Hip hop is far removed from its days of being isolated to small pockets located in inner city America. It’s a cultural phenomenon that has impacted countries, cities, and neighborhoods the world over. Look no further than Imperial, hailing from North Wales, UK, for proof. The latest signing to Illect Recordings may have been raised far from one of innumerable hip hop hotbeds, but it didn’t stop him from learning the ropes of the genre, even if it meant honing his skills on old software installed to his computer from a floppy disc.
Imperial, who first fell in love with hip hop as a youth through the sounds of Jurassic 5, has been honing his production and turntable skills for over a decade. Just last year, he gained increased notoriety through his remixes of tracks by some of the underground elite, including Mr. J. Medeiros, The Procussions, and J-Live. Now, as the newest member of Illect’s team, Imperial is excited to take his work to the next level. “I’m really excited to represent the UK for Illect. It’s a great opportunity to work on a ruck of new music with the artistic freedom and innovation that Illect allows its artists,” says Imperial. “I’m sure there’ll be some transatlantic collaborations in the pipeline too.”
Currently residing in Cambridge, UK, Imperials love of multiple genres along with his own personal flavor shines through brightly in his past work. With a full instrumental project currently in the works and the passion and motivation to be a true innovator in the genre, there’s certainly a bright future ahead for the young producer. “I just want to produce fresh new music that makes people feel – music that people can connect with,” says Imperial. “I’ve got a real thing for hip hop’s golden era, which I like to combine with modern production. I hope this comes through in my music.”
A single is scheduled for a fall 2011 release and his full length debut will follow in 2012.
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Click here for a remix Imperial produced for a Theory Hazit song called “Extra Credit”.