copy of the American model.
Bopgunn met Kølig Kaj to talk about his nearly 30 years with hip hop.
This third episode of The Lost Tapes dates back to 2007. The material was shot just some days before the old Copenhagen S-train took off on it’s final voyage on the B line. Soten explains:
Going to Hamburg these days, or even just travelling through the city, you can’t avoid the name Round. Highway pieces, line spots and well executed pieces on the regional trains and S-Bahn. He is a writer with some years on his back, but he is still going strong in a city where staying up is not made easy by the authorities.
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BopGunn teamed up with the young secret leftside-beat phenomenon Al Benedict for a chat on what’s good and hear more about what kind of projects, the 20-year-old kid got going for himself. To Hip-Hop heads in DK, he might be totally unknown, but for the fans and nerdy beatmakers, Al Benedict definitely rings a bell. And BopGunn is positive that it’s only a matter of time, before the rest of the world will know him too.
Vino has come a long way since starting his graffiti career by drawing sketches for his brother. Being a steady traveller since the mid nineties he has influenced train writers through out Europe with his approach to style, while staying active in his home town Barcelona for over two decades. We had the opportunity to have a talk about his life as a writer.