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Bristol Hip Hop Pioneer Boca-45 Kicks off Bank Holiday weekend at Brick Street

Bristol Hip Hop Pioneer Boca-45 Kicks off Bank Holiday weekend at Brick Street

One of Bristol’s hip hip pioneers will start Brick Street’s bank holiday weekend party of two days of music from Liverpool Sound City bands and DJs.

Boca 45 – real name Scott Hendy – will perform on Friday 4th May at Free Your Soul, hosted by Liverpool and Wirral’s turntable folk hero Pooky.

Scott is a DJ of some renown having taken to the stage across the world’s clubs and festivals.

Banksy personally requested him to DJ at the opening party for Dismal Land in 2015 and he can also include Serge from Kasabian, Geoff Barrow of Portishead, Huey Morgan from Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Craig Charles at BBC Radio 6 as part of his large group of fans.

He also heads up the hugely successful 45Live movement with partner Pete Isaac which consolidates a crew of 45 Vinyl slingers such as Dj Format, DJ Food (Ninja), John More from Coldcut and many more to host club nights and festival areas all over the globe, such as Boardmasters and Masked Ball, where only 45 RPM singles are played.

Scott said: “The buzz about Brick Street being the UK’s newest and coolest funk and soul bar has spread to Bristol.

“There are DJs down here talking about what’s happening in Liverpool and the music scene.

“I’m thrilled to be able to play at Brick Street and the whole weekend is going to go off.”

Scott immersed himself in all things hip hop from a young age and has been unleashing funky gemstone productions upon the world for years under his various guises.

He formed Dynamo Productions with Portishead’s acclaimed resident DJ Andy Smith in the early 2000s and their music fused the best elements of hip hop ,funk and beats.

The duo quickly picked up a residency at Fabric Live and found themselves taking their new sound across the globe.

Following hot on the heels of Dynamo Productions’ great success, the debut Boca 45 LP Pitch Sounds in 2004 was delivered on Manchester’s Grand Central records to huge acclaim.

He went on to record another two full LPS Vertigo Sounds in 2006 and Dig Eat Beats Repeat in 2015.

Collaboration has always been an important factor of Boca’s DNA and he has continued to develop The BeeKeepers, with Parker, on Jalapeno Records, and BocaWoody, with two time world champion DJ Woody.

As Malachai, with singer Gee, on Domino Records – their record was named Apple Music’s Zane Lowe’s hottest record of the week and gained huge critical acclaim across their three LPs.

There was also a string of vocal collaborations including with The Heavy’s lead singer Kelvin Swaby.

This year, Scott is releasing his BocasClubDonuts series which is a 7’’/45 vinyl single every other month “aimed squarely at the the dance floor”.

BCD01 was released in Feb this year and sold every copy in under a week.

Follow Brick Street on Instagram and Facebook @BalticBrickStreet. The venue is open Thursday to Saturday from 8pm until 2am.

On Saturday 5th May the venue will be open from 2pm for Liverpool Sound City. Brick Street has extended its opening hours until 3am over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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About Russell Gannon

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