This was the start of a serious habit, and by the late 80s I was getting the urge to DJ and make music, buying breaks, old funk and jazz records, working hard learning to mix and scratch, doing tapes for friends, spreading the word. This led indirectly to me doing a prime time show on Heatwave Radio, Nottingham's longest running pirate radio station. Through various hook-ups from the radio, I ended up doing some session scratching on tracks by K.I.D. for Kold Sweat, MSD, Docta D, and Tickle (now known as Frisco).
After us hooking up that time, it turned out that me and Frisco both felt the same about the way the hip-hop scene was going, (downhill slowly), and we had both wasted a lot of years doing projects we weren't in control of: it was time to sort something out properly. So here we are: Lost Island." Frisco: "Frisco Boogie aka Mr. Fivemics first started practicing the art of hip-hop through B-boying around 1983, after joining a local crew called 'Supreme Force'. We travelled around the country, performing and battling other crews.
I started seriously MCing in about '89-90, and this led to me releasing a 12" with a group called 'Solerco', which reached the semi-finals of the Sony Dance Music Championships in 1993 (!). I ended up doing another 12" that year, 'Mr. Kinkleton', on Total Frequency Records. During this time I also played drums in various Nottingham funk bands. Frisco on hip-hop: to me, to quote a rhyme, 'Its an artform born from the torn shreds of ghetto life.' Its a way of expression, whether its positive or negative, everybody has something to say.
But most of all its a battle: if you're a B-boy, its about busting a move harder than the next man, making the next man think "I can't compete with that!" or having the style to carry off the simplest move and make it look amazing. But when it comes to the mic, its about who got the lines, the punchlines to stop you dead. Its about the artistic creation of lyrics, metaphors, word play, creating pictures from a jigsaw of spoken word. And for me, the rhymes I want to design need to stand the test of time, so in centuries to come my great-grandchildren will still be saying "Great-grandad - he had the next level skilz!''' Since dropping their first 3 EP's on SON, Lost Island did shows from Nottingham to London to Europe, with a prime slot at the UK Fresh 99 hip-hop extravaganza (hosted by Styly Cee) supporting Jurassic 5, and Dilated Peoples.
They later played alongside Rahzel (The Roots) and The Arsonists. Styly started expanding his production ventures, doing remixes for Quakes, and later hooking up with new Son signing, Cappo, as well as providing the supafat cut-up intro on the label’s first compilation (‘Year One’). With his production skills starting to get some recognition outside his hometown, by 1999 Echoes were already flagging him as a talent to watch, with his nomination as one of the top 10 UK producers in their end of year round-up. In the meantime, Frisco was getting his groove on with the side-projects, making tunes with I.G.OFF (DJ Spinna's associate) and dropping freestyles on stage alongside Supernatural..
1999 also saw their tunes being picked up on for a well-received compilation of UK hip-hop ('Raw Materials') and Bomb Records' (the people behind the world famous 'Return of the DJ' series) 'Contents Under Pressure'. Having laid the foundation, the Notts veterans released their debut (and only) full-length, 'Forbidden Ground' in 2000. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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