Since its inception back in the early 90's drum&bass
has developed at a drastic rate, yet certain themes and characteristics
- The charisma, presence and distinctive sound of MC GQ is one such characteristic
MC-ing at the top of the chain for more than 15 years has taken GQ to all
the corners of the globe, seen him achieve chart success, and even given
him the opportunity to establish his very own record label 'Emcee Recordings'.
Music has been a big part of GQ's life for as long as he can remember:
whether he was listening to his Dad's records or tagging along with his
brothers soul & funk system, GQ has always been surrounded by music
and always keen to be part of it. At school GQ and friend Det (MC) would
freestyle along to beats banged out on their desks: but it was watching
his neighbour DJ Ron and DJ Hype on the TNT system that influenced him
to pick up the mic and it was with his good friend Spoony that he managed
to find his own unique sound. These were the solid foundations on which
his career was built.
GQ's involvement in music turned professional once good friend Julie Braithwaite
introduced him to Acid House in the late 80's. Tunes like Joey Beltram's
'Acid Thunder' and 'Big Fun' got under his skin and over the next two years
GQ began to organise a whole host of parties, whilst MC-ing and even DJ-ing
at others: from Skitzophrenia at Ilford Palais to the legendary raves at
Croland Road, then down to KiKi's in Margate, and back to Clapham Common.
Weekends were a string of parties going thru from Friday till Sunday night,
rolling with the likes of Frankie Valentine, Rat Pack, Grooverider, Mathew
B, Richie Fingers, Frankie Bones, and Tony Trax to mention just a few.
It's important to note that GQ had been in the game for close to five years
before jungle let alone drum&bass came about. AWOL was a seminal club
in establishing jungle, and it was here that GQ secured a residency at
the top of the MC world. Representing alongside DJs such as Mickey Finn,
Darren Jay, Randall, Dr S Gachet, Kenny Ken, Fabio, Frost, Grooverider & Ron
week in week out, and with the tapes being sold all over the place, the
buzz started to build and pandemonium soon followed.
It wasn't long before bookings abroad started flooding in: The AWOL tapes
established GQ's name in places he'd never been, and so he was one of the
first MCs to work in places as far away as Australia and Toronto. Highlights
included playing at the same event as Public Enemy in Toronto with over
5,000 people holding their lighters up; being flown to a rave on an island
off the coast of Serbia and a helicopter ride to play to 2,000 people in
a warehouse in Australia with Andy C.
GQ has always been a DJ's MC, seeing his role as a middle man between the
DJ and the crowd rather than constantly demanding centre stage. His versatility
is such that he has always been able to switch up to double time and tear
down a rave, or keep the crowd bubbling to a liquid set. 'It's all about
reading the crowd, and adapting your style.' This approach has meant that
you are as likely to see GQ at One Nation alongside Hype as you are to
see him with Goldie at a Metalheadz session. Consistency and adaptability
have kept GQ at the top of the MC ranks for 15 years and has made him partner
to pretty much all of the top flight DJs.pretty much all of the top flight