We hate this kind of F***ery and just had to support it and it’s a great mix to boot, shame on them! (Read Below)
Nobody likes rejection but hey, I’m old and long enough in the tooth to handle it and when one gets embroiled with monolithic organisations it’s always likely to be par for the course. What I cannot handle is downright rudeness and bad manners; it drives me crazy!
I was very honoured to be asked at the start of the year to put together the music for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, specifically the section when all the teams from around the world come into the stadium. Sure it was flattering to be asked, but I also thought it a great opportunity to try to do something which while accessible to those watching was musically representative of each region and didn’t resort to the usual lowest common denominator banality that is par for the course at such big events. It also felt good to show that Glasgow could perhaps do it better.
I dropped almost all my other projects and spent a ridiculously long time researching and putting tougher mixes of music that represented the Caribbean, African and Asian nations participating. All the mixes had to be within a specific tempo range, fast paced, “fun”, and accessible to “the man in a sports jacket”, whatever that might mean.
I submitted the first work and waited to hear back, and waited, and waited….and waited. I would email twice a week to see what was happening but simply never heard back. If they hadn’t liked it, that is totally fair enough but how hard would it have been to send a two line email staying that?
Sometime later I was playing a gig and another artist on the line up sheepishly came over and told me he had taken over the job from me, that I was much better qualified for the job, but they had decided they wanted a more famous name attached to the project. I was raging, not with him as it’s absolutely fair enough he would want to work on such a project, but at the lack of decency and respect afforded me by the people who had roped me in and talked me into doing this to begin with. I’m still raging about it as when several weeks after that, they finally got in touch they informed me they had “forgotten” to tell me i had been replaced!!
There’s a lot more to the story but legally i’m not even supposed to mention any of this at all so will leave it there and see if there are any repercussions. But, as so much love, sweat and energy went into this, I thought I’d make the Caribbean section mix available, and of course have a bit of a rant. As they wanted something fairly mainstream I couldn’t squeeze any of my beloved Prince Far I or any out there Trinidadian disco records on there, but i think it is quite a fun mix that at least hints at the amazing music the Caribbean has produced, continues to produce and that has had such a huge influence on so much other music.
There is a 15 second silence at the start to stop SC’s algorithm nuking this upload.