Audio: Antony On The Beat – Rain Drops

Introducing up and coming producer Antony On The Beat and his track ‘Rain Drops’.

Introducing up and coming producer Antony On The Beat and his track ‘Rain Drops’.

Antony On The Beat - Rain Drops

Introducing Antony On The Beat (A.O.B), a producer on the verge of leaving his mark on the music scene with his infectious bass driven, new age sound.

The up and coming producer has been away quietly working on some new music for his new EP Spectrum. Released last month, his new track ‘Rain Drops’ is laced with…

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Pick Me Up 2014 : Somerset House

The UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival Pick Me Up returns for its fifth year.

The UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival Pick Me Up returns for its fifth year.

pick me up

The festival is aimed at being a contrast to the ‘traditional’ art fair. Pick Me Up is a fun and informal festival featuring quirky studio spaces in which to shop for affordable artwork from the great and good of graphic arts, and a daily, lively line-up of events which encourage both budding and bonafide…

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This is Mine What’s Yours? Endz2Endz at the Heritage Lottery Fund Event

This is Mine What’s Yours? £50000 Grants to Explore Heritage!

This is Mine What’s Yours? £50000 Grants to Explore Heritage!

YoungRoots

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) hosted an event to promote their Young Roots programme at the in Cambridge Monday April 7th. Endz2Endz, amongst other organisations, were invited to represent youth media.

The event’s purpose seemed unclear to most of the guests, however, at the end it all came down to networking, presentations of a few…

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The life of MOBO award winner Jai Amore

The life of MOBO award winner

“If you work hard enough, you can do what you want to do”. Wise words from singer/songwriter Jai Amore.

Jai Amore and Andre Johnson (Endz2Endz)

Over the weekend, Endz2Endz met up with MOBO award winning artist Jai Amore. The 28 year old originally from Harlesden, North London, told us his greatest moment and what made himself move forward as an artist and pursue his career.

“As a kid I was surrounded by music, most of my friends were…

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E2E feature writer Alina Kay interviews London bases hip-hop illustrator Hamed Hazel.

Hamed Hazel - Don't Let My Music DieKendrick Lamar once had a dream, a silhouette of Tupac Shakur appeared in front of him, preaching “Keep doing what you doing, don’t let my music die” (Kendrick Lamar defines HiiiPower & having a vision of 2Pac). Being a spiritual rapper, Lamar took the message very seriously. Hamed Hazel once had a dream about feeling less isolated. Being a spiritual person, Hamed began digging his way out of loneliness with a pencil.

Taking inspiration from Kendrick Lamar’s music and vision of 2Pac, Hamed decided to create an illustration where Pac is ‘passing the torch’ to young Kendrick.

Since then, Hamed’s ‘Don’t Let My Music Die’ has gone viral, bringing his Twitter followers to almost 25 thousand. Many have reposted his art work, including 2Pac’s official Facebook page, R’n’B singer Tyrese, basketball player Brandon Jennings, rapgenius.com, and many hip-hop fans. Despite the hype, Hamed was not surprised by the fact that Kendrick himself did not repost the art piece, for the it is controversial. Hazel (and many others) believes that the K-Dot and Pac “rap about the same thing”; they are from the same area and have the same culture.

In his work, Hamed creates narratives with various hip-hop artists. He claims that beyond the negative façade of rap music, there is a positive message. Hip-hop has helped many to get out of difficult situations in life, and that is what Hazel wants to convey through his art. Hamed draws inspiration from the Spanish Alex Trochut and one of the creators of Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett. But above all, Hamed is inspired by hip-hop music: “All we get is ignorance”, he says, but that is what makes hip-hop such a unique genre. Hazel thinks that people are attracted to the danger and negativity that hip-hop culture often symbolises. “Rappers getting shot makes me laugh”, says Hamed, who believes in paying the price for one’s sins. However, Hamed does not think that the negative reputation of hip-hop culture will ever change, for “it sells”. Drugs, naked women and guns will always be a part of the excitement.

The young artist is currently in his second year of BA Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of East London. To no surprise, his teachers don’t understand his love for hip-hop music, but the humble artist does not expect anyone to acknowledge his work.

Hamed Hazel, a shy young illustrator from Hackney, who to begin with, “just drew” hip-hop artists, has now acclaimed a solid fan base thanks to his pencil and Adobe Illustrator. Like most visual artists, Hamed wants to put on an exhibition; what separates him from others is the message.

You can connect with Hamed online via: FacebookTwitterTumblr

E2E feature writer Alina Kay interviews London bases hip-hop illustrator Hamed Hazel. E2E feature writer Alina Kay interviews London bases hip-hop illustrator Hamed Hazel. Kendrick Lamar once had a dream, a silhouette of…

Would you know how to help someone following a knife attack?

ART AGAINST KNIVES team up with The British Red Cross for a series of animated films showing life-saving first aid skills.

ART AGAINST KNIVES team up with The British Red Cross for a series of animated films showing life-saving first aid skills.

Art Against Knives x British Red Cross

The British Red Cross have teamed up with ART AGAINST KNIVES to create a series of animated films to share life-saving first aid skills for use when faced with a knife attack.

Last year 3,849 people attended A&E following an assault with a sharp object. 1497 (over a third)…

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Video: Sam Smith - Stay With Me

Sam Smith drops the official video for his beautiful new single ‘Stay With Me’.

Sam Smith drops the official video for his beautiful new single ‘Stay With Me’.

Sam Smith - Stay With Me

Striking while the iron is still hot, the fast rising British sensation that is Sam Smith drops the official video for his latest release. Entitled ‘Stay With Me’, the track was unveiled on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show earlier this week (March 25) and a teaser video quickly followed.

Without wasting any time the…

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