Mixed Media (Blog)

So naturally the next post should be to tell you about the homie DJ Scientists new release…
It’s so great to hear him making a comeback with some tough instrumental beats and using it to promote a cause which is close to my heart. The littering of our amazing planet. (I feel like I want to make a separate post about this sometime)
Anyway just take a listen. This is the first release on our combined venture into a new project. Check the info here…

The Artless Cuckoo Vol. II” is DJ Scientist’s return to beat making and follow up to the sought after first volume of the series that came out in 2012. The new EP showcases his talents in combining a wide range of musical sub styles that the instrumental Hip-Hop genre has gone through over the years. The tracks range from boom bap down tempo sounds and rough, sampled based trap-not-trap beats such as on “Rega Rega Rega” to more electronic and chilled out downbeats like “Der Anfang ist Staunen” and almost pure psychedelic rock as to be heard on “My Illusion”.

The EP is released in a very limited quantity of 100 hand numbered copies and comes out on the brand-new imprint “Further Down The Line”, an artist collective founded by John Raincoatman and Aaron Thomason (2econd Class Citizen).

The artwork should symbolize human-induced danger the earth is facing. It does not promote smoking nor any kind of drug use if anything.

2.50 EUR from each Bandcamp vinyl sale will be used for charity and will go to a company that removes plastic from the oceans.


OK, I have decided to start a blog. I don’t know for sure where this is going yet but it will mostly be about my artwork and music. Right now I’m not sure whether to start a separate one for each, so I’ll just keep it all together here for now…
I’m not one for talking too much on the internet. I’m a bit self-conscious and have been known to worry about what others may think. Also, I can be somewhat indecisive and overthink stuff, so I’m on a mission to try to get over these mental obstacles…

So anyway here is a super brief run down of my life so far as a beat maker and artist…

I started off originally as a DJ then eventually began making music as 2econdclasscitizen in around 2005. It was compared to DJ shadow and the like.

It was sample based music back then, mainly instrumental stuff. Over time, it has evolved and these days I’ve phased out a lot of the sampling and have learnt a bit of piano and guitar, so I can play more of my own compositions. I must stress that I still have a really super basic understanding of theory. Enough to play some stuff without really knowing what I’m doing haha

Anyway, I digress… My first EP was called Divided reality, after I released this, Berlin based Equinox records liked it enough to sign me up.

We released two albums and three EPs, and I toured around Europe a good few times with the likes of Ceschi, djscientist Cars and trains buddy peace, James Reindeer Asbest TMK, Glen porter (RIP) and others

I also did some music with DJ food aka Strictly Kev on his album The Search Engine. Food was a big influence on me in the early days (and still is)…

My third album A Hall of Mirrors was put out through LA based The Content (L)abel

If you’d like to know more about any of my releases please check my website 2econdclasscitizen.com

In 2015, I became a father so decided to focus on my home life more.

I was renting a garage nearby which I began using to store furniture with the idea of up-cycling some of it. This fine specimen is something I found on the streets of Brighton and painted/redecorated.

It took ages and It soon became apparent that I enjoyed much more the process of decorating the furniture rather than the fixing and sanding etc. Also, I was running out of room to store it all.

It was at this point that I found a photo of a Sperm Whale inside a National Geographic magazine which spoke to me, and so I decided to try painting it. it came out well and I enjoyed the process a lot, so from there my journey into art began…

I tried out a lot of techniques including collage and calligraphy and It wasn’t long before I fell in love with abstract works. I can’t remember what drew me to this style of painting but It was immediately apparent that I enjoyed the freedom and expression of it. Here’s some early examples…

Over the years I’ve experimented more and more, trying out different styles and techniques and have found that I’m drawn more towards texture and experimenting with different mediums using palette knives and other sculpting tools. Here are some more recent examples…

At some point I also got really into acrylic pouring.

It’s a very different technique to the texture stuff. One you are moulding Layer upon layer of thick paint and paste, creating patterns with edges peaks and troughs and the other you have to control liquid paint as it moves around the surface. Here are some of my early pours.

During this time The garage became (and still is) my second home.

I have adapted it more and more into an art studio over the years and It now has a solar power setup which means I have light in there all the time… nice.

The only drawback being that I have no heating, so during winter I don’t use it as much as its f’ing freezing!

Spending more time at home and needing to paint I began a mural in my sons bedroom. Its something I remember doing at school for my GCSE project all those years ago and it was one of the standout memories I have from that time. Anyway, I haven’t finished it yet but here’s the work in progress…

So now the weather has warmed up again I’m back on a pouring mission and these are the results thus far…

I’m still on my little journey. I believe there is an improvement from the early examples to these latest ones but I still yearn for improvement always, so from here I will be carrying on with the pours which, as well as my other paintings are for sale in my shop and my Etsy page…

As for my music I have been working on my new album which is close to being finished. More news on that as it comes…

So yeah,

Take care and ill see you at the next post maybe…

Heres my video for the online open house this year in Brighton and Hove.

This year I decided to turn our house into an online gallery for the artist open houses. You can follow this link here to find out more. There are plenty more talented artists to see too so please have a good bowse around