2013. Top ten moments danewuttwewant

10. It’s not everyday that you get to share a stage with one of your favourite artists. Remarkably we ended up sharing the bill with two of our biggest influences at Glasgow’s o2 Academy in June. We were moved down the bill to make way for mighty Immortal Technique, who has been a real inspiration to me as a young writer. What happened next was a moment I will never forget, Akil from Jurassic 5 came on stage for their encore waving our Hector Bizerk flag. It was really quite surreal.

j5 flag

9  12th January at Nice n Sleezy was our first show of 2013. It also ended up being the night we joined The Empire. Cry Parrot promoter, the brilliant Fielding Hope, had put together a diverse three band bill with ourselves headlining, and performances from Woven Tents and the incredible Strange Empire. We started the year as well as we could have hoped for with a sold out show in our home town. The Skinny Magazine reviewed the gig with a glowing 5 Star write up.  It was also momentously unforgettable evening for the Hector family for an even better reason. After the gig our sister in law went into labour and our handsome wee nephew Lewis Tait was born. I think he’s going to be a B-Boy or a Boxer when he grows up.

http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/live_reviews/303873-hector_bizerk_strange_empire_woven_tents_nice_n_sleazy_12

8 New friends and new noises.

I had the pleasure of being asked to collaborate with Prides at their King Tuts show in August and was asked to appear with Cairn String Quartet live on BBC Radio Scotland where we did a rewrite of ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ .Run & Jump- Prides feat. Louie

7. Festivals in The Highlands.Insider

The Insider Festival- pretty much the perfect festival. There’s something beautiful about playing outdoors in The Highlands. This was our debut in Aviemore and what an immense experience it was. Our stage time came at a point in the evening when the rain had fucked off, it had just started to get dark and the crowd were ready to get right in aboot it.  This was definitely a personal highlight of the summer for me. It was part of our summer tour which saw us visit Ireland and England too. Speaking of The Highlands we should also have a special mention to Jocktoberfest in The Black Isle. We successfully instigated the worlds first ever Hip-hop hay fight.

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6. Somewhat incredibly, this year also saw us gain some pretty notable fans. Grand Master Flash and Irvine Welsh bought our albums! We had been supporting GMF at Glasgow ABC in February and I went to give him a copy of our first album Drums. Rap. Yes. He insisted on buying it and said that he found our performance “next level” and “the best show he had saw in Europe for years”. That was quite humbling. In a review of our second album ‘Nobody Seen Nothing’ The Herald Newspaper described my lyrics: “he comes across like John Cooper Clarke caught in a Venn diagram between James Kelman, Irvine Welsh and Aiden Moffat ”   A few days later Big Welshy popped up in our paypal account..a wiz litat…yass!

The Herald. Nobody Seen Nothing album review

5. Double Duntin – T in The Park & Wickerman Festival.

We became the only hip-hop artist to have graced both these magnificent festivals two years in a row.  Having already played BBC Introducing at T and Solus at Wickerman in 2012 we were delighted to be asked back in 2013. We played T Break and Go North tents.  Here’s a couple of brilliant videos from Tenement TV.

Some roaster let off a flare in the Go North tent at Wickerman during our performance which resulted in me whiteying all over the place after our last song.  I think I had inhaled the whole lot of it. Not good. It did however bring a whole load of police into the tent just in time for a resounding audience chorus of “all cops are bastards” on our song Party at A&E.

4 Tour of Ireland. dublin

In November we headed back across The Irish Sea to play a string of shows in several cities. The angry sea was enough to make even the most experienced of journeymen whitey.The highlight was our show in Dublin which was absolutely rammed we won over a completely new audience. It gives you a great deal of satisfaction knowing you can win over a completely unsuspecting audience with music that may seem alien to them.  For that reason this was probably my favourite tour show of the whole year.

I also loved visiting Portrush for the first time. It’s such a beautiful city and our gig went really well too.  We had to endure some idiot sexist heckler shouting something at Audrey and Jen after we had played one song of our set. I invited him on stage to battle and annihilated him in front of his friends, extending  my battle winning streak to 15-0 and simultaneously winning over the audience.

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3. Playing at Celtic Park.

the hector huddle

Anyone who knows me will know I am a big football fan. To be asked to play on the pitch of your local team really is quite special when they have an arena that size. It was the first time Jen and Fraser (Kilmarnock and Rangers fans) had ever been in the stadium. That’s not a bad debut! Our performance was well received by the fans in the stands and ultimately led to Hector being commissioned to write a song for BT Sports football coverage. It will air on 29th December at midday.

2. Pearl Kinnear’s Hector Sketch Exhibition.

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Pearl has been a part of our band’s DNA from the offset. She gave wee Hector his face when she designed our unmistakable logo in 2011. This September, Pearl exhibited her Hector Sketch series in 13th Note. It was an absolute honour for us to be involved and see the various mixed media works Pearl has been working on. It’s not everyday you have an incredibly talented artist display such an array of talents with your music at the nucleus of it all.  She’s an out and out legend.

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1. The Hectember Weekend.

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This was quite honestly the majestic highlight of an outstanding year for our band. It couldn’t have went any better.  We have played just under 90 gigs in four different countries, but nothing quite levels up to the sheer brilliance of the inaugural Hectember Weekend, the launch of our second album Nobody Seen Nothing. The show at Stereo in Glasgow was completely sold out to the extent people were being turned away at the door. I believe this is the first time a local hiphop act have sold out a venue that size.  It was a real landmark for us. We had live art from Barry Neeson and Pearl Kinnear and blistering performances from Butterscotch & Skribbo (our favourite duo) and Strange Empire.

sketchin

The passion and energy from the crowd was unforgettable and incomparable to any other show we have played.  We played a few songs from our new album and some from our first album.  I found it quite surreal how many people knew the words and played air drums with us.

gettin low

On behalf of myself and Audrey, Jen and Fraser we’d just like to thank everyone who has come to see something when Nobody Seen Nothing. You lot make it all worthwhile. We will see you in 2014.

Louie