- where / UK
- what / DJ, Producer, Tech
- likes / Dancehall, Hip Hop, Ragga, Reggae, Roots
Wayne 'Lotek' Bennett is the ultimate studio nut. He left school as soon as he could and trained and began working at Rollover in London, where he quickly found himself working in sessions by everyone from Leftfield to Peter Andre. But his first love was hip hop and,he soon found himself inducted into the ranks of North London's most notorious rap collective. With them, he released tapes and records, organised parties and played his part in keeping hip hop in the UK going in the midst of a drought. He came to the attention of Roots Manuva, who asked him to contribute a couple of tracks to what would become his debut album, "Brand New Second Hand". The musical relationship grew and, as well as contributing two of the standouts on Manuva's follow-up, "Run Come Save Me," Wayne was asked to act as Musical Director for the Roots Manuva live show. It was while dealing with this that Bennett became certain he was ready to step out on his own and began piecing together the band which would become Lotek HiFi.
His first recruit was Earl J. Still only 19, Jordan Bailey is the son of Jamaican dancehall legend Jack Radics. Radics, best known over here for his involvement with Chaka Demus & Pliers' hit "Twist & Shout," has a huge reputation in Jamaica, where he has been a major player for the best part of twenty five years. However, he lived in London in the early eighties and it was here that his son was born. Earl J certainly knows how to draw upon this legacy, rhyming with consummate ease and style at any speed and on any rhythm and adding a hip hop head's love of content to the toaster's flavour.
Next came Wayne Paul, sometime black cockney football casual, raver and possessor of one of the finest reggae/street-soul singing voices this country has ever produced. Wayne Paul made a reputation for himself in the mid-nineties with his "Take The Train" release on Sound Of Money, which was played by the likes of Trevor Nelson, Jazzie B and Willber Wilberforce and eventually ended up on the first Fat City "Mystic Brew" compilation. Unfortunately for Paul, his personal life descended into a degree of chaos just as his professional life was about to take off. His triumphant return came on Roots Manuva's "Revolution 5" (from "Dub Come Save Me") and, as a central strand of the Lotek HiFi sound, he is determined to make up for lost time...
The last member to join the group was Aurelius. Possessor of one of the most remarkable voices you're likely to come across, deeper than a coal mine, Aurelius is also a proficient clarinet player (check him on "Ah U Dat"). He also typifies something about young MCs from in and around the capital. As well as knowing his hip hop he actually made his reputation MCing live first at drum & bass events and later at uk garage nights. All of which gives him a flexibility and open outlook which should be the envy of the narrow-minded.
Lets try and get them out here!!!!!!