The video paints the picture of the stark contrast between the rich and poor class societies. It also refers to the way how the powers that be use people as pawns to gratify their insatiable material greed. This one is for all the consciously inclined massive and is also a wake up call for the socially insensitive! Navigator has released a large amount of new material over the past 18 months. Summer saw Bar Knuckles drop, being immediately hailed as a classic example of a cutting edge groundbreaking hard drumstep with top MCs lacing the beat.
Alaska, the video also recieved heavy rotation on Channel AKA. It peaked at No1 and was in the Top10 for 8 weeks straight on the Beatport dancehall singles sales chart. Look out for Navigator in when he will also be dropping many more solo projects. He will be launching his own label, On Dis Ting Muzik for the explicit purpose of pushing out most of his new solo and collaboration releases.
So get ready for another amazing year from this legendary pioneer artist. Navigator started his musical career performing live on UK Reggae Soundsystems, ultimately acheiving real recognition and notoriety on top north east London Soundsystem Unity Hi-Power. He established his name on the legendary pirate radio station Kool FM and performed at all the big Jungle parties. His reputation helped him to become the only resident MC from the UK on the biggest Jungle party organization in Germany called Meditation.
To solidify his musical experience as an artist, he started recording songs for various record labels and bands. He recorded two tracks Inequity Worker and the title track Criminal Justice, both were released as singles on the Dorado label. Both tracks received high critical media acclaim. He received a Gold Disc for Inequity Worker after it was licensed by Telstar for the Jungle Mania2 compilation which sold over , copies.
In Navigator joined breakbeat band Freestylers as a live show hype MC. That voicing resulted in the mega worldwide smash hit single and video Ruffneck. Freedom Tour. That same year they headlined the Jazz stage at Glastonbury Festival in front of a 20, strong crowd. Unfortunately, the label stopped releasing music, but there are still plans for this classic material to be released at some point in the future.
Ruffneck has been revoiced and remixed by breakbeat electronic punks Ctrl Z, there is also a megamix video to accompany the package released on new label Never Say Die. Together they are releasing product on their new imprint Bad Monkey. They already have 3 releases with videos under their belts namely, Fire Bun which features the vocals of raw new talent SMK.
The video and the dubstep remix combined had 90, views on youtube in the first month after being released. Fire Bun has also been No. This will be released in November with a video to accompany it and has already had rave reviews in magazines and online music sites. So amazing!!! After the sound check our manger told us he was talking to James manager who said that every time he pointed at a musician he was docking 5 Dollars off their wages for mistakes they had made haha!
I also spoke to one of his backing singers, she only had one leg, she had been his backing singer for 30 years and she had bought her house and raised her children on the money she had been paid touring with him, she had a lot of respect and admiration for him. He killed the show though, dropping splits and dancing the whole time, it was a very high energy performance and when the show was over he jumped straight into a limousine at the side of the stage and he was gone.
True superstar business! Listen to his music, he is not really known for singing soulful ballads is he? He had a uncanny understanding of the balance needed between vocally interjecting, leaving space for the music, dancing and hyping the crowd. He was a Master at it and even though it may not be so obvious to say for instance a new school DnB MC, in my opinion he was one of the Fathers amongst others that unwittingly laid the foundations for it all. I think the main thing was the amount of high profile people involved in the project.
Bad Company were the hottest new producer outfit and label then, so for me it all went hand in glove. Fresh gave the accapellas to Pendulum and the rest is history. Very good question. The sound engineering diploma gave me a very in depth knowledge of sound as source energy.
Just like magnets, frequencies attract and repel and also cancel out. Having understood that in principle; everything else became clearer and I started to produce stuff at home by myself. But I am essentially a vocalist and have no desire to sit in front of a computer for hours tweaking synth sounds with filters or drums with EQs.
I just wanted to have the knowledge of what was being done so I could be more specific when explaining to my co-producers or engineers about the type of sound that I am seeking. Living in Berlin is not as cluttered as London so I feel like I have more space, which in turn makes me more open to everything. For me it has been a good experience living here and it has definitely helped me to become a much more grounded and focused artist with enhanced skills. I have plans to release a lot of Jungle this year.
The first release will be Kingston 11 which was originally produced by Lion Dub NYC and featured Miami based ragga vocalist Bass Nacho, I got involved and added some vocals and since then me and Lion Dub have been formulating this release. Lion Dub and I have been steadily working on product for the last decade and have a lot of tracks so we are intending to drop it all, we are in the process of working out how to drop it in relation to the current musical climate. There will also be other releases with Marcus Visionary and some remixes and original material by Aries plus I just did a tune with the man, no other than the legend that is Ranking Joe through a Lion Dub link up.
There is a lot more too… but I dont want to give out too much info about that yet because things have a way of changing at any given time! I actually really want to go back to college again to do Personal Fitness Trainer license now, but this year I have been focused on releasing music again.
I have a few more solo reggae singles to drop this year so look out for those too. I am pleased to add that I am back in the studio working on tracks and planning to do live band performances with the Freestylers after a 16 year break which possibly has big potential.
Trust me when I say we are very excited about this project too. So to say I am working on a few things is really understatement. Only thing I will say is that for me as an artist on the microphone projecting my voice from a stage through a massive PA system to the masses, and then I get that really colossal response from a , or upwards of that size crowd, it gives me goose bumps and my hairs stand on end.
I was born into the game from a live performance perspective and it will always be my favourite way of musically expressing my love for what I do. Thanks to all the fans, audiences, and all my fellow musical family, friends and colleagues. Praises to the Creator for the blessings. By Will. In Interviews. Junglist Network had a chat with Jungle veteran Navigator MC Photo credits goto to Peggy Golec for the amazing picture, for use etc please get in touch robbiegolec live.
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